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Open Access material
Open Access Plugins: Browser extensions that automatically check for free copies of articles you've found online, including Google Scholar button and Unpaywall. Install from the Chrome Web store and the Add-ons for Firefox page.
EThOS: Provided by the British Library, download Theses written by PhD students at UK universities. Register with the site for free access.
Dart Europe for downloaded theses from European Universities.
Interlibrary Loan: Request material that isn't held within our collections, to be obtained from the British Library or other sources
British Library: Register for a readers pass to access the British Library's collection or use their reading rooms
Sconul Access scheme: A reciprocal scheme allowing you to view the collections and use facilities at other university libraries in the UK and Ireland. Information on how to register is available on our website
Search alerts: Keep up to date with the latest articles related to your search question. Most databases allow you to set up search alerts. See our subject guides or A-Z databases page for relevant databases in your subject area.
International Conference Alerts: One of several alerting services for upcoming academic conferences
Social media: Researchers may communicate their research via social media prior to publishing. This makes engagement with social media a very useful way of keeping up to date with the latest research and following key scholars.
Find tools and guides to help you develop effective search skills using our finding information webpage, including:
Citation searching is another way of exploring the literature, allowing you to search forwards in time, i.e. who has that paper cited. Most databases include citation information, but the major citation database is Scopus
Evaluate the research that you find using our critical thinking toolkit