Resource of the Week: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Our final Resource of the Week is DOAJ, is a collection of high quality, open access* journals. As a multi-publisher database, you can cross search a range of journals to find useful articles, or browse their publications for relevant journals you may be interested in. Most of the publications indexed by DOAJ have been peer-reviewed, but those that haven’t are clearly labelled.

*’Open access’ means that the journal/article has been made free at the point of access.

Did you know: Some journals have been marked with the ‘DOAJ Seal’. These are awarded to journals that have the highest publishing standards and adhere to best practice. For more information, see their blog.

Access through the A-Z Database List

Guides and More Information

The DOAJ website has useful pages on open access as well as about how to use the site:

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If you would like more information on Open Access, visit the Heriot-Watt University or the Research Council UK webpages

Blackwell’s offer one week free access to The Exam Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell

Blackwell’s Edinburgh are giving away one week’s access to a free digital copy of “The Exam Skills Handbook”  by Stella Cottrell.

To receive a unique code for this book, please go to the Library Service Desk, into the Edinburgh store or e-mail

study skills handbook offer

Please note that Blackwell’s have a limited numbers of codes and will give to students on a first come, first served basis.

They are offering a week’s free access to the book from the time the code for the book is redeemed, and after that they are offering a heavily discounted purchase.

This e-book offer is part of Academic Book Week, and a few more titles may be offered over the next month or so.

Resource of the Week: EndNote Online

EndNote is a bibliographic management tool that allows you to store and organise your references and then insert them into your assignments (if you’re using Microsoft Word). EndNote Online is the mobile version which you can access from anywhere using your own computer. It can be used with EndNote Desktop or as a stand alone product.

If you access EndNote Online through our website, you will be taken to an authenticated session where you can get the full benefits of a premium account – including 50’000 references, 2GB of file storage, and access to a range of referencing styles, for free as a HWU student or staff member. You have to EndNote Online Premium for one year after the last time you log in to an authenticated session, after which it reverts to a Basic account.

With EndNote Online you can:

  • Create references manually, or import them as .RIS files from databases and Discovery*
  • Attach documents to your references
  • Make keeping track of your research easier by organising your references into groups
  • Use the ‘Cite While You Write’ plugin for Microsoft Word to import your citations into your assignment and automatically generate your formatted reference list as well.

*The majority of academic databases have this option, which will be called either ‘Save’ or ‘Export’. You can often also save time by selecting more than one to download in the same file. Web of Science also allows you to save references directly to EndNote Online.

Did you know: You can sync your EndNote Online account with EndNote Desktop to get unlimited online storage for 3 years.

Access EndNote Online through the Information Services website 

Guides and More Information 

Our Software Guides and Tutorials webpage has lots of helpful information and guidance on how to use EndNote.

Clarivate Analytics, who own EndNote, also have a range of useful guides and have a YouTube channel.

We regularly run Power Hours on EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop. Find out when the next one is by visiting our website, or look at the materials under the ‘My Organisations’ section on Vision.

If you have any questions or want more guidance, please contact your Library.

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EndNote Desktop has more functionality than EndNote Online and is installed on all the PCs on campus, and so is ideal for those who work more on campus. For a comparison of the two, please see this guide. You will have to pay to get it on your personal PCs, but students are entitled to a discount.

Blackwell’s Offer One Week Free Access to “Doing Essays and Assignments”

Blackwell’s Edinburgh are giving away one week’s access to a free digital copy of “Doing essays and assignments” by Pete Greasley.


To receive a unique code for this book, please go into the Edinburgh store or e-mail

Please note that Blackwell’s have a limited numbers of codes and will give to students on a first come, first served basis.

They are offering a week’s free access to the book from the time the code for the book is redeemed, and after that they are offering a heavily discounted purchase.

This e-book offer is part of Academic Book Week, and a few more titles may be offered over the next month or so.

Resource of the Week: Business Source Premier

Owned by EBSCO, Business Source Premier is an academic research database dedicated to business information. The database provides full text for around 2,300 journals, including 1,100 peer-reviewed titles, as well as company and industry reports.

Searching the database is straight forward, with basic and advanced search options available. For both searches you can also open ‘Search Options’ to get a range of tools to limit your search results – such as to searching only for peer-reviewed publications, full text and/or to search only specific types of publications, including journals, trade publications, industry reports and more.

As with most databases, there is an option to create a free account and save your search history. You can then create alerts so that you’re emailed periodically about new publications that have been added that match your search criteria. You can save or export individual results directly to EndNote, or add them to your folder to save them all at once.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List.

Did you know: Business Source Premier also has a thesaurus to help you expand your vocabulary and extend your search strategies.

Guides and More Information

For specific guidance on how to use and get the most from searching Business Source Premier, see their Help pages. There are also some video tutorials on the EBSCO support website. Please note that although some features may appear differently, the videos are still accurate enough to be helpful.

Basic Searching Tutorial

Advanced Searching Tutorial

If you need any help using Business Source Premier, you can also ask your Librarians for help.

Want more?

Emerald is an academic database which provides access to 217 business and management journals. It is searched by Discovery, and you can access it through the A-Z Database List.

For more help and resources to search for business information, check our Subject Guides.


Resource of the Week: Oxford Dictionaries Online

Through Oxford Dictionaries Online you can access Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German and Spanish dictionaries electronically from anywhere. It’s very straightforward and simple to use, and the dictionaries have a built in thesaurus. This means you can search the dictionaries for words in English or your chosen language to find synonyms as well as direct translations. For example, searching for ‘green’ will bring you results for colour, young/unripe and environmentally friendly.

