Resources for Information Studies

To help you find relevant resources for information studies use the information below to get started. For any further help or advice contact your subject librarian Anita Saycell

Printed Materials

The main collection of printed material e.g. books, journals, reference and quick reference for Information Studies is found in the Thomas Parry Library (TPL). Some material relating to modules taught in DIS e.g. archives; palaeography; marketing and business management is located in the Hugh Owen Library (HOL) on Penglais Campus.

Key areas in TPL:

Archives Administration CD950
Bibliography Z1001 - Z1121
Business Information Sources HF54.5
Cataloguing Z693 – Z695.83
Censorship Z657 – Z659
Collection Development Z687 – Z718.85
Copyright Z551 – Z656
General Management HD31
History of the book/bookmaking Z4 – Z5
Information Retrieval Z699 – Z699.5
Intellectual Property Law K1401 - K1578
Knowledge Management HD30.2
Library and Information Sciences Z665 – Z718.8
Library Operations Z687-Z718.85
Manuscripts and rare books Z105 – Z115.5
Marketing HF5415.13
Presentation Skills HF5438.8.P74
Printing Z116.A5 – Z265.5
Publishing Z278 – Z549
Records Management HF5736.H2
Report writing HF5719

Electronic Resources

All the electronic resources for Information Studies can be found through Primo where you can discover individual resources or cross-search a number of them at once. Primo includes key resources such as citation databases, e-journals and e-books, selected websites, subject gateways, data and media resources, news, reference materials and library catalogues.

Finding and using journal articles off-campus

Part 1 - setting up a VPN connection (2:55)

Part 2 - searching for journal articles (1:38)

Visit and Sign In, then click on Databases A-Z and select Information Studies from the Category menu to find important e-resources such as Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO); LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts); and Web of Science. Information about each resource is available by clicking on the Show Info button next to it which includes essential information on access on and off-campus.

Find a summary of browsing and searching in Primo here:

Information Skills

See our Information Skills pages for information on:

  • finding printed materials in the library
  • finding and evaluating electronic information
  • keeping up to date in your subject of study
  • effective study and bibliographic referencing
  • library induction and skills training

There are also useful online tutorials for your subject covering key online information skills - try the tutorial for Computer Science and InformaticsInformation and Communication Technology.


The University's collections contain a wide range of materials, including theses and past exam papers. You can find details of all our collections here.

  • The Horton Collectionmay be of particular interest to Information Studies students.
  • Aberystwyth has a Theses Collection which can be useful when you come to write your own. They are all on Primo, and you can see a list of DIS theses here. Then use the 'Sort By' box to sort the results by author, title or publication date. If you want to search for theses on a particular topic, then on Primo search for:
    disthes subject
    where the 'subject' is a keyword you are interested in, e.g.
    disthes marketing
    or even
    disthes market?
    to find marketers, markets etc.
    Note that this search only finds theses submitted to DIS; there may be relevant theses from other departments such as management and business, or computer science, so this search is just a starting point and developing your Primo search skills will help you to find more material.

Services for Academic Staff

Your subject librarians can provide skills training for students and staff, resource evaluation and more. For full details see this page

Distance Learners

Distance learners have access to the same services as on-campus students (i.e. e-resources, print materials, help and support) but the means of access may differ. If you are a distance learner please familiarise yourself with the information here.

Distance Learning students studying with the Department of Information Studies should email  with any requests for postal loans.

For new distance learning students attending their first study school - check out our Quick Start Guide for Distance Learners to get started.