Books are a good source of information and a great way to introduce you to a topic, provide an overview, and explain key theories and concepts. They are mainly used to provide extra contextual information and to give you a good grounding in your subject.
To find the Essential and Recommended reading for your module, please visit your module page on Aula. From there you will be able to link directly to the book record on Locate and access our electronic books.
There are many ways to search for books on Locate, and the good news is even if you don't know the full book title, you can enter a few keywords which are relevant to your topic to retrieve key resources, or if you know the author, search their name on the library catalogue.
For example, to retrieve The Paramedic's Guide to Research by Pauline Griffiths, you could search for 'paramedic guide' or 'paramedic research' or 'paramedic griffiths' and this will retrieve the desired item.
Use the search box below to search Locate and discover the various ways you can retrieve a book:
Knowing how to effectively use and search for information in books, whether these are print or online, will save you a lot of time and will really help refine your research skills.
Below are a couple of book features you may want to consider using when you want to find exactly what you're looking for:
A lot of the books you will find through Locate will be ebooks. Ebooks are online resources and can be accessed from anywhere you have a working wi-fi connection. Usually you have the option to read the book online, or download it. Often this will involve downloading an extra piece of software, or an app if you want to read the book on a mobile device.
Seeking out additional literature and reading around your topic is very important since it will help to develop your understanding and fill in any gaps in your existing knowledge.
If you are able to visit the library in person, actually browsing the library shelves and finding a shelfmark (e.g. 616.025) which is relevant to your area will help you to discover lots of resources specific to that topic which are all situated in the same place.
Another way you can find additional books on a topic is by using the virtual bookshelf which appears on print book entries on Locate. Watch the short video below to see how easy it is to navigate.