Recommended links

Try these good, authoritative, reliable sites recommended in Higher Education!



  • A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research
  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
  • Find articles, theses, books, abstracts or court opinions
    Locate the complete document
  • Learn about key scholarly literature in any area of research

  • Search the full text of many books
  • Find the perfect book for your purposes and discover new ones that interest you
  • Search Book Search works just like web search.

    Browse books online
    If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy

    • Learn more -- fast
      Reference pages created for every book so you can quickly find all kinds of relevant information: book reviews, web references, maps and more.
    • Buy the book ... or borrow it from the library
      If you find a book you like, click on the "Buy this book" and "Borrow this book" links to see where you can buy or borrow it.

Use good, authoritative web directories like Intute compiled by professionals, not a computer!

Verify information

  • Check facts in other sources
  • Wikipedia has it's uses BUT information MUST be checked elsewhere – do not quote from Wikipedia

Open Access

  • University research published on-line
  • Some academic journals are only published on-line and are free to use

Try: - The Directory of Open Access Journals

  • The aim is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.
  • The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.
  • In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.

  • The OpenDOAR service provides a quality-assured listing of open access repositories around the world. OpenDOAR staff harvest and assign metadata to allow categorisation and analysis to assist the wider use and exploitation of repositories. Each of the repositories has been visited by OpenDOAR staff to ensure a high degree of quality and consistency in the information provided

  • Contains records of digital resources from open-archive collections worldwide.
  • More than 23 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,100 contributors.


  • WorldCat is a global network of library content and services that uses the Web
  • Useful to help you find different books and their publication details

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This is an archived website but you may still find the information useful.

  • Intute is a free online service that helps you to find the best web resources for your studies and research.
  • With millions of resources available on the Internet, it can be difficult to find useful material. Subject specialists review and evaluate thousands of resources to help you choose the key websites in your subject.
  • Can also help you develop your Internet research skills through Virtual Training Suite tutorials, written by lecturers and librarians from universities across the UK. Now hosted by vtstutorials
  • Intute is created by a consortium of seven universities, working together with a whole host of partners.