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Library & IT guide for new students: Finding Resources

COVID

Due to COVID-19, information on library services and facilities may change. For the latest information , please go to: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/news/isupdate/

Your reading list

A module reading list is usually a list of books and other information resources compiled by the module co-ordinator to support your study of a module.

Where can I find my reading list?

BlackBoard

You can find the reading list for a module you are studying in Blackboard.

  • Log in to blackboard.aber.ac.uk, visit the module and click the Aspire Reading List link in the left menu.

Aspire

You can also view your list in the Aspire system at aspire.aber.ac.uk  

Enter the module code and/or name.

Find out more by visiting the Aspire reading list webpage.

If you are choosing modules for next year, or you are a prospective student, visit the AU modules pages and on any module page...

  • click View in Aspire to see a reading list for a current module

  • click View an example list in Aspire to see an example list for a module being taught in the future

E-books

Aberystwyth University libraries subscribe to a wide range of e-books and e-book collections.

We have 1000s of e-books and our collection is regularly growing. You can access our e-books via Primo. In the search box enter one or two key words from the title and the surname of the author. When the search results appear you can choose to click Full text online in the Tweak my results menu on the left to display results for ebooks only.

If we have access to an electronic version of a book, the Primo record will state Online Access

Click on our Electronic Books webpage for further information and for instructions on:

Library Catalogue

Primo is the Aberystwyth University library catalogue. In Primo you can search for books, articles, theses and other materials in the library collection of printed and electronic resources. To get the best results from Primo, you will need to sign in. 

 

Books in the Library

In the Primo search box enter one or two key words from the title and the author's last name. When the search results appear you can choose 'Books' in the Tweak my results menu on the left to display results for books only. 

Available

If the book is available to borrow, Primo will state this, giving the floor and shelf location details. 

On loan

If the book is not available to borrow and on loan to another user, Primo will state this information. You can recall a book that is on loan. Instructions on how to do this are available here. 

Online access

If the item is available in electronic format, click 'Online access' to get the online version.

Off-campus access

Our extensive collections of electronic journals, databases and e-books remain available to you 24/7 on and off-campus.

Before you start any searching off-campus:

sign in to Primo

You know you have signed in successfully if your name displays at the top right hand of your screen.

You are now authenticated to access AU subscribed electronic resources. If you close your browser, you will need to sign into Primo again to re-authenticate.

For further information on accessing e-resources off-campus see FAQ 163.

LibGuides

Our LibGuides give you detailed information on print and electronic resources for all subjects:
https://libguides.aber.ac.uk

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