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A-Z list of DMU Library webpages.

24/7/365 study in the library – Stay safe

Kimberlin Library is now open 24 hours a day through term time and vacation. If you are spending a lot of time in the library here are some suggestions on how to help stay safe while studying here and when leaving the library late at night, or very early in the morning.

Accessibility features of the Library website.

Some of the ways we have tried to make the site accessible. Contact us with any questions using the feedback button below.

A general introduction to copyright

This section provides an overview of the concept of copyright, including what works are protected, how long it lasts, what copying is permitted and what constitutes infringement. It also gives advice on the use of quotations, and on what is meant by “fair dealing”.

Alternative reference management services

EndNote Web and EndNote are not the only reference management software packages available. Many products (such as Reference Manager, RefWorks, etc.) are proprietary software that attract a cost.

An introduction to referencing

Why bother with referencing properly?

Annual Reports

The Library’s annual reports are available electronically through the web site.

Ask and Collect Service

This form enables disabled students to request items to be put on one side for them and collected after 4 hours, when our service desks are open, from our Reservation Area.

Assistive technology

Specialist software and equipment available for disabled library users.

Booking form for event

Book yourself into one of our events.

Borrowing from the Library

Thousands of items are borrowed daily from the Library.

Borrowing items from the Library

Students can borrow material from either of the libraries of the DMU network.

Borrowing items from the Library

All Researchers can borrow material from either of the libraries in the DMU network.

Borrowing items from the Library

Members of staff can borrow from the Library to support their teaching and research.

British Library

How to gain admission to the British Library reading rooms.

Collection Management Policy

The thinking behind what we purchase and how we look after resources for the library.


Special collections in the Library.

Compiling your bibliography - test your knowledge

Test you bibliography building skills.

Contact Student Support

Contact Student Support or your subject librarian if you need help or advice.

Contact the Library by phone

Contact details and today's opening hours for each library. The Kimberlin Library may be open for longer than Enquiry desks can be staffed.

Contact us

Contact details for library staff by subject, site, or role.

Copying of Artistic Works

'Artistic works', including paintings, drawings, maps, photographs, sculptures and collages, are all covered by copyright. Understand how such works may be incorporated into your learning or teaching materials, including the use of images in Powerpoint or Blackboard.


All students and staff use copyright material to support their learning, teaching, and research.

Copyright and the Internet

Information is freely available via the Internet, but this does not mean it is free to copy. Understand the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them through good practice when hyperlinking or using images, logos etc.

Copyright for students - know your rights and responsibilities

Almost all the learning resources that you use as a student – books, periodicals, videos, software, etc. - will be covered by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You need to understand the basics of copyright so that you obey the law, avoid plagiarism, and know how to protect your work.

Copyright for teaching staff

Various licences can help you to use printed and electronic copyright material safely in support of teaching and learning. Gain an overview of how best to use electronic resources and links in your Blackboard module, and how to go about obtaining permission to use sources that are not covered by the law or by licence.

Copyright in music and films

Understand how films, sound recordings and other broadcasts may be used in learning and teaching. The Library can support teaching staff by making off-air recordings of many programmes under licence.

Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education Licence (Photocopying and Scanning books and journals)

The CLA HE Licence enables staff to make multiple copies or digital (scanned) copies of limited extracts from many printed sources for use in learning and teaching.

Create links to electronic journal articles using their Document Object Identifiers (DOI)

URLs can change, but DOIs are designed to remain persistent so that links to electronic journal articles do not get broken. They are much better to use than URLs pasted in from the browser.

Create links to electronic journal articles using the 'OpenURL' standard

IngentaConnect and a number of other electronic journal services use a URL formally known as 'OpenURL' to enable permanent links to articles in their collections.

Customer Service Excellence

Statement of Customer Service Excellence


Resources for research and study, most available off-campus with a username and password.

Databases A - Z

Access to these high quality resources, listed alphabetically.

Databases with mobile interfaces

These resources are designed to work well on your mobile phone.

De Montfort University Open Research Archive (DORA)

The De Montfort University Open Research Archive (DORA) is an online, open access record of research outputs by De Montfort University researchers. Whenever possible the record contains a full text version of the research output.

De Montfort University Timeline

Our history from 1869 to the present day.

Deposit your research into DORA

How DMU researchers can submit their research outputs on to DORA.

Digitising material for use in Blackboard

The Copyright Licensing Agency Scanning Licence covers the making of digital copies of printed books, journals and magazines, for incorporation into 'course-based collections', subject to strict conditions. The Library can support staff in administering the licence.

