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