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If you're a new user of the Oxford Brookes Library you might find the information on our webpage for new students useful.
To help you make the best use of digital tools for study, employment and life whilst you're at Brookes, why not try our Digital Capabilities for Students module?
Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch (the search box on the
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if you only want electronic books. More information about our electronic books can be found on the
Finding e-books webpage.
to using LibrarySearch to find booksFinding a book when you know the author/titleFinding a book on a topic
Study skills resources: links to books, websites and other resources that give support and advice on how to study effectively
Teach yourself: library guides, 'how to' videos and literature searching
Citing references in your work and plagiarism: advice on correct referencing and avoiding plagiarism
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 (
EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies
You can use
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.
The following databases will find articles on a wide variety of topics. If you want a more subject-specific database, look at the suggestions made on other subject help webpages (eg History for databases that specialise in history). You can click
on any subject from the menu on the left of this screen.
Academic Search Complete
- a huge multidisciplinary database indexing some 9,300 journals; over half of its articles have links to full text.
- 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.
- 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.