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Library Search

What is Library Search?

Fast, simple search of many of our research databases, the Manchester Metropolitan University Library catalogue, ebooks, full-text journals, e-space and Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.

Why use Library Search?

  • Access full text quickly and easily to support your learning.
  • Find what you need from the Library in one place - books, ebooks, journals, ejournals, newspapers, images and much more.
  • Save time as the simple interface lets you focus on finding and using resources.
  • Refine your search by full text online or peer review.
  • Expand your search using autocomplete search suggestions, recommended searches and suggested resources.

Getting started with Library Search

Use Library Search to access books, ebooks, journal articles and more. Just type your keywords into the search box on the homepage of the library website and click search.

In this example, I’m looking for information on plagiarism in Higher Education.

You can see underneath each result what source it is for example a book or a journal article.

The word online highlighted in orange indicates that the full-text is available online.

When you see an item you want to read, you can click more information to view additional details and click on full text online, or the title, to access it.

To read the document click on full text or download pdf.

To access some sources you will first be redirected to this page, click on full text online to access the article.

Let’s say I’m looking for articles specifically about attitudes towards plagiarism in Higher education. These top results seem too general, so I can add the word ‘attitudes’ to my search terms to ensure my results are more relevant.

I now want to ensure that I am able to access the full text for all of my results so I’ll refine my search using the filters on the left hand side of the page. I’ll select ‘full text online’, and underneath the content type heading I’ll select journal article and newspaper article so that I only see these specific sources.

I also only want recently published items, so I’ll go down to the publication date option. I can use the pre-set options or use the slider to select the dates I am interested in.

Once you are happy with your results you have several options here including emailing yourself the details of a particular source or exporting them to Endnote.

If you want to come back to a useful item later, you can save it to a temporary folder, just click on the folder icon. The icon will change colour when an item has been added. To view the items in your folder, click on the folder icon at the top of the page. You can then print out or email yourself the details. Please be aware that items will disappear from this folder when you close your internet browser or, after a period of inactivity.

If you’re having trouble finding or accessing what you’re looking for, please use our online chat service or, click on the three lines here and click on  the feedback link

For more help and information, please email library@mmu.ac.uk or visit the Library website.