Books and E-books

Often books are a good starting point for research. They help you to understand the main theories and concepts before reading deeper into your topic. Books are also useful if you are searching for an introduction to the research area and for general ideas and models.

Multiple copies of textbooks and many research texts are held in the Library.  In order to borrow physical items you will need your Student card and Univerity PIN.  You can login to your library account to renew and reserve books online. Where possible, we purchase e-books which you can view both on and off-campus using your University login. If you are using an Android or IOS device to access e-books, please ensure you have the latest version of Adobe installed.

Screenshot of library catalogueYou can search for both print and e-books on the library catalogue.  The tips below may help when searching the catalogue:

  • To search for items on a reading list, use a combination for author family name and keywords from the title e.g. Stroud mathematics
  • To search for items on a topic, use keywords or phrases e.g. non-destructive testing or “engineering thermodynamics”
  • Check the year of publication to ensure you have the most recent edition (you can sort your results by publication date using the filters on the left)
  • Click the title to see the full book details and number of copies available
  • Check for e-book versions by selecting “e-book catalogue” from the filters on the left

Alternatively you may have an electronic reading list set up by your module team which can be accessed here or via your NILE module.

If you’re not sure how to access books held in the library, or the e-books, the following videos will help:

Using the library catalogue

Finding an e-book

How to find a book on the shelf

The physical books, in the library, are organised by shelfmark.  A shelfmark is a combination of numbers and letters that help locate books by subject and author.  You will find the shelfmark in the full book detail page, you may find that you discover other books and resources by browsing the shelves in a particular shelfmark area.

E-books can also be accessed by going directly to a database.  One database that is useful for engineering e-books is SpringerLink.  This database is accessed via the ‘Databases’ tab in NELSON.




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