Research databases and websites

The University supports researchers, both to access research resources, and to create them.

Accessing resources

The University Library provides access to a range of databases and electronic resources once you have registered for a University IT account. 

Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature. More than 9.5 million records from more than 3,900 journals are indexed.

IT support to create resources

The University provides “LAMP” as its preferred stack for hosting research software – where possible we run software applications in the most open source environment:

  • Linux operating system
  • Apache HTTP server
  • MySQL database software
  • PHP/Perl/Python programming languages.

In the Brisskit (Biomedical Research Infrastructure Software Service kit) project anonymised versions of patient sensitive databases are hosted for University researchers on a LAMP stack platform implemented by the University of Leicester IT Research Computing Service in a VMware environment.

IT Services also provide a Database Hosting service which provides location of new or relocation of existing databases to IT Services Hosting in order to provide stability and resilience.  This service aligns with the need for robust, secure central management of IT infrastructure and research data.

IT Services provide flexible support – whether you are an experienced and skilled user, and have very clear requirements, or whether you want to submit a research bid and need help to devise technical and data management options, and to complete a data management plan.  The Academic Liaison team are here to support this, work with you, and with a range of IT specialists.

Further Information

Research Data material:

RDM Principles

Data Planning Documents

DMP Documents - Small file

Poster (pdf pdf)

University of Leicester Research Data Management poster

Brochure (pdf pdf)


Blog Data For Research Blog




Input and feedback

August 2018 - This website will be relaunched in September 2018. Feedback and input is welcome, so please let the library research services team know what type of content you would like to be included on the website by contacting us at

RDM news and events
  1. The University of Leicester Figshare for data digital archive is now available for research staff and PhD students. User guidance on upload/data deposit.
  2. Information Governance training is now available, provided by e-LfH (an NHS organisation). The University has registered to access this NHS resource and individual accounts can be set up by sending name and email address to Andrew Burnham.
  3. There is now a standard University Privacy Impact Assessment process where data collection or receipt, or systems purchase or development may have privacy consequences
  4. The University has adopted a simple data classification model which must be applied by the research PI and/or data owner
  5. We share our RDM survey: overview findings presentation as well as the results of our 2015 survey on Your research data management needs
  6. There is now a University Information Governance web presence
  7. Our Data Management Planning documents have been updated - hard copies can be obtained if you contact
  8. Jisc has published a new RDM strategy document - "Directions for RDM Management in UK Universities"
  9. The Partridge Review - HSCIC Data Release Review - Full report (3.58 Mb) and Summary
  10. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have published a new Research data policy underpinned by nine core principles and Data management plan guidance (26/03/2015)
  11. RDM Principles approved by the University.
  12. DMPonline version 4.0 - DCC "DMPonline" (Data Management Planning) v4 has gone live. You can use this web based form to create your Data Management Plan, and share it with your collaborators.
  13. Research funder specific web pages (accessible via 'Data Planning & Management - What you need to do') for data planning and management guidance (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC)
  14. 'Data Planning & Management - what you need to' - a web page to take you through what you need to do about data planning and management.
  15. 'RDM - The Movie' is released! The 4 minute digital story of research data work here at Leicester.

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