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In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.
Welcome to Oxford Brookes University Library: a guide for new international students (PDF) »This guide may be useful for any student who is new to Brookes, but includes specific help and support for international students. It gives tips on getting to know the Library and details of support available to you as a Brookes student.
Visiting the Library for the first time
This is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas. It's located in the JHB Building.
Library help throughout your course
Students doing Pathways courses are welcome to contact their Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey. If you're an international student doing a different course, find your Librarian through these Subject Help pages.
If English is not your first language, the Library holds books and other resources that can help you improve your English language skills. Resources are shelved on Level 2 of the Library, in Zone E (silent study area). Here are some key sections: 420 English language 423 English dictionaries 423.1 Thesauri and dictionaries of English synonyms 425 English grammar 428 English language usage 428.24 Learning English as a foreign language, including IELTS
Use LibrarySearch » to look for other language dictionaries available in the library.
These are simplified versions of English books - usually novels or short stories & some non-fiction. You can find the library's collection of graded readers on Level 2 of the Library, in Zone E (silent study area). The books are shelved at the call number 428.64. You can browse through a selection of titles in this list English reading resources.
Study skills resources
page for details of useful books, support and online guides covering:
Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian Joanna Cooksey for advice on Library resources and services to support your students, teaching and research.
Providing resources for your students:
Talis Aspire online reading list system:
Talis Aspire is the online reading list system used at Brookes. Academics can create Aspire lists for their modules which students can access through Moodle and via the 'Reading lists' link on the Library Web site. Aspire lists can contain links to books on LibrarySearch and web-based resources such as articles, web pages and even programmes on the BoB (Box of Broadcasts) database. If you would like to start using Aspire, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian Joanna Cooksey who can set up your account & help you get started.
Set of Aspire quick guides for academic staff on RADAR
Sketch Engine is a corpus tool that analyses authentic texts of billions of words (text corpora) to identify instantly what is typical in language and what is rare, unusual or emerging usage. It is also designed for text analysis or text mining applications. When you access the website, click on Login and then choose Institutional login. You'll be prompted to type in Oxford Brookes and will then get the Brookes login screen.
For databases you can use to trace published research, see Journal articles and databases
Accessing other libraries:
A literature search is a systematic and thorough search for relevant and reliable sources on a topic. You will need to do a literature search for many modules, especially when you have chosen your own topic to research, so there's no existing reading list - for example the Foundation Project (INFO3004), Pre-Master's Extended Writing Project (PREM6002) and University English Research Report. Your tutors will expect you to :
It's a good idea to plan what you want to look for and where you could search. To help you do this, download a copy of this search plan template and use it to note down your ideas:
Download your own project search plan (Word doc) »
The sections below step you through finding books, journal articles and other sources such as statistics, news articles, market research and country reports.
Tip: Take a look at the online publication The Conversation which contains articles written by academics for a general audience on topics currently in the news. This can be a good starting point for getting ideas on how to approach your research topic.
If you need help with searching for sources, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian to make a 1-to-1 appointment.
If you have to research a topic for an assignment, books can be a good place to start 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.
To search for a book use LibrarySearch on the Library home page and type in the author, title or subject that you are interested in. You can limit your search results to books.
To find a print book in the library you will need to get the 'call number' which is listed on LibrarySearch, for example 808.042 BAI. Most of your books will be located in Headington Library. 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 'View e-book' link to connect to it. Log in when prompted with your Brookes student number and password. Find out more about accessing and downloading e-books
Further help is available from this guide: A guide to finding books and e-books in Brookes Library (PDF) » (Also available as Word doc)It tells you how to borrow & return books, how to understand call numbers and find books on the Library shelves
In Moodle: Most reading lists are available online via the relevant Moodle course. Go to your module on Moodle and look for a link to the reading list - it's usually on the right of the screen.
On the Library websiteYou can access any reading list through the Library website. Search by module name and/or number.
These are simplified versions of English books - usually novels or short stories & some non-fiction. You can find the library's collection of graded readers on Level 2 of the Library, in Zone E (silent study area). Books are shelved at the call number 428.64. You can browse through a selection of titles in this list English reading resources.
Check Cite Them Right Online for guidance on how to correctly reference books and book chapters in the Harvard style used at Brookes.
When you have a topic and want to find out what journal articles have been written about it, check this page: Journal articles and databases » Use it to:
For more help with tracking down news sources and how to identify fake news, see our News and current affairs guide.
Your tutors will expect you to concentrate on finding academic sources for your assignments and this usually means books and peer-reviewed journal articles, but you may also need to find other types of sources:
Our Statistics page provides links to UK and international statistical sources
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. For further help, check this video guide produced by the Brookes Business Librarians
We have 2 key databases containing market research information:
How to reference reports from Mintel and EuromonitorCheck Cite Them Right Online for guidance on how to reference these online market research reports in the Harvard style used at Brookes.
When searching for Web sources, remember that you need reliable scholarly sources for your university researching for Web sources, remember that you need reliable scholarly sources for your university research.
Need help with searching for sources? Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian to make a 1-to-1 appointment.
Citing your sources, also called referencing, is an essential part of your academic work. Assignments for Pathways programmes need to be referenced in the Brookes Harvard style.
How do I reference sources in the Brookes Harvard style?
Cite Them Right Online (CiTRO)» this online resource shows you how to reference a wide range of sources using exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes.
Citing your references using the Harvard (author-date) system (PDF))» Library quick guide based on CiTRO. Copies are also available at the Library Help Zone on Level 1.
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:
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: