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Information about library resources for online students

Library resources for online learners

As an online student at the University of Lincoln you have access to the library's electronic resources (ebooks and ejournals).

Find out about the different resources, including how to access and search them, by selecting an option from the menu on the left.

Not sure where to start?

Take a look at the Where to start section below.


It is recommended that you use Google Chrome as your Internet browser when searching the library website

Search the online Library

Use this search box to find online resources only (ebooks and ejournals)  

The Advanced Search gives you the option to break down your search and select where you would like to search for your keywords.  Access it by clicking on Advanced Search.

Where to start

Starting an online course can be daunting. With so much information available it can be difficult to know where to start.

Below are six essential actions to ensure you get the most from the library and your studies.


The best place to start is your online reading list which provides a list of sources recommended by your tutors. The reading list will also have links to where you can get full text access.

Access your online reading list:

  1. by clicking on the Reading list link in the relevant module site on Canvas, or
  2. if you know either the module name or code, clicking on the reading list link and typing this information into the search box.

Click here for more information on accessing and understanding your online reading list.

You can search for books beyond your reading list but it is important to remember that as an online student you only have access to ebooks.

You can search for ebooks by:

  1. Using the 'Search the online Library' box above (this will search for e-resources only).
  2. Going to the main library website and using the search box (this will search for ebooks and print books so you will need to filter the results to ebooks only).
  3. Using the Publication finder. Type the title of the ebook into the search box and then use the drop-down arrow next to All to select ebooks only.
  4. Search the individual ebook databases.

Find the route that suits you. Click here for more information on searching for and accessing academic ebooks

Before you start searching for journal articles you need to think about what you would like to find. Develop a search strategy (an organised structure of key terms). When you are clear on what it is that you are looking for, select to search using one of the options below:

  1. Use the 'Search the online Library' box above
  2. Go to the main library website and use the search box.
  3. Use the Publication finder if you know the name of the journal that the article was published in.
  4. Search individual databases.

Click here for more information on searching for and accessing academic journals and articles.

Take a look at Skills for Study, the essential online resource providing an interactive and personalised solution to help you develop your study skills.

Skills for Study is based on Stella Cottrell's Study Skills Handbook, and covers a range of academic skills including researching, note-taking, critical thinking, writing, referencing, and exam skills. Click here for more information.

In addition to this the library has a Writing Development team who can support you with academic writing. Click here to visit their website which provides help guides, recordings and links to book an online appointment.

In your academic work, when you include information from a source, for example a book, journal article, website, etc. you are required to acknowledge it so the reader can clearly distinguish between your own work and others. This is called referencing or citing.

The Library provides support with referencing and has produced referencing handbooks for the different styles. To find out more about referencing and which style your school uses, click here.

Do you use Google/Google Scholar for academic research?

Consider downloading the Lean Library browser extension, which integrates with the University of Lincoln's library systems to provide seamless access while off-campus. After installation, a pop-up notification will alert you if you're viewing content that the Library can grant access to, such as articles, ebooks, and various subscriptions. Find out more here

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Good academic practice at the University of Lincoln

Click on the image to watch a presentation on how to achieve good academic practice at the University of Lincoln.

Am I able to visit a Library?

If you would like to visit a university library, click on the options below to find out more.

If you live local to the University of Lincoln you can visit either the University Library, Ross Library or NCFM Library. As an online learner you are welcome to use the library for study space and the print collection for reference only.

To visit a University of Lincoln Library you will need to request a student ID/library card by emailing

Please include your student ID number, state that you are an online student and that you would like an ID card and where you would like it posting to.

When in the library, use Eduroam to log onto Wifi. You will asked to enter your university log in details (email address and password).

The University of Lincoln participates in the SCONUL Access scheme which offers registered students physical access to other UK higher education libraries. Click here for more information on participating institutions and to join the scheme.

To fill in the online form:

  • Go to SCONUL Access
  • Select what kind of user you are: Postgraduate
  • Select where you are studying: Lincoln
  • Select the Library that you would like to access: use either the map or the list
  • From the pop-up screen, click on the 'Apply for access' button
  • Complete the online application form.
You will be sent an email notification to say that your application is being processed and, when approved, you will receive an email confirmation. Please follow the instructions in the email confirmation. Please note that you will need a student ID card to be able to use this service. You can request a Student ID card from the Student Support Centre. Email with:

  • a form of photo ID
  • a jpeg image that you would like on your student card
  • the address you would like the card posting to