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This guide is designed to help you make the most of the Library’s resources in support of your learning, whether you are looking for weekly readings specified by your tutor, or searching more generally for resources for a project or dissertation.

Finding items on reading lists

The Library aims to check all reading lists sent to us by the academic departments and centres, so that everything specified on a reading list is available from the Library. There are two main types of material on reading lists, books and journal articles.

Finding books

To find a book: enter some words from the title into Library Search or search by Title or Author in the Classic catalogue, then make a note of the classmark, availability and shelved at information (see the Guide to the Library Catalogue for more details).

For Example to find:

Jonathan D. Spence, The Search for Modern China, (Norton, 1990). Search under Title “search for modern china” or under Author “spence, jonathan” in the Classic catalogue.

The information you will need to make a note of is:

Classmark: DS 754.S7
Availability: IN LIBRARY
Shelved at: Floor 3

(Classmarks DB-DX can be found on the 3rd floor – see the Classification scheme summary and the Shelved At locations pages for more details).

Many books on reading lists are part of the Short Loan collection on the ground floor of the Library or the Student collection on the first floor. Some books are also available online. These can be searched for in the same way as ordinary books and have the classmark “Online book”. To access the text of an e-book, click on the link in the middle of the relevant catalogue record to “view the full text”.

Finding journal articles

To find a journal article: Enter some words from the title of the article into Library Search. If the article appears under the “Article results” section, click on the WebBridge button to find out whether the full text of the article is available online and where you can access it. You can also use the Periodical Title search in the Classic catalogue to find the location of the journal and then look for the relevant volume on the shelves or access it online.

You will need to check the holdings information to make sure the Library has the volume you are looking for.

For example to find:

Thomas Bernstein, Stalinism, Famine and Chinese Peasants, Theory and Society vol. 13, no. 3, May 1984, pp. 339-347. Search under Periodical Title “theory and society”.

The information you will need to make a note of is:

Classmark: H 1.T57
Shelved at: Store C/Floor 3
Availability: Not Loanable (- most journals are for use in the Library only, although some can be borrowed for three days at a time)
Holdings: Vol. 1- 1974- (the Library holds all volumes from vol. 1 (1974) onwards). Earlier years are kept in store and have to be requested in advance from there.

The Library: Contacts & Staff

Library helpdesk

Library helpdesk email address Telephone number01206 873192 Southend: Telephone number01702 32 8484 Loughton:Telephone number 020 8418 7349

Renewals: Colchester & Loughton Telephone number01206 873192 or Online Southend: Online