Welcome - Spring Term 2024

Welcome to USW Library Services
Everyone is welcome here

Library Services provides a wide range of high-quality library and information services to USW students, academics and researchers.

Every library is different so get to know yours.
Whether you are studying online or coming to campus this guide will help you get started using the library. 

Getting Started at the Library

New Guides

We have added the following new guides for 2023/2024.

AI Guide - Includes how to reference AI sources.

Diversity Curators - Helping enhance and promote diversity and inclusion in the library.

How to use eBooks - Everything you need to know about using eBooks at USW

Partner College student guide- A guide for our students studying at our partner colleges around the country.

Types of assignment - This explains the types of assignments that students could be asked to submit at USW. 

Harvard Referencing - This is a basic guide to the Harvard style.

Referencing Tools guide - This guide will outline the main tools supported at USW and the most commonly used free tools.

Future Ready students events

Future Ready Students Events 2023/24

Future Ready Students - Library events programme.

We have a fantastic program of events this year ranging from Library and study skills classes to author talks, database training sessions, and much more.

Discover your Library

  • Introducing BoB
  • Finding Literature for Critical Analysis
  • Getting Started with your Dissertation
  • Discovering our databases: SAGE Research Methods


  • Advanced searching
  • Background Reading
  • Introduction to journals articles
  • Searching techniques for FINDit
  • Using eBooks
  • Using Google Scholar

Find out more

If you have a question about the Library, check our frequently asked questions

If you cannot find what you are looking for here, use our 24/7 chat service.
or call in and talk to us. 

New Resources
Library Services has invested in a range of new resources.

All The World's Aircraft: In Service 23/24 Yearbook- This resource offers detailed information about legacy civil and military air platforms that are in service or out of production around the world. It is kept in the Faculty office in Glynneath G210D and is a reference only resource.

Aerospace Research Central - Aerospace Research Central provides access to content from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Includes: Conference Proceedings , AIAA Journal - The flagship journal from AIAA, Journal of Aircraft - Focusing on major advances in aircraft technology.

FT.com - One of the world’s leading news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Unlimited access to all standard-access articles, columns and features.

Historic Digimap - Historic Collection gives rich historical mapping for multiple epochs dating back to the 1840.

Database Trial:Sage study skills Develop the vital skills necessary to succeed in your academic and professional careers. Includes research skills, referencing, critical thinking, study strategies, data literacy and much more.

Appointments with your Librarian

Your librarian can help you get the most out of both the online and physical libraries. 

If you want help with finding resources for your assignments or just want to know more about library services you can make an appointment with your specialist librarian. 

Appointments to choose from:

  • Face to face – on campus 
  • Teams (online)
  • Email

Book an appointment online

or email your librarian to arrange a date and time. 

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