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Book shelves in the Library

YorSearch: Use YorSearch, the Library catalogue, to find books, using the author's name and/or title keywords. Some books will be available as e-books that you can access online from anywhere; look for the View Online link in YorSearch.

Resource lists: For each module you take you will usually be given a reading list by your course tutor. Further recommendations are often provided in module guides, or during lectures or seminars. 

Key Texts: Books that are essential course reading, and are unavailable as e-books, are held in the Key Texts collections at the Morrell and King's Manor Libraries. Reserve a Key Text in advance by booking it on the Library Catalogue.

Remember to place a request on a book if all the copies are out on loan - this way you'll get the book in a few days!

The main Archaeology section is on the second floor of the Morrell Library. There is also a small selection of archaeology texts at the King's Manor Library.Click here to see Archaeology shelf locations

Using ebooks

iconThe Library subscribes to individual ebook titles as well as ebook collections. You can search for individual ebook titles on YorSearch . For some titles you will see we also have the print version.

Ebook collections can be found in the E-resources Guide which lists our e-resources alphabetically by title and by subject. You can access a resource by clicking on the title.

Because ebooks are provided by different publishers you will find that the interface and various features differ between them. The information contained in this guide should help you when accessing and navigating ebooks, and please do contact the Library if you're having trouble.

Please be aware that in cases where publishers restrict the number of simultaneous users for ebooks, the Library monitors ebook turn-aways (this is where the limit of users has been reached) and purchases extra copies of ebooks when a turn-away happens more than once. In addition, if you think we should purchase an extra copy of an ebook, please let the Academic Liaison Librarian for Archaeology know.

Further Archaeology resources

If you know the name of the journal you need, you can search for it in YorSearchRemember to search for the journal title not the article title!

Most journals can be accessed online by logging in with your University username and password; look for the View Online link. Some will only be available in print in the Library; click on Find in Library to check what print copies are available and where they are shelved.

Alternatively you can browse our electronic resources for relevant material.

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This is a selection of useful Archaeology resources. To browse further e-resources available at York visit the E-resources Guide.

This is a selection of free online archaeology resources covering a range of topics and resource types.


Google Scholar

You can use Google Scholar to search for academic publications: journal articles, peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports.  Not everything you find is free-to-access.

When you're connected to the campus network, Google Scholar connects to the University of York Library catalogue and provides a link to the full-text article where available.

You can set this up on any network:  from the Google Scholar settings page, choose Library Links.  Search for 'York', select 'University of York UK' from the list, and then Save.

York Digital Library

York Digital Library (YODL) provides access to over 69,000 resources, which include images, past exam papers, Masters theses, archive material and rare books. Some of the material is public, some of the collections can be accessed by members of the University only and some collections are restricted to students taking certain courses. Remember to login so that you can see the full range of resources available to you. 


If we don't have what you need...

Use our Inter-library loan service to borrow books or obtain copies of journal articles from another library. There is a small charge for this service.

Visit the British Library Document Supply Centre at Boston Spa.  A free minibus runs once a week from campus to Boston Spa.

If you are based near London during vacations, you can use the British Library's St Pancras Reading Room .

Use COPAC to search across UK libraries to see who holds the material you need. It might be possible to visit in person using the SCONUL Access scheme.

Contact the Archaeology librarian at to see if we can buy it.