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Research Tools

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Get support for all stages of your research. We provide access to valuable tools and resources to support your work—from access to information resources and help with citations, to guidance on Open Access and scholarly publishing.

Find Resources

The Drexel Libraries provides access to print and online resources for use by Drexel students, faculty, and staff, including books, journals, databases, dissertations, videos, and other media.

  • DragonSearch: Use our online discovery system to search for books, journals, databases, videos, and other media to support your research goals.
  • Access online resources via publisher sites: Our new single sign-on authentication system also allows you to access library resources directly through a publisher or vendor site.
  • Databases A-Z: Lists all Drexel Libraries databases. Search the list of filter by subject, type or vendor.
  • LibKey Nomad: This free browser extension provided by the Libraries facilitates access to resources as you find them online. LibKey Nomad searches webpages you’re viewing for scholarly citations. If it finds a citation, you’ll see a button that will connect you to the full-text article, if available.
  • Borrow from other libraries: Can’t find what you need in our collections? We can get books, journal articles and other materials through our interlibrary loan services.

Research Impact

We provide a broad range of resources to help Drexel researchers demonstrate the impact of scholarly and creative works and to document and increase the visibility of Drexel research worldwide.

Drexel Research Discovery – the University’s Research Repository

Drexel Research Discovery is a growing repository of Drexel research and scholarly outputs, including scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, conference papers, research data and creative works.

The repository also includes researcher profiles that help showcase Drexel faculty expertise to attract funders and enhance Drexel’s academic reputation. Researcher profiles offer several benefits, including:  

  • Makes it easy to showcase your work & the work of your department or college
  • Lessens the burden of maintaining your CV
  • Saves time by sending automatic updates to your ORCID profile
  • Makes it easier to identify subject matter experts for collaboration

Help us improve this dynamic and growing collection! If you identify information gaps or inaccuracies or want to learn more about this collection and how it can serve you, email us at

Altmetric Explorer

Altmetric Explorer helps you monitor where your research is being talked about online and provides data on policies & patents that cite your research, as well as social media mentions, and newspaper and blog mentions. Researchers can use the Altmetric Explorer to generate reports that demonstrate the broader impact of their work and help support grant applications.

Access the Altmetric Explorer or watch our training videos.

Scholarly Communications & Open Access

Navigating the publishing world can be daunting. The Libraries offers a variety of tools and resources to support you at every stage of the scholarly communications lifecycle. Explore our self-guided tutorials and resource guides, or contact us for assistance.  

Open Access Publishing Discounts

The Drexel Libraries is a strong supporter of Open Access (OA) and making it easier and more affordable for Drexel authors to publish Open Access.

We have negotiated OA publishing discounts with several academic journal publishers to provide free or discounted open access publishing in select journals. Publishing discounts are available to researchers in all disciplines and include publishers like Elsevier, Springer Nature and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Scholarly Communication Tools & Resources

  • Citation Management: Learn about the different tools available to the Drexel community that help you store, organize and utilize bibliographic citations
  • Copyright: We offer guidance to the Drexel community on copyright and fair use in scholarly research, publishing, teaching and other areas.
  • DOI Services: We can help you register a DOI for datasets & other non-published “objects”
  • Drexel Research Discovery: The University’s growing repository of research and scholarly outputs, including researcher profiles

Research Data Management Support

The Libraries also provides resources and services that support the use, preparation, management, curation, and preservation of research data.  

Libraries staff provide guidance for Drexel researchers, faculty, staff and students in the following areas: Learn more about our research data management resources and services.  

  • Research Data Management Plans (DMPs) 
  • Data repositories 
  • DOIs for datasets and publications 

Learn more about our Research Data Management resources and services.