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Information to help you find books, articles and more to help you with your studies and research.

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Plan your search

Find a specific print book or eBook

Find a specific journal article

Find newspaper articles

Find information on a particular topic

Get more help with finding information

Get help with referencing

Library Search

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.

Academic sources

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.