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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.
Oxford English Dictionary Online
The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It contains current and historical meanings of over 600,000 words.
An online version of the authoritative encyclopaedia. Unlike Wikipedia, articles in Britannica are often written by leading academics.
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