Videos to add variety to your teaching and learning

Are you looking to add some colour and variety to your teaching and online reading lists?  I recently shared some of the wonderful images, from VR architectural interiors to political cartoons available from our extensive image resource Artstor.  Today, I would like to introduce some of our best resources for sourcing video clips and short videos to add variety to your teaching and recommended viewing suitable for all subjects, from biochemical methods to televised jazz.

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Introducing Artstor – resources for teaching and learning

Artstor contains over 2.5 million images on a wide range of subjects.  You can use any of these images for assignments (lecturers can also use them for teaching and research (provided they are used behind a password, e.g. in Moodle).  If you want to use images in a project that will be public, include “creative commons zero” in your search to make sure the images you find are among the 300,000 you can use anywhere for any purpose, manipulate to create derivative works and otherwise use creatively.

Self-paced learning

There is lots of help available on the Artstor site.  This self-paced training video is only around 30 minutes long, including the time taken to try things out (23 minutes long if you just press on through without trying anything!).

This blog post shows what is possible within ArtStor – including zoomable VR panoramas inside famous buildings like the Doge’s Palace in Venice.  Do a search, then tick “Search within results” and type “panoramas” to find more.

More Artstor guides are available here.

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Opportunities Week 2020 is going digital

Looking for a summer job or thinking about your future career?

Tune into the expert talks this Opportunities Week, starting 22 June, when you can learn how to find the 70% of jobs that are never advertised and make them yours.

Click here for the daily rosters of digital talks.  (You will need to click on each day in turn to see the talks taking place that day.)


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New free remote study support app now available

In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Fika has created a series of programmes allowing staff and students to learn from expert psychologists, students, academics and professional athletes in 5-minute video, audio and text programmes.  Download the app from Google Play or the AppStore, choose to “get started for free” then register with your university email address for free access through the University.

Find out more about the programme at

Don’t forget you can also download the WhatsUp app for free to help support your mental wellbeing day by day.
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Mass Observation 1980s has arrived!

Hot on the heels of our last humanities purchase, we are delighted to add the 1980s module of Mass Observation.  This digital archive contains topics of interest to a wide range of subjects, including History, Politics, the Social Sciences and more, covering themes as diverse as current events, friends and family, the home, leisure, politics, society, culture and the media, work, finance, the economy and new technology.

Examples of topics that are covered in depth include the Falklands War, clothing, attitudes to the USA, reading and television habits, morality and religion, and Britain’s relations with Europe.  The directives and responses have been described as “an essential resource for anyone interested in late-twentieth-century British social history”.

Check out this blog post by the publisher on ’80s clothing.

Have a look here today.  (you may need to sign in to the VPN)

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Getting into Springer ebooks

We are getting a lot of enquiries at the moment from people who have logged into Springer ebooks but are being confused by the ebook landing page.  If you find yourself staring at a page like the one in the annotated image below, you can safely ignore the offer to sell you a printed paperback copy and instead click on the bright blue button beneath the title to open the pdf ebook.

Image of a Springer ebook download page, with the "Download book PDF" button highlighted and the offer of a printed copy for purchase struck through.

As always, if you think you are being charged for something you should be able to access for free, please chat to us online and we will be happy to advise and where possible provide rapid access.

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Sift through everyday Tudor and Stuart life with our latest History resource

We recently gained access to Early Modern England: Society, Culture and Everyday Life, 1500-1700.
We’ve had access to Tudor and Stuart State Papers for six years now but if you’re interested in knowing what life was like for the “ordinary” people of the time, this new online resource is for you. Daily life is revealed through family letters, diaries, inventories, administrative records, wills and other legal documents. Images of objects used in houses really help to bring the experience to life and a video explaining the importance of material culture is also available.
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BBC News is now available worldwide (until end July)!

Box of Broadcasts (BoB UK) now offers worldwide coverage of the BBC News Channel, offering access to all those university students who have returned home overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you are an international student enrolled at the University but currently continuing your studies overseas due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, you can access the BBC News Channel via BoB, the UK streaming service for education, until the end of July.  BoB hopes to add more in the future.

The BBC News Channel includes extensive new coverage as well as programmes such as Panorama, Coronavirus Daily Update and HARDtalk. This important extension of access outside the UK has been made possible with the support of a wide range of rightsholders. The scheme will continue through to the end of July 2020, helping students continue their studies through to the end of the current academic year.

Click here to access BoB.

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Thompson Reuters is recruiting law reps

Thompson Reuters, providers of the excellent Lexis Library package, are recruiting student law database representatives for the coming 2020/21 academic year.

As a student law representative, you would encourage the more effective use of TR legal services such as Westlaw UK, Practical Law, eBooks and legal know-how, working for 5 hours per week during term-time through a mixture of online drop-in clinics, demonstrations, certification training sessions and more, as well as being available via email and on social media to assist students with their queries. Read more ›

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New eBooks – May 2020

What follows is a list of new ebooks received by the Library during May 2020 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.

Note: a large than usual amount of ebooks have been added in May to help support students during the Library closure

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