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The Library supports research at HKBU at every level. From new undergraduate students learning how to cite their sources through to faculty looking for innovative ways to present their research data, librarians are ready to help.

Digital Scholarship Services

digital scholarship services

Digital scholarship is an area of research and teaching that uses digital technologies to enrich and extend the life of scholarly sources and discover new research tools, with the aim to facilitate information sharing and develop new research findings. Through collaborations with professors and researchers, the Library provides expertise and support in digitization with OCR, data visualization, GIS applications, corpus development, crowd-sourcing projects, e-journal publishing, among other areas. We seek to strengthen the University's vision in teaching and research, data analytics, and knowledge sharing through the following services: 


  • Digital Scholarship Grant
  • Non-Grant Applications
  • E-Journal Publishing
  • Digital Scholarship Conferences/Publishing

Scholarly Communications Services

scholarly communications services

Due to rapid technological changes over the last few decades, Scholarly Communications has been a widely discussed (and debated) topic among academic communities across the globe. Without doubt, these evolving technologies will continue to impact scholarly workflows and management systems, and shape the way we work together. Here at HKBU Library, our Scholarly Communications Services aim to support you in the following areas:


  • Open Access and Publishing
  • Metrics Literacy and Training
  • Copyright Consultation and Education
  • Electronic Thesis and Dissertation
  • Support for Integrated Research Information Management System 
    (project in progress)


As the Scholarly Communications landscape continues to evolve, more challenges are to come. We strive to keep you abreast of the latest development to tackle these sometimes so-called “wicked” problems. 

Research Data Services

Research Data Services

As identified by the HKBU Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028, data analytics is one of the three key research clusters targeted at strengthening the university’s research profile. With the Library’s expertise in data analytics and visualization, we are well-equipped to provide you with the most up-to-date software and hardware, hands-on training, and informative online guides to meet various needs. Our services in research data management includes partnering with researchers and scholars to help them organize, structure, preserve, and care for research data over the course of a project. The Library is also reviewing reliable data resources for purchase, in particular social media data for multidisciplinary use.  Our service areas include:


  • Data Analysis and Visualization Software
  • Software Training and Consultation
  • Online Guides
  • Research Data Management

    Research Consultation Services

    Research Consultation Services

    The Library designates specific professional librarians to serve as dedicated liaisons to every academic unit of the University. In addition to being highly skilled in information search techniques, they have in-depth familiarity with the discipline-specific resources available at HKBU.

    Researchers are welcome to request a one-on-one meeting either in person or online via Zoom. Examples of topics that can be covered include:


    • Resource recommendations
    • Search strategies
    • Using Mendeley (citation management software supported by the Library)
    • How to stay current in your field using scholarly content alert services


    The above list is not exhaustive. Feel free to ask if you think a librarian might be of assistance to you!

    Citation Certification Service

    Citation Certification Service

    The Library offers a citation certification service to support members of the HKBU community applying for external grants, fellowships, or other similar awards where such documentation is required.


    Applicants need to provide a list of their specific publications to be certified. This list will be checked against the Web of Science Core Collection using the InCites platform. As standard, the letter will include details of:


    • Total number of Web of Science documents
    • Average citations per article
    • Category normalized citation impact
    • h-index


      Please contact the Library’s Scholarly Communications Team directly to make an application. We are also happy to discuss the possibility of providing different metrics or using different citation databases (e.g. Scopus) to conduct the certification.