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University Library

The basics: finding and accessing resources

This section of the web pages for distance learning students covers the basics of finding and accessing resources necessary for your course of study. The library catalogue is a good place to start: it lists all the physical volumes we have in our collection as well as providing links to electronic recourses such as electronic journals and databases. The sub pages to the left cover different aspects of finding information: the services on offer if you are unable to travel to the library; courses and tutorials on offer and tips on keeping up to date with new research.

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.