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Your Library Essentials

What you need to know about using the University Library.

Reading lists

All undergraduate and most taught postgraduate students will be given lists of required or recommended reading and other resources.

You can view the reading lists for your programme and modules by signing into your university account (MUSE).

You will find the lists for your programme via the Reading List link on the left-hand side menu in your Blackboard course. Please contact your module tutor if there is no reading list link or if you have specific questions about recommended reading for your course.

Wider reading

As students at The University of Sheffield, you can use any of the books, journals and other resources provided by the Library, not just those you need for your course.

A lot of the information you need is available through the digital library - ebooks, ejournals and specialist resources for your subject that you will need as you progress as a student.

To access the full range of library resources, both digital and print, you will need to sign into your university account (MUSE) and then select  StarPlus, the Library catalogue, from the “My services'' menu. 

If a book isn’t available online or the print copies are all out on loan you can request a copy and we’ll let you know when the book is available to be collected.

You can browse online journals using BrowZine to see what articles have been published in each issue of a particular journal e.g. Nature.

To find journal articles on a specific topic, you can limit your search in StarPlus to articles only. You may also want to use databases specific to your subject area, which usually have more options to help you search and sort results effectively.

Visit the Library guide for your subject and click on the Discovering tab to explore other useful search tools to help you find wider reading.