Welcome to the Walton Library

The Walton Library for the Faculty of Medical Sciences is situated on the 5th floor of the Medical School covering the subjects of Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Sport & Exercise Science.  Psychology is also part of the Medical Sciences Faculty but their book stock is housed in the Philip Robinson Library.

Check your timetable for a scheduled induction session or come up and have a look around, chat to the friendly staff on the service desk or watch our Intro Video.

Self-Guided Tour

Explore our range of study spaces, learn about key Library services, and discover ways in which the Library can help you during your time at University by using our self-guided tour.

Resources

There are lots of resources available to you, here are just a few of them:

Reading Lists

  • essential & recommended module reading
  • scanned extracts
  • direct access to journal articles
  • available in your Canvas modules or via the MLE

Library Search

Use the catalogue to find the books you need.

If you cannot find the book you need you can:

Request

Reserve titles that are out on loan or held at the Research Reserve.

OR

Recommend

Use the Books on time service to tell us about the books you need and we will see if we can buy them.

Electronic Resources

The Library subscribes to many:

  • eBooks
  • eJournals
  • Databases

Use Library Search and your Subject Guide for more details

Help

We are always happy to help so if you have any questions please get in touch.

In Person: Ask at the Library Desk

Email: libraryhelp@ncl.ac.uk

Telephone: 0191 2087550

Passport Pro Database

The Passport Euromonitor database is a key resource for international market research data. We recently upgraded our subscription to Passport Pro which gives researchers to additional market surveys covering a wide range of topics:

  • Passport Cannabis
  • Passport Luxury Goods
  • Passport Mobility (formerly Automotive)
  • Passport Nutrition
  • Passport Product Claims & Positioning (formerly Ethical Labels)
  • Passport Sports
  • Passport Ingredients
  • Passport Industrial

The database gives researchers access to consumer lifestyle reports, future demographics, country profiles, updates on consumer and industry trends, company information, market sizes and economic indicators.
Passport covers more than 200 countries and regions, with a global outlook.

Access Passport via Library Search.

Passport Market Research Database

Passport has just had a refresh to include more content on travel industry research including “In-Destination Spending” and “Booking” to help identify current and future trends. It has also a new ‘Price Tracker’ feature to compare shifts in price over time within specific sectors. For a quick demo see this video from Passport Euromonitor.

New resource now available: Mass Observation 2000s

We’re pleased to announce that we have now added the latest 2000s module to the very popular Mass Observation Online resource. We already had access to the 1980s and 1990s modules.

About Mass Observation

Mass Observation is a pioneering project which documents the social history of Britain by recruiting volunteers (‘observers’) to write about their lives, experiences and opinions. Still growing, it is one of the most important sources available for qualitative social data in the UK. This latest instalment is a great resource for anyone researching aspects of the early 21st century. It complements our existing access to the original Mass Observation project archive, which covers 1937-1967.

2000s collection

This module has a strong emphasis on technological advancements and the changing means of communication that came with the new Millennium. Highlights include the Millennium Diaries, the events of September 11th and environmental concerns, as well as detailing the everyday lives, thoughts, and opinions of respondents.

Searching and browsing

Screenshot of filtering options
Filtering options

You can browse or search Mass Observation in various ways.

Browse by directive: browse the different directives (surveys), which are arranged chronologically and by topic.

Browse all documents: browse all the individual documents, and then further filter your search as required.

You can also use the Advanced search box at the top of the screen to search for specific topics.

Help

Screenshot of research tools
Research tools

We’d recommend you start by reading through the Introduction (top menu) which explains more about the project and the different document types. If you’re looking for ideas about how to make use of it, take a look at the Research Tools, which includes essays, videos, exhibitions and chronological timelines.

Note that as over half the materials in these collections (mainly the pre-2000s modules) are handwritten, the database enables Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) to help you search. We would recommend you read about how HTR works, to help you get the best out of the database, in the Introduction section.

