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using ebooks, journals and other useful resources

The University Library provides access to a wide range of digital resources helping you to trace ebooks and articles, track down internet resources and view the full text of journal articles from your own device.

Library Search

You can find out more information on how to find print books, ebooks, reading lists, journal articles and how to use your library account on our Library Search help page. Please email us at if you have any questions.

Subject databases

Our Subject LibGuides bring together databases that enable you to find articles specifically for your subject.  Use the Databases or Journal Articles tabs to access these.

Off campus access

See our video for a short overview on accessing resources from off campus.

You can use the University’s VPN service, GlobalProtect, for off-campus access to online resources. Advice on how to set your connection up can be found on the iSolutions page How do I set up VPN on my device? 

If you are accessing University resources on an NHS placement, EZproxy  and VPN (GlobalProtect) will not work with NHS firewalls so please use your Institutional Login. 

Students on NHS courses, and NHS staff, will require a OpenAthens login to access some of their resources.  Details of how to register for an account can be found on our OpenAthens page. 

Acknowledgement (click to read more...)

Creative Commons License  'Skills for studying online'. Our pages are a derivative of  Remote learning SkillsGuide available at licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. We thank the generosity of the University of Hull Library for providing a CC BY-NC-SA licence and under the terms provide the same licence for our pages.

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Related resources:

Welcome to Library Services - by University of Southampton

Getting started at university

  • Academic expectations
  • Your library
  • Literature
  • Plagiarism and referencing
  • Feedback

Accessing your library resources  - using Library Search

  • An annotated image of Library Search
  • 'How to' videos
  • Questions and answers


Free ebook collections

BookBoon - free textbooks in the fields of IT, engineering, business and economic which have mainly been written by academic authors (registration required)

Directory of Open Access books - academic books (many peer-reviewed) published on open access

Internet Archive - home to more than a million free texts

OAPEN - peer-reviewed academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Project Gutenberg - library of over 60,000 titles, mainly older literary works

Free journal collections

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) - community-curated site that provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.