Learning how to make the most of Library resources, such as books, journals and databases, as early as possible in your studies can help give you a real head start. Use the tabs below to find out about Library resources and the help that's available. If you have a question please contact your college librarians; you can see our availability in the contact boxes on the left of this page. You can also drop in to the askalibrarian desk on Level 3 in The Hive or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Library Search' - the Library cross-searching tool - is normally the best place to start looking for quality research, particularly for books and journal articles. See this video on getting started with Library Search. However, some databases are not included in 'Library Search', such as Lynda.com, and for these you'll need to search them directly. It can also be worth going directly to specific journal databases when you want to do more advanced, targeted searching to maximise your search results.
Listed below are some of the favourite databases chosen by students studying computing. You will need your student ID and password to access these. See the Library Services YouTube channel for videos on getting started with some of these databases.
Looking for information on how to reference? See our Referencing Page and the Cite Them Right Online tool. For an example of a reference list based on the Cite Them Right 10th ed. version of Harvard - look here.
These resources may be useful for finding preprints. Preprints are the draft version of a scientific paper before it has been officially published or peer reviewed. Searching preprint archives can often be the way of accessing the most up-to-date research as the paper does not need to await publication before it can be read.