Thursday, 21 March 2019

Dictionary of Family Names - Trial

The Library is currently offering access to the eResource the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland.  This huge new dictionary is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.

Have a look and tell us what you think of this resource by contacting your Academic Support Librarian.

This resource is on trial until April 19th 2019.

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World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21 March, and was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. Its purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the original UNESCO declaration says, to "give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements".

To celebrate this day, the Library would like to remind you of some our fantastic online resources including, from ProQuest, the Literature and Language Database and, on its new platform, Literature Online.  And, of course, we have many excellent eJournals, such as ProQuest's Poetry and, from Taylor and Francis, the Journal of Poetry Therapy.

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Monday, 18 March 2019

Literature Online - new platform

Literature Online has now migrated to the main ProQuest platform, to be consistent with our many other excellent resources on that platform. Literature Online is the leading online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. It is a fully integrated service that combines the texts of over 355,000 literary works with a vast library of key criticism and reference resources. 

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MAG Online - maintenance

We are pleased to report that the access issues with MAG Online Library have now been resolved.  If you experience any further problems, please report them to us at


MAG Online have reported that they are currently having serious problems with access to their MAG Online Library website. They have asked if we can bear with them while they investigate the cause and resolve it.

They extend their sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.  Further updates will be communicated via the Library Search News blog.

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Friday, 8 March 2019

International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights
The theme for this year's International Women's Day 2019 is 'Think equal, build smart, innovate for change'. The focus of the theme is on innovative ways in which to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

If you would like to do further research into political, economic and social change, the Library offers many excellent eResources, such as ProQuest's Social Sciences Databases and Politics Collection and Cambridge University Press' Social Policy Digest.  As well as these great databases, we also have such eJournals as Feminism and Psychology from Sage and, from Taylor and Francis, Agenda: a journal about women and gender.

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

World Book Day

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

What better place to spend today than in our fantastic Library? Check out some of our excellent literature-based databases such as, from ProQuest, Literary Reference Centre Plus and Literature Online.  Then, of course, there are our great eBook collections such as the EBSCO Ebook Collection and ProQuest's Ebook Central.  
And, of course, there are over 300,000 print books for you to choose from at our Clifford Whitworth and Media City Libraries, including our ever popular Leisure Reading Collection.

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Leisure Reading Collection

Tired of the stress of revising and exams?  Fancy an entertaining read?  Don't forget to check out our fabulous Leisure Reading collection, boasting some wonderful fiction from a wealth of authors including Stephen King, Ian Rankin, George R R Martin and J K Rowling.  As well as fiction, there are also many fascinating biographies, non-fiction works and books on popular science.

This collection is currently situated on the ground floor of the Clifford Whitworth library, near the Enquiry Desk.  

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance

Box of Broadcasts will be undergoing essential system maintenance between 09.30 and 11.30 hrs on Thursday 7 March. Please consider the service at risk during these times.  

For updates, please visit the Learning on Screen website status page here.

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Friday, 1 March 2019

World Wildlife Day - March 3rd 2019

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2019 under the theme “Life below water: for people and planet", which aligns with goal 14 of UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The ocean contains nearly 200,000 identified species, but actual numbers may be in the millions. Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at US$3 trillion per year, about 5% of global GDP. Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.
To mark this day, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of our excellent online resources, including Biology Online, the Marine Life information Network, the BIOSIS Citation Index and, of course Elsevier's ScienceDirect.

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