Finding resources

Find literature and resources for your study and research.

Getting started

LibSmart - Your Library Research Starts Here.    An online,  self-enrol Learn course to help you get started using University Library resources.

Help searching library databases and online resources

Subject-specific guides to library resources



Linguistics and English Language

Cognitive Science  (Informatics).

Multi-disciplinary databases


It is possible to search across multiple databases using the library's DiscoverEd service. Sign in to be able to search and access all online content. Use 'Advanced Search' and choose the option 'Expand results beyond Library Collections' for a full literature search beyond the holdings of the University.

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.

Psychology databases


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



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.

Philosophy databases

Philosopher's Index

Contains bibliographic information and article abstracts in philosophy and related disciplines from over 300 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 databases

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.



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.


Note that these databases provide references and citations only, not full-text articles.

Further details and direct links to other databases can be found at the University Library's web page.

Overview of library databases

Finding references

DiscoverEd gives locations of both print and online items held by the University Library. If you are getting too many unspecific hits in your search try 'Advanced Search' and various search refinements to narrow it down.

DiscoverEd (Library catalogue)

Frequently asked questions about using DiscoverEd

For those items the University Library does not hold there are various means of obtaining them such as our inter-library loan service, or using another library. Library Resources Plus gives further information and links about this.

Library Resources Plus

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

Discover and re-use data

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

Research Data Service

Libraries outside the University

National Library of Scotland

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

Using Other Libraries

Other university libraries have special arrangements for students who do not study at their institutions. Generally access is only allowed during the vacation, but there are often other arrangements. It is advisable to contact libraries first to check on access rights.


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

Interlibrary loans

Interlibrary Loan Service

For items not in the Edinburgh University Library there is an interlibrary loan service. An interlibrary loan may be a printed book, photocopy or scan obtained from another library. Readers each have a quota of free requests per academic year - 5 loans for undergraduates, 30 for postgraduates and staff .  Subsequent loans are made at a cost of £5 each.

Referencing, reference management and citation styles

Referencing and reference management

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

APA Style and grammar guidelines

BPS Style

Chicago Manual of Style

MHRA Style Guide

MLA Style

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.

A selection of books may be of use to students doing literature reviews and are held in the the Psychology and Philosophy Library reserve section.

Sternberg, R J (2016) The Psychologist's Companion.

Ridley, D (2012) The Literature review : a step by step guide for students.

Bell, Judith and Waters, Stephen (2018) Doing your research project.

Forshaw, M (2013) Your Undergraduate psychology research project : a BPS guide.

APA (2020) Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed).

APA (2020) Concise guide to APA style.

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