The University's education and research are currently supported by a large and diverse range of digital package subscriptions, including publisher's journal packages, e-book packages and other more subject-specific digital resources.
Full details of all current holdings are available on Library Search.
Databases available via the Library can be viewed in the A-Z Database list.
If we do not stock a particular book or subscribe to a journal from which you need an article, you may be able to obtain the item from our Document Delivery service.
Books for teaching will be automatically ordered by the Reading Lists Team whilst they are creating your digitised reading lists. For other orders, the process varies across the institution:
Some Departments appoint a Library Liaison Officer (LLO), who acts as the main contact between the Department and the Library.
Where there is an LLO, they usually authorise and monitor book ordering by the department. Where there is no LLO, academic staff can use the form below to submit orders.
Although the Library orders most material for the departments the budget for books and DVDs is held by the department.
An ISBN is a unique 13 digit number, assigned to a book or similar publication. It denotes the publisher and edition of the book and allows booksellers and purchasers to identify exact versions of a publication. For information on obtaining a single ISBN for your publication from the University of Exeter, please contact Phil Hicks. Further information on getting ISBNs can be found on the Nielsen UK ISBN Agency website.
An ISSN is a unique 8 digit number, assigned to a serial publication (e.g. a journal, magazine or electronic journal). It acts as an identifier and allows potential subscribers and readers to locate the exact publication required. To obtain an ISSN for your serial publication, you need to contact the British Library directly. For more details, see the British Library website.
Subscriptions to journals, databases, digital archives and other ongoing commitments are purchased via an institutional budget administered by the Library. Proposals for new subscriptions that match current teaching and research needs may be submitted by academic staff.
Subscription resources have been subject to above inflation price increases over a number of years, meaning that there are significant budget pressures in this area. Therefore it will not always be possible to purchase all new requested resources and in some cases it may be necessary to cancel existing subscriptions in order to divert budget to new resources.
All requests are scrutinized in terms of budgetary impact and added value they bring to the University.
We ask you to make a supporting case for your request, including comments from colleagues as appropriate.
We consider such information under two headings:
Please contact us if you would like to discuss your supporting statement prior to submitting a request.
Some resource providers offer trials of their resources to allow for review prior to taking out a subscription. It is Library policy to only organise trials for resources that are being seriously considered for purchase. We are unable to set up trials to provide short-term access.
Once you have made a request for a subscription using our online form we will be in touch to discuss trial options.
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