Library & IT for Kent students at Paris
Search this "European view" of LibrarySearch to see all the Kent library resources you can access in Paris:
Access additional e-books
If you can't find the e-book you need on LibrarySearch Europe you can also access around 180,000 e-books directly on the Ebook Central platform:
- log into Ebook Central with your University of Kent username and password
- search for the book
- if you access an e-book the University doesn't already own, this will trigger a 1 day electronic loan of the title
- if another Paris student accesses the same e-book later on, it will be automatically added to the Library's permanent digital collections
This is only available to students at our European Centres and there is no cost to you - so please make the most of this opportunity to develop your digital library collection.
If you have any problems accessing the service, click Help/Feedback (top right on the EBL platform page) or email Parislibraryhelp@kent.ac.uk.
Find a specific article
Eg Jackson, D. B. (2003). Between-lake differences in the diet and provisioning behaviour of Black-throated Divers Gavia Arctica breeding in Scotland. Ibis, 145(1), 30-44.
- Go to LibrarySearch Europe
- Enter the article title - eg ‘Between-lake differences in the diet and provisioning behaviour of Black-throated Divers Gavia Arctica breeding in Scotland’ - in the search box
- Click View Online to access the databases that have holdings for the article
If you've searched LibrarySearch for the specific article, but can’t find it
- Enter the journal title - eg ‘Ibis' - in LibrarySearch Europe.
- Click View Online to see databases that have holdings for the journal. If you get too many results:
- use Advanced Search
- set the Material Type to 'Journals'
- search for the title again
- Select a database that covers the publication year of your article, eg 2003.
- Now navigate to the article using the publication year (eg 2003), volume (eg 145), issue (eg 1) and number of first page (eg 30).
If you can't access the article using these steps, check on Moodle to see if a scan of the item has been uploaded.
Find for articles on a particular subject
For in-depth journal research you should:
- search LibrarySearch Europe with your subject key words, eg ‘responsibility to protect Libya’.
- refine your results use the filters on the right
- you should also search directly in relevant databases in your Subject Guide.
Subject guides are subject specific introduction to library resources and useful websites, selected by the academic liaison librarians at Kent. Most relevant for Paris subjects:
Books, chapters or articles not available through LibrarySearch or in Paris
If the item you need isn't available from the University of Kent's e-resources or in print in your local libraries, we'll try to get it for you via the document delivery service.
Before you make a request
- Check LibrarySearch Europe to see if the item is available as an e-resource
- Check with your supervisor if the item is available from another source or there is an acceptable alternative.
- Check the catalogues of relevant local libraries (see recommended libraries in Paris, below) to see if they have the item, or a suitable alternative.
You must have approval from your supervisor before you make the request.
To make your request
- Go to LibrarySearch Europe
- Click Document delivery (top right)
- Follow the instructions for your European Centre
Once your item has arrived
Books: once your email has arrived we'll email you to let you know it's available.
Articles and chapters available from the British Library will be supplied in digital format). Once the document is available, you'll receive an email with the link to the document. To access it you need to:
- be online; if your default browser is Google Chrome, you either need to disable the Chrome PDF viewer plugin, or use Internet Explorer or Firefox on this occasion
- register for BLDSS (British Library Document Supply Service); we recommend you register before you receive your document (you only have to do this once)
- log into the document with your BLDSS username and password; don't tick "Remember me on this computer" if you're using a shared computer
- use Adobe Reader 10 (or above) to open the pdf (available on student PCs and Staff Managed Desktops)
- download and save the document within 30 days of the original email or it will expire; click File, then Save As and save to a networked folder, memory stick, or your own PC or laptop
There are some restrictions to your use of the document, due to copyright legislation:
- you can only print one copy and may not make further copies
- you may not make further electronic copies, convert the file to any other format, or copy and paste from it
- once downloaded/saved, the document will "self-destruct" after 3 years
Recommended libraries in Paris
We recommend that you make full use of the physical resources (books, hard copy journals, etc) available to you locally at libraries in Paris. Check their websites to see if you need to bring any identification to get access.
- Libraries where you have borrowing rights:
- Public libraries:
- open access areas of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
- Bibliothèque Centre Pompidou: has very useful collections; you are advised to visit in the morning, as this library gets very crowded later in the day
- Bibliothèque François Truffaut at Le Forum des Halles, Paris.
- Cinémathèque Française - Musée du Cinema, Paris: includes a library and research centre
- Terra Foundation Library of American Art: specialises in art from the 18th century to 1980
Other libraries in France
French union catalogues
- Catalogue collectif de France/CCFr: union catalogue of France
- SUDOC catalogue(Système Universitaire de Documentation): French collective catalogue created by Higher Educational and Research libraries and resource centres