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Library Services

Help with Library Search

Library Search allows you to search across a wide range of resources held or subscribed by the Library. You can search for:

  • All physical items held by the Library such as print books, print journals, DVDs and more
  • All resources in electronic format licenced by the Library such as e-books, e-journals, and multimedia items
  • Individual articles within licensed databases and journals

How it works

Library Search utilises data from the Library catalogue and from a third party service called EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).

The default search is set to Local Search.  By using this search tool you will retrieve the following:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • DVDs/Blu-rays/Videos
  • Microform
  • Theses
  • Print Law Reports
  • Queen Mary Research Online (QMRO)

Global Search is a wider search interface enabling you to simultaneously browse the ‘Local Search’ and a huge range of online resources licenced by the Library. Indeed, in addition to the above, the ‘Global Search’ functionality includes:

  • E-books
  • Articles
  • E-journals
  • Databases
  • Abstracts
  • Citations
  • Conference proceedings
  • Online Reports


Search tips

We advise you to tailor your choice of search tool to the situation.

If you wish to undertake a more targeted search, within specific indexes and databases that the Library provides access to, we recommend you to use the ‘Advanced search’ functionality.

Please note: for comprehensive searches for articles in your subject area, we suggest you to use the recommended databases for your particular subject, which may also provide more powerful search facilities.