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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


Recommended library databases

'Library Search' - the Library cross-searching tool - is usually the best place to start looking for quality research, particularly for books and journal articles. See this video on getting started with Library Search. You may also want to search individual databases directly when you want to do more advanced, targeted searching. Do remember that not all databases are included in Library Search results. Below are some recommended databases for Computing students.

Looking for information on how to reference? See our Referencing Page and the Cite Them Right Online website.


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.