Journal articles and ebooks

Journal articles and electronic books can be accessed by visitors at the dedicated Visitor PCs on Level 3 of the Stirling Campus Library.

**** February 2016 - the Visitor PC service is temporarily unavailable, this page will be updated when the service is restored ****

Can I use the Visitor PCs?

The Visitor PCs are designed to provide access to electronic resources (mostly journal articles and electronic books) for members of the public and graduates of the University. If you are a member of staff or student at another university, please ask at the Information Centre about using EDUROAM.

Where are the Visitor PCs and do I need a password to log in?

The Visitor PCs are on Level 3, in front of the Enterprise Zone. No password is required.

Can I save materials which I find?

A USB can be attached to the keyboards of the Visitor PCs. Anyone using the Visitor PCs must provide their own USB. If you do not have one, the Student Union shop sells these devices. See information below about copyright.

Can I email materials which I find?

Some electronic resources allow results to be emailed. Most email applications (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc) will open in a new tab on the Visitor PCs. See information below about copyright.

What can I do if the full text of article that I want is not available?

Unfortunately we cannot supply everything. If there is an article or book which you wish to read which is not available, you will need to try your local public library to see whether an inter-library loan service is available. Make a note of as much information as possible (title, author, date of publication, volume number, issue number, journal name and page numbers). Alternatively the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh may be able to help.

Are there limits on what I can save and email? What about copyright?

YES! Copyright regulations state that you may not email, download or save more than one article per individual issue of a journal. When using our electronic book collection you may not save, email or download more than one chapter or 5% of the book (whichever is greater).

Can I print from the Visitor PCs?

No, it is not possible to print from these PCs, if you wish to save work, please either email results to yourself or save to a USB.

Can I use Office applications such as Word or PowerPoint?

No, this is not possible on the Visitor PCs.

Not sure where to start?

StirGate is a large multidisciplinary resource which searches many of Stirling’s subscription databases simultaneously. It will help you to locate journal articles and newspaper reports in a range of different subject areas. Alternatively Web of Science or SCOPUS are good databases for multidisciplinary research. To access select the database by name from the A-Z list of resources (the homepage of the Visitor PCs).

Just want to find printed books?

There’s no need to use the Visitor PCs, simply search the Library Catalogue from the terminals on Levels 2, 3 or 4. If you know exactly which book you are looking for use a title search. Otherwise to see what is available on a topic use a keyword search. To see books at Stirling campus only limit your results to Stirling Campus using the drop down menu under the search box.

What is available for my subject?

All the electronic resources are listed alphabetically on our Visitor A-Z list. Here are some suggestions for resources to search by subject area. Please ask at the Information Centre for further advice about individual resources.

Arts and Humanities:

  • Historical Abstracts
  • Web of Science
  • MLA Bibliography (literature)

Business and Management:

  • Business Source Premier
  • Emerald
  • EconLit

Education and Sport:

  • British Education Index
  • SportDiscus
  • Web of Science

Health and Social Sciences:

  • CINAHL (health)
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • PsycINFO (psychology)

Law and Official Publications:

  • Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations


  • Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • GEOBASE (geography, ecology and development studies)
  • Science Direct


  • ACM Digital Library
  • Computer and Information Systems Abstracts
  • Science Direct
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