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Partner and external user access to resources

These resources are available to students at our partner institutions, to external borrowers, and to members of the general public.

Open-access resources

These open-access resources cover ebooks, ejournals, images and more, over a wide range of subject areas.

Open-access Specialist Subject Resources


  • Unpaywall
    A browser extension providing free and legal access to millions of scholarly articles.

  • Open Access Button
    Free research articles, delivered instantly or automatically requested from authors.

  • CORE Discovery
    One-click access to free copies of research papers whenever you hit the paywall.


Free trials of specialist software may be available before you commit to purchasing. For example:

  • Adobe
    A 7 day free trial of Creative Cloud is available, including popular apps such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

  • NVivo
    A 7 day free trial of NVivo is available, a software package for qualitative data analysis.

  • Autodesk
    30day free trials are available of Autodesk, a range of CAD and 3D design software.

  • Corel
    Free trials lasting between 15 and 30 days are available for Corel, a range of graphic design and photo-editing software.

Note: Be sure to check the end date of your free trial. If you decide not to purchase the software, you may still be charged if you use it after the trial period.

Referencing help for partner institutions

2019 entry onwards

Referencing tools

Once you understand how to reference, you can use a referencing tool to help you collect references as you use them and then create a reference list (or bibliography) that you can insert at the end of your work.

The quick referencing tool we recommend is ZoteroBib. In ZoteroBib, you can:

  • Create references simply by entering an ISBN, URL, DOI or title
  • See your references formatted in the correct style by searching for and choosing your Referencing Style from the drop-down menu
  • Add references to build your reference list (or bibliography) and then copy it into the end of your assignment;
  • Create a URL to the reference list so you can come back to it later and continue editing it

Important: ZoteroBib is a quick tool and will not save your references unless you select 'Create' under 'Link to this version' at the bottom of the page.

This gives you a unique link to go back to your reference list. If you do not save them using this feature, you will not be able to go back to them later.