Each dictionary also has sections on grammar, writing and improving your skills in the language for extra help and support while learning.

Did you know: The Oxford Dictionaries Blog ‘Oxford Words’ publishes useful articles on a range of language topics, including help with improving your English.

Access the resource through the A-Z Database list

Guides and More Information:

If you would like any help using Oxford Dictionaries Online, you can contact your Library.

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Oxford Dictionaries also provide access to an online English dictionary and thesaurus, which can be useful for improving your skills with English and when building your search strategies.


Resource of the Week: Nexis

Through Nexis you can access newspapers and trade press from the UK and across the world – including full-text access to The Financial Times (for articles older than 30 days).. As well as news sources in 26 languages, you can access:
  • Company and industry information from Extel Cards, Hoover’s profiles, ICC Financial Analysis Reports and Worldscope.
  • Company Dossier
  • Economic and political profiles for countries.
  • Biographical information including Debrett’s People of Today and Who’s Wh company and industry information, Company Dossier and economic and political profiles for countries

This makes Nexis an excellent resource for researching news and companies ahead of job applications and interviews as well as for academic research.

Did you know: Search results can be saved to  Documents folder to make it easier to manage and download useful information.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List or through the Discovery home page. You can search specific titles available through Nexis by finding them through our Journals A-Z List.

Guides and More Information

Guides on Searching Nexis and Searching Nexis (Specific Titles) are available from the Information Services website

For help searching Nexis, you can also view their Help pages

Want More?

We have a range of other databases that can be used for researching companies and identifying key companies in a particular sector. These include:

  • Bankscope
  • Boardex
  • Osiris

For more information on these resources, see the Company Data and Financial Datavases Subject Guide.

Resource of the Week: ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is a multidisciplinary database of  journals and some e-Books published by Elsevier. Despite it’s name, you will be able to access a wide range of peer-reviewed, academic publications on science and non-science subjects – including Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences,  Health Sciences and the Social Sciences and Humanities.

It is one of the many databases searched by Discovery. We always recommend Discovery as the best place to start your research, but for a comprehensive list of search results its always best to follow this up by going to the individual databases.

Another benefit of using the database directly you can create a free account which lets you save your searches. You can also create email alerts which can periodically let you know if any new publications matching your search terms have been added.

Whilst we provide access to a large range of content on ScienceDirect, we don’t provide access to everything on the site. Look for the green or orange grid symbols next to the search results to show you what you can access. If you find something you need but can’t access, you might be able to request it through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Did you know:  You can search just for images to include in your presentations and assignments by using the Advanced Search feature. Make sure you still remember to cite and reference them correctly.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List or through the Discovery home page.

Guides and More Information 

The ScienceDirect Help pages give lots of information on how to use the site effectively.

There are also a range of videos on the official ScienceDirect YouTube channel.

For more help using ScienceDirect or any of our other databases, you can contact your Library.

Want More?

For a full list of the other databases searched by Discovery, go to the guide on our ‘Finding Resources‘ page. Each database has similar functionality, but cover a different range of publications. They include databases by publishers such as

  • Wiley
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Springer

All the databases can be accessed through our Database A-Z List

Our Literature Searching Power Hours can help you identify the best databases to use and how to use them. Visit our website to book, or look at the materials under the ‘My Organisations’ section on Vision.

RefMe to start charging – switch to EndNote for free instead

If you use RefMe, you might have seen that it has recently been acquired by another company, and will become part of their product Cite This For Me from 28 February 2017. After this date, creating an account and saving projects will become paid features.

If you already have a free account with RefMe, you will need to upgrade your account from 1 June 2017.

For more information, please see the RefMe website

If you are currently using RefMe, you can easily export your references to EndNote.

Information Services have always recommended that you use EndNote Online, a tool similar to RefMe that has a range of extra features. As well as storing references, you can use the Cite While You Write plug-in for Microsoft Word to insert citations and references directly into your work.

As a Heriot-Watt student or staff member, EndNote Online is free for you to access. Your account will be active with all the features for one year after you graduate, before reverting to a basic account.*

For training and guidance with EndNote, we have guides on the IS website and also run regular Power Hours. The materials from the Power Hours are available on Vision under the ‘My Organisations’ section. You can also contact your library for help.

To export your references from RefMe into EndNote, you need to follow these steps:

In RefMe:

  1. Display the project you want to be moved to EndNote and select ‘Export’
  2. Select the ‘EndNote’ option. The file should be downloaded to your ‘Downloads’ folder automatically

In EndNote Online

  1. Go to ‘Collect’ – ‘Import References’
  2. Click ‘Choose File’ and locate the file you just downloaded from RefMe. Click ‘Open’
  3. Under ‘Import Option’ select ‘RefMan RIS’
  4. Choose whether you want to save to a group or ‘unfiled’ and click ‘Import’

All your references from your RefMe project should now be in your EndNote Online Library.

*One year after you last log in through the Information Services web pages, your account will change from a Premium to a Basic account. For more information on the differences between the accounts, see here.

Resource of the Week: Subject Guides

Information Services have put together a range of guides to help you find the most useful information for your course. The guides include information on:

  • Subject specific resources – including books, journals, databases and websites you will find useful
  • Study skills
  • Citing and Referencing
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Access the Guides through the IS Guides page on the Information Services website.

Guides and More Information 

Distance learning and UK campus based students can contact your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian at For Malaysia and Dubai, visit the Contact Us page on the Information Services website.

Want More?

We also have a range of other useful guides available from the IS Guides page on our website, including help with EndNote and other software on our Software Guides and Tutorials page.