GradeProof goes beyond the standard spelling and grammar check and attempts to suggest intelligent new ways to phrase your writing to improve economy and style.  Useful for anything from university assignments to job applications, the beta test of this this …

10 apps of Christmas 2016 #3 – Gradeproof Read more »

After publishing a case study article in a peer-reviewed journal, one librarian shares the lessons he learned about successful academic writing.  Happily the advice works for everything from undergraduate assignments to academic journal articles, so there is something of potential …

Tips for academic writing Read more »

We recently published a peer-reviewed journal article (a free version is available from the University of Portsmouth Research Portal) about the arrival of Pablo the penguin (who tweets as @uoppenguin).  Some of you might be wondering about the origins of Pablo the penguin …

Putting pen(guin) to paper Read more »

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum, or should that read Blackwells, last week! I didn’t want to venture very far.  My lunch buddy had cancelled, the drizzle had started and I needed to buy a sandwich …

I only went into Blackwells to browse through their world music collection Read more »

The academic study of queer culture and lifestyles has become a popular field of study in several degree courses.  We have a broad range of books about this subject in the University Library. For anyone who is interested I came …

Exploring queer cultures and lifestyles in the creative arts in Britain c1885-1967 Read more »

Wonderbook : the illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction by Jeff Vandermeer This week’s book review is all about a writing manual.  Not as boring as it sounds though.  Jeff Vandermeer is a three-times winner of the World Fantasy Award …

Creative Arts Book of the Week 15/02/16 Read more »

‘The Holy Grail on film: essays on the cinematic quest’ edited by Kevin J. Harty The Holy Grail is an elusive object prompting many quests, both real and imagined, in the mediaeval and modern world. Such is its ambiguity it …

Creative Arts Book of the Week 18/01/16 Read more »

This week I’ve chosen to look at, The storytelling animal: How stories make us human by Jonathan Gottschall.  I was interested to read about the forthcoming Ink: well project and thought I would like to learn more about the psychology …

Creative Arts Book of the Week 5/10/15 Read more »