Disability contacts

The Library Disability team.

Disabled users

Library support if you have a disability, specific learning difference such as dyslexia or medical condition that affects your ability to study.

Disabled Users Policy

Our commitment to disabled library users.

Distance Learners

Services and facilities to support students on designated distance learning courses.

DMU Alumni and former DMU staff

Special arrangements exist for former staff and students of DMU.

DMU Library Special Collections

The Special Collections Team care for the more rare and specialised parts of the Library collection, including archives, rare books and journals, and artefacts.

DOI Cookie set

Congratulations. If you reached this page you should have a DOI cookie set in your browser.

DOI numbers

Find an article where you have only a DOI (Document Object Identifier).


De Montfort's Institutional Repository.

DORA Policies

A list of DORA policies including: Metadata policy, Data policy, Content policy, Submission policy and Preservation policy.

DORA Reporting Tool

The DORA reporting tool can be used to generate lists of the recorded outputs on DORA.

E-books, E-journals and exam papers

An extensive range of book and journals are available online, along with many exam papers from the last three years.

E-Journals requiring passwords

To view this information off campus login to the library web pages by selecting 'Login' at the top right of the screen and entering your university username/password.

Electronic journals

Search for e-journals.

Email, myDMU and Blackboard

Log-on to University services for staff and students; email, myDMU and Blackboard.

Entry to Kimberlin library

Bar exceptions Kimberlin library is open 24 hours throughout the year to card holding DMU staff and students. Access for card holding external library members is available during set hours, outlined on receipt of your library card, and for members of the public during limited hours when our service desks are open. To confirm visitor / non-DMU hours of access please contact our JustAsk enquiry service or call 0116 257 7042.

Eric Wood Learning Zone

Opening times, location and other information about the Eric Wood Learning Zone.

E-tutorials for distance learners

Practical, personalised study advice for students on recognised distance learning courses.

ExamNet: search for exam papers

Examination papers set by DMU for the last three years. Search by module number, title or year.

Finding information

The Library Catalogue is just one of the tools for finding the information you need for study and research.

Find more 'Find It @ DMU' buttons

You can set your browser up to discover more links to full text content.

Focus on materials

The 'Focus on' series is back with revised and updated materials to help you succeed in your studies.

Frequently asked questions

Has your problem already been raised? Check the responses to these frequently asked questions to see if the answer to your problem has already been provided.

Further help

If you need further help in compiling your bibliography or reference list please contact your subject librarian.

Further resources on referencing

Books, tutorials and guides.


Gateways provide subject specific collections of quality checked resources.


This section enables you to focus on grammar awareness. By using the term 'grammar' we mean the placing of words in a certain order, with the correct endings, and linked together in a way that makes grammatical sense.

Green Impact

The aim of the Green Impact project is to help and encourage everyone to adopt greener habits in the workplace.


A range of guides to help you use the library and improve your study skills.

Higher Education Assignment Toolkit

These resources will help you to prepare an assignment that meets the requirements of higher level study. We designed them to suit different approaches to learning so you’re sure to find something here that will interest you. Fire up your assignments with HEAT!

How to use the photocopiers

Most copiers in the Library (including microfiche reader/printers) operate on a card system. Some coin operated machines are available.

Inter Library Loans

If a book or journal is not available in a De Montfort library it may be possible to get a copy through the Inter Library Loans service.

Internet links for members of staff

Specially-selected resources relevant to staff.

Internet links for Researchers

Specially-selected resources relevant to researchers.

Internet links for students

Specially-selected resources for students.

Internet Search Engines

Internet Search Engines have different strengths and weaknesses. If you can't find the right results, try another search engine.


Our role is to support learning, teaching, research and scholarship across the University.


The DMU Writing Quiz provides you with a good starting point to identify the key areas where you may need to develop your writing further.

ISBN and DOI numbers

The library can provide ISBN and DOI numbers for university publications.

Just Ask! Query Form

Send enquiries about Library facilities and services, how to find information on a subject, using IT, passwords, etc.

Kimberlin Library

Opening times, location and other information about the Kimberlin Library.

Kimberlin Library Media Collection

The media collection on the Lower Ground Floor of the Kimberlin Library contains audio-visual materials to support academic courses. Formats include CDs containing music, information, royalty free images; slides and computer games software.

Law Library

Opening times, location and other information about the Law Library.

Learning and Study Support

We support undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, who are studying full-time, part-time and by distance learning.

