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Finding resources

As part of your studies you will need to access a wide range of material to support your learning.  In this section you will discover how you can use Library Search to access books and journal articles, and how you can access subject databases and newspaper archives when you need to look deeper into a topic.


Finding specific resources

Use Library Search to look up items by author and title for books and journal articles. For book chapters, search for the title of the book, rather than the chapter title and by editor name/author of book instead of the author of the chapter.  See the Library Search help guide for further advice or ask the Library for help.


Finding resources on a topic

When working on assignments, it is likely you will need to look beyond your reading list for information on your topic.  Or if you're researching your own topic, you will need to find material for yourself.  You can use Library Search or our specialist subject databases.

  • Library Search - print and online material including books, journal articles, audio materials and video.  Use keywords relevant to your topic. Use Library Search as a starting point, then explore more specialist databases
  • Subject databases - online resources for wider reading and research where you can carry out thorough searches on your topic

Tutorial: looking beyond your reading list

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Online tutorial on how to expand your assignment research beyond the unit reading list. It shows you how to research your topic with Library Search, and introduces you to subject databases

Tutorial: discovering information with databases

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Use this online tutorial to learn which are the best tools to carry out research on your topic -  and how to use them most effectively

Skills and training

Use the online tutorials above, or book onto one of our library training workshops.  You can also contact your Subject Librarian for 1:1 help:

Library Search

Search books, journal articles and more provided by the University of Bristol Library