Foundation in Humanities

  • Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch (the search box on the Library homepage).  Search and then select Book from the Search tools menu on the left.  You can further limit your search to eBook if you only want electronic books.  More information about our electronic books can be found on the Finding e-books webpage.

    Video guide to using LibrarySearch to find books

    Finding a book when you know the author/title

    Finding a book on a topic

    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?

    You can use LibrarySearch to find journal articles: type in your topic and then use the search tools menu to limit the format to article.  Guide to finding journal articles on a topic using LibrarySearch.

    When you want to find more specialised and specific journal articles, you may want to try using a database.   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.

    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. 

    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.