1 - Begin by looking at your module resource lists

Module resource lists

Once you find a useful resource, look at its reference list as this will lead you to other sources.

2 - Know your resources

Use the subject guides on the Library website as an index to keymaterial for your topic.

3 - Go beyond Wikipedia

  • You can use it as a springboard for your research, e.g. for context, references and keyword ideas.
  • It is an encyclopaedia – so don’t cite it!

4 - Researching is different to just searching

  • You’re not looking for an answer.
  • Instead you’re curiously exploring your topic.

5 - Research is a slow process!

  • It can feel messy and meandering in the early stages.
  • It’s good to allow time for your initial ideas to develop and change.
  • Reflect on chance discoveries and explore connected ideas.

6 - Keep track of what you find.

Use a system or app for collecting and organising your research like:

  • Pocket
  • Evernote

7- Ask for help!

Drop in to the Info-Perch sessions for help with your research.

Research skills

  • Borrow from another library

    If you cannot find what you are looking for on the library catalogue - find out how you can borrow books from other libraries or have journal articles delivered direct to your desktop.

  • Credo Reference

    Credo Reference

    Access for Falmouth University only

    Credo Reference contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopaedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range or subject-specific titles covering everything from accounting to zoology, via maps, math, management, martial arts, media studies, medicine, mountains, moons, music, multimedia, mythology. 

  • Information Now
  • Information Skills
  • Libplayer


    Streaming video enables television programmes that have been digitally recorded under the terms of the ERA Licence to be accessed via the library catalogue on or off campus.You can watch these programmes from any device with internet access, you just need your University login details.

  • Library Search - Falmouth and Penryn

    Using Library Search will help you find books, DVDs, music, maps and other material available for you to borrow from Penryn and Falmouth libraries.

    It shows physical resources available in the library and e-resources available to Falmouth University.  If you are looking for University of Exeter e-resources use the University of Exeter Library Search. 

  • Pocket

    Use Pocket to save things you find on the web to view later.

  • RefWorks (Falmouth)

    RefWorks is software that allows you to collect, store and organise references from books, journal articles, websites and other sources. RefWorks is provided by the library and is free to staff & students at Falmouth University.

  • Twitter

    Use Twitter to connect with useful people, join in professional conversations, find research and promote your own.

  • Exeter Library Catalogue

    University of Exeter Library Catalogue

    If you are an Exeter student or staff use the University of Exeter Library Catalogue for access to the print books in Penryn and Exeter, e-books and a huge range of eletronic resources.  All students can request to borrow print books from Exeter.

  • Box of Broadcasts

    Box of Broadcasts

    Allows you to search for and watch a huge range of television and radio programmes.

  • End Note (Exeter)

    EndNote is a software package that enables you to compile and manage your references, and to use them to automatically create in-text citations and bibliographies as you work. EndNote is subscribed to by the University of Exeter and can be used by all University of Exeter staff and students on the Penryn Campus.

  • Evernote

    Organise notes into notebooks. Add images, sketches, lists and webclips. Access anywhere. Available across a range of platforms.

  • Google Scholar

    This is a search engine that searches academic literature. It pulls information from university repositories, journal publishers, and other ‘scholarly’ identified websites.

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly

    Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.

    Falmouth students can use LinkedIn Learning  for free.

  • Read Aloud icon

    Read Aloud

    ReadAloud is a very powerful text-to-speech app which can read aloud web pages, news, documents, e-books or your own custom contents.