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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 book

Finding a book

To search for the following title in LibrarySearch, search for 'study skills handbook'. If the title of the book is quite general, you could also add the author's surname eg 'study skills handbook cottrell'. This will find fewer, more relevant results.

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

Sometimes, there will be multiple editions of the same title. Always try to read the most up-to-date, but with many subject areas, there can be little difference between editions.  Where we have multiple editions, you'll see a single item in the results list but it will indicate that there are multiple versions available. Click through to view all versions.  By default, LibrarySearch will list these 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 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!)

To see the full details, click on the title of the book or the Availability link and scroll down to the Get It tab - from here you'll be able to see how many copies of the book are available and what the loan policy is, eg 1 week loan:  

Get It Tab

To borrow a book: take a note of the call number ie 378.17 COT. The Lending Collection is on Floors 3 and 4 of the Library, with the Law Lending Collection located at the end of Floor 4. To borrow, self-issue machines are located on Floors 1, 3 and 4, but please ask at SEZ if you need assistance.

Is it available as an ebook?

If the book is available as an ebook, it will have a link 'Check for online access':


Follow this link and scroll to the View It tab where the link(s) to the eBook platform(s) are.  If prompted to login, enter your network username and password.‌

Finding a 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 a book or a journal article, the process is the same.‌

Finding a journal article

You may have a citation 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 plagiarism? 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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