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Useful Sources

Below is a list of catalogues and open access sites where you can search for material.


British Library

The main catalogue for digital and print books, journals, newspapers, maps, and scores in the British Library's collection. Also included here are electronic resources, sound archive items and a subset of archived websites selected by their curators as being of special interest as well as curated collections of archived websites.

EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)

EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses.

There are approximately 500,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Around 260,000 of these also provide access to the full text thesis, either via download from the EThOS database or via links to the institution’s own repository. Of the remaining 220,000 records dating back to at least 1800, three quarters are available to be ordered for scanning through the EThOS digitisation-on-demand facility.

JISC Library Hub Discover

Jisc Library Hub Discover exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of major UK (United Kingdom) and Irish libraries. In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s National Libraries (including the British Library), many university libraries, and specialist research libraries.


Learning on Screen - The British Universities Film & Video Council is a representative body promoting the production, study and use of moving image, sound and related media for learning and research.

Worldcat is a global catalogue of library materials. You can search for books, music, video, articles and much more at libraries near you.

RNIB talking books

A free service offering access to over 34,000 fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children.

Open Access


Collection of open access research papers from repositories and journals

Directory of Open Access Journals

Searchable index of open access journals

Open Access Button

Free, legal research articles delivered instantly or automatically requested from authors.

Project Gutenberg

A library of over 60,000 free eBooks


800+ texts of classic literature, drama, and poetry together with detailed literature study guides. Large reference book and non-fiction section