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Follow this link to the Moodle course on referencing.

It will provide guidance on the following styles:

  • Harvard Referencing
  • APA Referencing
  • IEEE Numeric Referencing
  • OSCOLA Referencing 

If unsure of what referencing style you should be using, go to your Subject LibGuide and select the Referencing tab.

Welcome to e-books

picture of laptop with e-books written on screen

E-books can be accessed on and off campus at any time of the day or night.    Ebooks are a useful alternative to print books if you're unable to get to the library, if a print copy of the book is unavailable or if print is not your preferred reading format.  

LSBU's largest ebook collection is on the EBSCO platform, followed by Ebook Central (ProQuest) and VLe-Books (Askews and Holts). 

If you are using e-books away from LSBU you will need to sign in using your LSBU username and password.  For more information see Use e-books tab.

The catalogue includes an e-book filter on the left-hand side if you only want results to show e-book availability.  

E-book reading software

Adobe Digital Editions download

Reading most e-books will require Adobe Digital Editions which can be downloaded for free to Windows and Mac devices from:

A list of Adobe Digital Edition supported devices can be found here:

Bluefire Reader download

Reading material on Android and iOS mobile devices and offline requires Bluefire Reader which can be downloaded here:

Assistive Technology Software

Do you want to know what Assistive Technology software is available on Campus?

Dragon Software

Dragon is voice recognition software. You speak to the computer and it follows your commands allowing you to navigate the screen without the use of a mouse. Dragon can be used by anyone who would prefer to say their ideas as opposed to type them.

Available in all of our Assistive Technology Rooms in the Perry Library.

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Screen-reading and magnification program for blind or partially sighted users.

Available in Assistive Technology Room 1 on level 3 East of the Perry Library.

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ClaroRead Plus

Literacy support software that can help with proofing, understanding and checking text onscreen. You can read any on-screen text out loud and enables scanned paper books and documents to be read aloud.

Available on all PCs across campus.

MindManager icon


Mind mapping package with many uses; planning assignments and projects, exam preparation, collaborative working.
Also available to download and use on your own PC or laptop. Click on image.

Available on all PCs across campus.

You can find out more about our services for students registered with the LSBU Disability & Dyslexia Support team on our Students with Disabilities page

E-book jargon

1 user - 1 person at a time can access the e-book.   They can be read online and individual chapters can be downloaded.

3 user - 3 people can use an e-book at the same time.

Unlimited - an unlimited number of users can access the e-book at the same time.

License - Terms and conditions of e-book use.

DRM - Digital Rights Management.  This is used by publishers to protect copyright and set access limits e.g. copying / printing.  

Accessibility - The extent to which the e-book meets the needs of the individual user e.g. can text be re-formatted / is it compatible with assistive software and technology.

Read online - need to be connected to internet to read the book.  Some single user books can only be read online. 

Chapter download - chapters can be downloaded to devices if Adobe Digital Editions is installed on device.  This is a useful way of saving material for reading offline / when internet connection is unavailable.   If the whole chapter cannot be downloaded a message will appear to inform users how many pages may be downloaded and the option to select sections of the chapter.

DDA - Demand driven acquisition.  ProQuest / EbookCentral only.

EPUB - is a format that allows for re-sizing of text.  On mobile devices this format will resize / reflow to fit the device being used.

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