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How to research: Books & eBooks

Help finding and evaluating resources.
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Books provide detailed information on a subject; they are useful for obtaining an overview of the issues and debates within a subject area. 

The library has large collections of print books and a growing collection of eBooks.

You can browse the print books by visiting one of our four USW libraries but all of our books and eBooks can be accessed via the library catalogue, which is called  FINDit.  

When you have a list of search results, you can narrow down your search to a subject, author, publication date or library location using the filters on the left hand side.

What is an eBook?

An e-book is an electronic version of a printed book; not all print books will have an e-book and there will be some e-books that are not available in print.

The library stocks to a growing number of e-books, which can be accessed 24/7 via the internet, key words can be searched for and searches can be saved.


Inter-Library Loans

If you are unable to find a book in FINDit, then you can request an inter-library loan; this is an item that is supplied by another academic library e.g. The British Library.

A print book will be delivered to the USW library of your choice for you to borrow; currently e-books cannot be borrowed via inter-library loan.  

Interlibrary loan requests can be made via FINDit and help for this can be found on the library website.

There is a £3 charge per item for inter-library loans, for undergraduate and postgraduate students. 


All print books have a shelf mark which you will need to find the book on the library shelves.

To find the shelf mark of the books;

  • find the book in FINDit
  • click on the locations link in the item
  • the shelf mark will appear in the item record box, it is composed of numbers and letters, for example 820.100 ABE. The number indicates the subject area of the book, and the letters denote the author or title.
  • to the left of the shelf mark, you will see which USW library holds the book.

In USW libraries, all books are organised first by the number of the shelf mark, starting at 000 and ending with 999.99; then within that number the books are arranged alphabetically according to the lettering.