Leeds University Library

Finding information


Tools and techniques to search efficiently and effectively

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Subject resources

Subject support: the Library offers a range of subject-specific resources.


Databases for your subject

Finding different types of material: how to find items available through the Library, including law reports, maps, patents, statistics and theses.

Historic, rare and archive material

Research support: Special Collections help and services for researchers.

Search Special Collections: tools including the Library Catalogue, specialist collection databases and handlists (printed listings).

Collections guide: full listing of Special Collections holdings, cross-referenced by subject.

Marks & Spencer Company Archive: housed on the Western Campus, (opposite Leeds University Business School), the M&S Company Archive holds thousands of historical records charting the development and impact M&S has had on the social history of Britain over more than 128 years.

Finding literature (including citation searching)

Library subject pages include a section called Finding literature which gives an overview of the search process and links to a variety of useful resources.

Advanced literature searching information is available For the areas of health and medicine. Some principles covered are applicable to all subjects.

Introduction to citation searching: citation searching (or cited reference searching) allows you to find out who has referenced articles you are interested in.

LUCID (Leeds University Corporate Information Direct): provides a variety of pay-as-you-use services, including literature searching and current awareness. Also offers advice on costing literature searches as part of grant applications.

Keeping up to date with new information

Keeping up to date with new information in your research or study area can be time-consuming. Using alerting services and RSS can make this a more efficient process.

Alerting services and RSS feeds

Locating material not available in the Library

Access to other libraries: information on using other libraries, including public libraries other university libraries and the British Library.

Other library catalogues: find and search catalogues of other major research libraries.

Document supply service: request material not available at Leeds University Library.

Suggest a book to buy: suggest books that the Library should purchase.

Training and development opportunities

Faculty team librarians: offer support for researchers undertaking literature reviews, and run faculty-specific workshops on finding and managing information.

Skills@Library workshops for researchers: webinars and face-to-face workshops including EndNote and RSS and publication alerts for research.