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LibrarySearch is the quickest and easiest way to search our large collection of print and electronic resources simultaneously from one simple search. Simply search by author, title or keywords. A few examples of how to search include:

‌‌Finding a print book

LibrarySearch will find print books and other physical items such as journals, DVDs etc. in one quick easy search.  Simply search for the title of the book you need, or search by keyword and author name.

Finding a print book

You may have a citation from a reading list that looks like this:

Cottrell, S. (2013) The study skills handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

You can find this in LibrarySearch by searching for 'study skills handbook' you could also add 'cottrell' 

Top tip: when you know you're looking for a print book rather than an eBook, you can limit your results using the filters on the right hand side of the screen to only show items available in the Library.  This will remove any online items from your results list.

Available in the Library

Sometimes, there will be multiple years or editions of the same title available in LibrarySearch.  When this is the case, you'll see a single item in the results list but it will indicate that there are multiple versions available and you can then click through to view all versions.  By default, LibrarySearch will list these years/editions from newest to oldest so the most recent version will display at the top of the screen.  Check carefully to ensure that you borrow the correct edition of the book you're after.

In the above example, you're looking for the 2013 edition: Cottrell, S. (2013) The study skills handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

It would look like this in LibrarySearch:

Multiple Versions Available

You can see at-a-glance from the results list that this title is available to borrow as availability is shown in green, and you can also see the location and call number i.e. Lending Collection and 378.17 COT (Remember: you must be logged in to see accurate item availability!)

You can click on the title of the book or the Availability link to see the full details.  From the Details screen, you can scroll down to the Get It tab to see more information.  From here you'll be able to see how many copies of the book are available and what the loan policy is.  The loan policy tells you how long you can borrow the item for:  

Get It Tab

To borrow a book: take a note of the call number and location (all normal lending collection books are on Level 3, Law lending books are on Level 4) and collect the book from the shelves.  You can either borrow the book using the self-service machines or from the SEZ desk - make sure you have your student card with you as it is required for borrowing.

Finding an eBook or Journal Article

LibrarySearch is searching over 185,000 eBooks and millions of journal articles at once so is the quickest and easiest way for you to find online items.  Whether you're looking for an eBook or a journal article, the process is the same in LibrarySearch.

Finding an eBook

You may have a citation from a Reading List that looks like this:

Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. and Tight, M. (2010) How to research. 4th edn. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.

Using the simple search box, either pick keywords from the title or use the full title.  In the above example you would be best to add an author surname to your initial search as the title is quite generic.  You would type 'How to research blaxter' into the search box.

If you know you are specifically looking for an eBook, you can apply some additional filters after you've entered your search terms in order to narrow the results further.  From the right-hand list you can select to Limit Results by Full Text Online and also select Books from the Content Type list (you may have to click show more if the content type you want doesn't display at first)  However, it is worth remembering that all content owned or subscribed to by the Library will always appear at the top of the results list.

Once you have found the item that corresponds to your citation in the results list you can click through to the full-text!  Click on the title to open the Details screen and scroll down to the View It tab where the link(s) to the eBook platform(s) are.  Clicking on the link will take you out of LibrarySearch and directly to the eBook on the publisher platform.  Sometimes, you'll be prompted for your network username and password again before getting to the eBook - it depends whether you're on or off-campus, if you're already logged in, and which publisher site you're going to.

Clicking on Check for Online Access will either open a services page if there's more than one source link available i.e. if the eBook is available from more than one publisher platform.  Or, if there is only one link available, you'll go direct to that source when you click 'check for online access'.

LibrarySearch eBook Example

Finding a Journal Article

You may have a citation from a Reading List that looks like this:

Loes, C.N., Salisbury, M.H. and Pascarella, E.T. (2015) ‘Student perceptions of effective instruction and the development of critical thinking: a replication and extension’, Higher Education, 69(5), pp. 823-838. doi: 10.1007/s10734-014-9807-0.

Again, you would either pick out keywords from the article title and add in author surname, or search for the article title.  In this example you are looking for ‘Student perceptions of effective instruction and the development of critical thinking: a replication and extension’

As you know that this is journal article, you can add additional filters from the right-hand menu if required.  You can select to only return Full text Online results and only Content Type = Articles. 

The same journal article can often be available from multiple publisher platforms and this will be indicated in the results list as 'Multiple sources exist. see all'

As with the eBook example, you click through to the Details screen by clicking the title and scroll down to the View It tab. From the View It tab you can click on the link to go directly to the full-text article on the publisher platform.  You may be prompted to login again with your network username and password before accessing the article.

Clicking the 'Check for Online Access' link will open the service page listing all available links to the full-text.  If only one source exists, clicking the link will take you straight there.

LibrarySearch Journal Article Example

For more information on how it works, see our FAQ page.

Reading lists

In terms of your reading, if you're not quite sure where to start, start with your reading list.

Most modules will have a reading list; some highlighting the key texts for that module, others detailing weekly readings. To find your list, navigate to your module in MyLearningSpace and follow the Reading List tile. Or, MyLists will take you to all available reading lists for modules you're enrolled on.

Find out more about reading lists:

Beyond your reading list

If you want to search beyond your reading list, start with LibrarySearch above. Alternatively, some subject areas will require you to search for a specific type of information eg legal content or market research,  or you may want to conduct a more comprehensive search within a particular database. If you are unsure which database or collection to use, our Subject Guides highlight the key resources for your subject area, or our A-Z lists all of our online collections.

We've also highlighted some of the key open access resources available.

When thinking about searching for literature, it might be beneficial first to think about what you're looking for eg articles, statistics etc, or where you're likely to find this information? The tiles below split that process up for you and offer advice on what to do.

Assignment toolkit

Searching and finding literature is only one part of the assignment process. We've designed the assignment toolkit to help you dip into other aspects of the process as and when you need to, regardless of whether you're writing a 1st year essay or a 4th year dissertation. From defining your essay question to formatting your document, there's something in there for everyone.

What else do I need to know?

  • Referencing. Do you understand how to reference? How to avoid plagiarim? Whatever referencing style you use, it's important to know how and when to cite, and how to lay out your Reference List.
  • RefWorks.  Ever considered using software to help you reference? 
  • Digital skills. Learn how to use Word to format your assignment, or how to use PowerPoint to present your research on a poster:

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