What are library resources?

We understand that there can be many new terms and phrases to get used to when using the library. You'll likely hear the term 'resources', a lot. Luckily, we've put together this list of library resources. Click on each one to find out what each one is and how you can access it.

Each of your units will have a reading list. The list acts as a starting point to access the reading for the unit. Read more about reading lists and how to find them

The Librarians have written a number of subject guides that tell you about the resources that support the subjects taught at the University. They are a great starting point to see what’s in the library collection that you’ll need to use to develop your knowledge.

You’ll hear people talk about the Digital Library. Basically, this is the electronic content of the library collection, such as ebooks, newspapers, journals etc.

The Digital Library means you have access to key resources to support your learning 24/7, it doesn't matter where you are - on campus, at home or overseas, articles, books and databases are just a click away.

There is a whole section on the library webpages about the Digital Library that you can browse and find out more.

Ebooks form the bulk of your reading lists so it is good to get to grips with what’s available and how to use ebooks early in your journey.

DISCOVER is how you search the digital library, the databases, the ebooks, newspapers, electronic journals, the print library collection (via the library catalogue) to find information to develop your knowledge and understanding. You search by title, key phrases, keywords and results are returned for you to evaluate.

Find out more about DISCOVER and how to access on devices such as Apple, Android, mobile.

You will need to use your username and password to access the resources.

But you will get a lot of results, because DISCOVER is searching a lot of information sources the University has access too.

That’s why it is important to attend information literacy lecturers as part of you course, you’ll learn about developing search phrases / terms and search techniques to get relevant and reliable information.

Check the searching for digital resources page for more guidance.

You’ll hear the library staff talk about classmarks or shelfmarks, these are they are the numbers on the books that help us arrange and organise all the books on the shelves. Read how to interpret and understand a classmark, so you can find the books you want to use.

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