Trial Access to Harper’s Bazaar

We have set up a trial of this amazing resource which gives you full text access to the archive of the UK (1930-2015) and US (1867 to present) editions of Harper’s Bazaar magazines. A fully searchable and browsable resource recording over 150 years of American, British, and international fashion, culture, and society, offering unique insights into the events, attitudes, and interests of the modern era.

The trial runs until April 29th 2020, so don’t delay, try it today! Access this resource in the usual way by signing in with your UoP login or turning on the VPN. Any problems you can chat to us 24/7. And don’t forget to let us know what you think. You can comment here on the blog or email greta.friggens@port.ac.uk

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23+ wellbeing things. No. 5 – tune out and say “howdy” to the real world!

Social media screen-watching

Hopefully none of you are clustering this close together at the moment!

If fine-tuning what social media places in front of you does not improve your mood, it might be that you need to re-engage with the real world around you.  With the average person staring at social media feeds for a staggering two hours each day (and that’s just the average, so many people will be screen watching a lot more), perhaps now might be a surprisingly good time to start limiting your social media screentime and engaging with people more directly and in real-time, playing games contacting friends and sharing hobbies.  You could even focus your mind by learning something new – perhaps something being taught on your degree course (naughty me! I mentioned study – *slaps own wrist*).  LinkedIn Learning has many more useful and interesting courses, not to mention free courses available from FutureLearn, EdX, Udemy and others.

Chatting to your mates online is a great alternative to reading their social media feeds – you get all the gossip but you also get to interact with other people in real-time.  Besides, your real friends are not going to mock your real-world problems in the way the internet at large might, and a problem safely shared is a problem halved.  Try Skype, Google Hangouts (available through your uni Google account for desktop/laptop PCs and as a free app for mobile devices), Zoom or FaceTime for Mac device users.

The Moment app helps coach you to spend less time on social media, while a Screen Time social media rationing feature built into iOS can help remind you when you have reached your pre-set limit for social media watching.

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Google has been busy…

iPhone resting beside a vase of yellow flowers (representing 'art')Google is great for many things, and while librarians seem to spend their lives preaching about its limitations for academic research, there are a number of interesting specialist tools Google have developed on the quiet that offer access to some rather interesting free web resources.

Google Arts & Culture

Bringing together a reported 12,000 public sources of art, history and culture and offering daily cultural insights, this little known gem is worth exploring just for the joy of it.  Explore Google Arts & Culture here.  If you want to take a deep dive into some specific art collections, the British Library and New York Metropolitan Museum are both making their digitised art collections freely available online. Read more ›

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23+ tips for wellbeing in strange times #4 – Fill your stream with good vibes

Magnifying glass bringing cityscape into sharp definitionNow is the time to start weeding your social media feeds and focus in on those things that make you feel good inside:

  1. Follow inspiring, happy accounts that make you feel good.  Some examples fro Twitter include (and this is by no means an exhaustive list – just follow what you love) @tinycarebot, @bestofnextdoor, @KaleSalad, and (for dog lovers only) @dog_rates.
  2. Send the sort of tweets and posts you would want to find in your streams.
  3. Use social media with a purpose, not just to browse others’ random and often gloomy digital outpourings.
  4. Unfollow, mute, and hide all social media content that makes you feel bad.  Twitter allows you to “mute” particular words, phrases, usernames, emojis and hashtags, banning them from your Twitter stream for a specified period – or forever – instead of unfollowing specific feeds.  On Facebook, you can unfollow dreary people while staying friends, so they don’t get upset should they ever get bored enough to examine their friends list.

Who have we missed?

Have we missed off your favourite Twitter feed?  Are there inspirational Instagram feeds, Facebook pages, groups and folk to follow?  Please let everyone know in the comments below!

