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Biochemistry: Postgrad Research

Library Services for Postgraduate Students

Check out our Postgraduate Introduction to Library Services and Resources guide for resources on writing your thesis, search strategies, research data management, researcher profiles, impact metrics, getting published, postgrad workshops, and more!

Writing Your Thesis

Finding Conference Papers

Conferences papers are an excellent source of current research, best practices and new innovations in a research area. For a start, search the Web using the name of the conference, meeting, or symposium.

Full-text conference papers may be hard to obtain; sometimes abstracts are the only items available online. If a full paper is not available online, you could contact the author and request a copy. Also, the Library may be able to borrow or purchase published proceedings--talk to the Anatomy Subject Librarian.

Postgraduate Information Sessions and Workshops 2023

There are Library sessions and workshops provided specifically for Postgraduate students. For more information and to register book now for workshops via Zoom 

Information sessions on Wednesdays 10-11am (via Zoom

  • 26 Jul - Postgraduate Library Services An introduction to Library support, recommended resources and services.
  • 30 Aug - Effective Search Strategies - Learn how to search recommended databases for relevant literature, and manage your results
  • 27 Sep - Thesis Information – For new thesis students, about preparation, copyright compliance, submitting, and depositing.
  • 25 Oct - Researcher Profiles - Building an online profile to promote your research, and yourself.

Hands-on Workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11.30am (via Zoom)

  • 22 Aug EndNote for PC (Windows) - Use EndNote to store, group, edit and annotate references, and cite while you write
  • 24 AugEndNote for Mac - Use EndNote to store, group, edit and annotate references, and cite while you write
  • 26 Oct Research Data Management - Make sense of the complexity around data storage, description, re-use and archiving. 
  • 31 Oct Getting published - Practical tips for postgraduates. Learn how to develop a publishing strategy and identify the right journals for submission. 
  • 2 Nov Impact Metrics - Understand tools that explain impact factors and ranking for what to read, and where to publish. 

Finding Grey Literature

The term 'grey literature' is used to describe materials not published commercially or indexed by major databases. The Grey Literature In Health Library Guide discusses, and helps you find, relevant grey literature for research in health and medicine. Look through the tabs to find the information you need; General Sources, Conference Proceedings, Institutional Repositories, Clinical Trials, Guidelines and Statistics.

Finding Theses & Dissertations

Finding Open Access Resources

open accessOpen Access is a new model of scholarly communication based on the principle that research should be available freely online, for anyone to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, link to etc. There are Open Access Journals, Books, Databases and Archives.

Finding Patents

Find out how many articles have cited your patent.

Check out the Patent Library Guide for information on searching for patents in databases and in patent office databases and for what support with patents is provided at the University of Otago.

Keeping up to date with research

Search Alerts 

Most research databases allow you to create alerts that will push information to you based on a search you've set up previously. This could be a search for relevant terms/keywords, an author name or a journal specialising in your research area.



RSS Feeds

An RSS feed reader (aka a news aggregator) is an automated way to keep up-to-date with new information posted online, including news sites, blogs, podcasts, and other media channels.

To use, sign-up to a feed reader (some popular ones are listed below), and then search for content within your reader to subscribe/add it to your feed. Alternatively, when you are on a website, look for the RSS icon to add the web address or link to your reader.

Finding Research Repositories

A research repository is a place to store an institution's intellectual research outputs. Try searching these sites to find more research:

New Otago Biochemistry Publications

Publications recently added to the Otago University Research (OUR) Archive:

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