Finding resources

Find literature and resources for your study and research.

Getting started


Help finding information online.

Courses to help you get started using library resources.


Subject-specific guides to library resources



Linguistics and English Language

Cognitive Science  (Informatics).

Locating library resources

Finding resources held in the University library

Use Edinburgh University Library's discovery service to find both print and online resources.


Help using DiscoverEd

Finding resources beyond the University library

Guidance about sourcing items not held at Edinburgh University.

Library Resources Plus 

Jisc Library Hub Discover gives access to the catalogues of many UK national, academic and specialist libraries.

Jisc Library Hub Discover

Using other libraries

Many university libraries have special arrangements for students who do not study at their institutions. It is advisable to contact libraries first to check on access rights.

Find another library nearby.

University staff and students may apply for a reader's ticket at the National  Library of Scotland.

National Library of Scotland 

SCONUL, Edinburgh University Library is a member of SCONUL which allows students and staff, once registered, to use the libraries of other member institutions.


Requesting resources from other libraries

You may request resources from other libraries (interlibrary loans).

About Interlibrary loans

Request an interlibrary loan using DiscoverEd

Citation styles, referencing and reference management

Referencing and reference management

Referencing and reference management

Zotero is free, open source reference management software. It includes web browser integration, supports numerous citation styles and can be used to create references and bibliographies with Word and other text editors.


EndNote is supported by the University and is available as desktop software and as a web application. Students and staff may request a download to install software on personal/home devices via Software Services.

Software Services.

Brief introduction to EndNote (desktop).

Citation styles

Cite Them Right (Comprehensive guide to referencing, including major citation styles)

APA Style and grammar guidelines

Chicago Manual of Style

MHRA Style Guide

MLA Style

Searching for academic literature - general

Library databases

Full list of the library's database subscriptions and general guidance on use.

About library databases 

Help finding information online.

Note library databases generally provide references and citations only, not full-text articles.

Multi-disciplinary databases


Search across multiple databases using the library's DiscoverEd service. Sign in to search and access online content. Use 'Advanced Search' and refine the search with 'Expand results beyond Library Collections' for full literature searching beyond Edinburgh University holdings.

Web of Science Core Collection

Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles, conference proceedings from all subject areas. Impact factors and email alerts available.


Produced by the American Psychological Association with citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations. Currently uses Ovid interface.



United States National Library of Medicine database covering worldwide medical literature. MEDLINE is a good medical database covering psychiatry or clinical psychology subjects.



PubMed is a free service from the National Library of Medicine (U.S) Citations for biomedical articles going back to the 1950s. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life sciences journals. Includes links to many sites providing full-text.

Philosopher's Index

Contains bibliographic information and article abstracts in philosophy and related disciplines from over 1600 journals published worldwide.


ATLA Religion Database

Covers all aspects of religion, includes full-text for some journals.



Maintained by researchers, a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. Offers other features such as indexes of pre-prints and discussion forums. It maintains an open access archive.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)

Abstracts from 2000 journals worldwide with coverage of books, papers and technical reports about language and linguistics.


MLA International Bibliography

Citations to critical documents on literature, linguistics and folklore from over 4,400 journals. Also covers monographs, reference works and conference papers.

MLA International Bibliography online user guide



Profiles approximately 7,000 living languages with number of speakers, location, dialects, usage statistics, linguistic affiliations and autonyms. It also provides data on languages which have gone out of use in the last 66 years.  Access available on campus. For off-campus access please use the University VPN.

 A curated list of external resources to help you discover and re-use existing data is provided by the University's Research Data Service

Research Data Service

Research Data Support Team

If you require a PDF document in an alternative format, such as large print or a coloured background, please email PPLS Librarian.