Posts tagged: finding information

Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

13 January 2020
Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you how to make the most from the Library Champion Scheme.

Are there new books, electronic books or DVDs you would like to see in the library?

Do you think there are titles we need more copies of?

If so, you can request books through your Library Champion!

Each school has a pot of £5,000 allocated for book requests and a designated Library Champion who can be contacted when you would like to request books for the library.

Find out more about the scheme from two of our Library Champions:

You will need to include details about the items you would like us to order, including: read more

Sage Research Methods Videos

9 May 2018

Looking to undertake some research this year? Need some expert help and guidance? SAGE Research Methods is the essential online resource for anyone doing research or learning how to do research. With more than 800 books, reference works, journal articles, and videos, it provides information on writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing a research method, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the findings. SAGE Research Methods’ coverage spans the full range of research methods used in the social and behavioral sciences, plus a wide range of methods commonly used in science, technology, medicine, and the humanities. read more

Finding the Financial Times

11 October 2017

The Financial Times is available to view via both Newsstand (Gale Infotrac) and Newsstreams (ProQuest).  However there is a 30 day embargo on content being added to the databases so for the most recent copies of the paper look on the on the mobile shelving in the Library extension on the top floor of Clifford Whitworth.

Login to Library Search and click on the Databases link from the top of the screen:

Picture of Library search menu showing database tab.


  • Click on from the menu which appears.
  • Click on Newsstand.
  • Click on Link to database.
  • In the Newsstand search screen, click on the Publications tab.
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    Vogue Italia archive – brilliant new Fashion resource

    14 August 2017

    Yet another brilliant new resource for Art & Design! Our new Fashion resource, Vogue Italia archive, neatly complements our existing online access to Vogue US. Vogue Italia archive consists of scanned articles from the journal’s launch in 1964 onwards, and so is excellent for illustrations, retro interest in Fashion and the historical development of garments. Use the keyword feature to search for garments, designers etc.

    To access it – from Library Search choose Databases, then choose Vogue Italia from the A-Z list. Network username and password are required off-campus. read more

    Alexander Street Video – great resource for all subject areas

    11 April 2017
    Andy Callen

    Andy describes how Alexander Street Video might be a useful audio-visual resource for you.

    Do you need to get hold of video material for your study or teaching, but it’s not on Box of Broadcasts or in the Library’s DVD collection?

    Try Alexander Street Video, an online collection of non-fiction video material for educational use, potentially useful across all subject areas. It includes:

    • News clips from ITN
    • Instructional videos for teachers
    • Over 1,000 films on psychology and counselling
    • Numerous documentary films on artists and designers.

    Access Alexander Street Video from the Databases link on Library Search, OR directly from Your Network username and password are required.

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    Obstetrics & Gynaecology Podcasts

    30 March 2017
    Jen Earl

    Interested in hearing from some key speakers in midwifery? Jen’s found some great up-to-date podcasts for you.

    Interested in listening to some up-to-date podcasts about areas of Obs and Gynae such as: mental health and abortion; FGM, community work and lots more? The websites below provide open access to clinically-oriented podcasts and audio recordings, delivering a broad mix of lectures and interviews and conversations and commentary. The content on these sites can be listened to online or downloaded.

    Have a listen at these podcast sites delivered by key experts in the field.

    Podcast Sites

    The site also has blogs in lots of different fields such as Nursing, Medical Imaging and Orthopaedics. read more

    LS:N – reminder of a great resource in Design

    20 February 2017
    Andy Callen

    Read why Andy thinks LS:N is a great electronic resource.

    Just wanted to remind you about the excellent electronic resource for all Design subjects, LS:N Global. LS:N is a trend prediction database that complements the use of WGSN (for Fashion) and Mintel (general business reports). It is extremely useful for business information and analysis, it has up-to-date and easily readable articles that can inform your written work, and great illustrations to inspire your creative work. LS:N is also potentially very useful for other subject areas such as Business and Management. read more

    Find library resources more easily using ‘Locate’!

    30 January 2017
    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy shows you how to use ‘Locate’.

    Overwhelmed by the number of resources in the library?  Lost amongst the shelving with no idea which direction to go in?  Not sure where to find a book you need?  You can find out exactly where a book is located in the Library using our ‘Locate’ tab.

    The ‘Locate’ tab is available for all resources you find in Library Search, and it makes locating books you need much easier.

    To use the ‘Locate’ tab:

    1. First of all, look for the book you want in Library Search.

    2. When you find the book you want, you’ll see a blue ‘Locate’ button below the title.  Click this. 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.


    • Academic Search Premier – general full text journal article resource, good for a wide range of subject areas.
    • Arts & Humanities Index – titles include both scholarly journals and selected trade and consumer titles relevant to applied arts and cultural studies. Subject strengths include music, theatre, film and cultural studies.
    • Broadcast – a weekly online (and print) magazine covering the UK TV and radio industry. Useful for broadcasting news, commissioning, analysis and opinion.
    • Box of Broadcasts – provides access to an archive of TV and radio programmes from UK broadcasters. Allows you to request recordings of programmes yet to be broadcast (from the next 7 days).
    • Business Source Premier –journal articles, reports and books on business topics
    • Communication & Mass Media Complete – covers all aspects of communications, including media technology and social impacts.
    • Performing Arts Periodicals database – journal articles on all aspects of artistic performance, including film and broadcasting.
    • Nexis – full text press articles from regional, national and international newspapers and magazines.
    • Web of Science – despite its name this is a very useful and comprehensive resource for all social science topics – often worth checking.
    • Public Information Onlinecontains information from the Westminster and the UK’s regional parliaments/assemblies, plus a range of non-parliamentary material.
    • Westlaw includes articles from legal journals. (Remember to select Journals before you search, unless you are also looking for other legal material.)
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    Goodbye Fitch Connect, hello Orbis Bank Focus.

    20 December 2016

    The Library has subscribed to Orbis Bank Focus as a replacement source of bank data for Fitch Connect .  Orbis bank Focus provides

    • Bank Focus offers detailed, standardized reports and ratios for over 44,000 banks across the globe (28,000 US and 16,000 non-US).

    Some of the features in Bank Focus:

  • Access to very detailed information on individual banks
  • Create benchmarking analyses comparing a bank against its peers
  • Search by hundreds of criteria
  • Illustrate financials with an easy-to create graphs
  • Get a quick view of a bank’s financial status and exposure
  • Look at a bank’s corporate structure in a tree diagram and find all companies with the same parent
  • Detailed accounts and preliminary data
  • Bank and Country ratings (from Moody’s, Fitch, Standard & Poor’s and EIU)
  • Stock data
  • CEOs and contacts
  • Ownership data
  • Subsidiaries etc.
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