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Library Services for Studying Online: 12 Top Tools for Remote Study

Top Tools for Remote Study

Here are the 12 Top Tools we recommend for online study!

Top Tool 1: HudHelp

1: HudHelp

HudHelp is at hand to help support your online studying!

HudHelp contains online help and FAQs for IT and library services.

HudHelp is also the place where you can contact library and IT support if you can't find the answer to your question online.

Top Tool 2: Library Subject Guides

2: Library Subject Guides

Our Library Subject Guides contain suggestions of useful resources for your subject of study (some of which are not on Summon) as well as help and tips for finding and using resources effectively.

We have subject guides for all the broad university subject areas and also guides on support topics, such as ebooks or this guide to studying at home [COVID-19].

Find them by clicking on the link to 'Subject Guides' on the library homepage or at

Top Tool 3: LinkedIn Learning

3: LinkedIn Learning

All students, staff and researchers can access free online learning courses on LinkedIn Learning. There are thousands of courses covering business, technical, and creative skills and personal development. You can even add certifications to your LinkedIn profile to show to potential employers after university!

See our guide to LinkedIn Learning for more information about how to register.

Top Tool 4: Inter-library loans

4: Inter-library loans

If the journal article or book you need is not available through Summon, you can request an inter-library loan and we will try to provide it.
For more details see our inter-library loans webpage.

Top Tool 5: Reference Builders

5: Reference Builders

Our online referencing help pages give lots of advice about how to correctly reference your work using APA 7th style. They also contain a handy tool which will build your references for you!

Top Tool 6: Unpaywall

6: Unpaywall

Adding the free Unpaywall extension to your internet browser can help you to easily identify Open Access (freely available) research articles when you're searching outside of Summon.

More info here:

[Please note this is an external service, not provided by the University of Huddersfield]



Top Tool 7: UniDesktop

7: UniDesktop

Through UniDesktop you can access a range of University software on your own device from home.

Most software is provided using a ‘virtual desktop environment’ that mirrors (as much as our software licensing allows) what you would normally have access to in the Library and School computer labs. A small range of commonly used software is also available as individual applications.

See our Guide to UniDesktop for more information.

Top Tool 8: ebooks

8: ebooks

If you haven't tried ebooks yet, our library guide to ebooks can help you get started. Or watch our YouTube video below.

Top Tool 9: Online Reading Lists

9: Online Reading Lists

Now is a good time to make full use of your online reading lists to access and read journal articles and ebooks recommended by your tutors!
These link directly through to the items in Summon.
You can find your module reading list under the 'Key items' tab on the module Brightspace page.

Top Tool 10: Brightspace Pulse App

10: Brightspace Pulse App

Download the Brightspace pulse app to keep up with notifications and content from your modules from your mobile device.

Top Tool 11: OneDrive

11: OneDrive

This handy cloud storage tool from Microsoft Office365 lets you store, access & collaborate on files across multiple devices. Particularly useful if your household shares a computer, as saved files follow you to the mobile app. Access through your email.

Top Tool 12: Summon

12: Summon

Ebooks, journal/newspaper articles, conference proceedings and more are just a click away! Thousands of sources can be accessed instantly online through Summon at Choose relevant keywords and filters to improve your search results

Tip: Apply the 'Full Text Online' filter (on the left-hand side of the screen) to your search results to view only items available electronically