International Open Access Week – what’s happening at Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth Open Access Week 2018 logo

Open Access is all about removing pay barriers and publisher control to make the research output of universities and other institutions available to everyone in order to maximise its impact and its usefulness to everyone.  Open Science is now an international movement that opens up enormous opportunities for collaboration, transparency and innovation, and which ultimately increases the positive impact of research on society.  The Library Research Outputs Team are helping run drop-in events in faculties across campus to help raise awareness of Open Access and its benefits all next week.

Read more and find your nearest Faculty drop-in event here.

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Glorious groupwork

Looking for a room to practice presentations, work together in groups or huddle and compare notes?  You can book rooms on all three floors of the Library, all with whiteboards and large screens or a projector available for you to use.  Borrow or connect your own laptop and work away.  These rooms are in heavy demand and so we cannot allow individuals to work in them alone, you must bring a friend!  Room sizes vary, comfortably accommodating between six and eleven people.

You can book group study rooms up to two weeks in advance, either using the touchscreen kiosk inside the entrance or online (requires VPN or web proxy if you are not using the university network – simple set-up instructions for the VPN are available here.

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Find comfort in the library

Are you missing home? in need of some comfort? Or, just love a bit of nostalgia?

In that case pop along to the University Library and take a look at our amazing collection of children’s books. We have a beautiful selection on display in the glass cabinets in the Library atrium, and many more to be found on the shelves.

We have ‘Meg and Mog’, ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ plus, stunning editions of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and’ Alice in Wonderland’ and many more. These books have iconic graphics and Illustrations.  Just looking at the pictures is a joy and it is great to reminisce sometimes.

There are also new Picture Books that cover contemporary issues such as ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna a poignant book about a family fleeing their war-torn country. We also have excellent books to help promote equality and diversity. Books with braille, sign language and ‘Silent Books’ which have no text but encourage dialogue and imagination skills. ‘Silent Books’ are also perfect for refugee children where a book in a different language may be another barrier they have to face.

This collection is also great for students studying Illustration, Graphic Design and for would-be Teachers. If you would like to borrow a book from the glass cabinet, just ask a member of staff who will happy to help.


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Happy thoughts, happy life

Smiling yellow ball amid blue sulking ballsThings are very rarely as frightening once you start to tackle them as they seem before you get started.  Join us for ten minute drop-in relaxation sessions tomorrow and every Thursday afternoon during term-time in the Library Meeting Room at 2.10pm, 2.30pm or 2.50pm.  No need to book, just turn up, sit down and relax!

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Christmas comes early

Japanese statuesChristmas just came early, with these two new presents for History, Culture, Media and Creative Technology students: Bloomsbury Cultural History and Faculti.  Sadly, the Christmas tree has not come early, although we are having the twinkling lights used to decorate it tested as I type!

Bloomsbury Cultural History

  • Bloomsbury’s ground-breaking Cultural Histories series
  • an extensive eBook collection
  • primary sources from leading global institutions


The latest breakthroughs, research news and academic insights from the world’s leading industry and academic experts in short, accessible digital media.

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New eBooks – September 2018

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during September 2018 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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New Books – September 2018

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during September 2018 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
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POVALI: Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library Images

You may remember that I went to the ARCLIB, Architecture Librarians’ Conference recently? As well as networking with colleagues bringing back new ideas for projects and having fun (…not too much) we also share information about interesting resources that are directly useful for our students. POVALI is certainly something that will complement our existing architecture image collections so I’ve added it to the architecture subject page (part 3). Paul Oliver, now deceased, was one of the editors of the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Oxford Brookes University Library has inherited his personal library and image collection. The image collection comprises some 20,000 slides of vernacular architecture, collected over 50 years. The database is a work in progress and improving its search capabilities is an ongoing project for the team at Oxford Brookes. However, it can be both searched and browsed, for example by country or year. Images can be used for non-commercial purposes as along as you give appropriate credit (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Enjoy!

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Postgraduate Research (PGR) Student Wellbeing Survey

ResearcherAre you a postgraduate research student at the University?  If so, you are invited to take part in an Office for Students funded wellbeing study the University is running.  This study aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate research students by increasing their mental health literacy and social support.  The first phase of the study takes place this month with the launch of an online survey about mental wellbeing, knowledge of mental health problems, and sources of support.

Who can take part?

All registered postgraduate research students are invited to take part in the survey this month.  The survey is takes no more than 20 minutes to complete and will be available until Wednesday 31st October.   Please click or tap this link to take part in the survey. 

Further information

Further information is available in this participant information sheet.  If you have any further questions, please download the information sheet and/or contact Dr Rachel Moss (Research Associate, School of Education and Sociology):


T: 023 9284 5266.


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Work anywhere at your own virtual university

Man working at a laptop in a cafeYou can enjoy the online campus learning experience at home, out and about or even overseas and still make use of the safe storage and many of the networked University resources over the internet by setting up the Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your personal computers and mobile devices.  The VPN allows you to access resources as if you were on campus, and can be easily turned on and off.

Setting up a Virtual Private Network

Using the VPN saves you having to log in repeatedly to access different resources and often spares you the irritation of service interruptions that often only affect “off campus” access.  Once you have connected to the University network via the VPN, you can also connect to your networked N-drive (and the shared K-drive) and back up our files to the secure university network.

Information Services have produced a step-by-step guide to setting up the VPN. Read more ›

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