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Find books and journals

Step away from Google and get to grips with Library Search to show off your research skills. This is where you'll find books and journals which are crucial for your learning and development. Not sure what an academic journal article is or how to find one? Take a look at our all about academic journals playlist on YouTube.



Whether you use Harvard, APA, OSCOLA, Vancouver or MHRA, by now you've probably had lots of practice with referencing. If you are one of the many students making the leap to second year who still feels they could improve some more, just ask your Academic Liaison Librarian. We'll even look at some assignment feedback with you and give you some tips. Here's one for free: if you haven't already got a method in place for recording references alongside your notes as you read, you really ought to pick one.


Resource lists

Find your resource lists, and navigate your way round loads of useful sources for your modules

Study happy

Studying at university offers plenty of opportunities to try new things, make new friends and gain important skills for the future but, as we’re sure you’re well aware, it can also bring its fair share of stress.
Study Happy is a year-round programme including online support materials and regular wellbeing events designed to help you study healthier, happier and smarter. Study Happy is open to all students and offers something for everyone, from drop-in stroking sessions with adorable Pets as Therapy dogs to give-it-a-go meditation in movement tasters, supercharged study sessions and the odd free tea and coffee thrown in for good measure.
For online resources and the full calendar of events visit the Study Happy webpages.


Where to study

When you are trying to study, it is important to find a spot that suits you, whether that's in The Hive library, the 24 hour Peirson Centre at St Johns, the PC suite at Riverside or the cafe at City Campus. Do you prefer to get together with study buddies or work quietly amongst the books? The Hive has a range of study spaces on offer to meet all your needs, and is usually open 8.30am until 10pm, 7 days a week (excluding most bank holidays), to suit both early birds and night owls.

Find out more about The Hive and other university study spaces here, and details of how to book group study rooms and study spaces here. While you're studying you'll probably want access to computers, printing and wifi, and these are all available in The Hive too. You can borrow laptops and store and charge your own device in Peirson Centre.


Settle into The Hive

Hive level 3 floor plan

In The Hive, most of the books are on Level 3. Spend some time finding your subject area on Level 3 using the map, and use our self-guided tour to find your way around your library.


Ask a question

Email, text, phone, Facebook or Twitter: just ask. Your Academic Liaison Librarians and the askalibrarian team are always ready to help with your queries about using the library, reading for your assignments, and academic referencing. Our FAQ section is a great place to try first - our most popular question has over 35000 hits.


What's on, study tips and dinosaurs

Follow us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube for regular updates about our services, study tips, advice, how to guides and raptors. Did you know The Hive has some fantastic events too? Whether you want to try out a study happy event, see the latest exhibition or explore your past, take some time out and see what's on.