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Finding eBooks in Library Search

The Library aims to have both eBook and print versions of books as we know both formats are important especially when studying away from the University. Unfortunately publishers do not always offer an eBook in a format suitable for library use, or it is not available at the time we order the print version.

How to find eBooks

  • Go to the Library Gateway at:
  • Search for your keywords in Library Search e.g food tourism.
  • To the left of your search results click on Books / eBooks and Online.
  • Choose a book and follow the link(s) available under Find online. The links will either say View online at: or the name of an eBook provider.

Reading eBooks

How you can use an eBook depends on terms and conditions set by the publisher.  In most cases you will be able to choose between reading online and downloading the eBook for a limited period to your own device. When downloaded eBooks expire you can download them again.

Most eBooks can be read by more than one reader at a time but sometimes you may have to wait if another reader is using the book.You can search within individual eBooks, add notes and print or copy a limited number of pages from most eBooks.

Further help

If you need further help please take a look at the Library Help guide: eBooks section or get in contact. You can find a link to the Library Help guide below.

SAGE Social Science Research Methods collection

Sage Research Methods (SRM) is a fantastic collection of books and case studies exploring and illustrating research methods for the social sciences.  

  • Books include Little Green Books and Little Blue Books, short guides to quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Over 1000 case studies illustrating research methods
  • SRM Project Planner - accessible advice on every stage of the research process from defining a question to writing up and sharing your research
  • We don't subscribe to everything from SRM - use 'Refine By' when searching and browsing to see what is available at SHU

Multidisciplinary eBook collections

The Library has a range of eBook collections. You can search Library Search to find eBooks about many different subjects and that approach may be quicker than searching individual collections. You can also browse or search with the collections directly.


Most books relevant to Psychology can be found in Collegiate Library.  However, you may need to use books based in Adsetts Library for some modules.  You can request to have books transferred from Adsetts to Collegiate for you to collect.

Use Library Search to find details of the exact location and availability of books in your subject area. The title link will take you to the full record with details of all copies and where to find them.

Check your module reading list in Blackboard to find the essential resources for your course.

Student walking past bookshelves in Adsetts library

Photo credit: Sheffield Hallam University

Key subject numbers for Psychology

Each book includes a subject number which shows exactly where to find it on the shelves. Books are filed in subject number order - lowest numbers first.  

You can find books and eBooks with Library Search.  Use the shelfmark detailed in Library Search to locate the book in the library. 

Here are some common shelfmarks for Psychology:

Psychology (general) 150
Psychoanalysis (Freud etc) 150.195
Psychological research methods 150.72
Learning 153.15
Cognition 153.4
Personality 155.2
Child psychology 155.4
Organizational psychology 158.7
Communication 302.2
Social processes 303
Statistics / SPSS 519.5
Health psychology



Forensic psychology 614.15

Requesting books and other resources not in SHU collections

You can use Document Supply Services to obtain books, journal articles or other resources not available at the libraries at Sheffield Hallam. 

Please check Library Search first to see whether we already hold a copy.

If you can't find what you are looking for, request an item using our Request Form