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Your Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey is here to help you find and use library resources for your course, for example finding books and journal articles, using electronic services like databases, and referencing in your written work. Joanna is based on Level 3 of the Library and you can make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Headington Library in the JHB is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas, including Modern Languages. It's open 24 hours a day for most of the week during semester. The Library has 6 floors - for help with finding your way around, pick up a floor plan from the Help Zone on Level 1. You can also ask here if you need any help when using the library. Near the Help Zone you’ll find the Welcome Desk, book returns slots, reservations collection point and Short Loan. Books are on Levels 2, 3 and 4 and they are shelved by subject rather than language, so you may need to use various sections of the Library. Language books including dictionaries are on Level 2 in Zone E. Use the self-service machines to borrow books on each floor.
The Library has different zones for quiet and silent study. If you want to do group work and/or chat, head to The Platform (Level 3) or The Forum (Ground Floor). You can also book one of our Student Presentation Rooms online.
To get online in the Library, log onto one of the Library PCs with your student number and portal password – these computers will give you access to Internet, Google Mail, Brookes Virtual, Word etc. Printing is available via the Print Anywhere service. The IT Service Desk is located in The Forum and provides IT help. To get online with your laptop, tablet or other device, sign up for the University’s Wi-Fi service Eduroam via the IT Services Web pages.
A literature search is a systematic search for good quality, relevant sources on your topic to help you write an essay or dissertation. Finding sources such as books, journal articles and good quality web sites will help to stimulate your own ideas and provide evidence to support your arguments.
You are welcome to make an appointment with your Academic Liaison Librarian if you need any help with finding sources for your studies.
1) Planning your search Create a Google doc and note down your assignment/dissertation title and keywords you could use for searching.
2) Finding sourcesFor help with finding books and articles for your assignments, check the 'Guides for Modern Languages' section above.
3) Choosing web sourcesWhen searching for Web sources, remember that you need reliable scholarly sources for your university research. For tips on what to look out for when searching the Web, take a look at our guide to Evaluating Web sources
4) Expanding your search
5) What to do if Brookes doesn't hold the sources you need
When doing research for an in-depth project such as your dissertation you are likely to come across references to publications which are not held at Oxford Brookes Library. There are a variety of options for obtaining material that we don't hold - see the section below on 'Accessing sources beyond Brookes Library'.
Our guide to off-campus services and facilities gives full details of library services and electronic resources which are available to you even when you're abroad.
You may be able to use public, university or specialist libraries while you are on placement, in addition to the resources available to you at your company or institution. Always contact the library before a visit to check on their particular requirements or restrictions.
Links to library catalogues:
You are welcome to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you need further help or information. You can also try emailing our Electronic Enquiry Service if you have any queries or problems.
Brookes Library should hold the resources you need for coursework. If the Library doesn't have an item on your reading list, please let your Academic Liaison Librarian and module leader know. Students doing an honours level project or dissertation or the MA in IBCL may need additional resources that are not held in the Brookes Library. Various options are available to you:
Most Undergraduate and Masters course dissertations are not held in the Library. Those which are in the Library are listed on the Library Catalogue. Use the Dissertations Location List ( Word or PDF) to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held. The Library does hold all Brookes PhD theses. If you are looking for a UK PhD/MPhil thesis, you may be able to obtain a copy online via the British Library's EThOS system. You can search across 250,000+ theses for free and download / order full text where available. You will need to register and log in if you want to download a thesis or to order digitisation of a thesis.
2015-2016 onward: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from RADAR. Check this quick video guide Finding past Oxford Brookes exam papers on RADAR
Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1).