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EAS2026 Desire and Power Library Research Guide: Where should I look for the resources I need?

This guide introduces you to the skills and resources required for effective library research for Module EAS2026

Where?

There are two key Library Research tools that will help you find all the primary and secondary materials you have access to. 

 

1. Library Search http://encore.exeter.ac.uk

2. A-Z Databases http://libguides.exeter.ac.uk/az.php

 

Scroll down for more information on how to use these library search tools.

Videos to help you use Library Search

Video to help you use Databases A-Z

Finding Resources via Library Search

Library Search

Use Library Search to:

  • find book and journals titles and other items available online or in print via the Library Catalogue.

  • search for Articles + more across a wide range of full text resources via the library's discovery serviceThis allows you to search within books and journal articles to find relevant content.  

Help and guidance on using Library Search is available online via the Library Search LibGuide.

 

 

A search for 'jew of malta' in Library Search returns the following catalogue results.

Note the type of content. There is a mixture of print and electronic texts and commentary.

You could use this search to find the text of the source you wish to examine, as well as related commentary.  This search finds matches in book and journal titles.  For more granular searching within the content of books and journals you should use the Articles + more feature of Library Search and the research databases.

You can refine your search to items available online:

A search for 'jew of malta' in Library Search returns the following articles + more results.

Note the type of content. There is a mixture of print and electronic texts and commentary, but at a far more granular level than with the catalogue search.  

In addition to all the content in the Catalogue tab, there is also a wide range of content from various full text resources, with journal articles that match your search terms.

The search below has been refined to Academic Journals. You could also refine to items available online.

As well as searching for the title of a literary work, you can search for research themes and topics. For example "shakespeare disguise"

Use the Library Search LibGuide for further help and guidance on searching.

Finding Resources via the A-Z Databases

You can scroll through the A-Z and choose a database if you know exactly what you are looking for.

Or select your subject from the drop down subject menu to see a subset of resources in that category.

Or select a database type from the drop down type menu to see a subset of resources in that category.

Select English from the drop down subject menu.

A few core resources will be highlighted in the yellow box. These are key databases that are likely to be of interest to anyone studying and researching in that area. All other databases relevant to the subject are listed below the core resources. 

A-Z Databases English subject listing

Your ELE module contains some recommendations for resources that you will want to explore in support of this module.

Some of they key resources that you are likely to find most useful for this module are highlighted in the remainder of the guide.

What is a database? 

Research databases enable you to see what has been published in the area you are researching. They contain detailed records of thousands of journal articles, book references and conference proceedings. These records usually include the article title, authors, abstract (a brief summary), keywords (to enable your search to find it) and more.

Why should I use a database?

  • They are a valuable way of searching for published scholarly research across a wide number of sources
  • You can build complex searches using sophisticated search interfaces. There will be plenty of options to refine your searches, ensuring that the results are likely to be relevant to your needs
  • They contain huge numbers of records, and thus provide comprehensive subject coverage
  • They also provide frequent (often daily) indexing, and so are very up to date

It is important to note:

  • Some databases provide full text access to the articles themselves.
  • Some databases are primarily indexes or bibliographic databases, and although they provide information about the content of a journal article, they may not provide full-text access to the actual article itself.
  • Some databases are a mixture of full-text and indexed/bibliographic access.

 

So, when searching databases, be prepared for an extra step. 

After finding a relevant article or book you need to check whether you have access to that item, either in print or in full-text online.  Many of the databases will have a Check for this at Exeter button; clicking on this link will check whether we have access to the item.

 

For more information and top tips on finding the full text, see the How to access full text articles libguide.

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