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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 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, 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.

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Kathryn Devine

Academic Liaison Librarian


The Hive Level 3 askalibrarian

Tue 3 Sep 4pm-7pm
Fri 6 Sep 1pm-4pm
Sat 7 Sep 10am-5pm
Tue 10 Sep 4pm-7pm


If you would like to book a one-to-one appointment at an alternative time, please contact me by email and I will be happy to arrange this. Please note I am on leave from Friday 16 August to Monday 26 August 2019 inclusive.

Ask Kathryn a question or book an appointment


Hannah Hickman

Academic Liaison Librarian


The Hive Level 3 askalibrarian

Thu 25 May 2019 1pm - 4pm
Fri 26 May 2019 4pm - 7pm

Ask Hannah a question or book an appointment.


Drop ins

Image: 3 books grouped together. Text: Library Drop In

Library Drop In

Charles Hastings, City Campus

Hannah or Kathryn will be on hand to support you with finding, evaluating and referencing information, as well as any other library queries. You are welcome to drop in or to book an appointment.

Fridays, 10am-12pm

Book an appointment to guarantee a consultation.