Using Library Resources Remotely

While you are studying away from the university, you still have access to an extensive collection of ebooks, online journals, academic research databases, films, TV programmes and magazines. Everything we subscribe to is linked from the Library Services main web page and you may also find direct links to essential reading from the reading list in your Canvas modules.

The libraries are now closed until further notice. If you need help to use library resources when working away from the university, we are running a remote enquiry service and the Contact Us web pages have all the contact details.

Print books you have on loan
Holds and recalls on all items have been suspended and all your loans will be renewed automatically. If you are continuing your studies at LJMU in the next academic year, please keep hold of your books and return them in person when our libraries reopen.

If you are based in the UK and have not already left Liverpool, please take your library books with you when you do so. We are currently working on a process for you to be able to return the books to us from home. We will confirm details of this as soon as we are able to. If you are leaving the UK before our libraries reopen please contact our library service for further advice using the online form.

Discover search engine
Enter authors, titles or keywords into the Discover search box on the main web page and you will be presented with a list of academic resources that can be refined using the filters on the right-hand menu. Discover can also help you to manage your research – sign in to review your Library Account and check your borrowing history, pin/save items to your Favourites list, export references to EndNote and create search alerts. The Discover Guide provides more information on all the features available.

When working off campus you may need to provide your LJMU username and password more often to get to the full text. We use the Open Athens authentication system – look for this option and select Liverpool John Moores University as your home institution, then enter your username (in the format lstjblog) and your password.

Electronic Library
Not all of our electronic resources can be searched via the Discover search engine, and sometimes you may wish to go straight to a particular e-journal or academic database. The Electronic Library provides alphabetical lists of e-journals and databases, and links to other tools such as Browzine (an app for creating your personal e-journal library) and Box of Broadcasts (an online archive of UK TV programmes).

Document request and suggestions for purchase
If you find a reference to a journal article that is not available, use the Find A Reference service. The electronic document delivery service is still running at present and you will be sent a pdf of articles located. Inter-library loan requests for print books are currently suspended but you can still suggest that we purchase a copy for the library using the purchase request form. Ebooks can be delivered as usual but print books will be delayed until the libraries re-open.

When writing up assignments you may need some advice on referencing and compiling your bibliography. We have guides and tutorials on the Referencing and Endnote web page to help with these, and our liaison librarians can provide more detailed help during our enquiry service hours.

On the Skills@LJMU web pages we have guides and tutorials for Academic Writing, Maths and Statistics, English for Academic Purposes, Library Skills and IT Skills. The Academic Achievement team  and the Liaison Librarians also run online tutorials and appointments which are advertised in the Skills Training Calendar each week. The FeedForward service is also available via email – the Skills Tutors can provide advice and feedback on aspects of your work before you submit it.

And finally…
Some of the resources we subscribe to are of general interest and may help you to relax during breaks from your academic work:

Press Reader is an online library of newspapers and magazines covering popular topics and hobbies as well as more mainstream academic journals. Download the app to read on a tablet or phone.

Kanopy is a streaming service of feature films and documentaries.

Box of Broadcasts is an online archive of UK free-to-air TV programmes.

Rosetta Stone is our online language learning platform with 24 languages to choose from.

Liverpool Central Library also has an excellent collection of ebooks, magazines and audio books  on the Read Liverpool web pages. The service is free to join online.

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