Screen Studies: From Script to Screen and Beyond!

A trial of Screen Studies runs until 2nd June. It includes:

  • Iconic and contemporary screenplays fully-searchable, presented in industry-standard studio format, including Dunkirk, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Big Lebowski
  • Authoritative coverage of works by leading filmmakers such as Wes Anderson, Joel and Ethan Coen and Christopher Nolan, providing insight into professional and creative practice
  • Access to over 240 critical and contextual eBooks, on a diverse range of genres, regions, themes and filmmakers – including practical instruction on screenwriting and filmmaking techniques
  • An illustrated timeline of cinema history, to enhance contextual understanding, linking to related content elsewhere in the resource
  • Advanced search features, tailored taxonomy, and personalization features, allowing you to discover and browse seamlessly between content types, make notes, print and save relevant content.

Try it out today and tell whether or not you like it. For further details about logging in, please keep reading.

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Aurora Metro Books Collection

Tribute to the Heroes - Nordic Black Theatre

© Monica Santos Herberg

The Aurora Metro Books Collection is a new addition to our Drama Online subscription. It includes non-fiction books about theatre, 120 drama plays in print, including a highly contemporary list of new drama, with collections of women’s drama, international drama and drama by black and Asian writers.  Writers are both notable and new, including Germaine Greer, Robin Soans and Manjula Padmanabhan. Find out more and see the play/book list.  You may be prompted to login to read the full text. Choose Institutional Login and follow the steps to the UoP login screen.


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New eBooks – March 2018

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during March 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 – March 2018

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during March 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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How to survive the revision zombie apocalypse: top 5 tips

Student sat at computer, looking tired

So very tired… Take regular breaks

Sleep-deprived and feeling zombie like in the build up to exam time?  You are not alone.  We often have to prod students awake who have slumped over laptops and half-finished notes.  You cannot do well in any exam that you sleep through, so arm yourselves with Gracie Fuller’s top five survival tips and look lively!

1. Carry coffee!

It’s one of the only antidotes to stop you and your friends from falling in to the hoard. All-nighters at the library seem like a good idea in theory, but in practice you end up leaving at 3am, looking worse than you do at the end of a night out, having complete a meagre amount of work.

2. Arm yourself with highlighters

Highlighters are your best friend. Colour in all useful text. Facts remembered will help you fight off feral classmates in desperate need of your help.

3. Buy new pens

Daryl Dixon doesn’t kill zombies with an empty gun! And you can’t write an essay with an empty pen.

4. Get to the nearest safe house and surround yourself with other survivors

Go to the library with your course mates. Attend extra sessions hosted by lecturers. Host your own study group. Even if you’re a solo survivor sharing notes and talking to others will help you get the work done.

5. Don’t leave everything to the last minute

Humans don’t wait until they’re surrounded before fighting back. They run away when the see the zombies approaching. So when you see the exams approaching get to work before the DEADline arrives.

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Your Library and 3rd Space are open for you all throughout Easter

Sofa seating and tables in 3rd SpaceYou probably already know that the Library is open 24/7 until your exams end.  What you might not have realised is that 3rd Space is also open every day over the Easter vacation, including the Easter weekend and May Day Bank holiday.  Found beside the stairs on the upper floor of the Student Union, 3rd Space is a great place to escape the bustle of the main library building, to work in groups or just to chill and relax.  3rd Space enjoys the same wireless network as the rest of the campus, and there is even a Starbucks outlet and the Waterhole Bar on the floor below should you want a drink or a snack.

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Book recalls over the Easter Vacation

We are approaching the assessment and examination period when there is increased demand from students completing their studies.  In order to give fair access to books, you will continue to be asked to bring back books that have been reserved by other clients.  You may be asked to return books during the Easter Vacation (2nd – 20th April).  Please check your university email regularly in case we ask you to return your loans sooner than expected.   If you return books after the specified recall date, you will incur a charge.

If you are away from the University during the Easter vacation, you can post your books back to us, addressed to:

The University Library, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK, PO1 2ST.

We recommend using a tracked postal delivery service to return books because you will be liable for them until they arrive.

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EBSCO ebook tutorials

We subscribe to a lot of EBSCO ebooks these days, so it is handy to know exactly how to get the most from them.  We have produced our own guide to using and downloading EBSCO ebooks as part of the wide range of downloadable software and now EBSCO themselves have provided us with some guick video tutorials for their ebooks, looking in more detail at:

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Micro Library

I had the pleasure of attending a public lecture recently, Lee Shearman: The Micro Library.

Lee, who graduated in Fine Art from the University of Porsmouth in 1998, shared the highlights and some cautionary tales from his career so far. His work encompasses, illustration, photography, animation, video and sound. He has been involved in residencies, workshops with children, students and refugees, managing an artists’s book shop and book fairs. You can find out more on his website.

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Far from the madding enquiry desk

BookFar 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 what librarians are about and what we do.  At the very least, many of them are fun to read, and isn’t that the real point of fiction?

Any that we don’t have in stock, you can almost certainly find in print or available as ebooks to download from the public library.  You can join the public library for free, and they’d love to have you.  Just turn up and mention you’re a student.

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