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Lifelong Learning


Finding Resources

You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills.

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Searching the Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue YorSearch is accessible from any computer. We also have computers in the Library buildings where you can search the catalogue.

For further help, please refer to the YorSearch help pages on the Library website.

Newspapers & Magazines


Historic and contemporary newspaper & magazine collections. These resources can be a valuable tool when researching, giving insight into how a specific topic has been perceived by the general public over time.


Finding journals

To discover which journals the Library subscribes to, search the YorSearch Library Catalogue for the title or subject of the journal (to locate both e-journals and print archives).

Click View Online for a secure link to the external host website. E-access may be offered by more than one host, so check which years are available from each service.

Or explore BrowZine to browse online journals by subject.

Bibliographic Databases


To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use bibliographic databases. These are large indexes that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time. The databases do not necessarily give you access to the full text, instead they will usually include the citation information and a brief abstract that gives a summary of the work. If you find citations for resources that we don't hold at York you can request the full text via the "Tell us what you need" link on YorSearch.

The University holds many subject specific bibliographic databases as listed below. If your work is more interdisciplinary we recommend using one of the larger databases such as Web of Science which, despite the name, covers all subject areas and allows you to search effectively across multiple disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Databases

Humanities Subject Specific Databases

Archaeology/History/Medieval Studies



History of Art

Language & Linguistics



Audiovisual Resources


The resources below give you access to recordings of works created or adapted for live performance, film, & radio, in addition to interviews with composers, performers, authors, producers and other experts in the field on their creative processes.