Three new servings of History

The academic year may be ending but we have been lucky enough to acquire three new history collections to celebrate the end of lockdown – Food and Drink in History and two more modules to complete our collection of Mass Observation modules, coving the 1930s-1970s and the 1990s, the first of which also happens to include people’s thoughts about food. I’m sure you’ll agree we now have something for everyone’s tastes!

Vegetable salad

Food and Drink in History – contains cookbooks back to the late 15th century, documents about the Irish Potato Famine, MAF (govt info campaign) documents covering WW1 and II from the National Archives, Rowntree and Fry’s Chocolate archives etc. 

Mass Observation Project: 1990s  – adds to our collection covering the 1980s to include people’s thoughts about the 1997 (New Labour) General Election, wars in the Gulf and the Balkans, the miners’ strike, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Britishness and much more. 

We have also acquired the final module of the original Mass Observation archive which ran from the 1930s to the early 1970s. This final module includes people’s thoughts about food. 

Access note

If you are not on campus or connecting using the VPN, please choose the “UK Access Management” option to get to the University login screen for these archives.

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New app allows cardless library visits

If you forget your staff or student card you can now use your phone to scan into the Library. Simply download the JunoBuddy app from the AppStore or Google Play and register. You will then be able to use the app to display your library barcode and scan into and out of the library with your mobile phone.

One-time setup instructions

  1. Download the JunoBuddy app from the Appstore or Google Play.
  2. Register as a member of the University of Portsmouth Library using code PORTJB and your University email (

And your good to go!

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Return of Referencing@Portsmouth

Cite Them Right has gone away and been replaced with the return of our own in-house referencing platform, Referencing@Portsmouth. We think you’ll like the changes. Bringing referencing back in house allows us to give you more relevant examples and tailor the content to your needs, whether you are using APA 7th ed., OSCOLA or Vancouver referencing.

Referencing@Portsmouth replaces both the old printed booklets and Cite Them Right, bringing all our referencing guidance together into one place. We hope you are already finding the new site easy to use and satisfying. It lives on the same page as before and you can visit it by clicking on the same blue and white [ r ] button on the library website.

If you have any suggestions, comments or concerns, please chat to us online or drop us an email at

Screenshot of the new Referencing@Portsmouth page.
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Happy Nonbinary Day of Visibility!

Deconstructing gender myths

Nonbinary youths

Many people assume that everyone is born either male or female and that their gender is fixed, distinct, and unchanging. This is largely a culturally inherited idea based on the fact that most (though not all) people are born with anatomically male or female genitalia and are arbitrarily assigned a corresponding gender identity from birth. They are subsequently brought up to be This is of course an oversimplification, with many individuals being born intersex, possessing both male and female genes, tissues, and in many cases being born hermaphroditic, with both male and female genitals, which surgeons ‘correct’ at birth, assigning the newborn infant a gender, often in part to help them fit into society. Intersex people aside, the more general and much more widespread challenge has emerged that anatomical gender has little or nothing to do with a person’s sense of internal gender. Many people who are born anatomically male and assigned a male gender at birth identify as female, and vice-versa. These ‘trans’ individuals may or may not seek gender-affirming surgery later in life, to alter their bodies to match the gender they identify with. Still others are born without a clear or fixed male or female gender identity.

Nonbinary folk

Nonbinary youth

Non-binary Day of Visibility is observed each year on 14 July and is aimed at raising awareness and organising around the issues faced by non-binary people around the world. It is this diverse mix of individuals who do not identify exclusively with either a male or female gender identity that we recognise today. Some nonbinary people feel more strongly than most that they have a masculine and feminine side that are balanced and see no need to identify or express their gender identity in one way or the other. Others identify with a neutral gender identity, some with a gender identity that they feel is specific but that they do not identify as being either masculine or feminine. Some find their gender identity to be fluid and changeable over time, while others again doubt that gender identity is anything more than something we are taught as we grow up, with some even questioning whether maintaining the notion of gender is useful or necessary. Since we can easily provide gender-neutral toilets and other non-gendered spaces, do we really benefit from continuing to insist on gender as a fundamental division in society?

Afterword – gender and sexuality

Two women sat drinking tea

I feel it is important to point out that gender identity is entirely separate from sexual orientation. Some nonbinary people are exclusively attracted to people of the opposite anatomical sex, others to people of the same anatomical sex, and others are attracted to the inner person regardless of their anatomy. And that’s before we start to get into discussing whether we should separate out sexual attraction to trans people as something separate again. With all that said, if a person has no clearly defined or constant gender identity, it begs the question of whether they can have a clearly defined or constant sexual identity.

You can read more about gender diversity and nonbinary gender identities here.

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Interlibrary loan scans available again from the British Library

We can once again obtain scans of journal articles and book chapters through the British Library through our interlibrary loans service, making it easier for us to serve you faster more often. Just fill in the interlibrary loans form on the library website and we’ll do the rest.

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Getting started with The New York Times

If you haven’t discovered our subscription to the New York Times yet, you should really take a look. It offers free access to one of the world’s leading newspapers, including an archive of newspaper copy comprising actual actual page layouts going back to 1815. Compare that to the text-only copy available back into the 1980s via Nexis UK!

The New York Times has its own mobile apps – giving you access to worldwide investigative journalism from a single tap

You need to activate your account by clicking this link and then registering using your UoP email address. But what then? Well, the NYT team themselves suggest a few steps to get you off to a flying start enjoying all that their paper has to offer:

  1. Explore newsletters – Once you have an account, you will get access to newsletters highlighting features of interest and more to help you get started and stay interested.
  2. Follow Favorite Topics – Like many databases and ejournals, you can get alerts when articles related to a topic you are researching for your assignment or dissertation become get published, allowing you to impress your lecturers by including the very latest reporting.
  3. Download the app for all your favourite platforms so that you have easy access to the NYT on your desktop or on the go. Now you need never be more than a single click from the latest in investigative journalism and world news.

And enjoy! If you have any questions or difficulties with this or any other Library resources, your friendly library team are here to help, so please get in touch.

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Referencing@Portsmouth gets a new look

You may have noticed a change to the Library referencing page yesterday. We have returned to using an in-house system that is tailored precisely to your needs, offering more precise referencing advice and examples specific to how we use different referencing styles at Portsmouth. The same referencing help page provides guidance for the APA 7e, OSCOLA and Vancouver referencing styles in a way we hope you will find even more intuitive and easy to understand.

Having referencing guidance curated by Library staff means it is tailored to your needs and contains examples from the sources we know you use most often based on the questions we receive from students. We hope you will enjoy the change!

If you have any questions or queries, or if you cannot find the guidance you are looking for, please chat to us online or otherwise get in touch.

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New eBooks – June 2021

The following is a list of new ebooks received by the Library during June 2021 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 – June 2021

The following is a list of new books received in the Library during June 2021 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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Knowledge for class. Knowledge for life.

Activate your access to The New York Times.

Whether you’re prepping course materials or planning for the weekend ahead, discover original, quality journalism that helps you understand the world and make the most of every part of life.

You now have access to The New York Times as part of your Library eresources. Seek the truth. Find new perspectives. Inform your conversations on nearly every topic.

Click the link below and activate your free account using your UoP email address.

Activate your access today.

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