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Please get in touch if you have any queries about:

  • finding information and resources for assignments
  • finding online resources
  • referencing your sources

I usually work Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri 9.30-6pm. I'm on campus frequently but not every day due to hybrid working. You can get in touch via email, and I’m also happy to do video appointments.

Drop-in to our Virtual Business Help Zone via Zoom:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:00- 13:00.

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Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our library referencing webpage.

The Library also has a printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system, available as a word file or PDF.

Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) using exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes.

Endnote is a tool for storing and organising your references, and it will also work with Word or Pages to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library. 

Interlibrary loans

LibrarySearch has a function that allows you to search libraries worldwide, and place requests to borrow print books and download electronic journal articles that we do not have in our collections at Brookes.

First, search for the item using LibrarySearch. If it does not appear, tick the 'Libraries worldwide' checkbox on the left-hand side.

Screenshot of the 'Libraries worldwide' filter on LibrarySearch

If you see that the item you want is 'Held by other libraries worldwide', click the title and then look for the option to 'Request interlibrary loan'. Log in as an Oxford Brookes students and complete the details on the online form before submitting your request.

Keeping up to date

There are a variety of ways to stay up-to-date with what is being published on a topic or within a particular journal. These tools will help you to ensure that you have found the latest information to inform your assignments, dissertation or thesis.

2) Using an RSS tool will allow you to subscribe not only to journals but to blogs and news sources as well. Feedly is a good tool for doing this. Once you have an account, look out for the RSS logo on web pages to subscribe.

1) Try Browzine, which allows you to explore journals by title or subject, subscribe to them by adding them to your Bookshelf. Find out more about Browzine here.

3) You can subscribe to a journal directly. This usually involves creating a free account with the database that the journal is available through (EBSCO for example). You can ask for notifications to be emailed to you of all new articles published, or articles on a particular topic (using keywords).

Research skills

If you are writing your dissertation or thesis, don't forget that you can book an appointment with your Academic Liaison Librarian to find out where and how to search for relevant literature. My contact details are near the top left of this page.

On this reading list there are links to lots of books and other resources to help you with the research process, including searching for literature, planning your research and writing up your findings.

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