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 Academic Liaison Librarian (ALL).
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:
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:
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.
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Arts and Humanities (English & Creative Writing, Theatre, Music, Film & TV and Games Design)
Brunel Business School
Alice Cann and Kanwal Virdee
Department of Economics and Finance
Kwabena Sarfo-Adu Amankwah
Department of Education
Department of Social and Political Sciences (Sociology & Communications, Journalism and Anthropology)
Kwabena Sarfo-Adu Amankwah
Brunel Law School
Department of Social and Political Sciences (Politics and History)
College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences
Department of Computer Science
Department of Design
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Department of Mathematics
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
College of Health and Life Sciences
Department of Life Sciences