What is the online library?

When I decided to study with the Open University I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to use a library to help me with my assignments, because I wouldn’t be studying on campus.

Then I logged on to my module website for the first time and saw a link to library resources.

I discovered that I can access a vast range of resources & library services online. In fact I can access them anywhere I can use the internet.

Not only are there academic books and articles, but also newspapers, encyclopaedias and dictionaries to help me write my assignments. As they are included in the online library I know they will be reliable and I can get to them whenever I need them, 24/7.

There are library tutorials and guides too which will help me to understand the best way to use the resources and information.

There’s even a getting started guide to show me how the online library works and a helpdesk if I get stuck.


Summary screens:

The Open University’s online library gives you access to thousands of up-to date articles and books and the Getting Started guide will help you make themost of them.

To find out more visit http://bit.ly/library_getting_started

Library Services: Bringing you resources you can trust.

Using our resources you will be able to:

To begin with:

There are different ways to access the content the online library provides. You can search across most areas of the library using Library Search. Searching Library Search will give you results in covering different subjects and resource types.

There are four main types of resources.

  1. ebooks - ebooks are like traditional books but available online
  2. ejournals - ejournals are similar to a magazine but available on the internet; the content is rigorously checked for quality
  3. articles - each issue of a journal contains a number of articles written by expert academics
  4. databases - a database in the library context means a collection of ejournals or ebooks which can all be searched at the same time

In order to use databases to find information for an assignment you need to understand how ebooks, ejournals and articles are organised so look at those links first.

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