Foundation in Humanities

  • Find all our books and electronic books by searching the Library catalogue.  For print books, find the location by clicking on the book title or cover image.  You can limit your search to electronic books only by using the Refine Your Search option on the left and selecting Electronic Books Catalogue.  More information about our electronic books can be found on the Finding e-books webpage.
    The vast majority of modules will have a reading list, created by the module leader.  Find the reading list in the top right corner of the module on Moodle, or you can search by module name or number on the reading list homepage.   Reading lists are interactive: click on the blue online resource button to be taken straight to the ebook, webpage, article or audiovisual resource, and login to make your own notes on the readings.  Why not watch our videos which will help you get the most out of your reading list?

    Databases are the academic equivalent of Google and other search engines.  Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research.

    Discover - use to search for books, ebooks, journals, individual journal articles, images, and other types of information sources all at the same time. It is a useful place to start your literature searching, though it doesn't search all our resources (some of the databases and online resources are not searched by Discover) and sometimes the number of results Discover gives can be overwhelming.

    Academic Search Complete - a huge multidisciplinary database indexing some 9,300 journals; over half of its articles have links to full text.

    JSTOR - this database provides an archive of full-text articles from academic journals covering a wide range of humanities, social sciences and science disciplines. It does not, however, include full-text access to the most recent three to five years of many journals, so researchers looking for relatively new material may wish to use other databases such as Academic Search Complete.

    Zetoc - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings published since 1993, and is updated daily. Note that records do not have abstracts; only bibliographic details are given.

    N.B. The Library's electronic databases page provides a complete list of all our databases with brief details of subject coverage and access information. You may also find it useful to look at other subject help pages for details of more subject specific databases.

    Looking for a specific journal? Use our E-journals by title search.

    Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of resources using Harvard and other referencing styles. It also gives guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.

    Citing references in your work and plagiarism

    Library printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system ( Word or PDF)

    EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies

    Teach yourself: library guides, 'how to' videos and literature searching

    Care should always be taken when using sources found on the Internet.  Use the Library guide on Evaluating web sources (Word or PDF)  to help you decide on the appropriateness of the information you've found.