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Mining and Minerals Engineering: finding and using library resources for assignments: 2. Where should I look?


Once you have decided what sort of research materials you want to work with, you can choose the best research tool to help you find that material.

There are two Library Research tools that will help you find print and electronic primary and secondary materials:

Library Search 

A-Z Databases


A-Z Databases Demo

A-Z Database Demonstration


A-Z Databases List

Requesting resources to collect at the Penryn Campus

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Library Search

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Library Search

A- Z Databases

Library Search is often a good starting point for introductory material, but if you want to research the global literature on a topic, and go beyond quick full text results, then you should follow up with a database search. 

You can tailor your search more precisely using all the sophisticated functionality available on the research databases.  

To find databases, use the A-Z list.

See the next tab for help with finding the best databases f

Each entry in the A-Z database list has an information icon. Hover over that symbol for information about the content that is available in the database and an idea of why it might be useful for research purposes. Shown below is the information for ScienceDirect, which is a useful research database.

ScienceDirect description

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

Alternatively, you can select your subject from the drop down subject menu to see a subset of resources in that category.

The subject listings will highlight the 'core resources'; these are key databases that are likely to be of interest to anyone studying and researching in that area.


Research material can be drawn from a wide range of different types of information. You may wish to use specialist sources such as news items, statistical data, maps, standards and audiovisual materials.

Find out more by visiting the Searching for specific types of information libguide

Searching library resources at the Penryn Campus

To search the full range of print and online resources available through the University of Exeter always use Exeter Library Search

Watch this video for guidance on how to search library resources as a Penryn campus student


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