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Getting Started: Find resources

Getting started - Find books, journal articles & research papers in Library Search

You can search directly from the search box on the front of the Library website.

  • Enter some keywords or concepts related to your topic, as you would in a Google search. For example: electricity renewable energy Nigeria
  • Think of synonyms and alternatives. For example: offshore installation or offshore platform
  • Use quotation marks to search for common terms or phrases. For example: "international energy", then you will avoid results where the words are not together.
  • Add an asterisk * at the end of a word to search for different variations of the word. For example: disclos* will give you hits for disclose, discloses, disclosure, disclosures, disclosing
  • Go to 'View Online' to read full text online items
  • 'Available in the Library' normally means the book is only available as a print copy

What is a Classmark? Where is the item? and How long can I have it?

What is a classmark? As you walk round a Library you will notice that books on the same subject are all in roughly the same area of the Library. This is because every book carries a label on the spine of the book indicating where on the shelves it should be filed. The label usually contains a three-figure number followed by a decimal point, with numbers and letters following this decimal point.  These numbers aren't random - they correspond with specific subjects. The Library uses a list of numbers to create a classmark.  If you find a book that looks useful to you in your studies, chances are that the books either side of it will probably be just as useful.

When you find the item via Library Search, availability is shown, as is the location and the loan period.   

How long can I have it? Standard Loan items are normally issued for 4 weeks (28 days). We also have 7 day loan, and 1 day loan items.