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Using the library for research

The links in the left-hand navigation bar will direct you to the most common types of resources you may need during your studies.


Finding Books and eBooks will give you guidance on using the library catalogue, Library Plus and our eBook databases to find both print books in the library and online eBooks. It will also provide information about the different eBook platforms and some of the additional functionality available with eBooks, like searching within the book, adding notes, highlighting text, read-aloud options and printing/downloading.

Finding Articles will give you information on how to use Library Plus, our main journal article search engine. Library Plus is not a database itself - it is a search engine that searches around 50-60 different databases in one go, bringing all the results back within one list. It is the best place to start searching for journal articles. However, there are some databases that Library Plus does not search, and these will be listed by subject in this guide.

There may be times when you need to use images, video or audio in your work. It is important you abide by copyright law when using this kind of material, so we recommend looking at the databases the library provides first, as these are all licensed and legal to use. You can find details of all of these resources in the Finding Images and Video guide.

Finally Key Subject Resources lists all of the major Library databases for Sociology, including the journal, image, eBook, and news databases featured in the other pages.