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Distance Learning at the University of Manchester: Searching for information

Using Library Search

Library Search is the University's search engine for finding resources such as journal articles, e-books and databases. You can access Library Search from the home page of the Library website and My Manchester

Further information and help on using Library Search is available from the Library website.

Log in to Library Search and save your results in order to access material quickly at a later date.

Using databases

The University subscribes to databases which provide access to high-quality peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, theses and other sources.

To find databases relevant to your subject area visit your Subject Guide

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine that allows you to find scholarly literature such as articles, abstracts and books. It is worthwhile carrying out a search on Google Scholar for information relevant to your topic.

To get full-text access via Google Scholar to the articles that the University of Manchester Library has access to, you will need to set up "Library Links"

  • Go to Google Scholar 
  • Go to  'Settings' and choose 'Library Links'
  • Enter 'University of Manchester' into the search box and click the 'Search' button
  • Tick the check box next to 'University of Manchester - Findit@Manchester'
  • Click on 'Save'

My Learning Essentials


Knowing where to look: your search toolkit
There are so many places to search for information to include in your academic work, it can often be difficult to know where to start. To enable you to make an informed choice when selecting where to search for information, this resource explores Google, Google Scholar, subject databases and Library Search, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses to enable you to make an informed choice when selecting where to search for information.

View all workshops and online resources in this area on the My Learning Essentials webpages.

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