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Finding books

On your reading list

When you start your course you will usually be given lists of recommended books by your lecturers. You just need to check the Enterprise catalogue to find out if they are in the LRC or available online.

If there are any books on your reading lists that aren't in the LRC please let us know!


Finding books on a topic

Later on in your studies you will be asked to find some information on a topic for your own essays or seminar presentations.

Using the Enterprise catalogue

Search the Enterprise catalogue for one or more keywords describing your topic to find some useful books held in the LRC.

For guidance see Searching Enterprise for books on a topic.

Using the Summon discovery service

Search Summon to find online book chapters on a topic.

Other ways of finding books on a topic

If you want to find books beyond our collections, try the following methods to find references to books on your topic.

Look at lists of references

  • encyclopedias - there are often lists of references at the end of encyclopedia entries
  • books - look at the further reading in books you have already
  • journal articles - look at the list of references at the end of any relevant journal articles, these often include books. Review articles are especially useful as they summarise research in a specific field - these are usually published in journals titled “Annual review of…” “Reviews in…”

Search databases

Many of our databases give references to books: