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Partnership Library Services: Resources (ESOFT)

Using the London Metropolitan University Library and online Library services as a Partnership Institution student


Hello and welcome to the library subject support page for ESOFT students

Your local Institution will provide you with the resources that you need for your assignments, but this webpage will explain what additional library resources are available to you as a student studying for a London Metropolitan University degree. You will also find hints and tips of how to navigate your way around these library resources to use them for your studies.

On this page we have put together a list of some great freely available sources of academic knowledge (mainly academic in content), and our guides on how to find information, carry out your research and reference correctly.

Good luck with your studies!

ACM Digital Library

As a partner student at ESOFT undertaking a London Metropolitan University award, you also have access to the ACM Digital Library

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) provides access to full text articles of ACM journals, conference proceedings and publications of affiliated organisations. This database covers all aspects of computing and computer science including programming, computer architecture, operating systems, mobile and wireless computing, the internet and worldwide web, computer networks, management information systems, e-commerce, computer graphics, multimedia, human computer interaction and much more. It may also contain only summaries to some articles.

You will use the username and password provided by London Metropolitan University (the same one you use to access the VLE, WebLearn) to log into this resource.

What is Open Access?

Open Access resources are freely available sources of knowledge (mainly academic in content), which can include academic journal articles, books, conference reports and PhD theses.

The open access movement's purpose is to increase and encourage sharing of knowledge to help further research. 

Unpaywall browser plug-in to locate OA content

Unpaywall - plug-in tool to indicate free scholarly content

Unpaywall retrieves Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and research repositories, and makes it easy to find, track, and use freely available research.

It’s a tool – a browser plugin – that will indicate if an Open Access version of an academic journal article, conference paper or book chapter is available when you’ve landed on a web page which is requesting a login and you're being asked to pay to view the item.

For example, instead of looking at a journal article on the publisher's website, it could alternatively be available in a university digital research repository as the final pre-print copy that was sent for publication.

Library Skills

A video guide to using the ACM Digital Library

ACM has created some YouTube Video guides on specific topics pertaining to using the ACM Digital Library

Open Access - Books, Journals and Databases Quick Links

These collections give access to open access journals, e-books and databases that are relevant to Business, Accounting and Management. For more details about these resources please see the detailed A-Z list at the bottom of the page

Detailed A-Z of OpenAccess resources