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How the Library Works: Library Search

How It Works: Library Search

Library Catalogue vs Library Search

The Library Catalogue

  • Search for books, eBooks and DVDs.
  • Check your library account and renew items.

Library Search 

  • Search for books, eBooks, journal articles and other online resources.
  • Recommended for Access to HE and UCEN Manchester students.

Library Search: Basic Search

Use the Library Search from the Library homepage or anywhere you see the search tool. Enter your keywords into the search bar and click "Search".

The library search searches millions of academic resources the Library has paid for you to be able to use. Use the filters on the left-hand side of the page to narrow down your results:

Top Tips

  • Ebook Limiter - Tick "Ebook Limiter" to only search for eBooks.
  • Source types - Narrow down your results by selecting the types of resources you are looking for (books, videos, articles, etc).
  • Location - Select your campus library to only display the physical resources available at your location.

If you can't find what you need or are having trouble accessing resources, please contact us for help.

Library Search: Advanced search

Please note that these video tutorials refer to Discover as "EBSCO Discovery Service"

Sign in to save results

Sign in to the Library Search to:

  • Save search results so you can find them easily later
  • Keep your work organised by setting up folders for your subjects
  • Make referencing easy by keeping a record of where you have found information

Sign in on campus


1. Click "Click here to view your saved results"

2. Click "Sign in to My EBSCOhost" and sign in using your organisational account: your student/staff email address and network password.

Sign in off campus

Sign in using your organisational account: your student/staff email address and network password.

Saving a search result to your folder

Click on the blue file icon next to a search result to save it to your folder.

This will now appear when you click "Click here to view your saved results". 

Under  your "My Custom" folder you can create new folders, name or rename folders, and organise the resources you have saved. Ask a librarian for more help.

Need Help?

If you need a quick chat about library resources please click on the 'Need Help?' tab to the right and speak to a member of the library team.

 Alternatively, you can: 

  Contact us by Telephone:

0161 674 1021

See FAQs for more help