The following is a list of new books received in the Library during March 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.
LexisNexis are recruiting for a new Student Associate to act as a representative on campus for their online services and advise and support fellow students with their legal research. This is the sort of CV enhancing position that really can help you stand out from the crowd when searching for a training contract. Are you studying full-time on a taught Law course? Then read on!
Deadlines closing in? Your library can still help!
Whether you are looking to pin down a source for those last elusive facts you need to qualify in your dissertation or referencing is taking over your life, your friendly library team are here to help. We can help you find information more quickly, pinpoint referencing guidance and answer any referencing questions you might have. Your subject team are experts in pinpointing obscure information and helping you find the answers you need in a hurry, as well as helping you develop effective search strategies at the start of projects to ensure you find everything ahead of time.
We can also support you in your studies more generally by pointing you to the right person to ask about academic writing, technical matters and other challenges you might come across.
Monday 31 March was Trans Awareness Day. It celebrates the existence, resilience and success of the trans and gender non-conforming community and aims to raise awareness of trans rights, or more often their absence, around the world. We also all need to take a breath and remember the hardships that are facing this community.
Most trans people also still feel the need to conceal their gender identity at work, despite legal safeguards, some because they feel it would make them unsafe and others, even in progressive institutions, because they believe it would invite harassment and social isolation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, trans people on average experience much worse mental health than the general population. Around half of trans people have attempted to end their own lives, driven beyond endurance by a culture of hostility and isolation.
Healthcare is also failing trans people. Quite apart from the average 26-year wait for a first appointment at London’s NHS gender clinic, standard health checks are often missed for trans people, such as screening for cervical cancer and asking routine health questions about the possibility of pregnancy before surgery in trans men.
What can you do to help?
Pink News has the following suggestions for anyone wanting to help support their trans friends and peers:
‘You can find a list of trans organisations and charities who need your support here.
If you have been affected by any of the content in this article, whether or not you are trans, remember you can get emotional support and find someone to listen at the Student Wellbeing Service, University Chaplaincy, and the Samaritans – who are there to listen to anyone who needs to talk and not just those feeling desperate.
Those of you interested in enterprise systems and how you might choose and manage the implementation of a large scale business information system might be interested in the comparatively recent arrival of enterprise resource planning or ERP systems.
Designed to integrate business functions such as human resource, customer relationship, manufacturing resource planning, health and safety and supply chain management that were previously managed using their own discrete systems and managed separately. ERP systems therefore promise to provide a single point of reference for all systems and thereby help coordinate and integrate business functions for more efficient coordination.
This article by People Managing People attempts to provide an overview of the main characteristics of ERP systems, the different types of system currently available, and the advantages they offer.
In light of the continued low infection rate in Portsmouth, from Monday (29 March 2021) we will no longer be requiring staff and students to provide proof of a recent negative Covid test in order to enter the University Library. We still encourage all staff and students to continue volunteering for asymptomatic testing on a regular basis on campus.
Adding to our wide collection of Adam Matthew online archives, including African American Communities, Empire Online, Mass Observation, Gender: Identity and Social Change, Popular Culture in Britain and America 1950-1970, we have access to the vast majority of the Adam Matthew collections through a trial to their new subscription model called Adam Matthew Explorer. This means that for 12 weeks only, starting today and ending 7th June, we have access to almost everything Adam Matthews have to offer.
During this period when access to so many libraries and archives remains problematic, we hope this will be of particular help to undergraduate and postgraduate students in completing their dissertations, as well as supporting academic staff who have asked about some of these archives over the last year.
There are still many things you can do without getting tested and filling in booking forms. Black and white printing, returning books, and collecting things you requested via our Click & Collect service can all be done in the entrance area at any time the library is open.
Until now, students on taught courses could produce the most impressive research and interactive artefacts but because the scope of an undergraduate or Masters degree project rarely allows a project of sufficient scope and depth of analysis to compete with scholarly article submissions from established academics, these research efforts would very rarely make it into a peer-reviewed journal and would effectively be lost to history.
No longer! With the arrival of the University’s online multidisciplinary journal RISE, any promising student project can now be published in an edited journal and shared with the world. RISE is a platform for sharing an easy to read version of your most exciting work with a wider audience.