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Reading lists: Library guidance for students

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Some guidance is given here but please contact your course tutor for information on a specific module.


Finding your reading lists       

Your course tutor will advise you where to find the reading list for a particular module. Many reading lists are available in the relevant module on Learning Central or in your module handbook.

Clinical placements

Where a reading list is relevant to a clinical placement, library staff in Cardiff liaise with the Trust librarians at the appropriate locations so that you have the texts that you require at your placement library.


Finding material on your reading list

Before searching for material on a reading list, it is important to establish what type of material you are looking for.

Recommendations on a reading list will usually refer to:

 A book written by one or more authors

For example: Williamson, J. and Milner, C. The world economy.

References may also include:

  • date of publication
  • the edition
  • the publisher
  • place of publication
  • other information

For example: Williamson, J. and Milner, C. 1998. The World Economy. 2nd ed. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

To search LibrarySearch for this book, type Williamson economy or Milner economy in the search box, with the Library Collections tab selected. Check that All Library Collections is selected.

 A chapter or section in a book

For example: Knudsden, H. 2003. European works councils.  In: Foster, D. and Scott, P. eds. Trade unions in Europe. Brussels: Peter Lang, pp. 145-166.

If a book contains contributions (chapters or sections) by different authors, it will usually be compiled by one or more editors. The reference may include the author and title of the recommended contribution or just a chapter number or page numbers.

To find the chapter: European works councils by Knudsen in the book: Trade unions in Europe by Foster, you will need to search for title of the book NOT the article or chapter title.

Type trade unions europe foster in the search box (to pick up both title and author terms), with the Library Collections tab selected. Ensure that All Library Collections is selected. 

You can use the Advanced Search link for more searching options. 

 An article in a journal

For example: Richards, B. 2011. The management of emotion in British journalism. Media Culture & Society 33(6), 851-867

You can search for articles in LibrarySearch using the search box with the ArticleSearch tab selected.

To search for the above example in LibrarySearch, type the title of the article The management of emotion in British journalism in the search box, with the ArticleSearch tab selected. Ensure that QuickSearch is selected.  Locate the article on the results page and select View Online.

If you cannot locate an article using ArticleSearch we may have access to a print copy of the journal in the library.  You can locate print copies of journals by searching for the journal title, rather than the title of the individual article.

To search for the above example in LibrarySearch, type the title of the journal Media Culture & Society in the search box, with the Library Collections tab selected. Ensure that All Library Collections is selected.  Located at will tell you where print copies are available, select Details to provide detailed holding information.

References to journal articles may include a date rather than volume number, year and page numbers.

For example: Blaug, M. 1987. The pros and cons of education vouchers. Economic Review May, 125-126.

Sometimes journal titles in references are abbreviated. You will need to search LibrarySearch using the full title of the journal.

For example: T.A. Lee and D.P. Tweedie. 1975. The private shareholder. ABR. Autumn, pp. 280-291.

'ABR' stands for the journal 'Accounting and Business Research': you must use the full title in LibrarySearch. Ask for help if you are not sure what an abbreviation stands for.

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Electronic books and journal articles

Many reading list items, notably journal articles but also some books, are available electronically and a list may have direct links to these items. If not you will need to locate them via the library catalogue LibrarySearch or, the eLibrary


We can help

If you would like help locating items on reading lists, please call in at the library.


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