Leeds University Library

Searching for information


Using appropriate and relevant information sources will help to strengthen the quality of your work. To find good quality academic information it is essential that you know the best resources to search within, and appropriate search techniques.

Reading lists

Most modules at the University of Leeds have a reading list to help you find out more about the subject. Reading lists contain books and journal articles recommended by tutors for a particular module and are a good starting point for finding good quality relevant information. Some lists might be short, with less than five items, whilst others are longer and split into sections.   


Search@Library is a good starting point for searching beyond a reading list and finding information on a topic. It is simple to use to find scholarly literature from a wide range of sources and subject areas. As well as discovering material the Library holds in print, you can get instant access to online books and journal articles, both on and off campus.

Start your search by typing a keyword or phrase into the search box, then click 'Search'. Search@Library returns a list of all the Library resources matching your search terms.