Learning at Work

This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Learning at Work.

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Getting Started

Options for getting started with Library resources.


Options for finding book material.

There are a wide range of resources available to Learning at Work students beyond the obvious journals, databases and websites. Here we list a selection we think you could find helpful.

• Barbour 

Barbour is a health and safety information service providing information sourced from over 900 providers. Information within it includes legislation, technical guides and best practice along with director level briefings and employee training guides. The legislation diary identifies all known upcoming changes in legislation relating to different health and safety topics.

The following video from Barbour shows you how to get the best from this resource

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Guidance on how to download a standard 

A database which provides details of tens of thousands of current, draft and withdrawn standards from the UK's national standards body, the British Standards Institution (BSI).
Use of the University of Portsmouth Library British Standards Online subscription is for educational purposes only.
Excessive downloading and printing of the material is prohibited. For more information on these restrictions please contact the library.

Additional access instructions:

Authentication required for off campus access.

A key source of up-to-date technical information for the architecture and construction industries. Information includes building regulations, advice notes, British Standards, government reports as well as journal articles, e.g. from the Architects' Journal and books such as the Metric Handbook. You can also link out to the AJ website and read digital editions of the Architects' Journal. Watch the video to find out how.

You can access Architect's Journal from 2014 onwards for the University of Portsmouth.

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Additional access instructions:

If you are accessing CIS for the first time, you will need to register for an account using your University email.  Please note the very specific requirements of what your password must include. For off campus access click here

Search for and compare companies, industries, sectors, economies and cities across the world. Includes macroeconomic data, industry and company reports and analysis, business news, product launches and ads, and job analytics. 

Library Basics Video Guide (further support videos are available within the database)

GlobalData User Guide

• Knovel 

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

Knovel enables you to manipulate engineering data from a wide range of sources. In addition to full-text ebook content it also provides access to equations, materials and substances data, and interactive charts and graphs. Its materials database covers everything from mechanical to chemical properties data, corrosion data and material properties. Knovel provides interactive engineering tools that enable data analysis, and specialized data search and taxonomies that make it easy to discover answers to technical questions.

This is a video tutorial to get you started with Knovel. 


This LibGuide from Elsevier provides more help and support.  And this marketing page from Elsevier gives a good overview of the support for learning and teaching that Knovel and Engineering Village can offer to all "engineers of the future".


Particularly of use to product design students, but also helpful as an exemplar, this 4.5 minute video shows how to Design a Bicycle with Knovel or if you prefer, this one on Brewing Beer.


fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

OHSIS provides a wide range of full-text material from key publishing organisations covering legislation, guidance, standards and best practice in health, safety and environmental management.

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Additional access instructions:

If you are using OHSIS for the first time, you will need to register for an account using your University email. Select Engineering Workbench.


• Non-subject specific resources

Resources which are not subject specific but may be useful.

• Audio Visual Resources

Images and videos for use in presentations, assignments and dissertations.


Support for plagiarism and referencing

Your Subject Team

 Timothy Collinson

Faculty Librarian

email timothy.collinson@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3224

 Marie Smith

Assistant Faculty Librarian

email Marie.smith@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3339