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Library Search

Find articles, ebooks, journals, images and more

Library Search provides a single search box for library resources and offers a new 'My Bookshelf' feature, where you can save results so that you can find them again easily.

  • Searching for the title of the resource such as an ebook, database or journal, should bring up the item you are looking for at or near the top of the results. If not, you can limit your search by resource type under ‘Refine my results’.
  • You can find particular articles using Library Search, by searching for the article title, and get straight to all of our electronic resources by clicking on ‘view online’. 
  • Library Search also searches across a large number of our databases or collections which means you can search across a large number of resources at the same time. You can also limit by creation date; author; subject; journal title; language or collection, this will allow you to refine and focus your search.

Library Search Hints

  • Library Search assumes that you are searching for all the words you type unless OR or NOT are specified between the words and phrases.
  • Use “double quotation” marks to search for a phrase eg “supply chain management”.
  • To search for words with different endings use an asterisk after the root of the word e.g. comput* finds computer, computing, etc.

Using older browsers

If you use Library Search with older versions of Internet Explorer you may experience some problems, such as the full text of results not opening properly. Help with Choosing a web browser is available from the Student Help Centre.

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