Category: Thing of the Day

A round-up of the bizarre and brilliant of the web corralled by the University of Portsmouth Library.

Far from the madding enquiry desk

Far from being dense, symbol less tomes recounting endless explanations of the same referencing problems, these fifteen books make the life of a librarian seem interesting, almost romantic.  Joking apart, reading them might give you a slightly better idea of

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Here’s an app to keep you on track!

Tempted to keep checking your phone and avoid doing any actual work?  Needing some help to stay focused on task?  Forest is an app helping you stay away from your smartphone and stay focused on your work.  Your reward for staying focused

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We’ve got (artistic) mail!

Among the boxes of lovely merchandise we have been giving away at recent events, our eagle-eyed (or at least penguin-eyed) Pablo found this mysterious envelope.  Curiously addressed with our telephone number on the front (T: 023 9284 3228 – if

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day!  This year the theme is #PressforProgress.  It is hard to see what difference an individual can make but like the droplets of water that make up an ocean, together we have the power to reshape the world. 

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Who is to say what is real?

The more you read about the infopocalypse, human puppets and the death of informed democratic safeguards, the more it feels as if we might already be there.  If you can’t wait until Hallowe’en for a good scare, take a close,

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Reading about reading

Reading is a curious habit, something you have to learn to begin with and persevere at until you get really good at it, when it becomes very useful and, well, fun.  Worrying then, that it is claimed to be a

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Surviving the exam period! Dos and Don’ts

We asked Gracie Fuller, one of our Masters students, to cast her mind back over her undergraduate degree and offer some advice on how to survive assignments and the exam period intact and well.  Here’s what she had to say…

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Green for danger: the silent killer in the room

Homes have concealed many hidden killers over the years, from fire retardant and insulating asbestos wall coverings used so widely in Victorian and Edwardian times, to wallpapers with deadly arsenical dyes.  Astonishingly, while asbestos has became one of the most

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  While you might be forgiven for thinking it a commercial venture dreamed up by greetings card shops, chocolatiers and florists, the origins of the Valentine myth and its link to romance are much older and shrouded in

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Calling all academics using social media: the NCCPE needs you!

Are you a member of academic staff enthusiastically engaging with social media to promote your research?  The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement are looking to develop support for academics who want to engage the public using social media and they

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