Finding Academic Information

Students and staff have access to a wide range of resources including books, eBooks, eJournals, databases and subject-specific resources. You can access high quality academic materials by searching Discover More or visiting the ‘My Library’ tab in Learning Edge for specialist subject resources.  Access to online resources is provided using your University log-in.

Library Catalogue

The University library contains over 370,000 books and eBooks which can be found by searching the library catalogue.

Watch our Library Catalogue video guide to learn how to access, search and get the most out of the University Library Catalogue:

You can enhance your search, by using the more search options underneath the main search box, and results, by using the Refine Your Search filters on the left-hand side of your results list.

When you have chosen a book make a note of the location and shelfmark, including any letters e.g. 371.30281/COT, then use these details to find the book on the library shelves.

If there are copies available you can pick one up on your next visit. If all copies are out on loan you can choose to reserve this item. As soon as a copy is returned you will receive an email to your University email account letting you know it is ready to collect.

If you are looking specifically for eBooks take a look at our eBooks Guide.

Discover More

Discover More allows you to search our eResources and the library catalogue. Use Discover More to find reading material as you start your research.

Watch our Discover More video guide to learn how to access, search and get the most out of Discover More:

There are several ways to begin your search in Discover More and you can launch right in with an Advanced Search if you have something more specific to find.

A Find everything search will locate content from across most of our online collections and print stock including full text journal articles and eBooks; print books with your keywords in the title and/or subject fields; and print journal titles.

A search using Find full text journal articles will limit your search to peer reviewed, full text journal articles from within the 55,000 electronic journals we subscribe to.

A search using Find eJournal titles via A- Z will help you find a specific eJournal within the complete A-Z list of all the electronic journal titles we subscribe to.

Take a look at the Discover More Guide for more information.

Subject Resources

Your subject resources are dedicated to your subject and are the key resources you will need for researching. Simply click on your chosen subject area and you will find instant access to scholarly (peer reviewed) research, journal articles, book reviews, newspapers and useful websites.

Reading Lists

Your reading list contains books, journals and digital resources that your tutors have highlighted as essential and/or recommended reading. You may find a copy of your reading list within your module handbook but you can also access your reading list online.

Watch our Online Reading Lists video guide to discover how to access and get the most out of your online reading lists:

You can search for your reading list by your module code or name e.g. FDH110 – Essential Study Skills for Undergraduates.

Do not feel overwhelmed by your reading lists, you can be selective. It is unlikely that you will be asked to read everything on your list so take the time to find out which material is useful for your area of research. If you are unsure where to start you can always speak to your tutor for more guidance.

Getting the most out of your academic reading

Top tips for getting the most out of your academic reading…

Textbooks / eBooks

  • You do not need to read the entire book cover to cover.
  • Check the date / edition – is the information up to date / relevant?
  • Use the contents page / index / chapter headings to locate your topics of interest.
  • Search for key words using the eBook search function.

Journal Articles

  • Read the abstract – all the key information from the full article will be in here.
  • Read the introduction to understand the background / context of the research.
  • Read the conclusion / summary for a better understanding of the key research findings.
  • Once you’ve got an overview of the article you will know if it can be added to your ‘intensive reading’ pile or disregarded.

General Reading Tips

  • Be selective – you do not need to read everything ever written in your area of research.
  • Read with a purpose – what do you want to know / find out?
  • Identify your key words / terms – use your assignment brief.
  • Think about what you already know about your topic…but also what you do not know and will need to read to fill in those gaps.
  • Use your reading list – your tutors have highlighted essential and recommended reading to get you started.
  • Make notes as you read – jot down any important / useful information such as ideas, concepts, arguments, key author/researcher names you might want to follow up further.
  • Read aloud – this can improve reading comprehension and information retention.
  • Manage the ‘overwhelm’ by planning your research and reading time into your study schedule.
  • Keep a record of what you are reading – you will need this information to complete your reference list / bibliography.

Take a look at our Academic Reading and Writing pages for more tips and guidance around reading academically.

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