New resource now available: LGBT Magazine Archive

We’re pleased to announce that we now have permanent access to the LGBT Magazine Archive following a well-received trial earlier this year.

This resource contains the full digitised archives of 26 LGBT publications, mainly from the UK and USA, including Gay Times, The Pink Paper, and The Advocate. Coverage dates from 1957 to 2015 (depending on the specific publication). Many of the titles have previously been difficult for researchers to access.

It is a great resource for researching LGBT history and culture, including legal contexts, health, lifestyle, politics, social attitudes, activism, gay rights, and arts/literature.

Screenshot of advanced search options
Advanced search options

You can browse or search the archive in various ways: choose Advanced Search for options such as searching by location or document type (e.g. advert, letter, cartoon etc.)

Books added to the Library by students in NUBS (Semester Two 2021/22)

Our Recommend a Book service for students allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Recommend a book.

In Semester Two, academic year 2021/2022 we successfully processed 18 requests from 11 students ( 5 PGR, 5 PGT and 1 UGT) in NUBS totalling nearly £1500.

An Introduction to Visual Research Methods in Tourism
Consumer Culture Theory
Contradictions of Archaeological Theory: engaging critical realism and archeaological theory
Experiment! Website Conversion Rate Optimization with A/B and Multivariate Testing
Fashion Beyond Borders: Exploring the Global Fashion Industry
Global Industries Uncovered: The Fashion Industry
How to be a reflexive researcher
Inspired
Inviting Understanding: A Portrait of Invitational Rhetoric
Management of Organizational Behaviour: Leading Human Resources
Multimodal Argumentation and Rhetoric in Media Genres
Stabilizing an Unstable Economy
The Conscious Consultant: Mastering Change from the Inside Out
The Constructivist Credo
The Creation of the Global Fashion Business
The Global Textile and Clothing Industry
The Routledge Companion to Talent Management
The Writer’s Book of Memory An Interdisciplinary Study for Writing Teachers

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester Two 2021/22)

Our Recommend a Book service for students allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Recommend a book.

In Semester Two, academic year 2021/2022 we successfully processed 100 requests from 30 students ( 19 PGR, 2 PGT and 9 UGT) in GPS totalling nearly £7000.

