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Finding resources

The library has around 1.3 million books as well as many other types of resources. You will need to consult different catalogues, databases and search engines to find what you need.

During your time at University you will refer to a number of resources mainly:

Sometimes you may need to find other resources such as:

NUsearch (UKChinaMalaysia) will help you find books, journal articles, reports, theses, reference material and more.  You may be pointed to an item in print or available electronically.

You can also find the availability of books on your reading list using the online reading list system. In the UK, reading lists can be accessed via your course in Moodle or via the online reading list system [UK, China, Malaysia].

Knowledge of how the classmark sequence works, will help you to easily find the right book on the shelf.

Use a bibliographic database to find journal articles and conference proceedings, allowing you to search by keyword.  The library pays subscription costs each year to access these databases and in many cases you can link to the electronic version of the journal article.

UK students can make use of the  Manuscripts and Special collections online catalogue to search for material in our Manuscripts and Special collections library.

Specialist databases and search engines also exist to search for newspapers thesespatents and standards.

If you can't find what you are looking for in our libraries, there are  schemes allowing you to borrow from selected university libraries and we can borrow resources on your behalf from other libraries using our interlibrary loan service

Nottingham academics describe the importance of using a range of online resources for academic study in the following video.

Working in the library
Finding resources


Library access online

Reading lists

Further reading


  • Using Library Lending Services
  • Online research & information skills on Moodle: Malaysia

Reading and interpreting sources and data


People who can help

Talk to someone in your school or a specialist support service


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