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The library is always open online

21 December 2017

Accessing help from the library even when we're not around

Just because we're closed over Christmas doesn't mean we've left you on your own. These are some of our key resources that can always be accessed online and will help you even when the staff aren't available:


Did you know over 70% of our books are now available online as e-books? This means more people can access our materials and it’s especially great if you can’t get to the building to borrow the books from the shelves.

Accessing them is easy. Just search for the title or subject you’re after in the library catalogue,

Screenshot of the library homepage

narrow your results using the filters on the right hand side of the screen,

Screen shot of the library catalogue

select a suitable title and click on the link next to where it says “Full text available at:

Screen shot of the a book record from the library catalogue

You’ll need your university login to open any of our e-resources and you will probably find they work better when you're logged in to the remote desktop.

Referencing guides

If you’re submitting work after the Christmas break, the chances are you’ll need to spend some time with our referencing guides. Our full Harvard guide shows you how to reference almost any type of document you could be using for your work, even artwork and YouTube videos, and it’s easy to search using the search box at the top of the interactive guide.

Screen shot of the Harvard referencing guide

Subject guides

The best way to see which resources we recommend for each subject area is to start with your Subject Guide. These have been made by your Subject Librarians to highlight the key databases, journals, books, websites and all kinds of other resources we have specifically chosen for each subject area.


Exam papers

Give your exam preparation a boost by doing some test papers to practice your exam skills. Past exam papers for some subjects can be found via the exam paper database provided by the library:

Screen shot of the exam paper search box


We answer lots of questions every day (it’s what we're here for) and we keep a record of those questions and their answers in our FAQs to help everyone. This means that if you have a question you need to ask us, it’s very likely we’ve already been asked it before and have added it to our FAQs webpage which everyone can access and hopefully find the answers even when we’re not around to ask in person:

Sreenshot of the Library FAQs page

Study Skills Plus

If you want to improve any of your academic skills like essay writing, exam preparation, presentations or the all-important critical thinking, then make sure you have a look through the Study Skills Plus online guides In here you’ll find lots of useful study guides, recommended books and can work through an online tutorial, all of which will help you to give your academic skills a boost even if you’re already doing ok.

Screen shot of the Academics Skills webpage from Study Skills Plus

Topics: Library help Library resources Study tips