Finding Resources: Navigating the Online Library

The Online Library is a vast resource. Whatever you study, you will find what you need in the Library collections. For all that it is wide and wonderful, however, I know (from personal experience) navigating the Online Library can be overwhelming. Read on for tips on where to look for resources and how to get the best out of the Online Library… 

Subject Guides 

Subject Guides are a great place to start your search for resources. If you haven’t already, head over to the Subject Guides list and find all the most relevant library resources for your subject and more… 

Check out our blog dedicated to Subject Guides for more information, coming soon...

Explore the Library website  

It might sound obvious, but if you haven’t already done so, have a flick through the Library website. If you’re looking to learn more about the Library and go beyond DiscoverEd, then start with the Library website.  

The website has a section dedicated to finding resources – it will guide you to collections, databases, subject guides and more. You can also find information on requesting resources from other libraries, and explore the university’s cultural and heritage collections.  

Reach out to your ASL (Academic Support Librarian) 

Every school has an ASL, a dedicated librarian to help you make the most of the Library throughout your studies. If you’re ever having library-related trouble during your studies, your ASL is the person to reach out to. You can find your ASL in your Subject Guide – yet another reason to go and look! 

Resource Lists  

Most course reading lists will be hosted on Resource Lists, but even if yours are not, this is a great place to find reading inspiration. The site hosts reading lists from courses across the university, just login and start searching!

Follow Library Social Accounts  

The Library has an active presence on social media, and this is a great place to look for news, updates, new resources and more. So, if you haven’t already, give our accounts a follow! 




And, of course, keep reading the ASL blog! Don’t forget to check out school-specific ASL blogs for updates on new resources for your school.  

Maddie Cayley – Digital Collections Engagement Assistant and Geography (MA Hons) graduate.

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