Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate students

May 19th, 2014

Finalists graduating summer 2014

Please return all your library loans and settle any outstanding fines before you leave.

Returning Students

Your 8 week loan books may be requested by other borrowers during the summer vacation and the loan period may be shortened. Please remember to check your email account for recall notices and return books by post, if necessary.

Books not requested by other borrowers may be renewed online:

The Art of Seeing: teaching visual literacy in the library and classroom: ARLIS event on Thursday 5 June 2014, 10.30 – 16.00

May 12th, 2014

ARLIS is organising a one-day event entiltled ‘The Art of Seeing: teaching visual literacy in the library and classroom’ on Thursday 5th June:

“What is Visual Literacy? And why should I need to know?
The Association of College and Research Libraries defines Visual literacy as ‘ a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use and create images and visual media ‘ (´Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, 2011).

In recent years museum educators, librarians, visual resources curators and University tutors have been developing workshops and talks aimed at helping their users develop the set of abilities often referred to as Visual Literacy. Visual literacy skills are immediately relevant to art and design students but there will be a chance at this event to hear also about sessions that were developed for wildly different groups such as student doctors and members of the New York police. Speakers from UK Universities will describe some of the interesting Visual literacy sessions they deliver to their students and we will learn about the variety of aims and objectives that led to these new kinds of teaching sessions. At lunchtime there will be an expert from JISC Digital Media to take questions about Image Copyright and at the end there will be an open forum giving everyone ample opportunity to question and discuss with speakers issues and ideas that have come up during the course of the day.”

Details of the programme and a booking form can be found at:

American Literary Periodicals, 1782-1834 and 1835-1858: database trials

May 8th, 2014

We are running trials of two EBSCO databases, American Literary Periodicals, 1782-1834 and American Literary Periodicals 1835-1858.  The trials can be accessed from on campus at these links:

American Literary Periodicals, 1782-1834:,shib&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ald

American Literary Periodicals, 1835-1858:,shib&profile=ehost&defaultdb=alt

The trial runs until 28th May.

For a list of the titles included in the 1782-1834 collection, please look here:

The 1835-1858 collection titles are listed here:


New resource: African American National Biography

May 8th, 2014

AANBHallward Library level 4 reference now includes the 12 volume African American National Biography plus two more volumes of supplements.

This invaluable reference resource contains over “4,000 entries written and signed by distinguished scholars under the direction of Editors in Chief Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the African American National Biography.  [It] is the most significant and expansive collection of black lives in print today. This essential scholarly reference work presents history through the lives of its people, profiling the famous, infamous, and little-known figures in African American history.”

The NAACP Papers Collection: database trial

1 May 7th, 2014

We are running a trial of the Proquest History Vault  NAACP collections.

The trial is available on campus, and will run through 5 June 2014.

Access the trial here:

From Proquest:

With a timeline that runs from 1909 to 1972, users can examine the realities of segregation in the early 20th century to the triumphs of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and beyond. And, they can explore the challenges in the late 1960s and 1970s, such as the Black Power Movement, urban riots, and the Vietnam War. Legal files in the collection chart the organization’s spectacular successes from the 1910s–1970s, including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Full information can be found here:


New Science and Engineering Book Titles – April

April 29th, 2014

We have added 227 Science and Engineering book titles in April.

A complete list is at: New books (Science and Engineering).

The list includes titles in the George Green Library, Djanogly Learning Resource Centre (Computing), Hallward Library (Built Environment) and the James Cameron Gifford Library (Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science).

HEFCE Monographs and Open Access Project

April 25th, 2014

HEFCE requests the help of researchers in the humanities and social sciences in a major research project to understand how books are used by researchers.

OAPEN-UK, an AHRC and Jisc-funded project on open access monographs, is currently running a survey to understand how researchers in the humanities and social sciences use books, and especially monographs.

The survey design has been informed by a range of funders including HEFCE and Jisc, and the findings will help build an evidence base for future policies to support monograph publishing in the UK.

No identifiable data will be made public or shared beyond the OAPEN-UK project team. All respondents to the survey can enter a prize draw to win up to £100 of Amazon vouchers.

The survey can be found here:

Health emagazine launch issue

April 4th, 2014

The School of Health Sciences has launched the first issue of its online magazine ‘Health eMagazine’. The magazine is to be published quarterly and can be accessed at the following link:

Contributions are welcome and are to be submitted to:

“I don’t think I’ve ever read someone else’s PhD and not been inspired…”

April 3rd, 2014

EThOSBritish Library

“… sometimes it’s because actually you do profoundly disagree but that in itself can spur you on to take your own route.”

This was Dr Rebecca Herissone, Head of Music at the University of Manchester, speaking about EThOS.


From the British Library:

“It’s a free research tool which gives access to the best of the UK’s doctoral research. Search over 350,000 theses covering every subject area, and download over 100,000 straight away.

•             Search and read theses on your topic;

•             Find examples of how to structure and approach your thesis;

•             Research the work of specific institutions or academics.”

Watch the video:

Search EThOS:

New Science and Engineering book titles – March 2014

April 3rd, 2014

We have added 334 Science and Engineering book titles in March.

A complete list is at: New books (Science and Engineering).

The list includes titles in the George Green Library, Djanogly Learning Resource Centre (Computing), Hallward Library (Built Environment) and the James Cameron Gifford Library (Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science).