Digital resources directory: a new tool to find e-resources for your subject

Landing page of the new digital resources directory, showing filters on the left and some resource records

You can now view and test the new digital resources directory and help us make it as good as it can be!

Over the past few months we have developed the digital resources directory, a new tool to replace the A-Z of e-resources.

It’s a complete list of the more than 350 library databases we subscribe to on your behalf. For the first time, these databases will now also appear as search results in LibrarySearch.

The directory also lists some free Open Access resources that are highly recommended by our librarians. It excludes most individual journal and e-book titles.

How to use it

You can filter the list of resources by subject to see those that are best for your area of study or research.

You can also filter by resource type and by whether you need a Kent IT account or it’s Open Access, which we hope will be useful for visitors and alumni.

Each resource links to the provider’s accessibility statement and provides help with its use and other useful information.

Why use it?

While you can find the vast majority of our digital content in LibrarySearch, it can’t deep-search all of our e-resources. For example, if a particular film or TV program is available in BoB – On Demand TV and Radio, it won’t show up in the LibrarySearch result – you have to search for it directly in BoB. So it’s good to know what these databases contain and which are best for your purpose.

In some cases, searching the database web interface directly can also be a better experience, for example because you have more options to refine your search.

We recommend that you start your search for resources in LibrarySearch, but then go to the databases for your subject to deepen your research.

Please give us feedback!

We want to make sure the new tool works for you. Please visit the new directory and fill in this very short feedback form. All comments, positive or negative, and all suggestions are welcome.

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