Welcome to Edinburgh Napier University.
If you are joining us from overseas, read on for how to use the online library to access our ebooks, ejournals and audiovisual materials from your own country.
We recommend you start with the Introduction to Computing and Library Services, which will give you an overview of the services available.
Finding information about your subject
You will receive a reading list for each of your modules/courses. This list may contain books, journals, journal and newspaper articles, films etc. Some items will give an overview of the subject area. Others will have a more narrow focus.
In addition to the items on your reading list, you may need to find other information. You can contact your subject librarian who is an expert on finding information on your subject area. You can also look at the subject guides they have created.
LibrarySearchLibrarySearch is the library’s online catalogue. Use it to find print and ebooks, print and ejournals, ejournal articles and other resources.
Start your search in LibrarySearch as it contains good quality academic sources of information, which your lecturers will expect you to use in your work, and special links have been set up to make it easy for you to access resources.
Read more about LibrarySearch
Using the physical library
- Remember to bring your student card.
- You can borrow up to 15 physical items (print books and journals, DVDs, etc).
- Find them in LibrarySearch.
- If a book is not available, you can place a request.
- Use the number/letters you see in the record, e.g. 647.2 MUL, to find the book on the shelves.
- Next, take the book to a self-service kiosk to add them to your library account.
- Items are automatically renewed up to a maximum of 4 months unless recalled. If an item on loan to you is requested by another user we will recall it by sending you an email asking you to return it within 7 days.
- Fines are charged if items are returned late. This is because print books etc. may be needed by other students. See Our Charges and Fines.
Using the Library online
When you register, or matriculate, with the University, you are also automatically registered with the library. The login details you use for Moodle and your university email will give you access to online resources, such as ejournals and ebooks. Please note that it is not possible for us to post print Library materials or photocopies to students based outside the UK.
Note that you will need to sign in to LibrarySearch with your University login to access resources - This is because only Edinburgh Napier students and staff are licensed to use them.
How to find...
- Search for ebooks in LibrarySearch. If you know the title and author, use these, e.g.
- Hall, D., Brown, F. [2011?]. Tourism and welfare: ethics, responsibility and sustainable well-being. Claremount, W.A.: Ebooks Corporation.
- Type hall tourism welfare into the search box.
- If you’re looking for an ebook about a specific subject, for example, tourism, try typing tourism and then use the Tweak my results options:
- under Format choose Books
- under Availability choose Full Text Online.
- To read the ebook, click on Online access from the results page.
- In the Online Access section, click the Full text available at link to start using the ebook.
- Ebook functionality information can be found in the Links section of each LibrarySearch ebook record. Click on the Ebook info link near the bottom of the page.
See more at Finding and Borrowing Books.
Ejournals and journal articles
If you are searching for articles on a specific subject, for example, gender in cinema you can limit your search to only articles. e.g.
- Go to LibrarySearch
- Type gender cinema.
- Click Tweak My Results. In the Format section, select Articles.
- Under each result there will be a Full text available or Online access link. Click this to access the article.
A journal article or reference you've found
If you were looking for the journal article below:
Muratori, Michelle C., Smith, Carol Klose, (2015). Guiding the talent and career development of the gifted individual, Journal of Counseling and Development. 93 (2), p.173.
- Type the following into the LibrarySearch searchbox: Muratori Guiding the talent and career development of the gifted individual Journal of Counseling and Development
- Click the Full text available or Online access link to access the article.
- If you don’t find the article, try searching for the journal title (next).
A journal by title
If you know the name of the journal you are looking for:
- Click on the Journal Search tab (above the LibrarySearch box).
- Type the journal name into the search box, e.g. in the above case: Journal of Counseling and Development
- Click the Full text available or Online access link.
- If you are looking for a specific article in the journal, check the Available from dates. Click the first option which has the year you need. Then find the year, for example, 2015, the volume, 93, the issue, 2, and the starting page number, 173.