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ResMAP: Finding Sources

Mapping the research journey for Post Graduate and Doctoral Researchers


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Finding Sources

The Library provides a number of useful tools to help you find resources. Begin scoping your topic by trying out some of your keywords in these tools.

  • The Library Catalogue displays information about books and journal titles, both print and electronic,
  • Summon is a search engine that allows you to gain fast access to relevant, library material at Birmingham City University. Summon provides an integrated search of our:

E-journal content and print journal titles

Books and E-books

To access the electronic books and journals, login to iCity using your network username and password and click on the Search Summon link on the Library widget.

Finding journal papers

To find journal papers by subject, you can use Summon or the journal indexing databases. A list of the databases by subject can be accessed via the find resources page or seek advice from the Liaison Librarians who can advise on a range of resources, not just those subscribed to by the University.

Finding Web Resources

On the internet it is important to critically evaluate your sources.See Evaluating Web sources. The Liaison Librarians can advise on search techniques to improve web searching skills.

Searching other Library catalogues

If you can’t find an item on Summon or our Library catalogue then you may find it by searching the catalogues of other libraries.

If you find an item that you would like to borrow or a journal that you would like to consult you have two options:

Request books and journal papers via our Interlibrary Loan Service Inter-library services logo
Visit the holding library by joining the Sconul Access Scheme SCONUL Logo


To request a Doctoral thesis you should use the British Library’s Electronic Theses Online Service (ETHOS). For further details visit: Requesting a Thesis

If you are not a UK resident, you may want to check with your national library servicesAlso see Visiting other libraries  


Requesting a journal article