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Getting started with the Library: How do I find resources for my assignments?

Everything you need to know about using the Library

How do I find resources to use in my assignments?

Your reading list is a list of items which your lecturer considers important for your module. They are usually divided into:

  • Purchase
  • Essential
  • Recommended
  • Background

You can search for a list by module code/name or by tutor.

Reading Lists Online

Subject guides are curated by subject specialists from the Learning & Teaching and Collection Management librarians.

They include lists of key databases, a dedicated Summon subject search box, and important websites.


Subject guides

The Library has a large range of print and eBook titles to meet your needs. Print books can be a great place to start your research, but remember that demand can be high, so you'll need to plan in advance.

eBooks are a quick and easy way to access material. They are available on or off campus and can be used 24 hours a day. If you own a tablet device, these books can be viewed easily wherever you have a connection to the internet. These titles also allow limited printing.

You can access our print and eBook collections through the Library Catalogue or on Summon.


Help guides

Finding a book on the shelf - a guide to Dewey [pdf]

Accessing MyiLibrary e-books [pdf]

Downloading DawsonEra e-books [pdf]

Finding your way around an e-book [video]

Creating a MyiLibrary account [video]

There are a number of ways to find out if we have a journal article:

1. Search SummonThis search engine will look across a number of our journal holdings, plus the library catalogue. If you are logged into iCity, it will tell you if we have the Full Text or if the article is Citation Only (the abstract).

2. Search individual databasesYour subject guide (see the tab above) will have a list of recommended ones.

3. Check the catalogue to see if we have the journal title in hard copy or online.

4. Check the A-Z of eJournals to see if we have the journal title online.



To get the best out of searching, we recommend that staff and students log into iCity. This is the only way of ensuring you can access the full range of resources that the library subscribes to.

What if I haven't got access to the full text?

We have created an in-depth guide which lists a number of resources:

  • Financial information
  • Market research
  • Statistics
  • Stocks and shares

Company information guide









The Digital Library is where we hold exam papers, dissertations, and particular scanned copies of articles and book chapters that your lecturers have asked us to upload.

You will need to use your borrower number and library PIN (see tabs above) to log in and search.

Digital Library

A note on access

To ensure that you are accessing the resources that the University has subscribed to, you will need to be logged into iCity before you search for books, articles and other information.

We always advise that you start your search by going to the red library tile on the iCity homepage and navigate to the find resources page to search the library catalogue, Summon, or individual databases.

Some titles to get you started