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Foundation Year: Books, E-books and Reference

Our guide for Foundation Year students - helping you make the most of the library

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