The Library

Research and PhD Support

Study Software

Pro-Study is a study tool that collects and organises your research in a single click.

Simply highlight text from websites, PDFs, Microsoft Word and just about anywhere else, then categorise into your own research topics by saving it into your personalised colour coded category tabs. 

Pro-Study provides quick hyperlinks back to the original websites. It also allows you to export this research as either a whole project or as individual categories into Microsoft Word or your favourite Mindmapping software with all of the referencing done for you in the required style and format.

MATLAB is designed for engineers and scientists who require platforms that let them explore, express new ideas and solve difficult problems. It allows researchers to analyse and visualise data from files, applications, web services, and devices.

Extensive support is provided through the MATLAB website. 

Click here for access to MATLAB

PhD support in the Library

Welcome to Leeds Beckett University, where we are proud of our vibrant PhD community.

As a PhD student you are supported in the Library by your Academic Librarian and the Research Services team. The Library can provide tailored support to PhD students to help you promote the reach and impact of your work.

Your Academic Librarian can help you with:

The Research Services team can help you with:

We provide training sessions throughout the year and are happy to meet one-on-one for an informal chat. Contact us for more information.

Getting started on Symplectic

As a PhD student at Leeds Beckett, you can set up an account on Symplectic to manage your research outputs and activity. To do this, you will first need to sign up to ORCiD, which provides you with a unique personal identifier. Once you have your ORCiD, please contact us to create your account. 

For detailed information about Symplectic, please see our online guide.

Keeping up to date

This recorded session tells you how to automatically collect new journal articles and Tables of Contents in your research area, and track updates and changes on professional blogs and websites.  

Literature Searching

This recorded session focuses on the purposes of literature reviews as well as on the style in which they are written and how they can be organised. 

Contact us

0113 812 4731

Social media

As a PhD student you may wish to use social media to engage with other students and your wider research community, especially Twitter. Using Twitter you can:

For a comprehensive guide to social media and research, please see our webpage here.


Some PhD theses are made available online from Institutional Repositories and  ETheses Online Service (EThOS) at the British Library.

Leeds Beckett is currently reviewing its practice in this area. If you would like to add your thesis to our Leeds Beckett Repository, please contact us before you graduate