A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family
A Distant Day / Katsuhiko Hashimoto
A Good Night Out for the Girls: Popular Feminisms in Contemporary Theatre and Performance
Action research in a relational perspective : dialogue, reflexivity, power and ethics
Agonies of Empire: American Power from Clinton to Biden
Any Way You Cut it: Meat Processing and Small-town America
Battered women as survivors: An alternative to treating learned helplessness.
Belfast Diary
British Policy-Making and the Need for a Post-Brexit Policy Style
Budapest Diary
Building communities from the inside out: A Path toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets
Cairo Diary
Campaigns of Knowledge
China and International Organizations
China engages global governance: A new world order in the making?
China’s Western Frontier and Eurasia The Politics of State and Region-Building
Chinese Scholars and Foreign Policy Debating International Relations
City Branding: The Ghostly Politics of Representation in Globalising Cities
Cityscapes 1979 – 1985 
Climate change and the governance of corporations : lessons from the retail sector
Coercive Control: Criminology in Focus
Compulsive Body Spaces
Cover image Newcastle West End : Elswick to Newburn
Cultural geographies : an introduction John Horton
David Plowden : vanishing point : fifty years of photography
Digital Play The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing
Earth Perfect?: Nature, Utopia and the Garden
End of the road
Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights
Fotografien
France(s) territoire liquide : collectif de photographes
From Sacrament to Contract: Marriage, Religion and Law in the Western Tradition
From Women’s Experience to Feminist Theology
Games of Empire Global Capitalism and Video Games
Gas Stop (4 volume set)
Germany’s Hidden Crisis Social Decline in the Heart of Europe
Global Economic Governance and the Development Practices of the Multilateral Development Banks
God, Sex, and Gender: An Introduction
Handbook of Global Contemporary Christianity. Themes and Developments in Culture, Politics, and Society
Handbook of Global Economic Policy
Handbook on the Geographies of Energy
Hate Crimes: Confronting Violence Against Lesbians and Gay Men
Having a Baby
I See a City : Todd Webb’s New York
Improving consensus development for health technology assessment: an international perspective. Institute of Medicine (US) Council on Health Care Technology
Japan and the Politics of Techno-globalism
John Darwell: Sheffield in Transition
Lethal Love: Feminist Literary Readings of Biblical Love Stories
Linz Diary
London 1977-1987
London the Promised Land Revisited: The Changing Face of the London Migrant Landscape in the Early 21st Century
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible
Materialist Phenomenology : A Philosophy of Perception
Meat, Medicine and Human Health in the Twentieth Century
Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600-2000
Memento Mori: the flats at Quarry Hill, Leeds
Migrant Housing: Architecture, Dwelling, Migration
Molecularizing Biology and Medicine
Nagi (The Lull) / Katsuhiko Hashimoto
New American Topographics
Old London: photographed by Henry Dixon and Alfred & John Bool ; for the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London
Osaka Diary
Paysages français : une aventure photographique, 1984-2017
Postcolonial feminist Interpretation of the Bible
Power and Authority in Internet Governance Return of the State?
Qualitative Analysis: Eight approaches for the social sciences
Reconsidering Value and Labour in the Digital Age
Rehabilitation in Practice: Ethnographic Perspectives
Religion Crossing Boundaries transnational Religious and Social Dynamics in Africa and the New African Diaspora
Researching Lived Experience: Human Science for an Action Sensitive Pedagogy
Revolutionary Horizons: Art and Polemics in 1950s Cuba
Route 66: 1973-1974
Sheffield Photographs, 1988-1992
Songs of Profit, Songs of Loss: Private Equity, Wealth, and Inequality
Surviving Gangs, Violence and Racism in Cape Town
Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory From Auschwitz to Hiroshima to September 11
The Business of Media Distribution Monetizing Film, TV, and Video Content in an Online World
The Düsseldorf School of photography
The end of industry
The Future of Diplomacy After COVID-19
The Global Architecture of Multilateral Development Banks
The Global Restructuring of the Steel Industry: Innovations, Institutions and Industrial Change
The Globalization of Wine
The Island of Missing Trees
The Landscape of Utopia: Writings on everyday life, taste, democracy and design
The Other Scenery / Katsuhiko Hashimoto
The Political Economy of Industrial Strategy in the UK From Productivity Problems to Development Dilemmas
The Politics of Expertise in China
The Routledge International Handbook on Hate Crime
The transition companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times
The Work of the UN in Cyprus
The World Bank and Governance A Decade of Reform and Reaction
The World Bank and Social Transformation in International Politics
To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change
Transformative Pacifism. Critical Theory and Practice
Transforming Masculinities in African Christianity: Gender Controversies in Times of AIDS
Understanding the Presidency
Women, Abuse, and the Bible: How Scripture Can be Used to Hurt Or to Heal
Yangon Diary
Zurich Diary

Books added to the Library by students in SAPL (Semester Two 2021/22)

Our Recommend a Book service for students allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Recommend a book.

In Semester Two, academic year 2021/2022 we successfully processed 42 requests from 32 students ( 15 PGR, 7 PGT and 10 UGT) in SAPL totalling just over £2800.

