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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.


Accessing library resources from home 

To connect to library resources such as databases and journals you will need to use the University’s VPN service called Globalprotect. Advice on how to set your connection up can be found on the iSolutions page How do I set up VPN on my device? 

Off campus access

Off campus access to most of our electronic resources (ebooks, ejournals etc) requires connection to the University network.  This can be done by logging into the VPN. See our video for a short overview.

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 the Library's OpenAthens website.

Watch this short film to find out more about Course Collections and ebooks. A text only version of the contents of the video is available Finding resources online: ebooks and Course Collections [WORD]

See our quick video for advice on finding journal articles:

  1. When you know the details for a specific journal article
  2. When you are looking for journal articles for your research

A text only version of video contents is available - Finding resources online: journal articles [WORD]

Ebooks can be accessed using the Library's catalogue WebCat.

Make sure that the 'Search only electronic books' box is ticked before you do your search.


Online Course Collections are also available through WebCat.

If you are looking for a specific journal article or for articles on a topic, try carrying out a quick search using DelphiS.

DelphiS searches across most of the Library's databases and electronic journals, covering journal articles, electronic books, web resources, newspaper articles and more.undefined

Online tutorial:

      Finding journal articles and more

        How to search for different resources using DelphiS

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, publishers have given libraries additional access to resources to facilitate online teaching and research.

This arrangement is temporary and access to to many of the resources listed below are subject to change at short notice.

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.

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:

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.