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The Research Cycle

Research Cycle Logo - images of different sections of the research cycle.

Find information about the different sections of the Research Cycle.





Research Repository

The repository is an online open access showcase for the published research output of the University, supported by the Library. It's the best place to store, archive and share your published papers, conference papers and more.

Why should you use it?

  • Improve your research visibility
  • Potentially increase citation rates
  • Conforming to Open Access requirements of the REF 2020

See the Edinburgh Napier's Research Repository page for further information about the research repository and how to use it.

Research Resources

As well as the many academic journal databases and business information resources available to researchers, there are a whole host of research papers and theses also available from various sources.

ABI/Inform has more for research than simply academic journal articles.  They also host Conference Papers & Proceedings and also Working Papers.

For further theses information, ETHOS, the British Library's e-theses service, is worth a look.  Where a theses has been previously requested, there should be an e-copy available.  If it hasn't been requested then, if we request it, it should be made available electronically.

SAGE Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods is a new resource that will help you in your research.


For a paper to be eligible for the REF 2021, it must be made Open Access. The Open Access Blog tells you what you need to know about Open Access, Edinburgh Napier's Research Repository and a whole lot more.

NVivo Help Videos

This is a link to the London School of Economics Methodology channel on YouTube, with short clips on how to use NVivo.


Analysis of Data

As a researcher you have no doubt accumulated all sorts of data that you need to make sense of.  Information Services can help you by providing tools to help you do this, both on and off campus.

So what sorts of things are being offered?

Survey Tools

  • Novi Survey a web based survey application, available both on and off campus.

Data Analysis Tools

  • SPSS Statistics 20
  • SAS 9.1.3
  • NVivo 12

These can be borrowed from any Campus Library and loaded onto your personal PC or Laptop.  These tools are also available as core applications on the Edinburgh Napier network.  If you are too far away from a Campus Library, you can still access these core applications using the Virtual Desktop Service.

These services are free to use and, as can be seen, available both on and off campus.