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Using your search results

This section highlights various useful hints about what to do with your search results.

Saving your search results

You usually have the option to select specific records to keep by marking or tagging them. Or you can download all the retrieved records (subject to sensible limits!)

The following methods can ordinarily be used to save your results:

  • Email records to yourself - the most common option on web-based databases
  • Save on to your network drive, memory stick, or on another directory on your PC
  • Print out
  • Export into bibliographic management software
    e.g. EndNote - see our EndNote guide for further information

Check online help screens for detailed instructions on saving your references from a specific database.

We recommend saving the results of one search before moving on to a new search.

How do I find out if the Library has the items I need?

When you are looking at your search results on most databases, look out for this button:

Search for item at Reading button

Click on it and you will see straight away if the item you found is available online from one of our sources. Where possible you will be taken directly to the full-text after logging in with your University username and password.

If you see a message saying that the item is not available, contact us, giving full details of the item and we will see if we are able to get it via another source.