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Starting your research at the University of Galway Library

Starting your research - books on research proposals

If you are embarking on a new piece of research, or working on an ongoing project, the library can support you in ensuring that all the research related information resources you need (including online resources, journals, books etc) are available to you.

See a selective listing from our catalogue of Books on Research Proposal preparation available in the Library

The Grant Writer's Handbook's companion website, featuring regularly updated resources and helpful links, can be found at

Sourcing funding

The Research Office publishes details of current funding opportunities on its website. The Research Accounting Office can help and advise with matters such as obtaining funding, costing your research proposal etc.

The Graduate Studies Office and the Career Development Centre also advertise postgraduate funding opportunities from time to time.

Research Professional is a database for sourcing current international funding opportunities. To get the most from this resource including alerting features, you should create a personal account with Research Professional and login each time you use it. See how to access the site below.

How to access Research Professional


When you access Research Professional, you will either be asked to log in, or if you are using a computer on campus at University of Galway, Guest Access will be provided.


• Log in: If you already have an account, enter your username and password. This will appear when using a computer off campus.


• Guest Access: You will be taken directly to the homepage. When accessing the site using campus access you will be able to browse the content, but will be prompted to log in if attempting to save your work or access personalised information.

When using Guest Access, you also have the option to register: You can create a personal account by selecting the ‘Register’ button shown at the top of the page.

Note: You must be on campus and use your university email address to register. Once you register, you may then log in anywhere and you have the option to change the email address.

Research Professional online training


See the short tutorial below on how to search the funding database, or see the Research Professional playlist for more training videos.


Webinar Training

Research Professional run a 60 minute online training webinar, aimed at introducing users to the basics of creating and configuring their personal accounts on Research Professional, as well as introducing them to the features of the platform. Sessions can be viewed from your own computer, and you will be able to ask questions via text chat.   


Click on this link to register for upcoming sessions / to view recorded webinars.


Please contact in the Research Office, ext 5168 if you have any queries.

Starting your research guide


This guide will introduce you to the main resources and services for your research at the University of Galway Library

Watch out for the Handy tips designed to save you time and effort!


Training Calendar


 The library offers regular training events. Check the full list of events here.

Handy tip: The events are in date order, and you can use the options on the left hand side to filter by Calendar, Category, Audience, Campus and Online / In person events:



Library training video tutorials and Database webinar recordings


Library training video tutorials are available here

Database webinar recordings are available here



Using our services from home


Handy tip: You can access all of the Library's resources from off-campus.

  • See our library guide on Off Campus access, setting preferences on Google Scholar, and Including articles search on the library catalogue

Suggesting books for the library


Some funds may be available for the purchasing of books.

Handy tip: The short video below shows how to recommend new purchases for the Library.



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