Category: Thing of the Day

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

The plight of drunken gulls

Many of you will know the feeling of a hangover: the nausia, headache, disorientation and a mouth that feels strangely rough and furry.  What you might not realise is that getting drunk, and in many cases very drunk, is not

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It’s Staff Sports Day!

If you’ve been wondering why staff from across campus have been whooping it up on the grass of Ravelin Park, it is all in aid of a very good cause: the annual Staff Sports Day.  We are very grateful to

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International Women in Engineering Day

Happy International Women in Engineering Day! Women have traditionally been underrepresented in the science, technology, computing and mathematical professions, yet their contributions have been critical in shaping the modern world, as STEMjobs and IveyEngineering describe.  Ada Lovelace invented the fundamentals of programming

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Happy World Blood Donor Day!

Happy World Blood Donor Day!  14th June each year is when the world celebrates the altruistic actions of millions who donate blood to maintain badly needed reserves of blood and blood products, such as plasma.  Anyone who is injured, falls

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From “Gin Lane” to World Gin Day

Tomorrow is World Gin Day.  Dubbed “mother’s ruin” in Victorian Britain, in a campaign that at one point saw people seriously recommending the “warming effects of beer” over the chill charms of the juniper-scented spirit.  Gin, like all alcoholic drinks, can

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Have another look at History: two new resources for historians

The Library is pleased to present new and expanded historical resources covering gender and social change and documentation on the papers of state, including a brand new resource, Gender: Identity and Social Change and a huge expansion to the authoritative State

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Have you been emailed an opportunity to win £1000?

Are you a postgraduate student?  Check your email inbox to see if you are one of the lucky people who have been invited to complete a survey on your experiences at Portsmouth by the Higher Education Academy.  If you fill

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What’s on this coming Bank Holiday weekend

The Library will be open all through the May Day Bank Holiday weekend but for those interested in what else is happening in Portmouth, Skiddle has a rundown of all the entertainments and events you can go and see. Check out

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Succeeding through stress

If you are feeling the pressure of study mounting, you are not alone.  Work stress can be helpful, motivating you to get on and succeed but you need to harness it and make it work for you.  This post from

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Academic writing using mind maps

We’ve mentioned mind maps before on this blog and still find them a useful tool. We’ve recently come across this rather useful blog post which covers using mind mapping software for academic writing: https://writingpad.our.dmu.ac.uk/2018/04/18/using-mind-mapping-software-to-teach-academic-writing/ Although it’s aimed at using them

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