Sometimes you may just want to flip through a magazine in the hope of gaining some inspiration, or just to fill a bit of time. This is where the newly expanded online newstand the Library has can help.
Flipster is the Library’s online digital newsstand and it allows users to access to digital magazines from cover-to-cover (unfortunately any free gifts that may come with the physical copy are unavailable). The Library currently has a collection of 34 titles, with current and backcopies available to read.
Titles available include; ARTnews, Autocar, Black Beauty and Hair, Cycling Weekly, Early Years Educator, Four Four Two, Gay Times, Guitarist, Men’s Health, National Geographic, Nursery World, PCWorld, Popular Mechanics, Sight and Sound, Vogue, and Women’s Health.
To find out more visit our Library Online page to find the complete list of titles and how you can access them.
Academic research goes beyond using whatever you find when you do a Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Ask, or DuckDuckGo search.
Whatever stage you feel you are at when joining the college, the library is here to help you to identify, develop and refine your academic research skills.
Our study skills resources have all the information you require whether you are: curious about questionnaires, perplexed by presentations, terrible at time management, alarmed by academic writing, terrified by teamwork, confused by citing, reluctant with referencing, or just reticent about research in general.
In order to make it as easy as possible for you to get started on developing your academic skills we have collected together all the relevant resources, which were previously located throughout the main library sequence, into a single study skills collection.
All items in the study skills collection can be discovered using the library catalogue. They will have the shelfmark SSC, be ordered alphabetically, and are all available as two week loans.
What’s happening to BSI documents? The British Standards Institution (BSI) is improving the digital security of it’s documents. To do this it is adding an extra layer of security to the documents it provides access to. The BSI will be introducing a new security feature to it’s documents from Saturday 19th December 2020.
What does this mean to you? In order to open documents from the BSI, such as those in our British Standards Online Collection, you will need to have a security plug-in installed on your device. Once the plug-in is installed you should find that your access and use of these documents will be done as quickly and efficiently as before.
What do you need to do? To access electronic BSI documents you will need to install the FileOpen plug-in. You will also need to make sure you Adobe Acrobat or Reader installed in order to view any documents.
How do I get the plug-in? To download and install the FileOpen plug-in you will need to visit the FileOpen site to get it. If you are using a College laptop or device you may need to contact IT Services.
Find our more You can find out more details and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the BSI’s website.
The Library is running a Big Read Challenge and we hope we can encourage as many members of the College community to join in and read.
At the heart of the challenge is the hope that the perception some people have towards reading will change.
While we hope those participating in the challenge will be willing to write reviews of the items on the Library Catalogue, the focus of the challenge is to expand on their current reading preferences and hopefully motivate them to discover something new.
Reading for pleasure has been identified as a great way to improve confidence in writing and expression, as it exposes readers to new themes, styles, techniques and vocabulary.
In May 2012 the Government’s Education Standards Research Team published a document called “Research evidence on reading for pleasure that researched the “evidence on the trends and benefits of independent reading”.
Identified in the report are “a positive link between positive attitudes towards reading and scoring well on reading assessments” and that benefits also included increased “text comprehension and grammar, positive reading attitudes, pleasure in reading in later life, increased general knowledge”.
The Library received numerous postive comments from readers about how much they had enjoyed the blind date with a book and the idea for the next display planned to maintain the popularity of this idea.
One reader stated “I have started reading it and I am half way through reading it already. It has proved to me that sometimes you should not take a book at face value and delve in to a couple of pages before you make a decision whether it is your type of book.”
The “don’t judge a book by its cover” display took the idea of readers being willing to take a leap of faith in what they were borrowing.
Instead of totally covering the book we used a wrap which featured the opening line of text from the book as a teaser.
We crated a number of flamboyant and colourful teamplate designs to use as a wrap around the books and then these were personalised for each title we chose at random to include.
The self-service kiosks the readers use to borrow items from the College Library would give an indication of the item title and hopefully this would build the anticipation of what they had ended up with rather than disappoint.
The general premise of this library promotion is simple, you can find love in the most unlikely of places and we wanted our readers to take a leap of faith and borrow a book without any idea what they are getting.
