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    This is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas. It's located in the JHB Building.

    • Headington Library opening hours The Library is open 24 hours a day during semesters 1 & 2.
    • Headington Library floor plans - this leaflet will help you find your way around. You can also pick up a copy from the Help Zone on Level 1 of the Library. Don't be afraid to ask Library staff 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.
      The Library has 6 floors and books are on Levels 2, 3 and 4. Use the self-service machines on these floors to borrow books.
      There are 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.

    Getting 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.

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    Further help

    • The Academic Liaison Librarian for OBI courses is Joanna Cooksey. She 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. She is happy to see students for 1-to-1 appointments. Joanna is based on Level 3 of the Library and you can make an appointment by emailing jcooksey@brookes.ac.uk. Please include in your email: your course; your research topic; details of what help you would like. 
    • You can also ask for help at the Help Zone on Level 1 of the Headington Library, or Contact the Library via email or Live Chat
    • Follow Brookes Library on Twitter to keep up with all the latest news.

    Check this list OBI assignment toolkit for details of useful books, help from Upgrade (the University study advice service) & other resources to help you throughout your course. It includes areas such as: lectures and note-taking; group work and presentations; developing your argument; help with writing academic essays; help with writing book reviews; exam preparation and technique. 

    For any academic assignment such as an essay or project, you will need to find relevant, authoritative information sources such as books, journal articles or other publications. These will help to stimulate your ideas and provide evidence to support your arguments. The process of searching for information sources is usually referred to as a literature search. 

    If you are looking for sources for your International Foundation Project (U70509), Extended Writing Project (U70362) or any other research project/essay, download and use this Project search plan. It has been designed to help you approach your literature search in a systematic way. There are sections for you to note down:

    • What you want to search for - ideas about your topic and the keywords you could use to search for it. For help with filling in the keyword section of your project search plan, take a look at this Google slideshow Compiling a keyword list (login when prompted with your Google @Brookes account). 
    • Where you want to search - ideas about databases and other tools you could use.
    • Useful Subject Help pages where you can find subject-specific resources.

    Books are a good place to start your research, as they may offer an overview of a subject - definitions, theories, dates, key people etc. They may also give you in-depth information and ideas about issues related to the topic.

    Most of your books will be located in Headington Library.

    To find a book, use the Books & e-books search on the Library home page and type in the author, title or subject that you are interested in. Alternatively you can use LibrarySearch and then limit your search results to books.  Print books have a call number which this tells you where the book is shelved in the Library in the Library, for example 808.042 BAI. If the book is on loan to another user or at one of our other libraries, you can put a hold on it. If it's on the shelves, it's quicker for you to go and get it yourself.

    If it’s an e-book, follow the link to connect to it. Log in when prompted with your Brookes student number and password. 

    Help guide for OBI students: A guide to finding books and e-books in Brookes Library (PDF)

    Guides to using LibrarySearch:

    Find out more about accessing and downloading e-books from our guide Finding e-books

    Check Journal articles and databases (OBI) for links to some useful databases and help with searching for journals and articles. 

    Our Statistics page provides links to UK and international statistical sources.

    News sources
    For help with tracking down news sources and how to identify fake news, see our News and current affairs guide.

    Country reports
    Annual country reports can be useful sources of information about the economic, political and social situation of individual countries. Use the database Business Source Complete : search for a country plus 'country report' (e.g. New Zealand country report) to find useful information on particular countries.
    There's further help available on the Business Subject Help page on Country information

    Market research reports
    We have 2 key databases containing market research information:

    When searching for Web sources, remember that you need reliable scholarly sources for your university research.

    Citing your sources, also called referencing, is an essential part of your academic work. Assignments for OBI courses need to be referenced in the Brookes Harvard style. 

    How do I reference sources in the Brookes Harvard style?

    Tip: Get into the habit of recording details of each source you use, when you use it. It will make referencing much easier in the long run!

    Need help with referencing? Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

    Why does referencing matter?

    By referencing your sources correctly you are demonstrating that:

    • You’ve properly acknowledged others’ work. Failure to do this could be regarded as plagiarism
    • You're providing evidence to show that the facts and arguments you present are supported by your reading.
    • You've provided your tutors will all the information they need to trace the source you have used.
    • You have read widely and used a variety of sources.

    Do all Brookes courses use the Harvard style of referencing?

    Most departments at Brookes do use Harvard, but there are some courses which require a different referencing style. Always check with your module leader about which style you need to use. Guides to these different referencing styles are available from the relevant Subject Help pages: 

    Are there any tools I can use to help me reference correctly?

    Make sure you check Cite Them Right Online (CiTRO) for instructions and examples of referencing a wide range of sources in the Harvard style.

    There are many online tools, apps and software packages that can help with referencing, but these will not necessarily format your references in the correct Harvard style used at Brookes. One tool that can be useful is Endnote

    • EndNote Web allows you to collect, store and manage your own collection of references and create bibliographies in your written work.
    • It's free, you just need to register for an account. You can then create an online collection or 'Library' of your references, accessible anywhere. 
    • It will also work with Word to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library. We have created a 'Brookes Harvard' referencing style for EndNote Web which matches the guidance given in Cite Them Right Online. 
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