A history of design institutes in China : from Mao to market
A Post State-Centric Analysis of China-Africa Relations : Internationalisation of Chinese Capital and State-Society Relations in Ethiopia
Applications of Advanced Green Materials
Architecture Competitions Yearbook 2021
Autonorama: The illustory promise of high-tech driving
Building Colonial Hong Kong Speculative Development and Segregation in the City
Building for Industry
Building Iran Modernism: Architecture, and National Heritage Under the Pahlavi Monarchs (Arab studies journal/ vol 20 issue 1)
Can the Subaltern speak?
Collage Architecture
Companion to Public Space
Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground
Constructing a place of critical architecture in China : intermediate criticality in the journal Time + architecture
Down Detour Road: An Architect in Search of Practice
Dream Play Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places
Egalia’s Daughters
Healthy Cities? Design for Well-Being
How to Live in a Flat
Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City
Minding Bodies; How Physical Space, Sensation, and Movement Affect Learning
No place to go: how public toilets fails our private needs
Non-Extractive Architecture: Volume 1 – On Designing without Depletion
Prostitution and the Ends of Empire Scale, Governmentalities, and Interwar India
Raising Global Families
Revolutionary Bodies Technologies of Gender, Sex, and Self in Contemporary Iran
Rhetoric: Essays in Invention and Discovery
Routledge Handbook of Interpretive Political Science
Spaces of Colonialism: Delhi’s Urban Governmentalities
Sunderland on behalf of living, history North East
Technical Studies, tectonic explorations : notional considerations in developing a tectonic dissertation
The Freedom to Be Free
The New Autonomous House: Design and Planning for Sustainability
The Philip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in The Garden
The Private Rented Housing Market Regulation or Deregulation?
The Routledge Handbook of Institutions and Planning in Action
The Speculative City: Emergent Forms and Norms of the Built Environment
Undesign: Critical Practices at the Intersection of Art and Design
Vegetarian Architecture: Case Studies on Building and Nature
Which Contract: Choosing the Appropriate Building Contract / 6th
Who Owns the Past?: Archaeological Heritage between Idealism and Destruction (Ex Novo: Journal of Archaeology)
Women [Re]Build: Stories, Polemics, Futures
Women and Public Space in Turkey: Gender, Modernity and the Urban Experience

Books added to the Library by students in ECLS (Semester Two 2021/22)

Our Recommend a Book service for students allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Recommend a book.

In Semester Two, academic year 2021/2022 we successfully processed 33 requests from 22 students ( 16 PGR, 6 PGT and 0 UGT) in ECLS totalling just over £2600.

About our schools
Activities for Cooperative Learning: Making groupwork and pairwork effective in the ELT classroom.
Activities for Task-Based Learning: Integrating a fluency first approach into the ELT classroom.
Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia
Conversation Analysis and Classroom ManagementAn Investigation into L2 Teachers’ Interrogative Reproaches
Craft in Art Therapy
Critical Community Psychology Critical Action and Social Change
Critical Theories for School Psychology and Counseling: A Foundation for Equity and Inclusion in School-Based Practice
Discourse analysis: An introduction
Exploratory Practice in Language Teaching: Puzzling about Principles and Practices.
Growing a Forest School: from the Roots Up (forestschoolassociation.org)
Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability: A Connectedness Leanring Approach
Intercultural Communicative Competence in Educational Exchange A Multinational Perspective
Intercultural Competence: Concepts, Challenges, Evaluations
Introduction to Music Education
Introduction to the study of religion
Introduction to University Teaching
Journeys from Childhood to Midlife: Risk, Resilience, and Recovery
Language and Motor Speech Disorders in Adults
Maps of Narrative Practice
Materials & media in art therapy: Critical understanding of diverse artistic vocabularies.
Multimodality and Genre: A Foundation for the Systematic Analysis of Multimodal Documents
Nations Unbound: Transnational Projects, Postcolonial Predicaments, and Deterritorialized Nation-States
Playful Mathematics
Resilient Teachers, Resilient Schools: Building and sustaining quality in testing times
Retelling the stories of our lives Everyday narrative therapy to draw inspiration and transform experience
Second Language Task-Based Performance Theory, Research, Assessment
Supervising the Reflective Practitioner: An Essential Guide to Theory and Practice
Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: The Way of the Learner
Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do
The Bengal Diaspora: Rethinking Muslim Migration
The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience
Understanding educational leadership: Critical perspectives and approaches.

