Posts by Joanna

Copyright – for musicians, performers, artists, filmmakers, writers…

3 July 2017

Copyrightuser.org logoDo you want to know whether you can “borrow” from someone else’s work for your own performance or artwork? Do you want guidance on how to seek permission to use someone else’s work, or to protect your own?

A great place to start when looking for anything on copyright for the creative industries is COPYRIGHTUSER.ORG.

This online resource provides easy to read, accessible information on copyright law for people engaged in the creative industries. It has sections for musicians, film-makers, performers, writers, visual artists and developers. There is a helpful FAQs section, and the guidance includes videos, as well as links to further resources.  All well worth exploring. read more

Digital Theatre +

27 June 2017


Want to view a critically acclaimed  production of The Crucible, see David Tenant play Hamlet, or view any one of over 160 classic and contemporary theatre productions? Take a look at Digital Theatre +

Digital Theatre + is an educational service, providing high quality video of performances, alongside lots of materials to support the study of theatre, including interviews with directors and writers as well as resources on theatre genres and styles.

You can connect to Digital Theatre + via Library Search, both on or off campus. read more

Studying Theatre or Dance? – Check out Alexander Street Video

30 May 2017

Alexander Street Video provides recordings of classic performances, as well as documentary information on all sorts of related topics.  You will find material on the history of theatre, playwrights, actors, directors, choreographers, theatre and dance companies, production staging & design, and performance methods and styles.

To get access, go via Library Search (Sign-in with your University username and password, search for Alexander Street Video and click on the link for online access). read more

Looking for newspaper articles? – Try Nexis Business and News

22 May 2017

If you are searching for full text newspaper articles on almost any topic, Nexis Business and News is a great place to start. It provides content from local, regional and national papers from around the world.

You can find Nexis via Library search, which gives access to all the Library’s resources.

  1. Connect to Library Search
  2. Search for Nexis Business and News
  3. The database should be the first item in the search results. Click on the link for online access

You can use the search box to type in keywords, but your search will be more focussed, if you set some other criteria.

It may be helpful l to –

  • Select where your keywords must appear – either in the headline, at the start of the article, or maybe as “major mentions”
  • Select which dates you want to search.
  • Select what which news publications you want to search. For example you may want to restrict your search to UK National Newspapers, or to Major World Publications (English)

The full text of any articles you find can be read on screen, or downloaded as a file for you to save. read more

Want to watch a good film? – Try Box of Broadcasts

12 May 2017

Did you know that you have access to an enormous number of films via Box of Broadcasts?

By Joanna Wilson
Academic Support Librarian

Box of Broadcasts (often referred to as BoB), contains recordings of TV and radio programmes, including recordings of lots of films.

Whether you want to explore the work of a particular director, watch a film from your favourite genre, analyse a classic film, or just take a break from your studies, you can check whether a film is available to you via BoB.

Connecting to Box of Broadcasts –

Go via Library Search, which gives access to all the Library’s resources. read more

Fake News

7 April 2017

Be a savvy news consumer – Joanna gives some useful reminders.

Fake news has become a hot news topic! We all want our news to be accurate, truthful, and honest, so how do you sort out truth from lies, or identify exaggerated stories, or facts reported out of context?

The simplest strategy is to make sure you get your news from a variety of sources – don’t get stuck in your own media “bubble”. Be critical and analyse any news you share on social media.  We all have a responsibility not to spread lies.

There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some things to think about – read more

Finding scores and sheet music

17 February 2017

Need to find scores and sheet music via the Library? Joanna tells you how.

Finding printed music in the Library

The Library holds over 2000 printed music items, most of which can be borrowed. They are shelved on the ground floor in Clifford Whitworth Library, or in our store.  Use Library Search to look up what you want and find its location. If an item is in store, use the Request option in Library Search and we will retrieve it for you.  It will usually be available for collection the following working day.

If we don’t have what you need, you can ask us to try to get it for you. We will buy it to add to our stock, or borrow it from another library, just remember it may take us a couple of weeks to get hold of it for you read more

Broadcast – keep up-to-date with the broadcasting industy

16 February 2017

Keep up-to-date with the broadcast industry with Joanna’s guide.

Looking for news, data, or commentary on the broadcast industry?  Broadcast is a weekly magazine (in print) and  online resource, providing material on all aspects of the media, including news, commissioning, analysis, opinion, interviews, platforms, production and ratings.

We keep the printed copy at the University Library at Media City, but you can use the online version from anywhere. So, if you want to get details of the next “reality” TV show, or trace the rise of Netflix as a media player, register for an account and get browsing. read more

Information sources for Journalism – useful databases

27 January 2017

Databases for Journalism students 

Library Search is a great way to start a search for information on a particular topic, but if you want to use a specialist database, we have a huge range of sources that can provide you with information.  The list below is just a small selection.

Databases

Academic Search Premier – general full text journal article resource, good for a wide range of subject areas.

Arts & Humanities Index read more