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23+ tips for wellbeing in strange times #3 – Routinely relax and refocus

young woman stretching

Giving yourself a gentle but thorough routine stretch and listening to a short podcast morning and evening helps reset the mind and can ease you into more new and healthy habits. Read more ›

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23+ wellbeing tips for strange times #2 – Feeling a little lost? Chat to a Faculty Librarian

Student chatting to a Faculty Librarian via a tablet, outsideWhen you have chatted to all your friends online and are starting to wonder if there is life beyond computer games or are starting to experience that unpleasant nagging feeling that there might be work still to be done but don’t know quite how or where to start, it might be time to dig out your assignment information and make contact with your Faculty Librarian.  These happy few are dedicated to making sure you find the best information and using it to best effect!  Get in touch with your Faculty Librarian and find out how good getting on top of your Library research can make you feel.  Just chatting to someone who can reassuringly put you in touch with the information that you need for your assignments should make you feel better.  Actually using it while you still remember why it is important will likely make you feel better still.  There is nothing, after all, quite like the feeling of progress.   

You just have to take the first step to get the ball slowly rolling: find your subject area from this list and contact your Faculty Librarian for a chat.  They even chat face-to-face online.

Please don’t let them get lonely.  Faculty Librarians need someone to help at regular intervals or they start to pine for the good old days of referencing workshops.  Chat to your Faculty Librarian today!  (unless you just want referencing help, in which case you are probably best off chatting to our Enquiries Team online).

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Library staff are still here to help you

Studying at a laptop

Studying at a laptop

The Library building may have closed, but our staff are all here to offer you the same support online that you would expect at the Library help desk.  We can help with finding the information, market data, ebooks and journal articles you need for assignments, teach you how to use our online resources, and help resolve any referencing challenges you might be facing.

Choose from email support, chatting to a librarian online (with the option of a librarian actually demonstrating how our resources work on your computer while you watch!), and good old fashioned telephone support.  Our friendly librarians love to hear from you and are waiting to answer your online chats, emails and calls in real-time.

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23+ wellbeing things for strange times #1 – Regain your background buzz

Asian woman studying with headphones and MacBookSome people thrive on the sound of silence, while others need the quiet energizing buzz of others around them working to remind them that they are not alone but part of a multitude all working towards similar ends and goals.  For many, going from a crowded library to an empty room can be particularly stressful.  There are two easy remedies to feeling out of routine:

The Library is still open and quite quiet, so you can self-isolate without being completely alone.

If you are missing the usual background buzz but find playing podcasts, YouTube videos and other such things too much of a distraction, you can now try streaming the sounds of study recorded in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.  You can listen to soundtracks from four different libraries around Oxford University using the pull-down menu.  Listen to others working around you at any volume you choose, only without having to restrict the desk area you can spread yourself over!

 

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Supporting your wellbeing

Student wearing headphonesYour personal tutor will be contacting you at some point to check on your wellbeing but there are a number of other support services available to you, including:

  • Download the WhatsUp app for daily mental health boosts and tools for better daily living to your mobile phone or tablet.
  • Email wellbeing-admin@port.ac.uk to request Skype, email and phone support from the Student Wellbeing Service.
  • Chat or email the Chaplaincy team – email chaplains@port.ac.uk, call +44 (0)23 9284 3030
  • Contact the Student Union Advice Centre at advice@port.ac.uk or by calling +44(0)23 92 843478
  • Contact the local NHS support service Positive Minds.

Living in halls of residence?

Call Residential Life support on +44(0)23 9284 3418 or email reslife@port.ac.uk.

Feeling lost out of hours?

A good night’s sleep helps put everything in perspective most of the time but if you are feeling troubled or isolated, you can always call or email the Samaritans.  You don’t have to be feeling desperate, they offer a friendly support service for everyone.

Watch Liblog

We will be running a 23+ wellbeing things campaign once again here on Liblog, focusing on ways to stay well while physically isolated.  Watch this feed (and our social media channels) for more.

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Finance resources – a stop-gap while we get Bloomberg and Eikon working again

Finance database displayCalling all Finance students!

While we try to get Eikon/Bloomberg working remotely, your Faculty Librarian, Hannah Porter, has set up a reading list of other resources to help you get started.  If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact your Hannah or Lizzie – their details are available on all the Business School subject pages.

If you have a more general enquiry, including referencing, accessing other eresources and using the EBSCO Discovery Service, please chat to us online instead.

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