Finding items on your reading lists
Most lecturers issue students with a reading list containing references to books, journal articles and other useful materials to help with assignments. There’s lots of help available to ensure you find what is on your reading list in order to successfully complete your work.
How to search the catalogue for what you need
Start with our advice on understanding your reading list. This guide explains how to identify the different kinds of references and how to translate these into a successful search on Enterprise, the Library’s catalogue.
- You might have mistyped your search – check the spelling of your search.
- There might be a mistake, or typing error on the reading list – try searching for a few key words from the title.
If you need further help working out how to search Enterprise for a reading list item, ask at a Library information desk, or get in touch with you Liaison Librarian.
Getting hold of the books you need
When books are in high demand there are several ways you can ensure you get hold of the books you need by:
- Placing a hold on a book
- Booking an item in Course Collection
- Accessing e-books
Placing a hold on a book
If a book you want is out on loan to someone else you can place a hold on the book using Enterprise.
Watch our video introduction to placing holds
You can place a hold on (reserve) books that are on loan to other people using Enterprise. You can see your place in the queue, if there is one, and can cancel your hold by logging into your account on Enterprise.
You will receive an email when your hold is available. You can then collect your hold from the Holds area within the Course Collection on the ground floor of the Library. There are more detailed instructions on the Library website.
Booking an item in Course Collection
If a book you need is in the Course Collection, you can book it to ensure that you can use it at a time convenient to you.
Watch our video introduction to booking Course Collection items
You can book up to two Course Collection items for the 10:00, 16:00, and weekend slots (16:00 on Friday). You can book up to seven days ahead. When your booking time arrives just collect the book from the shelves and issue it on the Self-Service Point. Make sure you keep a note of the Call Number so that you can find the item on the shelves. You will have one hour to collect the item from the start time of your booking – no one else can borrow the item during that time.
More detailed instructions on how to book a Course Collection item are available on the Library website.
You don’t always have to borrow a print copy: accessing e-books
The Library provides access to many e-books and these can be found through Enterprise, in the same way as print books. You can filter your search results to only show e-books by selecting the ‘Online’ access and ‘Book’ format options from the menu on the left hand side of the screen.
To read the e-book click on “Click here for online access to this book” and then just log in with your University username and password.
What if something on my list isn’t in the Library?
The Library contacts all departments to request reading lists before the start of each course. When lists are sent to us, we try to ensure we have all the items on the lists. A lecturer may recommend you buy your own copy of a book, or it may be readily available to you elsewhere, such as in a departmental resource centre.
Please tell us if an item on your list is not held in the Library and your list does not indicate it is available elsewhere.
If the item you need is in the Library, but there is high demand for it and you feel there are not enough copies, contact your liaison librarian, who can arrange for copies to be placed in the Course Collection. Your liaison librarian may also purchase extra copies, if appropriate, or an e-book version, if available.
Alternatively, consider going beyond your reading list by searching Enterprise for a particular topic or looking on the shelves for books with similar call numbers.
Some reading lists are very long. Check the Study Advice guide on managing academic reading for help in reading in a focused and selective way.
This is one of a series of tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information
This tip was written by Kerry Webb, Course Support Co-ordinator and Anna Richards, Liaison Librarian