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Durham University

University Library

The basics: finding and accessing resources

The Subject Information Page is the best place to start when you want to find in-depth information on your subject which is not on a course reading list. Each department has its own page and it is tailored to the needs of that department. Have a look at the subject information page for your department to see what is available in your area. The page will contain links to information skills training, the essentials guide for your subject, and links to a range of different resources that might be of interest in your subject area, such as the ones listed below.

  • Catalogue
  • Databases
  • Data services and statistics
  • E-books
  • Image databases
  • Internet gateways
  • News resources
  • Organisations
  • Patents
  • Reference resources (online dictionaries and encyclopaedias in your area)
  • Research repositories
  • Theses

The library website also has a wealth of information about planning searches, evaluating information, referencing and keeping up to date with your research area in the Finding Information pages.