EDI Summer Reading Challenge

Abstract colourful shapes. Text reads: Summer Reading Challenge, libguides.ncl.ac.uk/edi.

Summer is the perfect time to embark on a journey, broaden your horizons and soak up a different culture or perspective. So, the team behind our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) library guide is delighted to re-launch a summer EDI reading challenge.

Since its launch in autumn 2020, we’ve been using the guide to curate and highlight print and online resources of all kinds, relating to EDI themes, such as those listed in the University’s EDI priorities. We’ve compiled themed sections and monthly highlights of books, films, social media, archives, podcasts and more, and encouraged suggestions from staff and students across the University to help us develop our collections.

So why not take up our Summer EDI Reading Challenge?

Recommend and Review

Look through our themed reading lists on our Recommended by You & Blog page and explore life through a new lens! We hope you’ll find some inspiration, but we’d also love to receive your recommendations too, and we’ll be highlighting them on the guide.

You’re welcome to use the online form on the lib guide. If you can give us a few words to explain your choice, that would be great! You can see what people recommended last year on our EDI in Literature page.

Social Media

We’ll be running a promotional campaign on social media throughout summer, using the hashtags #ReadingForPleasure and #EDIReadingChallenge. Please look out for these and retweet/repost wherever possible.

Have a great Summer everyone! We’ll leave you with the inspired words of the Poet, Derek Walcott:

I read; I travel; I become.

Finding empirical and methodological research articles

When it comes to research methods or research methodologies, there can be a lot of unfamiliar terms and concepts to get to grips with. One question we’re often asked by masters business students is how to find empirical and methodological research articles. It’s a good question as it can be quite tricky to locate articles on these topics, so here’s some advice on how you can go about searching for them in Library Search and the databases that we subscribe to.

Book shelves with hanging light bulbs
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What is the difference between empirical and methodological research?

Let’s start by defining our key terms, so we know what to look out for:

Empirical research

Empirical research is based on observed and measured phenomena and derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief.

How do you know if a study is empirical? Read the subheadings within the article, book, or report and look for a description of the research methodology. Ask yourself: Could I recreate this study and test these results?

Key characteristics to look for:

  • Specific research questions to be answered
  • Definition of the population, behaviour, or phenomena being studied
  • Description of the process used to study this population or phenomena, including selection criteria, controls, and testing instruments (such as surveys)

Another hint: some scholarly journals use a specific layout, called the “IMRaD” format, to communicate empirical research findings. Such articles typically have 4 components:

  • Introduction: sometimes called “literature review” — what is currently known about the topic — usually includes a theoretical framework and/or discussion of previous studies
  • Methodology: sometimes called “research design” — how to recreate the study — usually describes the population, research process, and analytical tools
  • Results: sometimes called “findings” — what was learned through the study — usually appears as statistical data or as substantial quotations from research participants
  • Discussion: sometimes called “conclusion” or “implications” — why the study is important — usually describes how the research results influence professional practices or future studies

Thank you to Penn State University for their description of empirical research: https://guides.libraries.psu.edu/emp

Methodological research / study

According to Mbaugbaw et al., a methodological study will:

“…evaluate the design, analysis or reporting of other research-related reports […] They help to highlight issues in the conduct of research with the aim of improving […] research methodology, and ultimately reducing research waste (2020, p.1).

In simple terms, it’s research on research!

Key characteristics to look for:

  • Will have the term ‘methodological research’ or ‘methodological study’ in the title or abstract.
  • Has more of a focus on the method(s) employed to do the research (e.g. interviews, questionnaires) rather than the findings of the research.
  • Evaluates how research was done and how the methodology could be improved.

How to find empirical and methodological research articles in Library Search and databases

Finding these research articles isn’t always easy, but it can be done! While they are indexed in most databases, it can sometimes be tricky to find them because of the wide variety of names used for these type of studies (methodological research can also be known as research-on-research, meta-research, meta-epidemiological studies etc.). Here’s our top tips for finding empirical and methodological research articles:

Searching via journal titles

The easiest way to find these journal articles is to target journals that are focused on research methods, then search or browse within those titles.

