How do I find ebooks on my topic?

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2021     Views: 84

To effectively find content on your subject area it's best to break down your topic into different keywords you could use to search. Some of these will be more specific (for example 'cultural appropriation') and some will be broader and cover large areas of study (for instance 'race').

The best way to start this off would be with a mind map, to find different words or topics that relate to what you're looking for.

This is a good basis for a cross search to find content relevant to what you're looking for.

Filtering for e-books
To filter to e-books only, do your search in the Library Search. When the results appear select, in the filter menu on the left, (under 'Material Type') 'e-books'.

This will display e-books only.

Alternatively, go to 'Advanced Search' or click in the search bar once to see additional options.

You can find out more info on our e-book collection through our subject guide, and find out which e-book databases we use:

Articles Plus - e-journals
To do a basic search in our electronic resources, select 'Search Articles Plus' below the search box on the main Library Search page. You can then select 'Search everything' or 'Full-text only'. 

You can also click through to Articles Plus Advanced Search, which gives you more search options including options for selecting specific databases.

Find other e-resources
You can browse our list of e-resources that we have subscriptions to via the 'Database A-Z' list (the green box on the right hand side of the library search mainpage).

Important info on e-resources access
You'll need to go this route via the Library Catalogue each time you wish to access e-resources we have subscriptions to, as you'll need to go via the ual login portal for access.

If you would like more help on finding resources on your topic, how to use databases and boolean searching, we have a recorded collaborate session given by Librarian Viv Eades-Miller for Cultural Studies, however, the information is relevant to anyone needing help with research: