Finding information for your assignments

The Library has thousands of resources to help you find the information you need for your assignments. We've put together a YouTube playlist to get you started but there's lots more information below.

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Discover is a great place to start your research

Discover is your academic search engine, searching over 90% of the resources available from the Library in one go.

The best browser to search Discover is Chrome. Then type in a keyword such as an article title, author or basic subject term.

You can also use the Advanced Search option to build more complex keyword searches or limit your search to peer reviewed journals, specific dates or geographical area.

If your initial search gives you too many hits you can also limit your results using the same limiters.

If you get stuck whilst using Discover our chat box will open so that we can help you. You can also take a look at our Discover video guides

Check out your subject guides and our ebooks

Our Academic Librarians have created online guides for your subject, giving you easy access to the key resources you'll need.

They will also direct you to the best electronic books and if you need a title we don't have please request an eBook and then we can try to add it to stock. And our eBook collections page provides accessibility help for each platform.

It's not just about books!

You can find information for your assignments in films, music, images and more. Take a look at our web pages for more information. 

Video research tools such as Box of Broadcasts and Kanopy let you access high quality TV programmes or video content and you can catch up with the news via PressReader which has a huge collection of local and national newspapers.

There is also copyright guidance for using this type of material and information on how to reference them in Quote Unquote.

Making the most of your reading lists

You'll find your reading lists alongside your modules in MyBeckett and we've created videos to help you access and navigate them.

You can access eBooks, articles and digitised readings directly from your reading lists and if you create a profile you can personalise them by adding notes, filtering and displaying in your preferred referencing style. Take a look at our Reading List FAQs for more information.

Borrowing books from the Library

We work with your lecturers to make as many learning resources available electronically as possible but if you do need a print book you can use our Click & Collect service. You can also browse the shelves virtually - our video shows you how.

Ask for help

If you need more help finding information for your assignments please contact us. Our Library and Student IT advice team are your first point of contact but if you need more in depth help with finding resources and referencing you can make an appointment with our Library Academic Support team by completing their online form.

Skills for Learning provides lots more support and you can't go wrong if you read our Academic Librarian, Ellie Clement's Ten top tips for the perfect assignment

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