There are many different types of books that you might encounter in the course of your research. In some disciplines, single-author monographs are highly valued; in other disciplines, the emphasis is on journal articles.
Academic monographs speak to a more specialist audience and usually make use of more research than ‘trade’ books or publications designed to reach a wider audience.
Edited volumes feature chapters by different authors brought together by one or more editors, usually around a particular topic or methodology. Reference works, such as textbooks, handbooks, and encyclopaedias, are valuable as introductions or overviews but are less useful when looking for original, in-depth scholarship.
You can access your course reading lists in Blackboard. Log in via MyManchester, then click the ‘Reading Lists Online’ link in the left-hand menu to see your lists, or use the link below:
The Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme (Dewey for short) to arrange books and other resources on the shelves so you can locate them easily.
Some books are marked as on High Demand, notably those recommended as essential texts on course reading lists by University teaching staff. HD loan periods are shorter than for other items.
See the Library’s Books and Resources page for more information and guidance.
The following collections are located on Blue Area Floor 2 in the Main Library unless otherwise stated.
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|901 - 909||History|
You can find e-books by accessing Library Search or by using the links below:
You can find e-books by searching the Library Search or by using the links below:
It is worthwhile carrying out a search on Google Books to see if a book is available to view online.
If you have a reading list for your course and the books are in use by other students, you can check to see if it has been fully or partially digitised by Google.
The following titles reflect the most recent textbooks purchased by the University of Manchester Library in Conflict: Conflict resolution and International relations: Theory and philosophy.
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The Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme (Dewey for short) to arrange books and other resources on the shelves so you can locate them easily. We're going to show you how to use Dewey to find a book at any Library site.
Hard copy PhD theses before 2009 produced at The University of Manchester are held at the Joule Library.
You can search Library Search for a thesis, make a note of the shelfmark (eg Th 16574), bring the number to the issue counter and we will retrieve it for you. Please note that they are reference only and cannot be removed from the Library.
We do not hold Masters or undergraduate theses.
Below is a link to our dedicated thesis support page.
The Special Collections of the University of Manchester support research and teaching across a broad spectrum of historical themes and disciplines from women's history and local studies to the history of warfare and the development of popular culture.
You are welcome to make use of Special Collections in your learning and research. Due to the special nature of the material, we provide access in a controlled environment and there are some restrictions on use and access, particularly for fragile material or modern archives which may contain sensitive data.
Please read our guidance pages on the web for details.
Search the Special Collections page for more resources not covered by Library Search.
The John Rylands Research Institute and Library based at Deansgate houses one of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives in the world and includes key collections for British and International social, political and economic movements. Browse collections by A-Z or by subject.
The University of Manchester Library is one of the largest subscribers to e-journals and databases in the UK but we don’t have access to everything.
If you find that we don’t hold a book, report, journal article or conference paper that you need, you can use our Inter-Library Loans service.
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