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Visitors' guide to the Library: Electronic resources

This is a guide to Sheffield Hallam University Library for students and staff from other universities and members of the public.

Free online resources

Although the majority of Sheffield Hallam's electronic books and online journals are only available for staff and students of the university, there are a range of free resources that can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection.

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Free journals databases

Free electronic journals

Arts and media


Online resources in the library

Electronic journals

Visitors to the University's libraries can view a range of electronic journals. We have dedicated PCs at both libraries; one in the Quiet Study area on Level 4 at Adsetts, and the other in Quiet Study on the ground floor at Collegiate. You can use these to read journal articles and, in many cases, save and print them as well.

Saving journal articles

If you want to save a journal article to read elsewhere, you will need a USB memory stick.  To save, insert the USB stick and click on the 'Save a copy' icon at the top of the screen.  This will save the article that is open on screen to your memory stick as a PDF.

Printing journal articles

To print an article, follow the instructions above to save a copy to your USB stick.  Next, go to the learning  centre  Helpdesk, where a member of staff will show you how to print directly from your memory stick.  Printing costs the same as photocopying - see price list


Something not working?

If you have any problems using the electronic resources PCs, or saving and printing articles, please speak to a member of staff at the library helpdesk.

National and international statistics



Social sciences