Materials and Minerals: Finding books

Books - Print

The Library Catalogue allows you to find print books. Below are some recent book titles that you can access online

What is a scholarly book?


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Look for the clues:

Clue 1: Specialised publisher in the field, for example a University press.

   Clue 2Reputable author/creator: Look for the author's qualifications. 

   Clue 3:  Includes cited references and bibliography.

Books - Electronic

The Library Catalogue allows you to find ebooks. Below are some recent book titles that you can access online

Royal Society of Chemistry's ebook Collection

Searching for books

Search for books and ebooks using the Library catalogue

Quick tips to get you started:

  • If you know the exact title, type it into the search box and select the Title option 
  • Try a keyword search e.g. Minerals
  • Use double quotes for phrases "..." e.g. "Materials science"
  • Narrow your search by Format type: Book or Articles or Media
  • Find scholarly journal articles by selecting Refine Search > Peer Reviewed
  • Find recent material by narrowing your search by a Date range

Check out Beyond Google for Your Research for more information.


Can't find the book you need?

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    If you can't find the book you were looking for, why not try one of the options below: