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Last Updated: Sep 26, 2016     Views: 639

You can search for E-Resources using the Library for Online Programmes you can search by keyword, title or other details using our multi-source Discover platform or see further search options using the left menu 'Quick Search' or search further resource types (Theses, Data, Legal resources) or individual platforms under the E-Resources area of the site.

Search Options
If you wish to check if a particular E-Resource is available you can use a number of tools/ options:

  • For E-Books and E-Journal articles you can perform a search by title using Discover (see the 'search by title' checkbox option under the Discover search box): http://libguides.liv.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes
  • You can also check if a specific E-Journal article is available using the 'Go to an article' tool shown in the left menu of the library for online programmes, this tool requires the full article citation (journal, volume, issue, start page, year of publication): http://libguides.liv.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes
  • You can try to search for the article or WWW published report by title using Google Scholar (see left menu 'Quick Search' or the large Scholar search bar shown on the homepage of the library for online programmes).
  • You can try to search for items by title/ keyword in the left menu of the library for online programmes (Quick Search) using other multi-source platforms such as Web of Knowledge,  SCOPUS, Google Scholar, Google document search options or Legal platforms such as Lexis, WestLaw UK and WestLaw International.
  • You can also use further tools under the E-Resources page, including Data, Legal and other resource types: http://libguides.liv.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes/eresources

Please also see the guideline How to Locate E-Resources.


If an E-Resource is not available via the University of Liverpool Library

If you have checked an E-Resource is definitely not available via the Library for Online Programmes (you can also consult the librarian, see below), then please consider the following:

  • Check your reading list to see how the item is being made available online, if the item displays a commercial source such as Laureate's Online Bookstore or an alternative online source such as Laureate's Vital Source, then you should consult these sources for the item, it is possible but not guarenteed that the item may be available via the Library for Online Programmes.
  • If the item is shown as a UoL Library text, but is definitely unavailable via our collections/ purchases then you can report this as a missing item/broken link, either directly to your tutor or using the missing item Web form, please ensure you provide a valid module ID to ensure the the problem item can be investigated.
  • If the item is not part of your reading list, or is not a core text (e.g. supplemental reading) and the item is not available via the UoL Library, then you may have been asked to obtain this item via other sources such as the phsycial UoL Library or a WWW source, you can consult the librarian for assistance obtaining items not held in our collections, or see the guideline on items unavailable via the Library.
  • You can also often obtain unavailable items via these sources:

    WWW published copies of the same item (try a Google/ Document/ Scholar search by title).

    ArticleReach electronic delivery service (usable by on-campus/library borrowing account holders only), see our guide on ArticleReach.

    If you are able to visit the UoL Libraries and hold a borrowing account to borrow UoL Library physical items, you can also use inter-library loan and other document supply services available at the Library help desk.

    WorldCat / local library borrowing or local library inter-library-loan (you may be able to obtain the item via a local library, WorldCat provides coverage of international libraries and possible inter-library loan locations http://www.worldcat.org/ for additional advice see our guideline on using other library services.

    If all other options have been explored you may find the item is purchasable via the online publisher at a reasonable cost or may be able to onbtain the item commercially via a national library or document supply service such as Infotreive see this guideline on items unavailable via the Library.

Help locating your required item
You can also ask the e-learning Librarian to investigate your required resource, please see contact details under the Contacts area of the site  please include full details of the item you are searching for, including full citation details for E-Journal articles (e.g. journal, volume, issue etc.).

Further Advice/ Support
We provide a dedicated E-Learning Librarian to assist you in using Library resources. If you have any problems using the Library or technical problems, please see the Contacts area of the Library for Online Programmes. Also see our guides, videos, tutorials and Library Training Module available via the Library for Online Programmes.

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