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Library Search

Library Search is the place to start your search for resources. Use this simple search tool to search for and access books, ebooks, journal articles, journals, news, videos and more.

Library Search - how to find books

Library Search - how to find journal articles

Library Search FAQs

On any device with internet access

You can access the Library website from any device and from anywhere with internet access. Library Search is at the top of the homepage.

In the Library

There are Library Search terminals in the Library where you can search for resources and find out where they are located.

To access online resources, you will need to login to a Library computer with your University username and password. The Library website is the default page you will see when you open the browser (Microsoft Edge).

Through Library Search you have quick and easy access to most of the resources the Library purchases, which have been selected by your lecturers and librarians to support your studies and research.

  • books in the Library and ebooks
  • classroom resources, DVDs and all other resources in the Library
  • online academic journals and journal articles
  • videos, images, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings and more

Library Search does search most of our resources but not everything! It doesn't search every database you have access to.

For some subjects areas, such as Education and Law, you will also need to use My Subject or the Databases A-Z to access specialist databases such as Childlink and Westlaw.

You can filter the Databases A-Z to "Not included in Library Search"

You don't need to log in to search for resources, but you do need to Sign in with your University username and password to:

  • reserve items which are on loan
  • check My Library Account
  • Create favourites lists

If you haven't found what you need doing a simple search, you will see an Advanced Search button to the right of the search box above your results list. Read this guidance on how to do an advanced search.

If you have too many results, use the filters to the right of your results list, or repeat the search adding in more specific key words.

You can also contact your Liaison Librarian for help with advanced searching.

If you don't find what you're looking for straight away, think around your topic and try out different keywords. A combination of general and specific keywords often works best.

If you're looking for a particular journal article, type the author's surname and a few keywords from the article title. Copying the entire reference may not bring up the article first time.

You can also expand your search to retrieve articles that we don't have full text access to, that we may be able to obtain for you via Request a resource.

There may be a problem with your account or a problem with the resource itself.

Report the problem to us, giving as much detail as possible. Screenshots are always useful!

Service alerts

If you encounter errors or problems accessing an online resource, please report the problem.

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