Make sure that you get the most out of iFind

iFind is the main way to search the resources provided by Swansea University Library. We made some improvements to iFind over the summer. So whether you are a new or returning student, check out our series of short iFind videos.

The videos cover

  • why an how you should log in
  • the different types of information that you can find
  • search tips for getting the most relevant results
  • understanding your search results
  • requesting items on loan or at other libraries
  • saving items to your favourites
  • saving searches and setting up alerts

You can find the full series of videos on our YouTube channel.

iFind Research

Our new iFind Research service is now live.

iFind Research enables you to search across a wide range of information services (e.g. databases of journal articles, books etc).

You can access it at: or from the LIS home page (it’s the top item on the Digital Library menu option).

Following on from a long period of consultation with students and staff around the university we have designed a service which aims to meet your needs as follows: 

1)      A ‘find an item’ service which takes an author/title of something (e.g. journal article, conference paper, thesis etc.) and aims to find a copy that can be accessed (may be online, but could also be a print copy in the library). This service will save time and money by finding copies of items on reading lists, in bibliographies etc. 

2)      A ‘find something on a topic/subject’ service which aims to help you with an assignment e.g. essay, presentation or a research project. It can help locate relevant references on a particular topic/subject.

3)      A favourites feature which can save details of items found in searches to refer to later or to export by e-mail, or to a reference manager like Endnote. 

We’ll be working to further improve iFind Research – if you  would like to make any suggestions, please e-mail  them to