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Online Resources: Introduction

Everything you need to know about our online resources.

An Introduction to Online Resources

The most important things to know about the online resources provided by the Library are....

  • All can be accessed from our A-Z Databases site.
  • Except for a small number marked campus only, all can be accessed off campus, but only via A-Z Databases or WorldCat
  • Some integrate with WorldCat, meaning WorldCat search results include a mixture of physical resources (that you can borrow) and online resources (that you can read onscreen).  
  • They include access to over 30,000 full-text journals.  For advice about how to search for and access journals and journal articles, take a look through the Using Journals document below.

WorldCat

The tab marked WorldCat above opens WorldCat in a new window.  WorldCat is our library catalogue and discovery tool and contains records of all the resources we provide access to, including books & ebooks, journals & ejournals, reports, DVDs and items from the Teaching Resources Collection like puppet bags, resource packs and artefact boxes. Online resources like ebooks and full text articles can be read onscreen via WorldCat.  See below for more about logging into online resources when off campus. To learn more about WorldCat click here.

eJournal / eBook Checker

The tab marked eJournal / eBook Checker above opens in a new window.  It's a really useful feature of WorldCat that often gets overlooked, and we think it deserves more attention!  It's useful because it allows you to a) check if we have full-text access for a particular journal and b) browse and search all of our ebook collections at the same time.

A-Z Databases

The tab marked A-Z Databases above contains a list of, and links to, all databases that the Library subscribes to, plus a small number of open access databases (i.e. freely available to anyone).   You can filter databases by subject and type, and view which of our databases are searchable via WorldCat; simply click on the All Database Types drop-down box and select either Searchable via WorldCat or Not searchable via WorldCat. Clicking on the title of a database will open it in a new window.  

Recommended Websites

The tab marked Recommended Websites above opens Diigo in a new window.  Diigo stands for Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff and is a social bookmarking tool we use to highlight and recommend useful websites (over 1,000 or them!).  The homepage displays the websites in the order they were added.  The easiest way to navigate is via the 'tags' - simply click on view all tags to see the full list.