Are you away from Reading and the UK this summer? Maybe…
- Spending a year abroad?
- Going on industrial placement?
…and concerned about how you are going to find materials for an assignment or your dissertation whilst you are there?
Don’t worry! There is a wealth of information available on the web, which can be accessed via your computer from anywhere in the world.
Resources you may access wherever you are
You can still access most of the e-resources provided by the Library including…
- The Library catalogue, Enterprise – search to find e-journals and e-books. Simply conduct your search and then use the limit options on the left of the screen to select ‘Books’, followed by ‘Online’ to find e-books and ‘Journals’ and ‘Online’ to find e-journals.
- E-journals Finder – browse the Library’s online journals by title or subject.
- Search Summon, the Library’s new discovery service, to find full-text journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia and dictionary entries and newspaper articles.
- If you wish to widen your search to materials held elsewhere, you can search for journal articles and other materials using a database. Some databases contain the full-text of the item, while others provide a reference and abstract only. If only a reference/abstract is provided, you are usually able to check for full-text access via the Item Finder – just click on the blue “Search for item at Reading” link to find out if the Library has online access.
- Online dictionaries and encyclopedias - these are a good place to start your research and find academic, reliable information. They can be searched individually or through Summon.
- Google Scholar – finds scholarly literature in all areas of research. It can be set up so that it links to the University of Reading Library’s electronic journal holdings.
How to access electronic resources off-campus
If you follow links from the Library website, Enterprise, Summon or the E-journals Finder you will be given the easiest route to logging in when you are off-campus. Usually you will just be prompted to login with your University username and password. Occasionlly, if you access an e-resource via a search-engine, you may need to select ‘University of Reading’ from a list of institutions before you can login. To find out more, see Accessing e-resources.
Please note: These resources are for your personal use only (you should not use them on behalf of your placement company or your friends) - more details at Terms and conditions of use for Library e-resources. A few databases are only accessible from the UK too.
Studying a language abroad as part of your degree?
Find the Useful Websites page for the language you study. It will give you lists of, and links to, selected resources in your country of destination, such as library catalogues, listings of journals, access to the media, links to organisations and other useful tips.
Going on industrial placement in the UK?
If you go on an industrial placement in the UK as part of your course and there is another academic library nearby, you may be able to borrow from there by registering via SCONUL Access.
Help in your subject
If you require further guidance about the e-resources available in your subject, remember to look at the relevant Library subject guide. You are also welcome to contact your subject liaison librarian for advice on locating resources.
This is one of a series of tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information
This tip was written by Charlie Carpenter, Liaison Librarian for Modern Languages & European Studies and the ISLI.