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How to find resources: Search & Discover

Highlights the main library research tools that will help you find relevant materials for your assignments and research

How to find resources

Make full use of the Library Research Tools to help you find relevant information and data for your assignments and research.

Library Search

Search across the print and online collections for books, chapters, articles, journals and lots more.  
Use Library Search LibGuide for guidance.

Library Search will help you discover books, journals, articles, audio visual material and more on your chosen topic. This is a good place to start when you are beginning to research a topic as you can draw on content from a variety of different sources.

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 via individual database searches.  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 a database name and login with your University email address 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


Getting Help Online

In addition to this LibGuide there are lots of other guides which will help you make the best use of the library and all the resources available to you. 

Choose from the the full suite of online LibGuides for advice and support 24/7.

Your Liaison Librarian

Your Liaison Librarian is available for help and support.  You can get in touch by email, chat or book a 1:1 appointment for guidance on making the best use of library resources.

Find your liaison librarian and just get in touch when you need support.

Group photos: One of Library Liaison team members based at Exeter and one of Library Liaison team members based at Cornwall


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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