So that a reader ended up with unpredictable book, we wrapped the items in the display to provide them with anonymity.
As all the books were covered up the reader would have no idea about the cover decoration, title, genre, or any other indication which may sway them when picking a book up to read.
As Valentine’s day fell during the promotion we also added a chocolate heart to each wrapped book.
To participate all a reader needed to do was pick up a book from the display and issue it to themselves.
The book blind date brings together the romantic and literal interpretation of not judging a book by the cover.
As the College Library uses self-service kiosks to issue books there was initially a teaser of what the reader may have picked up as the title is revealed, much like the first sight of a blind date through the window of a restaurant or fast food outlet.
We then hoped our role of cupid was complete as the reader would then take the book away and hopefully enjoy the time they spent with the book.
Obviously if they didn’t get along we did not really care if they came back and took another book out, or even take two books out at the same time.
Need help with where to start researching for your assignment?
Require advice on finding the books and journal articles you need for your research?
Want assistance searching for information using electronic resources?
Find yourself stumped by referencing?
Did you know there is a specialist professionally qualified Librarian on hand to offer individual and group support?
You are welcome to contact your course librarian to discuss what library support they can provide you.
Supported Academic Areas
Early Years, Health & Social Care
Early Years & Youth
Health & Social Care
Business & Accountancy
Sport, Uniform Public Services and Law
It may not have escaped the notice of students and staff that a number of exciting changes have taken place to the College’s Library’s over the past few months and one of the key areas which has been focussed on is the Reading Collection.
The collection not only includes standard works of fiction but biographies and graphic novels. There are examples of nearly all Literary genres and titles which should appeal to any taste.
The relocation of the Reading Location presented an opportunity to merge it with the Junior Fiction from the Teacher Training Collection. This not only increased the number of the items available but also the range of genres.
All items in the reading collected are availabe on a term-loan. This means that rather than being issued with a book for the standard two weeks it will be on loan until the end of the current term. This means that if you take an item out at the start of term you get it for much longer than if you take it out towards the end of term. Not to worry though as you still benefit from the item being automatically renewed.
For more information about the Reading Collection you can read our Library guide.
The Library will also be running a reading challenge in 2020 which all students will be welcome to participate in. More details will be revealed in the next few months, but what we can reveal is that it will involve prizes.
The Library includes a number of winning and shortlisted titles for the following Literary awards :
While the Librarians have always been keen to promote a highly varied selection of fiction and non-fiction titles within the Reading Collection we are eager to hear which titles you would like to see included in the collection. You can submit a suggestion to the library about any title you think we ought to consider adding to our collection. Click here to complete the suggestion form.
Emerald Insight is our Business and Management-related database which also covers Accounting & Finance, Economics, Education, Engineering, Health & Social Care, HR, Marketing, Public Policy, Sociology, and Tourism & Hospitality. You may have used it already if you use Discover which includes Emerald in its searches. You may also have found articles from Emerald in Google Scholar – although you will only be able to access the abstract there.
However, it’s worth taking a look at Emerald as a standalone database. It includes lots of useful features including a powerful Advanced Search allowing you to choose where to search for your terms (we recommend the Abstract option).
However, sometimes it can be better to run a wide search and then use Emerald’s filters to narrow down. Emerald displays a list of publication titles, subjects, type of publication or keywords which you can click on to refine your results. Type can be very useful – you can restrict your findings to sources such as Research paper, Case Study, Viewpoint or Literature Review.
Once you open an article there are even more features that aren’t available in Discover or Google Scholar.
You can obviously view the article in PDF or HTML. You can also view a list of the references with links where the article is available in Emerald. Perhaps even more useful is the Cited By link which will give a list of articles where the author has used the article in their own research. This can help you find more recent research on your topic. There is also an option to see the most popular articles in the journal, the most cited articles, and also a quick search for related articles.
The library is promoting Emerald Insight during November 2016:
Come to the Library to find out more about Emerald
Pick up our guide on Emerald to learn how to improve your searches, set up an account, set up alerts and save in folders.
Ask your librarian for a demo or to come to talk to your class
Find out about putting links to key journals in your Moodle site
Enter our Emerald quiz – the first 20 entries will win a prize!