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If you are updating departmental handbooks and would like to include up-to-date information about the University Library we have provided some suggested text below. This can be adapted to suit your audience and departmental style.

UG / PGT handbooks 2021-2022

The University Library

Our Library is one of the outstanding academic research libraries in the UK.
We provide a range of services to support the learning, teaching, and research of the University. This includes access to extensive information resources, a wide range of flexible learning environments, and the support you need to achieve your learning goals, enhance your research and develop new skills.
You’ll find all the information you need on the ‘Your Library Essentials’ Guide:

For a list of useful online library resources for your subject, visit:

Library spaces

Access to Library spaces is currently available in bookable slots. For the latest information visit the Library update page:

For information on other study spaces on campus, visit:

Finding reading for your course

Your modules may have a list of recommended reading. Look for the ‘Leganto - Reading List’ or ‘Reading List’ link in the Blackboard area for your modules.

If you can't find a reading list in Blackboard ask your tutor about recommended reading for your course.

StarPlus is the Library’s online search tool. Use it to find wider reading for your assignments, such as ebooks, online journals, articles, and more:

Find out more by watching our Using StarPlus Video:

If you’re looking for a book or article the Library doesn’t have, perhaps for your final year project or dissertation, you can request a copy using the following form:

If you would like the Library to purchase a book for its collections please complete the
resource recommendation form:

www.sheffield.ac.uk/library/registeredusers/bookrec

Developing your research and critical thinking skills

For guidance on discovering, understanding and creating information for your studies, assignments and research projects, along with guidance on how to think critically, avoid plagiarism, and cite / reference correctly, visit:

For details of workshops to support your learning, visit:

Help and support

For general enquiries, speak to a member of library staff or contact Library Help on:

You can contact your departmental librarian for advice about finding reading for your studies or any other queries relating to library support for your course.

You can find the name of your librarian at:

 PGR handbooks 2021-2022

The University Library

Our Library is one of the outstanding academic research libraries in the UK.

We provide a range of services to support the learning, teaching, and research of the University. This includes access to extensive information resources, a wide range of flexible learning environments, and the support you need to achieve your learning goals, enhance your research and develop new skills.

You’ll find all the information you need on the ‘Your Library Essentials’ guide and on the Student Researcher pages:

  • https://sheffield.libguides.com/libraryessentialsted
  • www.sheffield.ac.uk/library/research/students

Finding ebooks, journals articles and more

StarPlus is the Library’s online search tool - use it to explore the extensive collections of online journals, articles, ebooks and more available to you as a University of Sheffield researcher:

Find out more by watching our Using StarPlus video:

Follow the guidance about working away from the University to ensure continued access to the full range of material.

The Library provides access to the LibKey Nomad browser extension which will flag up open access journal articles and articles we subscribe to when you’re browsing the web. You can download and install it on your computer from:

Resources for literature searching

For videos and guides on literature searching, visit:

Scopus and Web of Science are multidisciplinary literature searching databases for identifying and connecting to journal articles and other research outputs.

You can also use BrowZine to browse through the University’s collection of online journals, making it easy for you to keep up-to-date:

To find databases relevant to your specific discipline, use the Library guide for your subject or contact the librarian for your department.

Finding theses

White Rose eTheses Online (WReO) is the repository for doctoral theses from the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York.

Proquest Dissertation and Theses is a resource which has international coverage:

EThOS (British Library Electronic Theses Online Service) provides access to PhD theses from other universities.

If the Library doesn’t have what you need

Research is increasingly being made freely available under open initiatives. Use Unpaywall or the Open Access button to locate freely available journal articles.

You can recommend books and other material for the Library to buy using the resource recommendation form:

You can also use the interlibrary request service to obtain books and articles from other libraries. Find the request form from:

Library spaces

Access to Library space is currently available in bookable slots. For latest information see:

For information on other study spaces on campus, visit:

www.sheffield.ac.uk/learning-spaces

Data management plans

All postgraduate research students are required to submit a data management plan as part of their confirmation review. For more information and support visit:

www.sheffield.ac.uk/library/rdm/dmp

Researcher skills development

The Library can help you develop your skills in literature searching, undertaking systematic reviews, using reference management software, using citation metrics and more.

To explore online training and information visit:

Contact the Library

For general enquiries, contact Library Help on:
Email: library@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: 0114 222 7200
Live Chat: http://libraryhelp.shef.ac.uk

You can book an online appointment or email your departmental librarian to help you find reading for your studies or for questions relating to library support for your research.

To find the librarian for your subject, visit:

Staff handbooks 2021-2022

The University Library provides 24-hour access to a huge range of online journals, ebooks and articles as well as advice to help staff find and use information effectively. You’ll find all the information you need to get started on the Teach and Research web pages.

This year, the University is asking all module leaders to create and publish an online reading list to support student access to their learning materials. Further information is available on the Library's 'Using the University's Reading List system' page, or see 'Creating an online reading list for your students in Leganto.'

Library sites

The University Library has four sites. Full information about each site, including opening hours, can be found on the Library sites page.

Finding ebooks, journals articles and more

StarPlus is the Library’s online search tool. Use it to explore the extensive collections of online journals, articles, ebooks and more available to you as a member of the University of Sheffield. Find out more by watching our Using StarPlus video.

Follow the guidance about working away from the University to ensure continued access to the full range of material.

Resources for literature searching

The Library provides access to a range of literature searching resources such as Scopus and Web of Science.

To find databases relevant to your specific discipline, use the Library guide for your subject or contact the librarian for your department.

If you prefer to browse through the University’s collection of online journals have a look at BrowZine, a tool which makes it easy for you to keep up-to-date.

Visit the Library’s research skills pages for videos and guides on literature searching.

If the Library doesn’t have what you need

Supporting your research and publishing activities

The Library can support and advise you on scholarly publishing, managing & sharing your research data, copyright and more. Visit our Research pages to explore the support available.

Supporting your students

Advice for new students is available on the Your Library Essentials guide. The Library offers support for all students to develop skills in literature searching, referencing and more. This is offered in a variety of ways including online tutorials and webinars:

Contact your librarian to discuss how we can work with you to embed these skills in the curriculum.

Contacting the Library

  • For general enquiries, contact Library Help by email library@sheffield.ac.uk, by phone 0114 222 7200, or by Live Chat
  • Each department has a librarian who can help you with questions you have relating to library support for your research and teaching. You can book an online appointment with them or email them for advice. Find the Librarian for your subject