How to find books, journals, and other items
- Click the search box on the home page or visit the Library Catalogue directly.
- For a specific search please use the advanced search.
- Access electronic journals using the links in the catalogue.
- The catalogue also shows some items held at other libraries (if an item is not held at Senate House Library the location details will state where it is held).
- If the book or journal is not held by Senate House Library you might like to search JISC Library Hub Discover.
Understanding your search results
After you submit a search you will see a list of results:
- Click on a listing to see more information about it.
- Check that it is ‘Available’ in the Library and that another reader has not taken it out.
- Take a note of where the item is located: the name of the collection and which floor it is on.
- Also note the item’s shelf mark (classmark), so that you know where to find it on the shelf.
Floorplans are displayed around the Library and on the website.
What if the item isn’t on the shelf?
- Check you are looking in the right place. Most of our books are arranged using a case sensitive classification system (called Bliss) — upper case letters are generally shelved before the lower case ones. Learn more about classmarks.
- Someone may be reading it in the Library.
- It may be in the reshelving area near the collection.
- If the Catalogue says it’s been ‘Recently Returned’ it might be behind the Service Desk on the 4th Floor. Ask staff at the desk for assistance.
- You can search multiple journals at once using Senate House Library’s electronic resources for full-text articles and article citations. More details are on our Print and electronic Journals page.
- Academic Search Complete is a good general resource.
- Back runs of journals can be searched on JSTOR or the Periodicals Archive Online.
- For subject specific electronic resources check the relevant Research Collection.
- You can search across many electronic resources simultaneously on ProQuest or EBSCOhost.
For a wider subject search and browsable lists (like English Databases) use the link on the appropriate Research Collection page.
The Fetch Service
Items in the closed access areas of the Library such as ‘the stack’ or the Offsite Store are fetched by staff. You can request most of these items using the Fetch Service.
If you have any questions about finding items in the Library please visit the Service Desk on the 4th floor where staff will be happy to help you.