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The Online Library: Your gateway to Knowledge

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The online library is your gateway to knowledge and culture through a wide range of information resources.

Giving you access to world class knowledge resources such as ebooks, journals and different types of media, the online library can provide you with the information and tools that you need to develop your knowledge. And our team of friendly librarians are here to be your “knowledge navigators” – helping you find the information and knowledge that you need through our curated collections of selected resources for your subject, our online training sessions, our 24 / 7 helpdesk and our specially developed digital skills modules. 

But what actually is knowledge?

Throughout your studies, you will learn a lot of information about your subject – facts and figures, dates, names – but knowledge comes when you understand the information, and understand how all the different bits fit together and relate to each other. To misquote Miles Kington (and with a nod to those studying nutrition or botany):

"Information is knowing that the tomato is a fruit; knowledge is knowing WHY the tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

Start your knowledge journey with the OU Library by visiting the selected resources for your study page, or you can join one of our online training sessions.

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