The information on the Library catalogue, informing you about the books that we have in stock, includes a shelfmark (also known as a class number) which shows where an item is kept on the Library shelves. We put a shelfmark sticker on the spine of every book.
To find a book with the shelfmark 370.152/COT:
Check the signs in the Library to find out where the books with shelfmark numbers 300-399 are kept.
Go to the floor/area you need.
Check the signs on the end of each row of shelves, they tell you the range of shelfmarks kept on each row.
Library Search can be used as a starting point for locating information for your assignments. A variety of sources of information can be located quickly and easily. This short video explains what it is and why you should use it when carrying out your research.
Databases are large collections of sources of information and are an essential and valuable resource for your studies. This short video explains what a databases is and why it is useful to use one.
Google and Google Scholar
Google can be useful for locating certain types of information sources, that you may need to consult for your studies. Google Scholar can return results, some of which will be academic sources. However, neither should be relied upon to locate information for your assignments. This short video explains the best use of Google and Google Scholar and the limitations of both.
Your tutor will ask you to use academic sources for your assignments, which includes academic books and journal articles.
The following videos provide an overview of these types of academic sources.