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Making the most of your Library off-campus

Using Library Search to find online resources only

Whilst you are studying from home, or elsewhere off-campus, you may want to limit your search results to those materials which are available online. You can do this by following these instructions: 

  • Type your keywords, book title or research topic into Library Search.
  • Select the option for Online. This is under the Availability filter on the left hand side of the screen.
  • This will limit your results to online resources only.

The short video below demonstrates how to do this.

How to use eBooks

Students and staff have access to the library's collection of eBooks (full-text electronic books). You can find and access eBooks using Library Search.  All the eBooks we provide can be read on any computer connected to the internet.

You are often able to print or copy pages from an eBook, but the number of pages you will be able to print or copy will be limited by the publisher using DRM (Digital Rights Management). Once these limits are reached, the publisher will not allow you to print or copy any further text. The DRM that publishers apply also means that, in general, our eBooks cannot be transferred to eBook readers such as the Kindle.

How to use eJournals and databases


Take a look at SearchStart! SearchStart is an online Hallam Library guide designed to help you find resources for your work. There are videos and interactive quizzes so you can check your understanding along the way.