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Looking for online resources?

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Looking for online resources?


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Looking for online resources?

Your starting point and strategies will differ depending on what kind of material you are looking for, and for what purpose you are searching.

Online Resources

If you are searching for material in your subject area, start from our online resources page. Each resource in the A-Z list has a description page and you can link through to the resource from there. We also list open access and temporary/trial resources.

Online Journals

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.

What is an online resource?

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. Some resources focus on a specific subject area; others focus on particular formats. Some resources are broad in scope and useful for numerous subject areas; some are more specialist.

Where should I start?

There are a few very large databases containing articles and other textual material which are a good start for most art and design topics. Try the following as a starting point:

Subject Guides

The Library is developing a range of subject guides, highlighting online resources  you may find useful when studying different periods and topics. We have used our expertise to identify core resources relevant to the main subject areas; the guides already created are available on the Library page of the VLE.

Book Library 'top tips' videos

We have launched a series of bite-sized ‘top tips’ videos. Covering key library skills, we hope they will be particularly useful during the library closure, but also helpful at any time. The first few videos posted on our digital and information skills page; check back regularly as we will be adding more content as we can.


Athens is an Access Management System that enables secure access to many of our online resources. For guidance, depending on type of material and where you are accessing from, see the Athens area of our website.

Senate House membership

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

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