Finding resources: Overview

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This guide is designed to help you use the Library during your time at Brunel University London and includes advice on how and where to search for appropriate materials for your research projects and assignments.

Navigate through the tabs to access relevant information, or, for further support and more detailed subject advice, contact your Subject Liaison Librarian (SLL).

Search Library resources

Our discovery tool will look for books, journal articles and more in one quick easy search - a great place to start your research. For a more comprehensive search, individual databases offer greater functionality and give full access to a tailored suite of resources for your subject.

Search for books, articles, and electronic resources:

Search for books only (does not include all electronic books):

Search for full-text articles:

Search or browse for journals/periodicals:

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Search tips

Here are some search tips to get you started:

Tip 1: Narrow your search
Your initial search will look for books, journal articles, newspapers etc, so you might get lots of results. To narrow your search, check the options down the left hand side, for example:

  • Content type – select what you need eg 'book/e-book'
  • Refine your search - eg 'items with full-text online'. This will limit your search to online full-text items.

Tip 2: Add more keywords
Depending on what you're looking for, you may have to add more keywords or add the author's surname eg 'sociology fulcher'. This is a more detailed search rather than just searching for 'sociology'

Tip 3: "Quotation marks" 
When searching for phrases, it can be useful to enclose them in quotation marks eg "higher education".  This will look for the phrase 'higher education' rather than the individual words, 'higher' and 'education'.

And last, but certainly not least:

Tip 4: Review your keywords!
The Library Search will only find what you tell it to search for. If it doesn’t find what you need, review your keywords. Remember, when searching for books, make your keywords quite general; you can be more detailed when searching for journal articles.

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Your Subject Librarian

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Department of Arts and Humanities
Martin Hodgson

Brunel Business School
Alice Cann and Kanwal Virdee

Department of Economics and Finance
Alice Cann and Kanwal Virdee

Department of Education
Martin Hodgson

Department of Politics, History and Law
Claire Mazer

Department of Social Sciences, Media and Communications
Sarah Wolfenden

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences

Department of Computer Science
Jane Corder and Sam Piker

Department of Design
Shazia Arif

Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Jane Corder and Sam Piker

Department of Mathematics
Jane Corder and Sam Piker

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Shazia Arif

College of Health and Life Sciences

Department of Clinical Sciences
James Langridge

Department of Life Sciences
Joanne McPhie

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