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Researching from home?

We have introduced new services, adapted others for remote learning, and we will be promoting existing online resources. We will also be offering additional support to help you navigate your research.

This webpage provides an introduction to some of the services and resources that you will find helpful – with links to other areas of the website where you can learn about the services and resources in detail.


Supporting your research skills

Remote Assistance and Support
Contact us with any of your queries; we will provide you with the appropriate level of support for your enquiry. We can set up a one-to-one appointment with a Librarian, to assist you with search strategies, referencing etc. 

Subject Guides
The Library has developing a range of subject guides, highlighting online resources  you may find useful when studying different periods and topics. The guides are available on the Library page of the VLE.

Library ‘Top Tips’ short videos
We have launched a series of bite-sized ‘Top Tips’ videos. Covering key library skills they are essential viewing.

For more information, including timetables for online inductions and workshops, please see our digital and information skills webpage.

Our online resources

It can be bewildering to know where to start with researching online. Your starting point and strategies will differ depending on what kind of material you are looking for, and for what purpose you are searching.

If you are searching for online material in your subject area, start from our online resources page. An online resource is a collection of digital content. Just as we purchase physical materials for the Library, we buy e-material too. There are other high quality resources that are freely available. There are a few very large databases containing articles and other textual material which are a good start for most art and design topics. As a starting point you could try Ebsco’s Art and Architecture Source  and Proquest’s Art, Design and Architecture Collection for example.

Are you looking for a specific article (e.g. that you’ve seen in a bibliography?) If you know the title of the journal start from our Online Journals A-Z list, where you can link directly to a large selection of major titles.

You might find a few of our Top Tips videos particularly useful to get started.

Remember that students and staff can get a  membership, enabling you to access all of Senate House’s online resources. Their online collections are particularly useful for cross-disciplinary research.

Accessing print material

Click and Collect
We have introduced a new ‘click and collect‘ service, which will enable you to borrow books while physical access to the Library’s shelves is unavailable. It’s incredibly easy to use.

Scan on Demand
We have also introduced a new ‘scan on demand‘ service so that students and staff can still obtain articles and chapters from print books and journals. The procedure is incredibly simple.

We have produced short videos on using the services above:

Inter-library Loans
For material unavailable from our own collection via the routes above, we can access content from other libraries via inter-library loan.

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