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UR Library Search

What is UR Library Search?

UR Library Search IconUR Library Search is the new search platform for the Library, launched on 1st July 2020. It is available on the Library homepage.

You can use UR Library Search to find electronic and print resources provided by the Library. Resources you can find include: books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, audiovisual content and more. 

Start Your Search

Start your search from

Search tabs on homepage

Tab Options

There are 3 tabs that you can use to start your search: 

Search Everything  -  The default option, use it to search for books, eBooks, journal articles, newspaper articles, DVDs and streamed videos and more.

Books and eBooks - Use for finding a print book or eBook specifically. 

eJournals Finder - Use this tab to find a specific journal title.

More Search Options

There are more options for searching available.

Advanced Search - You can construct a more specific search by using the series of search boxes. In the boxes you can add your search terms, and specify where you are searching for it, for example in the title, or against the author's name.

A-Z Journal List - A comprehensive list of journal titles that the library subscribes to.

A-Z Database List - A comprehensive list of 150+ databases that you can search individually. Many databases are subject specific, such as PsycInfo and Westlaw.

Library FAQs - Search our answers to frequently asked questions, including how to troubleshoot offsite access and more.

Aside from these search options, there is also a link to an online form for you to Suggest a Book, if something is not currently available in the library but you think we should have it. 

Search Results Explained

annotated refine results page

  1. Use the search box at the top for entering your search terms. 
  2. The Refine this search menu on the left gives you many options to refine your results,including by publication date, author, full text and source type. You can choose to see only books or only journal articles, and more.
  3. The Explore all editions & formats link lets you view other editions for the same title, and see if there are other formats available as well.
  4. If there is an online version of the item, a button linking you to the item will appear. Depending on the format, it may have different wording such as: View eBookListen to audio, or View full text.

UR Library Search: Highlighted Features

There are some new functions that will make searching easier for you, such as: seeing all editions of one book together; saving your search options; and restricting your search to a keyword in the title. 

Grouped editions 

Editions are grouped in one result

When you search for a book,  all the different editions are now all grouped together in the search results. The most recent online edition is displayed first. Select the 'Explore all editions & formats' link to see more.


Save your searching options for that session 

Current Search option can be toggled on and off

When you apply filters on your search such as limiting by date, source type or author, these will be remembered and applied to all your searches in the current session. You can switch this off using the toggle on the left hand menu bar.


Clearly labeled links on the results page 

Access to the source is now quicker with clear, direct links to eBooks or full text journal articles displayed in your results list. 


In Title search

In Title search option appears in a drop-down menu from the search box.





Once you have performed a search, you can easily filter your results to resources with your keyword in the title. Select the search box and the drop-down menu with 'in Title' option will appear. This option will only return results that have your search terms in the title, that is, the most relevant results.


Search Libraries Worldwide 

UR Library Search is provided by WorldCat, which provides holdings details for many libraries worldwide. This means you can see whether a book is held by a library closer to you. You will see an option to input your address when you select a search result. This is useful if you live closer to another university that may be part of the SCONUL scheme [Note: the scheme is currently suspended due to Covid-19, and students do not usually have borrowing rights at other university libraries].

And more:

  • Easier to filter for peer-reviewed resources
  • Easier to find journal titles
  • More advanced searching options
  • A wider range of discoverable resources, including open access resources
What stays the same?

You will still be able to use your favourite search functions such as filtering by books and eBooks, saving your search lists and specific search items.

UR Library Search: Top Five FAQs

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Here are our top five frequently asked questions (FAQs) on using UR Library Search.

Please click the link below to access all of our Library FAQs which has answers to many more of your frequently asked questions.