Library and Learning Services

Welcome to the De Montfort University library.

Library and Learning Services Computers and IT Help

Over 500 computers are available in Kimberlin Library, Eric Wood and the Greenhouse.

Library Catalogues

Search for books, journals, videos and other materials in De Montfort University and other libraries.

Library fines exceptions policy

Fines incurred from overdue items will normally only be waived in line with the circumstances described below. All items are subject to recall when reserved by another borrower, and due dates will automatically be amended to reflect this.

Library news

Latest news from the Library.

Library Regulations

The Library Regulations form part of the rules governing Library use.

Library regulations and codes of conduct

Understanding how to work within agreed guidelines can be to everyone's benefit.

Library Research

The library is currently engaged on a number of research projects.

Library Search Dashboard

Data on how Library Search is being used.

Library Services Guides

Guides to using library services and resources.

Library Video

Video with a summary of the points made that you can read as you watch.

Library Video

Listen to some of our students talking about using the library service. They describe their experiences of the study spaces, IT and learning and study support.

Linking to ebooks

Create an OpenURL link to an ebook.

Links to Library Catalogues

Selection of links to local and national library catalogues.

Living in the UK

Useful sites for non-UK residents.

LLS Service Standards

Library and Learning Services are committed to providing a high quality customer service. To help us achieve this, we have standards in key areas of service provision.


Find out about extended loans.

LOCKSS - Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe

De Montfort University Library is developing a digital archive of articles published in electronic journals.

Make it accessible

Convert text into accessible format with Sensus Access.

Making use of other libraries

How to access other higher education libraries, the British Library, local public libraries and more.

Members of staff

How the Library supports members of staff in your teaching and research.

Members of the Public

Personal access and borrowing options, including INSPIRE.

Mission, vision and values

Our mission, vision, values and aspirations

Need Help? Then use Just Ask

If you need help or support on any aspect of Library and Learning Services then contact us through Just Ask.

Off-air recordings

Off-air recording information.

Open Access Research

Find articles and other material held in Institutional Repositories.

Open Educational Resources

Online links to open educational resources (also known as reusable learning objects or open educational content), teaching and learning materials that can be used free of charge in accordance with conditions set out in Creative Commons or other licensing arrangements.

Opening hours

Opening hours for the University Libraries.

OpenURL links to electronic journal titles

This form allows you to build links to electronic journals using the University's OpenURL Resolver.

Other library provision

Photocopying, library publications, help with finding and lifting material, quiet study, access for personal assistants and more.

Other referencing systems

Do you need to learn about other systems of referencing? Try the following guides.

Our responses to your feedback

Your feedback helps us to improve our services. Here is a sample of recent comments received and our response.

Parking and access

Parking and access at Kimberlin and Law Libraries.

Paying Distance Learner charges on your Library Account

How much do Distance Learner Services cost?

Photocopying provision for people with disabilities

How to make the best of our photocopying services and claim back the costs via the DSA.

Plagiarism and bad academic practice

How the De Montfort University's Academic Regulations describe plagiarism.

Previous Annual Reports

Track the progress of developments in the library through earlier Annual Reports.


A-Z list of Library publications (handouts, advice notes, subject guides, etc.).


Punctuation marks are like signposts; they guide us through language - reminding us when to pause and when to stop, and are essential for clear and effective communication.

Reference list/bibliography

In the Harvard system, you should usually provide a full bibliography at the end of your work, which incorporates both the works you have cited in the text, and others you have read and not cited.

Reference Management Services

Reference Management using Endnote and other services.


Develop your referencing skills with this tutorial.

Referencing in the text

In the Harvard system, to link the information you refer to in your text to its source (book, article, website etc.) in the reference list, you need to put the author's name and the year of publication at the appropriate point in your text.

Referencing - Points to note

In order to reference correctly do ensure that you use an appropriate guide which matches the reference style and rules you are required to make use of by your lecturer.


Library support for researchers.

Research Postgraduate Room

The existing Research Room 00:10 will be shut and repurposed from Monday 15th May onwards until the new space becomes available. During this period we will be making available room 0:07a in the Kimberlin Learning Development Zone for the exclusive use of Research students. This has a reduced capacity of one study place.

Research Training

Attend the one-day RDP course on 'Literature searching and reference management'.

Resource Lists Online

Find the resource list for your module by title, code or tutor.

Resources accessible through the P800 Database Access Scheme

Resources licensed for use by people who are not students or staff at DMU, but are members of the library.


