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Use Library Search or a database

Library Search is the Library’s catalogue. You can use Library Search to search for books and ebooks. You may be looking for a particular book because it appears on your reading list, or you might be conducting a keyword search for books relating to your topic. Remember, Library Search doesn’t search for the titles of book chapters (except for some ebooks), just the title of the book.

You can also use Library Search to check if Warwick subscribes to a particular journal.

Although Library Search will return results for journal articles, the databases are much better for this type of search. The Articles tab in Library Search doesn’t include all possible results, whereas searching within a database is much more comprehensive and manageable.

The Library subscribes to a number of different databases which you can access as a Warwick student. The databases contain different types of information and will often have a different subject focus. You should think of a database as a mini search-engine or online platform containing lots of information you have access to as a Warwick student.

The journal databases will allow you to conduct a search for articles across thousands of subject specific journals. There are also databases containing company financials, legal cases, manuscripts and newspapers, for example. This information would not appear in Library Search so it is really important to use the databases when conducting your research.

I am looking for

Library Search


Print books

You will be able to find information for all of the books in the Library.



Library Search contains information on all eBooks. Results can be filtered to only include eBooks.

There are specific eBook platforms which allow you to access titles.

Journal subscription

A search for a journal title in Library Search will indicate if Warwick has a subscription.

Although the databases contain access to journals, the easiest way to check a subscription is via an Library Search search.

Journal articles

The articles tab will show details of some journal articles.

Journal databases are the best place to search across a number of journal titles.

Specialist information (e.g. newspaper articles, company information, theses)

Theses from Warwick can be found via Library Search.

There are a number of specialist databases granting you access to a huge amount of information.