Fancy yourself as the next Sherlock?

What comes into your head, when someone says ‘maps’? I think we often presume that if we aren’t studying geography, earth sciences, archaeology or architecture for instance then they aren’t for us. But think again! Maps can be applied to a variety of different ways in research and we have put together a Maps topic guide to explain what resources we have and potentially how they can be used.

The Maps guide outlines the different ways you can access both physical and online maps and gives you an overview of how you can use our online Digimap ROAM subscription.  With this tool, you can not only get up to date OS Maps, but also historic maps which can help track both infrastructure development, as well as social and environmental changes too. And if you want to directly compare different aged maps against each other, Digimap lets you toggle between the two on your screen.

Thematic maps and a database of case studies to see how Digimaps have been applied to research can also be found on the Maps guide. Here is just a taster to whet your appetite:

  • Mapping the victims of Jack the Ripper using Historic Roam
  • Conducting a national fox survey using Environment Roam
  • Studying garden history and landscape in the 18th Century
  • Designing housing in Byker for an Artists in Residence project.

So…..before you rule out maps as not relevant for your research, why not take a minute and have a look at our Maps guide  to see if there is potentially something for you!

N.B. If you’re wanting to be the next Sherlock, just remember you need to plan your investigations in advance and register with Digimap at least 24 hours before you need to start using the resource.

Taking a road trip and need to find this week’s petrol prices?

Statistics…..legislation…..government bills….these often aren’t the type of things which get us jumping up and down with excitement and if we do need to find information on them it can be a bit daunting to know where to start. Where do I find statistics on this week’s petrol prices?….Where do I find historic proceedings of the Old Bailey? ……Where do I find out information on GDP growth? How can I find European or international case law?……What changes are forecast for the post-referendum UK economy?…… These are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of questions that can underpin vital academic research or help you with a business start up.

But never fear, your trusty librarians are here with our Government Publication Guide. Hurrah I hear you shout!

On the Government Publication Guide you will find a wealth of subscriptions and high quality links to statistical information, legislation, parliamentary publications and international statistics and official publications. So what are you waiting for…….head to the guide and check it out!

New resource to explore: Cambridge Core

Thousands of ebooks across 30 subjects

Newcastle University currently has access to over 32,000 ebooks from Cambridge University Press. This includes leading titles in over 30 subjects across the Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology & Medicine. Cambridge academic books have received over 440 awards in the past 3 years.

Discover the title that will inspire your research today on Cambridge Core.

Does anyone else think they might have a box set binge problem?

Let’s say you are exploring the export potential for a local beer, finding out which country drinks the most beer per capita is probably a good place to start. Or maybe you’ve designed some beautiful new handbags and you want to find out which country’s women have the highest annual disposable income? Have you ever wondered if you are alone in your box set binge habits? Well good quality market research is what you need.

The Market Research guide introduces the two main sources we have available via the library, Mintel and Passport. The guide introduces each resource, giving you an overview of what you’ll find there, how best to find the information you need and links to lots of useful help, advice and tips.

You’ll also find market research, industry and country profiles in Business Source Complete and Nexis so it’s always worth checking multiple sources.

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Want to know more about Mintel and Passport? View our quick introductions on SlideShare.


Architects’ Journal Building Library

Architects’ Journal is a key journal article for the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

We also provide access to a resource called the “AJ Buildings Library”.

The AJ Buildings Library is a digital database that showcases more than 1,900 exemplar projects, most from the last 20 years but including major projects back to 1900.

You can search for projects by age, cost, architect, building type, footprint, location, and a combination of these.

Each project featured in this digital database includes full project data (more than 20 items of information) and comprehensive architectural photographs and drawings (plans, elevation, section) – all provided at high resolution.

Drawings can be downloaded and printed out to their original scale. NB Vector pdfs and CAD files are not available for download and all copyrighted images are protected.

However you will need to register with the AJ before you can access this platform.

How to do this?

  • Access and click on the Sign in link.
  • Then click on the Register button, and fill in the form that appears. Since you are from an educational institution where the form asks for annual purchasing budget, choose “None”. Use your Newcastle email address and create a password.
  • You should receive an email indicating you have registered.
  • Then access
  • Click Sign in and use the details from the AJ to access AJ Buildings Library.



Ever wondered what Lord Alan Sugar does in his spare time?

Whether you are researching an individual company, a company director, sector or country, company information databases allow you to identify, analyse and compare companies based on their business success or profile. We have a number of resources that have been brought together on the Company Information guide that will help you find

  • data from public and private companies, locally and globally
  • key company profiles including financial data and executives
  • detailed financial analysis data
  • industry and country analysis

Each resource covers slightly different information so for most assignments you’ll need to gather data and evidence from multiple sources. The Company Information guide includes an introduction to what you’ll find in each of the resources linked there, help and guidance.

So if you have every wondered what percentage of the confectionery market in the United Kingdom is chocolate, how many employees Primark has or which supermarket made the biggest profit in 2017, the Company Information guide  will point you in the right direction.


New resource on trial: Kanopy

The Library has trial access to the Kanopy film streaming platform. This provides access to over 30,000 films from 800 filmmakers. The content includes feature films from classics to contemporary, together with international documentaries on a wide range of subjects, including arts, business, history, science and technology, and politics.

Kanopy’s functionality includes creating clips and playlists, viewing subtitles, and adding comments and ratings.

The trial ends on March 18th 2018. Please explore and send us your feedback.

NB If you are off-campus, please log in to RAS first of all, and then within RAS, access this blogpost and Kanopy link.

Two new resources on trial: Eighteenth Century Drama and Literary Print Culture

The Library has trial access to two new digitised archives from Adam Matthew.

Eighteenth Century Drama

A unique archive of almost every play submitted for licence between 1737 and 1824, plus hundreds of documents which provide social context for the plays, such as letters and diaries. It also features searchable information on actors and performances from the time.

Literary Print Culture: The Stationers’ Company Archive

The Stationers’ Company Archive is one of the most important resources for understanding the workings of the early book trade, the printing and publishing community, the establishment of legal requirements for copyright provisions and the history of bookbinding. Explore extremely rare documents dating from 1554 to the 21st century in this invaluable resource of research material for historians and literary scholars.

Both trials end on March 12th 2018. Please explore and email us your feedback.

NB If you are off-campus, please log in to RAS first of all, and then within RAS, access this blogpost and the links.

New resource on trial: Oxford Scholarship Online (Classics)

We have trial access to this e-book collection from Oxford University Press. It contains over 500 academic e-books (published between 2000 and 2018) in the field of Classical Studies, and you can search or browse the collection in various ways. You can access the collection here or find the books individually on Library Search.

The trial ends on April 30th 2018.

Please explore and email us your feedback.

New resource on trial: Rock’s Back Pages

The Library has trial access to Rock’s Back Pages.

Rock’s Back Pages is an online archive of music journalism, containing over 35,000 articles from the 1950s to the present, including reviews, interviews, letters and features, plus some audio interviews.

It covers a wide range of artists and genres, from Aaliyah to ZZ Top!

Please explore it and send us your feedback. The trial ends on March 31st 2018.

NB If you are off-campus, please log in to RAS first of all, and then within RAS, access this blogpost and the trial link.