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News and Media: 5. Where and how to find news and media @Aber


Looking for reliable sources for your studies can be overwhelming – there is so much information available in different types of documents and formats, it can be difficult to know where to start. Take a look at the following boxes to see how the library and your Subject Librarian can help you find the right media source for your work.

Before you begin, here is a brief introduction to what's out there.

  • Encyclopaedias are a good place to begin if you are looking at a subject you’ve not studied before. These will help you understand key terms, define your topic and help build a vocabulary for researching a topic.

  • Books can be read for a detailed discussion of a particular subject, or for an historical development of a topic. You can search for books on your topic are using Primo, our library catalogue. 
  • Academic journals or periodicals contain the most up-to-date articles and research on your particular topic. 
  • Articles are found in academic journals and these are a very good source to find the most recent developments on your topic.  They are either available electronically or in print on the library shelves. Keep a look out for peer reviewed articles have been reviewed and accepted by specialists in their field before being published. Use the filter in Primo to narrow by 'Peer Reviewed'. 

  • Newspapers can provide a contemporary perspective on events. 

  • Depending on your subject you may also use specialist documentation such as law reports, legislation, government records, parliamentary papers, business reports or scientific studies.

Check out below how your Subject Librarian can help you and take a look at the drop down menus on this page to see where you can find the different types of media sources within the library.

Subject Librarian Support

The Subject Librarians within the Academic Engagement team can provide:

  • information skills training and in-depth subject support
  • help you make the most of the resources
  • point you in the direction of useful tools and relevant web sites
  • support while you study at here at Aberystwyth University

You can find your Subject Librarian by visiting the following webpage: 

Access on and off-campus

Although different publishers provide full text access in different ways you can access Aberystwyth University’s e-resources on and off campus:

  • Look out for the @Aber buttons in search results in subscribed databases

  • Clicking on the button will check our e-journal holdings for full-text

  • Follow this advice when working off-campus to ensure you can access e-books, e-journals and online databases subscribed to by Aberystwyth University

Book an appointment with your Subject Librarian

We offer one to one online Microsoft Teams appointments to help you find materials for your assignments, research and literature reviews.  Book here:  

Information Services in the media

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