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Support for online learning & teaching

Key resources, information and support services to help you learn, research and teach effectively online.


Online support for virtual learning

The Library is here to support you and help you to get the most out of online and blended learning and research.

This information provides a quick overview of our digital resources and services and offers tips and guidance on how to make the most of the Library when studying online.

  • Library staff are always willing to help – many of us are based from home at least some of the time, but are easily accessible by email, phone or Teams chat. Email with any questions you might have and the right person will be in touch!
  • Your Academic Support Librarian is a subject specialist who can offer help and advice on finding resources and planning effective searches for essays and projects. Contact your ASL directly to make a 1:1 appointment or to ask a question.
  1. Use Library Search. We have 67,000 e-journals and 1.1 million e-books available for use 24/7. Use the search filters on the left of your search results to filter results to e-books. 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, – these include full text databases, digitised primary sources, statistics, newspapers, data sources and much more. Look at the list for your subject area to find out about key databases you need to use
  4. If you are looking for a book which the Library does not have in e-book form, there are some options which might help. 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 e-books and other online resources in this area
  6. Look at our e-book collections to access the list of databases of e-books the Library has access to. You can then the full text of e-books across the platform. Some are generic, and some focussed on specific subject areas
  7. For film and video content, try Box of Broadcasts (BoB) for access to a huge range of film, TV and video content
  8. 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 

  9. 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
  10. 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)

Easy access to e-resources

Most of our e-books, databases and e-journals 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.

Find and use e-books

To help you get the most out of e-books we have created a short playlist of videos full of tips and useful information.

Additional online resources

  • Library online courses is a suite of online study skills courses – these could be helpful for you in completing essays and assigments
  • Warwick Core Skills is a Moodle space which gathers together useful information and links about the wide range of core study skills you will develop while here at Warwick
  • Productivity tools - apps and software to aid and improve productivity

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.


Online support for virtual teaching

The Library has a range of services and resources to support academic staff preparing for online and blended teaching and learning.

The Library provides advice and support on the use of Talis Aspire to deliver reading lists to students. Online reading lists allow students to access and manage their essential readings remotely.

For modules with

an online reading list

  • Contact our Reading Lists team: readinglists dot library at warwick dot ac dot uk for help and advice with your reading lists. They can advise you on e-book availability and on scanning chapters of essential readings
  • Use your Talis Aspire reading list to help students manage their reading – providing alternative readings, as many e-resources as possible, and using annotations to guide them

For modules without an online reading list

  • Consider creating an online list using Talis Aspire to help direct your students' reading
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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).

The Library has gathered together information and advice on copyright in the academic context – including a section on copyright in teaching.

The Teaching Café on MS Teams hosts Window on Teaching events and discussions, and provides virtual networking opportunities through its Channels, including video and text chat digests on topics of interest to teaching staff.

  • 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.