Access and borrowing rights for academic staff and research, part-time, distance learning, postgraduate and placement students at participating higher education libraries. Reference only access for full-time undergraduates.

SCONUL Vacation Agreement

Vacation access to higher education libraries for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.

Search for electronic books

An e-book is an electronic or digital version of a book.

Send yourself a PIN reminder

You will need to know your Library PIN to use the self-issue, library e-payments and other services. If you have forgotten your PIN, you can have a reminder sent to you.


More than just books! There is a whole range of services provided by the Library to assist you.

Services available in the Kimberlin Library during self service extended opening hours

You can access the book, journal and media stock collections, as well as the IT areas.

Single Sign On

You can use your Single Sign On details to login to electronic journals and databases.


Find your way around the Library website with this guide.


Find your way around the Library website with these guides.


Information about DMU libraries.

Staff and students of other universities and colleges - SCONUL Access

As a student or staff member at another higher educational institution, there are several ways in which you can access DMU Library Services, depending on your mode of attendance.

Staff at partner colleges

All staff who either teach or support De Montfort University courses have full use of De Montfort University library services.


How the Library can support you.

Students and staff at Associate Colleges

Associate and Linked College students and staff with DMU ID cards have full access to services and facilities at all DMU libraries with the exception of British Library inter-library loans.

Students and staff at international partner colleges

De Montfort University has partnership arrangements with universities and colleges in a number of countries. Staff teaching or supporting De Montfort University courses, and all students registered for a De Montfort University course have access to university library resources.

Students at partner colleges

All students with a valid De Montfort University NUS card are entitled to full use of DMU library services.

Student suggest a purchase scheme*

Do you need a particular book or DVD for your research or studies?

Study Guides

Guides to help you with your studies.


Style refers to the way we select and arrange words to convey meaning. Academic writing requires a very specific style; this is mostly formal, impersonal, objective, concise and precise. It is important to remember that a well-written piece of academic work is not wordy and complex but a good balance of clear, well-constructed sentences and an appropriate tone.

Subject Guide

Search for resources about a subject.

Subject guides

Re-directing you to the new subject guides page.


Sources of support, including help from our online publications.


We run library satisfaction surveys and review the outcomes of the annual National Student Survey

Talis Aspire Dashboard

Data on how Talis Aspire Resource Lists are being used.

Test front page

this is a test.

The Collaboratory

The Collaboratory is a space to support digital competencies of staff and students, explore developments in emerging technologies and media and how these might be deployed to support and enhance learning. It provides room for us to discover how flexible learning spaces can aid creativity, innovation and engagement with learning.

The Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licensing Scheme

The University's ERA licence permits us to record off-air and make copies of programmes broadcast by ERA's members (including the main terrestrial channels), for non-commercial educational purposes. The Library provides a service to make available off-air recordings either for addition to library stock or for use by academic staff in faculties in support of teaching.

The Greenhouse

Opening times, location and other information about the Greenhouse Learning Zone.

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse learning space opens on 3rd October 2011.

The Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) Agreement

The NLA licence allows us to copy and circulate cuttings from certain newspapers (i) for distribution to staff for internal management purposes, and (ii) for distribution to students for educational and instruction purposes, subject to certain conditions.

Tools for linking to electronic journal articles

Use these tools to create permanent links electronic journal articles in Blackboard or Resource Lists Online.

TV and Radio

Recordings available for on and off-campus use.

University support

Details of services and support available elsewhere in the University.

Useful internet resources

Many institutions and individuals have created websites which can help you refresh your maths, or maybe learn from new if you are a confident learner. This is a selection of some of our favourites.


In this section you can find information customised for each of the different groups of people who use the library.

Vision Statement

De Montfort University Open Research Archive (DORA).

Visiting De Montfort University libraries

What you need to know before visiting a De Montfort University library.


How the Library can help if you are not a member of the University.

What should be referenced?

You must acknowledge and credit the work of another individual or organisation used within your assignments.

What's on in the Library?

Calendar of forthcoming events in the Library.

Which words?

Some words sound the same even though they have different spellings and different meanings. For example, think of the words 'accept' and 'except'.

Who was Mr Kimberlin?

The Kimberlin Library is named after a Mr A.H.W. Kimberlin who, as Chairman of the Board of Governors, and in other roles, made a major contribution to the development of the colleges and polytechnic that later became De Montfort University.

Writing quiz

Improve your writing skills with our online tool which tests your understanding of grammar, punctuation and style.