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Document Delivery service

Sometimes when doing research you come across a book that is not in the library collections or an article in a journal that you are unable to access because the University does not have a subscription to access the journal in full text.  In these cases you can opt to use our Document Delivery Service.

Abstracts and indexes

Search for articles, but with most articles you will only have access to an abstract or summary.

Open access repositories

CORE (COnnecting REpositories) aims to facilitate free access to scholarly publications distributed across many systems. CORE gives you access to millions of scholarly articles aggregated from many Open Access repositories.

Keeping up to date

A table of contents (TOCs) alert is an alert which will notify you by e-mail or by RSS feed of the articles included in each new issue of a particular journal title. 

You can usually set up a TOCs alert through the publisher's home page for a journal, or use the services listed below.

  • JournalTOCs
    A database of Table of Contents (TOCs) from scholarly journals and a convenient single "one stop shop" interface to these TOCs.
  • Zetoc
    Zetoc contains details of approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published per year.


Access UK academic theses through EThOS - the British Library electronic theses online service.  You can search a database of UK thesesby institution, author and keywords and order theses online


Bibliometric data - a measure used to assess the impact of research

Research networks and communities

Using other university libraries

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be a very useful tool for alerting you to what has been published.  Please remember that not all output listed in Google Scholar is available free of charge so you may need to apply for a copy through our Document Delivery Service.  Sometimes it can be worth contacting the author who may be able to provide you with a free copy.

Google Scholar Search