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Library Services for Off Campus Students

The dedicated off campus web pages have information on all the services we offer you.

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Library staff make videos, online tutorials, guides you can download as well as offering online library support.

Library Services for Staff at Partner Centres

If you're teaching on a University of Sunderland programme at a partner centre visit the Partner staff web pages.

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Introduction to Library Services for Distance Learners

Tuesday 11th February, 2013 9am (UK time)
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This is a general, introductory session that is ideal for new Sunderland students on distance learning programmes wherever you are in the world.

Why join a webinar?

    Help accessing full text articles and e-books for your assignments
    Live demonstrations of resources
    Opportunities to ask your questions

Sign up for this webinar here.

Joining a webinar is easy, all you need is access to a computer with java installed and the internet. When you sign up for a webinar, we will email you with joining instructions. If you have any questions about webinars (or anything else) contact us:

If you’ve got a library/resources question, ask us and we’ll do our best to help you.

Distance Learners can contact us in a number of ways:

Dedicated email support: Messages:
Send us a Tweet:
Live Chat: via library web pages
Send us an Ask on this blog

Remember, if you contact us publicly (for example on Twitter) do not include passwords or personal data in your message.

The Library Guide for members of partner staff who teach University of Sunderland programmes has been updated.

The Guide for partner staff will tell you how to obtain access to library e-resources, how to search for and access joyrnals and ebooks and further

Download the guide as a pdf.

We want our library videos to be as accessible as possible and we have received feedback recently that some students  have experienced difficulty viewing our library videos because they cannot access YouTube.

We listened to your feedback and have added our library videos to the University of Sunderland streaming service. Now when you access a video via the library web page, you will no longer be taken to YouTube, for example: Find and use ebooks: Dawsonera (video)

Let us know if this has made the videos & screencasts more accessible to you.

All videos are still on Youtube too, for those of you who do use it and you can view our channel at

A few weeks ago Lynne Robinson our Computing and Engineering Librarian organised training on our IEEE Xplore database. We recorded it so that all staff and students on and off campus could benefit.


Watch online and find out about the great features of IEEE EXplore:

You will either need Real Player or VLC Media Player to play this video.

Click on the thumbnail below to download a pdf of this poster that you can display in your college to promote this service to students on Sunderland programmes. Please feel free to upload to your VLE too.

This poster will also soon be made available on the Library Web Pages for Partner Centre Staff

Contact Leanne Young (Distance Services Librarian) for more information at

Book a one-to-one online chat with librarian for help using the library online at our library website

The Library staff will start our Christmas vacation on Fri 21st December. We’ll be back on the 3rd January 2013 but if you need any help in between we suggest that you check our library webpages where you will find lots of useful information including videos & guides

If you cannot find the help you require please email us at Your email will be forwarded to our IT Out of Hours Service who will try their best to help you. If they are unable to they will forward your message to us and we will answer you as quickly as possible on our return.

Unfortunately we will not be able to answer any queries through Facebook or Twitter during the holiday but will  reply as soon as we return

If you plan on visiting either St. Peter’s or Murray Library over the Christmas vacation please make sure you check our opening hours first.

We wish you all a very happy holiday!


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One of the main questions we get from all students (on and off campus) is how to reference the information they use in their assignments.

It’s really important that you reference all sources you use in your assignments so that

  • you give credit to the original author,
  • you can distinguish your work from other authors, 
  • your lecturer can see that you understand your subject
  • people can refer to your original sources
  • you avoid plagiarism

What do you need to do?

1. Make sure that you know what referencing style you need to use. Check in your module guide or with your tutor.

2. Ensure you know how that style works.

If you are using Harvard or British Standard then you can consult the ebook Cite Them Right: the essential guide to referencing and plagiarism by Graham Sheilds and Richard Pears

Cite Them Right is available directly through DISCOVER - just look for the link on the DISCOVER home page.

You can also find Cite Them Right in My Sunderland. Once logged in, click on the Learning tab. 

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by Eric Allix Rogers