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In this session, you are going to explore a selection of information resources from the Library and beyond which will be useful for your studies. Working on your own or with a partner, do the Library Search activity first.
After a short feedback session, you will be asked to choose any other boxes and follow the instructions in the task. Try and work through two or more boxes and be prepared to share your feedback at the end.
Library Search: getting the most out of it
Library Search is the Library's catalogue, and is your starting point for finding our books, DVDs, journals and other materials, whether print or online. It also enables you to manage your Library account.
It's not difficult to use, but there are a few simple techniques to ensure you get the best out of it.
Try the following:
Search Library Search to find books about one of the following topics:
What happens if you put your search term in inverted commas " "? Why is it a good idea to do this when searching for a phrase?
Now try narrowing down your search to find books which focus on a particular aspect of your topic (e.g. Robespierre, Blum, Pétain)
Add some of the books to your favourites (tip: you need to log in to do this, and click on the icon)
When looking at the catalogue details for a print book, click on Browse the shelf to see what's next to that book on the shelf
Now broaden your search to find journal articles on this topic, as well as books
Find out how you could set up a search alert so you receive automatic emails every time the Library acquires a new book or article which matches this search (hint: click Save query)
Finally, find an ebook about any aspect of contemporary France, and view it on screen
Audiovisual material can be very useful when studying history, politics and society. Search the sites below to find images relating to a French Studies topic of your choice. Think about the following issues:
The range of images available (e.g. format, subject coverage)
What information is provided about the images you find? (e.g. date, provenance, location).
Could you reproduce the images you have found in an assignment if you wanted to?
Ease of searching - for example, were you able to pinpoint your search to find highly relevant images?
This database provides access to over three million images, including paintings, posters, artefacts and photographs, from galleries and collections worldwide. All images are copyright-cleared for educational use, and cover a wide range of themes. NB If accessing off-campus, click on User login>Login via Shibboleth>Ncl Uni once you are on Bridgeman.
Explore millions of images, films and other archival material from galleries, museums, archives and libraries across Europe. Search by topic and refine by copyright to find reusable materials. Can also refine to find images, films, audio etc.
Getty, the world's largest photography service, has recently announced it is making most of its collections (35 million photos) available free for non-commercial reuse online and on social media sites, as long as users use Getty's embedding tool, which will insert automatic image credits. Find out more about the background to the decision.
Box of Broadcasts provides access to over 2.2 million TV and radio broadcasts from over 75 channels, including most of the UK’s freeview network, all BBC TV and radio content from 2007, and several foreign language channels. This resource is not available outside the UK.
Read our blog post for useful tips about using this resource.
Library Search is a great starting point for finding library materials for your module, but you should also get into the habit of using our Library subject guides. These are packed full of specialised resources, news and advice related to your subject area. Explore your library subject guide and see if you can do the following (hint: click on Subject Specific Resources)
Look up a word in an online bilingual dictionary
Search a French library catalogue
Find digitised archival material (e.g. a photograph, document, poster or letter) relating to a French historical topic of your choice
Get the latest news about the Library via our online newsletter and blog (click on Subject Help and News)
You're bound to have questions at some stage when using the Library. Fortunately, there are various ways in which you can get help. Start from the Library's home page to find the following:
Use Library Help to find out if you can download from an ebook
Look in the latest news and updates section to find out more about the Your Skills programme
Find a Twitter account which will keep you up to date with the latest news about arts and humanities resources in the Library
Browse through the Academic Skills Kit to get help with study skills
Watch a useful video on our YouTube channel
Explore the sites below to find newspaper articles relating to a French historical topic of your choice.
Nexis Uni enables you to search across major UK and international newspapers, business and industry trade magazines, business news, company information, press agencies and magazines from 1990s to present day, in various languages. It includes nearly all UK national and regional newspapers.
For more information about Nexis Uni, read our blog post.
This contains full facsimile images of articles and pages. The entire newspaper is captured, including articles, advertisements and illustrations/photographs. The Times is also available via Nexis Uni from 1985 to date (text only).
See our blog post for more information about recent enhancements to this resource, including a short video with tips for searching historic newspapers.
You may already use social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, blogs and podcasts) for your social life, but have you ever thought whether it could help with your studies? Explore the links below and see what you think....
Annual competition in which PhD students have to explain their thesis to an audience of non-experts, in no more than three minutes.
Social media needs to be handled carefully if you're planning to use it as an information source. Visit our Fake News guide to find out more about how rapidly fake news can spread, and what you can do to be alert to it, and avoid it.