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For general information on how to construct searches and develop effective search strategies, sign up to the study skills course IS223, 'How to research your assignment', or refer to the course manual here.

For more advanced search and research techniques sign up to the course IS224 'Advanced research skills for projects and dissertations'. The course manual is available here.

Click on the boxes below for more information on how to use LibrarySearch, the Library Catalogue, and what to do if you cannot find what you are looking for in our collections.



LibrarySearch is the Library's main search tool and searches across our entire collections and other scholarly resources beyond. Unlike the library catalogue, you can search for specific journal articles. You can also use advanced options to refine your search to the most relevant results.

Once you have found an item you want to view:

  • If it is only held as a physical item in the library, then look for the name of the library and the classmark after the phrase 'Available at'. You can also click 'Locations' to get all the location information. If there is more than one version, you may need to click the title of the article first, and then click on 'Locations'.
  • If the item is available online, the record will say 'Full text available'. Click this link and a window will open with a direct link (or links) to the item. You may need refer to this page for guidance on how to access online resources off campus.

Please note that not everything that appears on LibrarySearch is available in the Library or has full text availability online.

For further help using LibrarySearch:

  • Click on 'Help' in the top right corner of the LibrarySearch home page for guidance on how to construct and refine your searches.
  • View short online tutorials are available covering searching for various types of material on LibrarySearch.
  • Sign up to the study skills course IS223, 'How to research your assignment', or refer to the course manual here, which includes guidance on using LibrarySearch.


Can't find what you are looking for? Next steps

If you are unable to find an item you need in the Royal Holloway Library collection, there are several options:

1. If you would like any help searching for the correct item in the RHUL Library collection, please ask at the library helpdesks or email for assistance.

2. If the book or journal you need, is not available at Royal Holloway, you can check the Senate House Library’s printed and online collections to see if the item is in stock there. All members of Royal Holloway can become Senate House Library members free of charge. You can sign up for immediate access to Senate House Library e-journals and online databases by completing an online registration form.

3. You can also use Royal Holloway library's Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service to request that we obtain a copy of the required item for you from another library. You need an Inter-Library Loan voucher from your academic department to apply for an Inter-Library Loan. You can find more details on how to apply for an ILL here. 

4. You can check if there is another library which you could visit to consult the book or journal you require. You can search the catalogues of other university libraries in London at: If one of them has a copy of the required item, you may be able to visit the library and read or borrow it there. 

5. You can let us know that you would like us to acquire the item for the RHUL library collection. Please use our book suggestion form.We consider all purchasing suggestions as part of our stock selection process.


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