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Guide to Foundation Year: Books, E-books and Reference

Finding books and e-books

Your first stop to find books and e-books is our library catalogue.

The catalogue will tell you:

  • whether we have an e-book or a print book
  • where you can find a print book on our shelves using the shelfmark
  • how many copies we have and - if they’re out on loan - when they’re due back

To only see e-books in your search results, choose ‘Refine your search options’ (may display as + on some devices) then choose ‘Internet’ under ‘Library Location’.

When you’re connecting to an e-book you may need to log into OpenAthens before you can open it.

Using reference sources

Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, handbooks and other reference sources can help you find your way into your assignment reading or research. They're also great if you need a quick definition or an overview of a subject.

Printed reference sources

Many of these sources are in our Reference section on level 1 of the library.

Online reference sources

Links and search boxes for our key online reference sources are available below. If you are not on campus, you may need to sign in to OpenAthens to use these resources.

Shelf locations for key Foundation Year books

Counselling   361.06
Criminology            364
Early Childhood   371.21
English   800s
Health and Social Care   362
History   900s
Law   340s
Primary Education   372
Psychology   150
Study skills   378.17
Social work   361.3
Sociology   301
Sport   612
Theology   200s
Youth/Social Policy   361.61

Recommended e-books for Foundation Year