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Starting your research

We have lots of ways to help you get started with your studies and to support you throughout your time here.


Assignment Survival Kit (ASK)

It may seem daunting to begin your first university assignment but it's never as bad as it seems once you follow simple steps.  Some of the issues might be meeting deadlines, knowing how to structure your essay or write in the appropriate style. You may find our Assignment Survival Kit useful as it provides hints and tips to successful research and helps you to keep to a timetable.

Library Catalogue

​You can use the Library Catalogue to search online for physical stock in our libraries, for example, books, journals and other media. It will show you where to find items on the shelf and whether they are already on loan. If so, you can reserve the book so it is saved for you once it is returned. 

You will usually be directed towards an online reading list by your tutor as the starting point for essential reading and any items on here are automatically linked to the Library catalogue record and/or eBook record.


The Library has a large collection of online full text eBooks to support all subject areas. Many eBooks allow you to make notes (using an online marker pen), download to portable devices or save to your own virtual bookshelf. Our eBooks are an important additional resource to our printed stock and of course have the convenience of being available 24/7 wherever you are. 


You can search for particular eJournals by title (E.g. Cambridge Journal of Education) or alternatively eJournal articles by keyword/topic via our subject databases.


You may wish to use the library search engine Summon. With one search you can find many of our books, eBooks and eJournal articles. Within Summon, use the filters on the left of the screen to refine your search if required - for example to narrow your search by type (E.g. book or eJournal article) or by particular dates.  

Accessing Library Resources

When accessing online resources, if you are prompted for a username and password, please login using your student university username and password. Please visit the passwords help page if you are having problems logging in or online eHelpdesk if you are experiencing technical issues with a particular resource.