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ORC: Books and Journals

Subject guide for Optoelectronics Research Centre

Theses and Dissertations

PhD/ MPhil theses

  • the library holds print copies of all University of Southampton doctoral level theses; these are listed on WebCat
  • many of these are now also available online from ePrints Soton

Undergraduate/ taught masters dissertations

  • The Library does not normally hold undergraduate or taught masters dissertations.  University of Southampton students should enquire at their Faculty Office regarding any local arrangements for access to previous students' dissertations or final year projects.

Books and Journals

Looking for a book?    stack of books

Go to the library catalogue  and search by title, author, or keywords.

Is the at another site or  book out on loan? - Place a hold

Is the book not held by the library at all? - Use the Inter library loan service to borrow it from another library

Recommend a book? - Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian if you would like to recommend a book we should buy for the library.

pile of magazines

Looking for an online journal?   

Search for the title of the journal in     Delphis

pile of magazines   Looking for articles or information on a topic?

Try using Delphis to find articles on any topic. You will find things that the library has and may not have. Contact the Interlibrary Loan service to see if you can get the resource that the library does not own.

 Not on campus? Use SVE:

computer with extension cord to the world

  Very few of our resources are freely available to any web user. If you're at home, the easiest way around this problem is to sign into the University's SVE service.  Alternatively, some resources may have an "institutional" or "Shibboleth" login option. Use this and log in with your University username and password.

Understanding An Article Reference

A correctly formatted reference will tell you exactly where to find the full article:

DING, Y., JACOB, E. K., ZHIXIONG, Z., FOO, S., ERJIA, Y., GEORGE, N. L. and LIJIANG, G. (2009) Perspectives on social tagging, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60 (12), 2388-2401.

This article was written by Y Ding & colleagues, and the article's title is "Perspectives on social tagging". It was published in 2009 in the journal called "Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology". It was published in volume 60, issue 12, and the article ran from page 2388 to 2401.

How Do I Know If You Have It?

Found a good article? Now you need to know whether you can get the full text.

If you've run a database search, the article's record may have a "Full Text" or "PDF" link - that's great: click to get the full text. If not, look out for the Full Text Finder icon - click this to find out if we have access to the journal. 

If you found the article another way, you can check our holdings using the title of the journal to see if we have a print copy in our holdings.  You can use Library Search to do this.  We also have an advanced guide to help you find out more on our Library Search help page