• Library building open with restrictions. Limited IT service availablity

Attention Covid-19 adjustments to Library services

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Summarised privacy statement for external readers & visitors

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Summarised privacy statement for external readers & visitors

Walk-in access terms & conditions

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Library first floor (suitable for printing)

Library floor plans (A4 double sided)

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Distance learning support: video transcript

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Disability Support - Overview

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Save money when buying books

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Guide to using Oasis Requestor

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Guide to fund codes

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2020/05

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2020/06

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2020/07

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2020/08

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2020/09

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2020/10

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2020/11

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2020/12

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2021/01

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2021/02

New Books Received by Fund Code. 2021/03

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Using Discovery - an animated guide

Using the Discovery Service

Discovery Service - Getting Started (printable handout)

Library Catalogue

My Account

Using the Library Catalogue (pdf)

Reading Lists

Creating Reading Lists 

Reading lists: video transcript

Using Electronic Resources

Accessing Electronic Resources

Accessing Electronic Resources (printable  handout)

Using your login: video transcript

Work anywhere: video transcript

Passwords for Resources

Guide to accessing electronic resources (pdf)

Help with IT Issues

Do you have a problem with your login?

Known problems: video transcript

Problems accessing online resources

Work Anywhere

Work anywhere: video transcript

User Guides for e-Resources

ABS/CABS journals - searching specific 3,4 & 4* titles

Accessing Electronic Resources (printable handout)

Barbour - how to search

British Standards Online (BSOL) - how to search

Burger's Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery - how to search

CareKnowledge - how to search

CINAHL - how to search using thesaurus headings

Community Care Inform - how to search

Discovery - an animated guide for beginners

Discovery - using limiters, a beginner's guide

Discovery Service - Getting Started (printable handout)

E-Books - getting started

Ebook Central - downloading & using ebooks

EBSCO e-books - using & downloading

Engineering Village (inc. Compendex, GeoBASE & GeoREF) - how to search

Google - advanced search

Google - getting more out of Google & Google Scholar

Google Scholar - how to use

Knovel - how to search

Lyell Collection - how to search

Medicines Complete and British Pharmacopoeia - how to search

ScienceDirect - how to search

SocINDEX - how to search

Wikipedia - use for course work


Databases: video transcript

Electronic Books

Using eBooks

E-Books - getting started

Ebook Central - downloading & using ebooks

ebooks: video transcript

EBSCO e-books - using & downloading

eBook Collections

EBook Central

Using and downloading Ebook Central ebooks

Journals & eJournals

ejournals: video transcript

Print journals: video transcript

Audio Visual Resources

Theses & eTheses

Theses collection: video transcript


Interlibrary Loans

DRM Lite in Chrome

DRM Lite in Edge

DRM Lite in Firefox

DRM Lite in Internet Explorer

DRM Lite on an Android mobile device

DRM Lite on an Apple mobile device

DRM Lite quick guide

Scan and deliver

Access to Other Libraries


SCONUL Summer Vacation Access

Portsmouth Access to Libraries (PAL)

The British Library

Copyright Guidelines


Copyright for Students

Copyright for Researchers

Copyrighted or sensitive material in your thesis

Copyright for Lecturers

Copyright at a glance for teaching

Copyright Guidelines for Content Capture


Creative Commons

Film screening licences

Open Government Licence

Ordnance Survey Maps

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) HE Licence

The Educational Recording Agency (ERA)

The Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA)


Copyright Exceptions

Getting Permission

Copyright permission letter template

Finding Free Content

Types of Material


How do I incorporate figures (images) and tables into my assignment?

Key differences between APA 6 and APA 7

Information Literacy & Study Skills

Information Literacy

Mind Maps

The Ocean of Information

The Ocean of Information Accessible Version

Academic reading

Developing your research

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Starting your information search

Why do I need to learn this?

Study Skills Advice

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Open Access and REF eligibility


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Pure and the Portsmouth Research Portal

Managing Your Research Data

Research Metrics



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Reference Management Tools

Introductory guide to setting up/using an Endnote basic account

Setting up and using Mendeley Desktop at UoP

Setting up and using Mendeley Desktop at UoP (accessible version)

UoP Mendeley video (designed for business students but can be used by all)

Changing the default style in Mendeley to APA 6th (or an alternative) - use VPN to watch this video

Further Help & Training

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Research Outputs Team

Contact Us

Support for students

Portsmouth Research Portal

Special collections

University Archive

Archive Policy

Central Photographic Section (c1970 - 2004)

College Governors Sub-Committee (1931-1945)

College of Art (1894 - 1994)

Estates (1970s - 2000s)

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Map Library leaflet

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About us


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Take a virtual library tour

Meet the Team

Service Management

Faculty Librarians

Faculty Librarians

Anne Worden

Greta Friggens

Hannah Porter

Mystery Beck

Timothy Collinson

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Library Charter

The Library Charter

Library Service Standards

2019/2020 Library service standards report for Teaching Block 1

Library Regulations

Customer Service Excellence

Mission Statement

Student Led Change


Data Protection

Data Protection Statement: Library 2020/2021 - For External Readers and visitors using the University of Portsmouth Library

Your data and NHS Test & Trace

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Collection Management Plan

Collection Strategy

Archive Policy

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