Here’s some examples of such journal titles to help you find methodological studies:

I recommend that you search for these titles in Library Search under ‘Everything except articles’ filter:

Screenshot of Library Search and searching for a particular Journal title.

Within these titles I recommend searching for “methodological study” in the abstract:

Screen shot of searching within SAGE Journals for "methodological study"

To find empirical research articles, you would go to top, peer-reviewed, research journals in your field of study (the list is endless!) and search within these using relevant keywords.

Here are some key journal titles in the field of business:

You then need to search within these journal titles, ideally within the abstract, for keywords relating to the research design / method ( i.e. how the researcher collected their empirical research) So you might search for terms such as interview*, survey*, questionnaire*, “focus group*” or “mixed method*” :

Screen shot of searching within a business journal for an empirical research method

Searching via keyword in Library Search and databases

If you aren’t finding enough when searching within journal titles, broaden your search by looking within Library Search and other suitable databases.

The Advanced Search within Library Search is a good place to start. Again, try to search for keywords such as “methodological study”, or by method, e.g., interview*, survey*, questionnaire*, “focus group*” or “mixed method*”, along with your subject topic. Remember to use the filters if you need to find research within a particular time frame, such as the last 10 years:

Screenshot of Library Search search for "methodological study"

If you are looking within Scopus or subject specialist databases, such as Business Source Complete, the process is exactly the same. If your search isn’t working, try different keywords, but persevere as the research is there, it just might be hiding:

Screenshot of Scopus showing searching "methodological study" within the Abstract field.

Searching with controlled vocabulary / subject headings

Some of our databases use controlled vocabulary (a thesaurus), this allows you to identify the preferred terms used in a particular database for your topic of interest, making it easier to find relevant articles. Here is a worked example using controlled vocabulary in Business Source Complete:

I tried a search for “empirical research”, and found it is a preferred term within this database:

Clicking on this preferred term allows you to explore any related or narrower terms, which you can choose to add to your search to improve the quality of your results:

Screenshot of thesaurus in Business Source complete

I decided to add Empirical research and the related term Quantitative research to my search, clicking add to include them in my search string:

I can then add subject related terms to my search:

Many of the social sciences databases have a thesaurus that you can search within.

SAGE Research Methods

For further help on topic of research methods and methodologies, check out SAGE Research Methods. This is a database containing thousands of resources, dedicated to the subject area of Research Methods. It supports all stages of the research process including: writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up your results and thinking about publication. It contains information suited to all levels of researchers, from undergraduates starting your first project to research associates. Within the resource, you can access dictionary and encyclopaedia entries, book chapters, full books, journal articles, case studies, some datasets and video. There are many uses for the resources you will find in SAGE Research Methods:

  • get a quick explanation of a term or concept in a dictionary or encyclopaedia entry
  • access a full overview of a qualitative and quantitative methods, theory or approach in a specialist book
  • use an e-book chapter that covers a specific method in more detail for your methodology chapter or when choosing how to approach your research
  • access a journal article that illustrates the real world application of the methods in research

Access the SAGE Research Methods User Guide for an overview of the resource, and use the tabs below to access videos and training materials to get started. 

To access SAGE Research Methods, either:

I hope you have found this useful. I’m sorry there isn’t an easy way for finding such articles, however, a thorough and systematic search within journal titles, Library Search and databases will allow you to find some relevant and good quality articles that you can use in your research.

If you need further help with this topic or something similar, please make an appointment with your Liaison Librarian.

References

Mbuagbaw, L., Lawson, D. O., Puljak, L., Allison, D. B. and Thabane, L. (2020) ‘A tutorial on methodological studies: the what, when, how and why’, BMC Medical Research Methodology, 20(1). Available at: https://bmcmedresmethodol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12874-020-01107-7 (Accessed: 15 June 2022).