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Library Basics: How to find resources

How to find resources

It can be difficult to know where to start when you need to do some research on a new topic.  
Don't worry! Use the library research tools to guide and support you.
1. Library Search

 

Enter your Search terms and click on Search

2. Databases

 

3. LibGuides
 
 
Search all LibGuides
 

 

Library Research Tools

Library Search

Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles + more.  Use Library Search LibGuide for guidance.

Library Search is your discovery service for searching the library collections, and is a great place to start your research.

Use it to find:

  • specific book and journal titles available via the Library catalogue tab
  • a range of full text sources on a topic such as journal articles, book chapters etc., available via the Article + more tab

It does not cover all specialist databases,  and due to the way it standardises and aggregates content from lots of different sources you may find that more advanced search functionality is available directly on individual database interfaces. 

So follow up with a more focused database search as you move through your research.

 

  • Access via A to Z database list 

  • Sort list by subject or type ( e.g. news, audiovisual, official publications etc)

  • Click on the i (information icon)  to find out more about each database. 

  • Click on a database name and login with your IT Services username and password for access.

 

Watch the quick video below, for a demo of the Database A-Z list

 

  • LibGuides are online support guides, available 24/7 from your desktop or device, wherever in the world you are located.

  • The Subject Guides highlight key resources and guidance to assist with your subject research.

  • Browse or search to find help and guidance

 

UoE registered staff & students login with University username and password. 
 
 

You do not need the alternative login with separate library card number and PIN - that is used by users external to the University.

A small number of databases require a special username and password.  These details are available via the username and passwords page for registered users.

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Go beyond Google

Don't just use Google for information!

Google will find lots of information and is a great tool for examining certain kinds of material such as blogs and other openly accessible web resources.  However, the information you find will vary greatly in terms of accuracy, currency bias etc. Always evaluate the material for research quality.

As well as containing information that is not exposed through Google, the Library research tools also allow you to be more precise with your searching as they offer specialist research database features to improve your research discovery.

 

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