As a doctoral student at Umeå University, you can get help from the library throughout your doctoral programme - from information searching and academic writing to publishing and managing research data. This guide will give you tips on using the library, links to our courses, and more information.
Courses and counselling for doctoral students
The library offers teaching and individual counselling throughout your doctoral programme. We can support you in developing your academic literacies such as:
streamlining and systematising your information search strategies
schedule and organise your work
develop your academic reading skills and take better notes
get started with your writing and improve your academic texts
manage your references
create interesting presentations of your research.
You can register for library courses, workshops, and seminars, and we can customise content for specific groups of doctoral students. It is also possible for you to attend drop-in sessions and lectures for students or to book individual counselling. The library also participates in several doctoral courses at different faculties.
Information on the courses offered by the faculties in the doctoral programmes.
Find what you need in our collections
Our libraries provide access to many collections, both digital resources and physical materials. These include the latest scientific literature, unique archival and specialised collections, fiction, and much more. If you cannot find the material you are looking for in the library collections, you can request what you need for your research. We will purchase what you request or order it as an interlibrary loan.
Managing research data throughout the doctoral studies
You can find information and resources about research data on the library website. We offer personalised counselling on how to manage your data.
Set up a data management plan
As a doctoral student at Umeå University, you can easily create your data management plan with the tool DMPonline. DMPonline contains templates that fulfil several funders' expectations for data management plans. You can share the plan with your colleagues during the process.
Research data should be as open and accessible as possible, and it is important that your data are well described through metadata. A metadata description makes your data searchable even if the data cannot be openly accessible.
The library can help you find the right platform to describe your data and, if possible, make them openly accessible. Umeå University is a member of the consortium Swedish National Data Service (SND) and works primarily with the SND data catalogue.
You can turn to the library if you have questions about publishing, such as
choosing a publication channel
registration in the university's publication database DiVA.
Publish your research with open access
The research community is undergoing a transition to open science, and you are expected to publish your research results with open access. As a doctoral student at Umeå University, you can publish open access free of charge or at a lower cost in many significant journals thanks to the library's publishing agreement. In our search function, you can see if our agreements include a journal you want to publish in.
As a doctoral student, you must register everything you publish at Umeå University in the publication database DiVA. You need to fill in your Umu-id for the registered publications to appear on your personal page on umu.se.
In DiVA, you can publish and long-term archive full texts to make your research more visible. Many publishers allow the accepted version of a publication to be available in a publication database.
Once you have completed your thesis, it is time to make it publicly available through posting. Apply for your public defence first - the library will book a date for posting when your defence date is set.
In connection with your posting, you need to remember to
order the ISBN for your thesis
book a posting ceremony if you wish to have one
register and publish your thesis in the university's publication database DiVA.
submit three printed copies of your thesis to the library.