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Absolute Beginners - Finding books, articles and other materials in the Library

How to get started for anyone new to tracking down resources, and a refresher for those who have already mastered some of the skills.

I am looking for a book not on my resource list, but I know the title.

The best way to look for a book NOT on your Module Resource List is to use LibrarySearch (this replaces MultiSearch).
There are links to this on the side bar of the main library page, and on the MyDay Portal. If you are in BRIGHTSPACE, go to the Library Resources dropdown menu at the top of the page and select Library Homepage, then LibrarySearch from the sidebar. 
  • If not already signed in, sign in at the top of the page using your usual UHI username and password
  • To search by title, the most effective way is to put the title in "inverted commas ".This will keep the words together in the search, and is particularly helpful if the words in the title are common words. In this example, I am looking for a book called Healing Threads. I have put inverted commas around the phrase. This brings me back 7 results. As the default setting of Group  Related Editions box is checked, it will only show the latest edition, and a number of articles, mainly book reviews . If this is unchecked, it will show all the editions of the book with that title, and a number of articles, mainly book reviews. 


  • If I only want to see books, I can go to the sidebar (if on a PC, or use the Group & Refine Search on a tablet or smartphone). Scroll down to Format and click on the books box. This time it only returns the books, no articles. 
  • Decide from the list which title you want. If there are lots of returns with the same title you can filter the list further by year, language, location of copies, and so on. To select a book, click on the title. If you only want to see print books, select that button, or the same with  the ebook button.
  • See the I found the books in Library Search - now what? tab to see what to do next.