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Getting Started

The Basics

Finding online resources

Online resources can be found using Library search, which is on the Library's homepage. There are five tabs, as shown in the image below.

A screenshot showing the Library search

Search Library

You can search for articles, journals, and databases using the Library search. Be sure to refine your searches to find exactly what you're after.

Southend Books

This searches the catalogue of books at our Southend campus Library. Use this tab if you're based at Southend and are looking for a physical resource!


Browzine allows you to search for journals. You can also download the app to search and use the Browzine e-reader.


The databases search shows all of the databases that the library subscribes to. You can also browse our databases in list form and by subject using the Browse E-Resources link.

Accessing online resources

There are two main types of online resources: e-books and journal articles. Watch the videos below for guidance on how to access both!

Reading Lists

You can find your reading lists for all modules by using our search bar, by visiting the Talis webpage, or through the Moodle page for your module. 

All of your essential reading material should be available for you to access online. 

If you can't find your reading list here or you are struggling to access your reading materials, please talk to your lecturer and e-mail

You can also find help with your reading lists on the library website.

Subject Guides

Check out your Subject Guide: a subject-specific bank of resources and guidance put together by your Academic Liaison Librarian!

A screenshot showing an example of a Subject Guide

Partner access

If you study with the University of Essex via another institution, you will have access to our e-resources but not our physical collection.

Visiting Other Universities

The University of Essex takes part in the SCONUL Access Scheme.

As a student of the university, you will be able to access other libraries that also a part of the scheme.

As a student of another SCONUL Access university, you will have access to our physical 

Becoming a member

Only members of the university (students and staff) have full access to library resources.

If you're not affiliated with the university, you can gain access to some of our resources by filling in a Visitors E-Resources Access Form at the library help desk with two forms of ID.

You can find more information about accessing library resources and what resources you can access via our Walk-In Access page.