Library and Information Skills module

Finding information

   

You will need different types of information when researching a topic for an essay or assignment:

♦ books 
♦ journal articles, 
♦ audiovisual material, etc.

Start your search using the Library catalogue and digital resources searches.

   


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ebooks on and off campus
   Screenshot of an ebook link in the library catalogue



 


Example of how to filter results to show only ebooks. 
Access ebooks using the Click here to access ebook link of the book record in the library catalogue.
Or, limit your search results to show only ebooks.

Use Discover to search e-resources (ebooks, ejournals and indexes and abstracts).

 

Search the Library catalogue to find books and e-books.

Use your Birkbeck username and password to access ebooks (or any e-resource).

                                                                                                                                                              

Find more resources: journal articles, book chapters, reviews, conference papers

Discover logo
 

Discover (articles and more) will help you find articles from ejournals or chapters from e-books for your essays and assignments. It doesn't search all the resources that we subscribe to but it is a great place to start your search. Discover also searches some of our indexes and abstracts databases.

If we don't have access to the full text you can use:


Using Discover and Google Scholar

These slides from a Library workshop show you how to use Discover and Google Scholar. Use the activities to get an overview of how each one works. 

Powerpoint iconUsing Discover and Google Scholar 

PDF iconDiscover and Google Scholar - activity 


Finding information for your essays and assignments

These slides from a Library workshop offer guidance on how to find information using the databases available through the eLibrary.

PDF iconFinding information for your essays and assignments


Improving your search skills

These slides are from a Library workshop and take you through 7 steps to improve your search skills.

Improving your search skillsPowerpoint logo showing the file type.

                                                                                                                                                         

Keeping up to date with research - current awareness

These slides are from a Library workshop and take you through some tools that you can use to stay up to date with research in your subject area. 

Keeping up to date with research - current awareness PDF icon

                                                                                                                                                          

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