Find literature and resources for your study and research.
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Subject-specific guides to library resources
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.
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.
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.
Contains bibliographic information and article abstracts in philosophy and related disciplines from over 300 journals published worldwide.
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.
Abstracts from 2000 journals worldwide with coverage of books, papers and technical reports about language and linguistics.
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.
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.
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.
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
Libraries outside the University
University staff and students may apply for a reader's ticket at the National of Scotland.
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.
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
Cite Them Right (Comprehensive guide to referencing, including major citation styles)
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.
If you require a PDF document in an alternative format, such as large print or a coloured background, please email PPLS Librarian.