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Architecture: COVID-19

A guide to finding information in architecture. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.
Your Library continues to support you during the COVID-19 situation. Here we've brought together information and links to help you make sense of what resources you can access, how to do it, and how we can help you further. 


Online resources

You can still access the many resources we already provide online:

However, take the opportunity to try additional resources publishers are offering us for free during the COVID-19 situation via the 'COVID-19 additional free resources' section below. Access will probably cease or revert to previous arrangements after dates indicated, so please tell your Academic Liaison Librarian where you find anything so useful we should consider buying it in future.

Online Library help

All Library staff are still available to help and assist with your studies and research.

  • Your Academic Liaison Librarian, who has compiled this guide, can advise you on finding literature, referencing and other information matters. Go to the 'Home' or 'Help' tabs of this guide for their contact details - they can reply by email or video link.
  • Our Study Advisers are available for one-to-one advice and support online via video, chat, or email. They also have a series of video tutorials and study guides providing essential study advice.
  • Our Maths Support team is available for one-to-one advice and support online via video, chat, or email.  They also provide links and guidance, worksheets and video tutorials. 
  • Our Research Engagement team is available to support your research. If you require support for Open Access, research data management and other research related matters, please email centaur@reading.ac.uk.
  • If you encounter a problem or need technical help and support with online resources, please complete an E-resources problem report form or email eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk.

Further information
If you have any other enquiries or require any additional support, please email library@reading.ac.uk.

Look out for further Library service updates on the Library website, University Library News blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Using our online resources from home

When you are off-campus we recommend that you follow links from the Library's webpages: Enterprise, Summon, and your subject guide – this will often (but not always) direct you to the University's Online Resources Single Sign On page. Once you've logged in, you are then identified as a member of the University of Reading, and the book, search engine, or article database knows that you are a member of the University, and are allowed access to the material. 

Once you have reached the sign on page just enter your University username and password e.g. ab123456. You will not need to add @student.reading.ac.uk on the end to access e-resources.

Although you can search for information using a general web search, you will often find that you’re not able to access the information that you need – so it’s best to use the Library webpages first. 

If Single Sign On does not appear... 

For some resources, if you follow a link from our website, catalogue, or E-journals Finder you will be taken directly to the Online Resources Single Sign On page upon trying to access them. For others you may need to look for a login option once you reach the resource you are trying to access. Look for an institutional or shibboleth login option and pick 'University of Reading' from a list of institutions. This will direct you to the sign on page.

To find a book you will need to use the Library’s Enterprise search – this is the first box on the Library homepage or use the box below. When you have searched, use the filters on the left-hand side to limit to Online only. To access an e-book online, click on the access link, and you will be taken to a Single-Sign on login page. Log in to view the book online. You can read e-books online, and can sometimes download part or all of a book to keep. 

If the book that you need isn't available as an ebook, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian, and they may be able to purchase a copy.

Search Enterprise for e-books

 

Watch this short video on finding e-books on Enterprise


Try Google books

If you need access to a specific book it is always worth trying Google Books. Although you won't find the complete text, it might provide the section you need.

To find chapters in books or online journal articles you can use the Library’s Summon search – this is the second box on the Library homepage or use the box below. Once you have run your search use the options on the left hand side to select the information that you need, for example journal articles, scholarly and peer review material. Everything that you see in your results can be accessed online - click the title or the Full Text Online link.  

If the article or chapter that you need isn't available online, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian, and they may be able to help find alternative access.

Search Summon for online book chapters and journal articles

 

Watch this short video on searching Summon


Finding Open Access research papers

In addition to the Open Access content listed on Summon you might want to try searching the following databases to find Open Access research papers:

COVID-19 additional free resources

During the COVID-19 situation a number of publishers have been extending access to some or all of their resources, some for free, for a limited period. Please be aware that access will probably cease or revert to previous arrangements after the date indicated in the description of each resource. Let your Academic Liaison Librarian know if you have found any of these resources particularly useful so that we consider them for possible purchase.