Decoding your reading list

In the past week you have probably been presented with module guides for everything you’re studying, with a list of references to things you are being told to read. Sometimes these will all be in the same referencing style and formatted in a way that you can understand easily what type of information it is. But sometimes, it might be more tricky to work out what exactly it is you are looking for. You can find yourself searching for a journal article, only to discover that it’s a book chapter, and you’ll never find it in a journal database.

If you are feeling a bit confused by your reading list, don’t worry. It’s a common problem and decoding references does get easier as you become more familiar with the referencing conventions of your subject.

There are some easy things to look out for in your references that will help you identify what type of information it is, and the key details, such as the author and title, that you would need to use in order to find it successfully. Take a look at the examples in the gallery to see what to watch out for.

Your reading list is also linked from your module spaces on Blackboard. Individual items on your reading list will link through to Library Search, showing you print book availability and linking to ebook and ejournal full text wherever possible. This means you wont need to do a separate search.

Find out more about reading lists on the library website.

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