Research Guides

United Kingdom


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Tips for using USearch
There are many different kinds of materials described on this page. To see all that the library has to offer for a specific category, use the USearch box above.

Change EVERYTHING to LIBRARY CATALOG. Then type “MAPS”, “GUIDEBOOKS”, “FEATURE FILMS”, or “DOCUMENTARY” and the name of a country in the blank box and hit Enter.
United Kingdom
More Information About the United Kingdom and Its Cities

Another database that provides information about places is the Columbia Gazetteer of the World. It includes articles about the United Kingdom and individual cities.

Great Britain



Northern Ireland


Films About Your Country
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The Libraries also have a lot of documentaries about other countries. These are also in our DVD collection. Also, be sure to check out Kanopy, our streaming video service.

To see a list of films on your country of choice, use the Usearch box in the right-hand column. Change EVERYTHING to LIBRARY CATALOG. Then type DOCUMENTARY GREAT BRITAIN in the blank box and hit Enter.

Once you get your results, look down the left-hand column. Under Location, choose DVD-Non-fiction.

A sample of what we have includes:

Any DVD not on Reserve may be borrowed for 1 week. The DVD collection is located on the 1st floor of the Richter Library.
United Kingdom
This page contains materials that are available to students and faculty who are involved with the Study Abroad program in the United Kingdom.
Quick Facts

The information listed here as well as the flag and map images on this page were found in the Britannica Academic database. To see the full article, click here.

Official name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Capital city: London

National language: English

Major religion: Protestant Christian

Language Help
  • Brush up on your language skills or learn a new language
  • 72 languages are available, including Shakespeare English, Scottish Gaelic, and Standard Irish
  • Watch movies with subtitles
  • Practice on the go with the mobile app (available through the database for Apple and Android)

Log on here!
Suggested Readings
Here are a few titles that we recommend for reading. Many others are available in the USearch system.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (ebook)

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (ebook)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (ebook)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (ebook)

Sonnets by William Shakespeare (ebook)
Travel Guides
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  • Plan your free time!
  • Large collection in the Richter Library
  • These can be borrowed
Some of the titles we have are:

Great Britain (Michelin)

Frommer's EasyGuide to London

The Megalithic Monuments of Britain and Ireland
Your libraries are here to help!
Even when you are abroad, there are librarians available to help you and library materials that you can use.

Many of the materials here at the UM Libraries are available online from anywhere in the world.You may use the Usearch box on this page to search for books, articles, and other items. By going to the UM Libraries home page, you can also access our other databases.

Even though we're miles apart, we'd still like to help if we can. Feel free to use our Ask-A-Librarian service. Just remember to allow for any time difference.

Also, as a student at your university in the United Kingdom, you can use their library as well. Be sure to check it out!
United Kingdom
Watch a Movie!
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One way to brush up on your language skills is by watching foreign language movies. We have a large selection available in our DVD collection. Also, be sure to check out Kanopy, our streaming video service.

Here are a few examples of what we have:



The Imitation Game

The Queen

Shakespeare in Love


If you want to see any of the plays of Shakespeare, we recommend the BBC Shakespeare streaming collection.

And, of course, we have:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 & Part 2

Any DVD not on Reserve may be borrowed for 1 week. The DVD collection is located on the 1st floor of the Richter Library.
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Inform yourself on current topics!

Databases with newspapers from the United Kingdom

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Would you like to look at maps of where you're going? The Libraries have a large collection of paper maps.
  • Country and city maps
  • Maps on history, geology, industry, and other subjects
A sample of what we have for the United Kingdom includes:

Great Britain, scale 1:650,000

Central London

Streetwise Edinburgh: City Center Street Map of Edinburgh, Scotland

AZ street plan of Brighton & Hove

Premier map Leicester

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Terri Robar

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