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

Library Search tips

  • 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 ‘Filtermy 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 ‘Full text available’.
  • 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.

Smarter searching with Library Search

  • Library Search assumes that you are searching for all the words you type unless you combine or exclude words and phrases by using 'OR' or 'NOT'.
  • 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 Help Centre.

Jan 30

Introduction to Library Services

Wednesday, 30 January, 2019 - 12:30

Learn about the online library, how to find help and support, and how to access key services to help with your studies or work at the OU.

Library Helpdesk

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