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Using the Library to learn and teach remotely

Advice for students

Our Library buildings might be closed, but Library staff are working from home and are available to help and support you while you are studying and researching remotely.

Contact your Academic Support Librarian for help and advice on finding resources and planning effective searches.

Our collections of eresources are going to be key for you in the coming weeks, so here are some tips for finding digital resources and ebooks:

Top tips for accessing key e-resources

  1. Use Library Search. We have 67,000 eJournals and 1.1 million eBooks available for use 24/7. Use the search filters on the left of your search results to filter results to ebooks. See our short videos for more detailed guidance on effective search techniques
  2. To find relevant journal articles on a topic, use bibliographical databases. Your Academic Support Librarian can help you identify which are most helpful for your subject, or you can use Web of Science or Scopus, which cover most subject areas
  3. Subject specific / specialist databases are listed on our databases pages, – these include full text databases, digitised primary sources, statistics, newspapers, data sources and much more. Look at the list for your subject area
  4. Search the Internet Archive for digitised largely 19th century publications. Google Books or Project can also help
  5. For tips on how to study effectively and research methodologies, use Sage Research Methods Online for a huge collection of ebooks and other online resources in this area
  6. If you find a printed book in Library Search, contact us as we may be able to purchase an e-book
  7. Look at our e-book collections to access the list of databases of ebooks the Library has access to. You can then the full text of ebooks across the platform. Some are generic, and some focussed on specific subject areas
  8. For film and video content, try Box of Broadcasts (BoB) for access to a huge range of film, TV and video content
  9. Check out Warwick Digital Collections for access to digitised versions of a wide range of archive and rare material housed in the Modern Records Centre 

  10. Search WRAP (Warwick’s institutional repository of research publications). This contains open access to the full text of research outputs from University of Warwick staff. Other UK HE Institutions have similar repositories
  11. For early printed books and manuscripts, you can use Early English Books Online; or you could think about digital libraries, e.g. Digital.Bodleian with over 900,000 images of c 16,000 archival and rare books items and the British Library. Also Europeana, DPLA (US), Gallica (France), DDB (Germany)

Most of our ebooks, databases and ejournals are strictly limited to University of Warwick students only. Make sure you have the Warwick Proxy plug-in installed on your computer to ensure seamless access. This plug-in enables you to follow direct links to resources shared by tutors and peers – simply click on the plug-in to enable you to login with your Warwick username and password.

Additional e-resources

  • Many publishers are making additional e-resources available to students to help at this challenging time. See the list and how to access
  • Your Library Online is a suite of online study skills courses – these could be helpful for you in completing essays and assigments

  • Most importantly of all, contact us at library at warwick dot ac dot uk with any queries or difficulty in accessing the resources you need. Your Academic Support Librarian is working from home and will be happy to help you

Advice for staff

Reading lists

For modules with an online reading list

  • If your module’s reading list includes print resources as core readings, you could add e-books to supplement your list or as alternative readings
  • You can annotate or update your reading lists with additional information to help students manage their reading

For modules without an online reading list

  • Consider creating an online list using Talis Aspire to help direct your students' reading
  • The Library website provides detailed guidance on how to create reading lists using Talis Aspire. To maximise students’ ability to complete their reading off-campus, you might consider prioritising electronically available resources
  • For help and suggestions on what resources to include on your list, you can contact your Academic Support Librarian
  • For help with using Talis Aspire, contact the reading lists team at: readinglists dot library at warwick dot ac dot uk

Warwick Library Proxy

  • To access the university servers and resources remotely, you can download the Warwick Library Proxy plug in
  • You can use this to quickly identify if you have access through the Library to e-resources you have found online

Academic Support Librarians

  • Your Academic Support Librarians can provide tailored information for students on how to locate online information or how to effectively search online databases, which could be then be incorporated in your Moodle pages.
  • You can also refer students for 1:1 consultations with their ASL (via email / phone / Skype or Teams).
See University guidance on teaching, learning and assessment continuity.