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New Guide layout: Finding books

Books

Books give an overview of a subject and provide information on core concepts and theories.  This makes them a good starting point for your assignments. Core books for your subject will be listed on your module reading list.  If you have an online reading list on Blackboard or another learning environment, this will show you the copies of the book available from the library.   You can also find books by searching FINDit, the Library search engine. 
 

Looking for a Book

1. To find a specific book title, enter the book title or author in the FINDit search box and select the Libraries search option. 

2. To find books on a subject, enter a keyword into the FINDit search box and select the Libraries search option. 

3. Can’t find the book you are looking for? You can request it as an interlibrary loan or Recommend the book to your Librarian 

Shelf Marks

The Dewey Decimal system is a classification system used by libraries to arrange books by subject. Each book is issued a shelfmark number, which is placed on the spine of the book and arranged in numerical order.

After the numbers, there are three letters that refer to the author or editor of the book and are in alphabetical order. 

Here are some key shelfmarks for your subject area. 

333.72  Conservation
570  Life Sciences
571.6  Cell biology
572  Biochemistry
572.8  Molecular biology
576.5  Genetics
577  Ecology
579  Microbiology
580  Botany
590  Zoology
611  Human anatomy
612  Human physiology
615  Pharmacology
616.079  Immunology
660.6  Biotechnology

 

 

Open access e-books

An increasing number of e-books are published through open access, making them freely available online.  The library has a guide to finding free open access e-books which you can access here.

FinditĀ 

 

FINDit is a simple, one-stop search engine for books, e-books, journal articles, DVDs and more.

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Ebooks

The Library has access to a wide variety of eBooks across all subject areas, these are discoverable and accessible via FINDit.  Type your keywords or title into the search box and choose to search 'Libraries'.

FINDit search for eBooks

Next refine your search to 'Full Text Online' on the left hand side of the search results. 

Refining to eBooks

When you have found a book that you would like to read then click on the title and access via the 'View it' link.

More information can be found in our eBooks Guide.