What information does the bibliography provide?
The Bibliography lists the names of research papers on repair, along with the author's name, the date of publication and the name of the publisher. Unfortunately, we are not able to host copies of the research papers themselves. Where possible, we have provided a link to PDFs that are hosted elsewhere.
How do I download research papers online if I'm not part of an academic institution?
1. If there's an open access or author copy online, we may have added a link to it in Zotero. Click the title of the research paper in the Zotero library to expand it, and check the URL field for a hyperlink.
2. If there's no link in the Zotero record, visit the publisher’s website, to check if the research paper is open access or behind a paywall.
3. If the research paper is behind a paywall, look for a pre-print or author draft copy by visiting the author’s website or the online research repository run by their institution, for example Goldsmiths Research Online. Researchers often have personal pages on Academia.edu or ResearchGate where pre-prints may be uploaded.
4. You can use Academia.edu and ResearchGate to request publications from an author. If researchers are not listed on these sites, locate their email address on their university webpage, and consider writing a short, polite email.
5. Independent researcher Helen Kara lists ten top tips for getting hold of academic literature.
How can I access research through UK libraries?
1. Some academic libraries in the UK offer free or paid-for memberships to members of the public. Check the website of your local academic library to see if this is available.
2. When you have membership of an academic library, use the Inter Library Loan service to request a huge range of titles.
3. Research is also available in participating UK public libraries through the Access to Research programme. Visit the website or your local library for more information.
If you're not in the UK but have access tips to share, please email us.