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Finding information during your year abroad or on placement: Resources

A guide to finding information during your year abroad or during your industrial placement.

What can I use?

Whilst you are away from Reading you can still access most of the e-resources provided by the Library. Here are some options.

Finding definitions and summaries

Explore our online dictionaries and encyclopedias to find reliable definitions and summaries.

Finding e-books and e-journals

Search the Enterprise catalogue using the box below to find e-books and e-journals.

Finding online journal articles & chapters

Search the Summon discovery service using the box below, or explore the other resources listed.

Guide to finding free resources

We've put together this guide to finding free research resources to help you discover Open Access books and articles:

A laptop and diary

How do I access resources off-campus?

For easiest access to Library resources follow the links from our website, Enterprise catalogue or Summon discovery service. If you try to access via a search engine such as Google you will need to look for an institutional or shibboleth login to be able to login with your University credentials.

When accessing Library e-resources, especially when you are off-campus, you will need to login to identify yourself as a member of the University of Reading to gain access to our protected databases, e-books and e-journals. You login in the same way as for Blackboard - via Microsoft.

Just enter your University username followed by (e.g. and your password.

If this is the first time you have logged in via this method when off-campus you will be asked to complete a Multi-Factor Authentication. For more information see:

Terms of use

Please note: These resources are for your personal use only (you should not use them on behalf of your placement company or your friends). A few databases are only accessible from the UK too.