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The Right Stuff: Measuring impact of the resources we buy for the OU Library

Congratulations to Alison Brock, E-Content Adviser in Library Services, who just published a fresh look at measuring the impact of Library resources. Her case study, Developing a reusable methodology to conduct a review of library resources, was published in the open access and peer reviewed journal UKSG Insights.

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 13:17

Understanding articles

Each issue of a journal contains a number of articles written by academics. The different components of a journal reference will allow you to trace an article.

Fri, 01/06/2018 - 11:34

Using Library Search for your assignment

Learn how to find specific resources and how to find information on a topic using Library Search.

Thu, 31/08/2017 - 16:58

Convert a file with SensusAccess

Fri, 23/09/2016 - 13:59

Library tools

Tools such as bookmarklets that will help connect you to library resources.

Fri, 31/07/2015 - 12:30

Finding resources for your assignment

A guide to finding information for your assignment at 1st and 2nd level, including identifying sources, planning a search, evaluating resources and managing information.

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 15:45

I am being asked to pay for my article

Tips on sources where an article which is behind a pay wall and is not available online through the Open University Library.

Tue, 26/05/2015 - 15:49

Finding ejournals and articles

Guidance on finding ejournal articles, either by following up a specific reference, or searching across many articles at once.

Tue, 26/05/2015 - 15:36

Advanced evaluation

Advanced guidance on evaluating resources for quality and relevance, including a more detailed explanation of PROMPT criteria.

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 13:46

Advanced searching

Advice on literature searching at post graduate level, with a printable downloadable checklist explaining a range of higher level search techniques with examples.

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 12:36

You said, we did: feedback from recent polls

Feedback from recent polls.

Fri, 08/11/2013 - 13:21

Explore Design, Engineering and Technology

A short video will introduce you to some of the Engineering, Technology and Design resources available to you.

Tue, 20/03/2012 - 15:22

How to use One Stop Search

Find out how to join the 'How to use One Stop Search' online training session. This session provides an introduction to Library Services new online search tool. The ‘hands on’ online training session will show you how to use the new tool to search for online journal articles and ebooks from a wide range of resources.

Mon, 27/06/2011 - 10:30


Library Services subscribes to over 150,000 journals on a wide range of subjects which can be searched for by title from this page.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 13:57

I am having problems accessing a resource via Athens.

If you are asked for an OpenAthens username and password these step-by-step instructions will help you login.

Thu, 07/04/2011 - 16:42

Library videos

Short demonstrations and animations (featuring OU student Bob & his goldfish Fin) helping students with library resources and services that will support them during their studies.

Tue, 15/03/2011 - 16:36

Document delivery and Inter-library lending

Document delivery and Inter-library loans can provide you with access to items not held at the Open University Library.

Tue, 15/03/2011 - 15:54

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