To help you learn how to use the library and all our resources see our Library and IT e-induction on moodle.
Searching for resources
The best place to start searching for resources for your course is your online reading list and LibrarySearch.
The Library also subscribes to a number of resources that can help provide a useful introduction to a topic:
- Oxford Very Short Introductions Online
- Oxford Reference Online – including Oxford’s Dictionary of Sociology,Oxford’s Dictionary of Social Research Methods and
- Oxford’s Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care
- Oxford’s Handbook Online including Criminology and Criminal Justice and Sociology
- Oxford Bibliographies Criminology
We subscribe to a large number of newspapers, both international and from the UK. They are available in a number of formats, including print and online. Visit the newspaper resources pages for full information and access to online holdings.
Information about global newspapers is included in the list of international newspapers, and a list of worldwide internet news sources is also available.
Media Diversified is a non profit platform that is working to enrich, engage and improve the UKs media landscape. It’s mission is to challenge the homogeneity of voices in the UK media news, through addressing the under-representation of BAME communities.
Many traditional sources such as books and journal articles can quite often present predominantly Eurocentric and Global North perspectives, consulting alternative media sources that offer marginalised and new voices more of a platform can help to balance out the biases.
Explore our list of curated alternative publishers and resources
Look at some of our diverse digital collections for example filter via Diversity on the Digital Resources Directory
We have a number of reading lists celebrating liberation months such as Black History, Disability History and LGBTQ+ History
Don’t forgot that alternative sources such as TED talks, YouTube and social media sites like Twitter can also offer other perspectives.