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Social Policy

Welcome to the Social Policy subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Finding Library Resources - DiscoverEd


DiscoverEd is the library's discovery tool and library catalogue. Use it to search for books, journals, articles, databases, online access and much more. You can find a simple guide we've made for getting started with DiscoverEd here (Microsoft Sway).

Other useful help pages from our website include:

Don't forget that you can ask the Library Helpdesk staff for advice and assistance. 

Key databases for Social Policy

Your Academic Support Librarians

Resource lists and Subject guides

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Resource Lists are online reading lists that can signpost you to key reading materials. Some of your courses may have a Resource List embedded in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) but you can also access them directly. Full details are available on the Resource Lists: Information for Students webpage.

Other subject guides can be a useful source of ideas and information. 

Some focus on a topic such as newspapers as well as others that are more subject specific e.g. Business, Medicine economics etc.

A full list of subject guides is available on the university website. 

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Online learning

The Library provides access to many e-resources, but we also provide lots of other services and support for students on online learning programmes.

Library services for online learning students

- How to set up and use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) 

Requesting scans of journal articles and book chapters

- Getting started with using the library