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Guide to remote research

Advice on remote research for staff, Masters by Research students, and doctoral researchers. Covers finding and accessing literature, data collection, and data security.

Finding and accessing literature

Finding literature

For general guidance on finding information sources please see our pages on finding and managing information.

You can use Library Search to find books, articles, films etc. You can search for specific items or do a wider topic search. For assistance with using Library Search visit the help pages.

You can find specialist sources and databases on the Library Gateway Subject Guides.

Accessing literature

In this video you will see how to find and access a journal article using Library Search.  

If you are using a specialist database to search for sources then you should look for the 'SHU links' button or a link which says something like 'Get full text.' The SHU links button will take you to a Library Search page which- if we have the item- will have links to the full text.

If you need access to a resource that the library doesn't have then you can make a document supply request or suggest that the library purchases a copy. Please be aware, that at the moment the library is unable to provide physical copies of items via document supply. Find out more and make your requests. 

Please visit  Borrowing from the library for information on how to borrow and return books.