The online library catalogue can be accessed both on and off campus and can be used to locate a variety of resources including books (print and online), journals, reports, online videos/tutorials, databases, exhibition catalogues, websites and more.
Use the Resource Type filters in the right hand menu of your results list to limit your results to books, Articles, Books Chapters etc., if needed:
If you select and apply filters, you can set them for all your searches by selecting Remember all filters this will lock the Active filter on. Press Resit filters to remove.
Select the 'Books' option to find a specific title search by author surname and one or two keywords from the title:
Use the options in the right hand menu of your results list to limit your results to print and online books etc if needed.
To find books on a topic: search using a few, relevant topic keywords:
Browse results list and click on relevant titles (note that different editions or titles held in print and ebook format are grouped together under one top level link)
Find print books on the shelves by noting the floor location (e.g. 2C or 1A) and the shelf number (e.g. 160 COT - always note the first three letters of the author surname). Click through to view the number of copies available and sign in to view full details:
Access ebooks by limiting the results to 'Online resources'. Click on the ebook title you want to access to link through to it. If you need to login (on or off campus) you will need your university email address and password.
Sign in to the Catalogue and then click on the link to 'Request' a copy. We will email you when the book is then back in the Library and put it aside for you to pick up.
Select the 'Articles' option in the drop-down menu by the search box.
To find a specific item: search by author surname and a few keywords from the article title.
To find all articles on a topic: search using a few, relevant topic keywords (you can adapt your search to add in more terms or use fewer/more general terms etc as needed depending on the results you get):
You can narrow your results list down to quality, peer reviewed articles by clicking on Peer Reviewed within Publication Status on right side.
Access the full text by clicking on an article title - this will list all the providers we subscribe to who offer access to the article. If you are off campus, note the OFF CAMPUS access instructions you need to follow:
You can save results you want keep hold of by SIGNING IN to the Catalogue and using the PIN icon to review pinned records.
You can select records to PIN using the icons within your results list.
Add labels to organise items
With your pinned list you can add labels to describe or categorise the results you've saved (useful if researching different topics). You can then view lists of results by label.
You can use the citation button within your list to start generating Harvard Solent references for books and journal articles only (remember to check and edit them to ensure they're correct).
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