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.


Topic Guides: It’s all in the name!

hello my name is....During these winter months of hibernation, we haven’t only been busying ourselves with updating our subject guides, but we have also been sprucing up our topic guides as well. But what are topic guides I hear you ask?! How are they different from subject guides?

Well, while they do complement the subject guides, they differ in the sense that these guides group resources together not by subject but erm….by topic! It’s not complicated I promise, but they do neatly fall into three main types……

Type 1: These guides deal with how to find specific types of information you might need, whether that be company information, newspaper articles, standards, government publications or theses and dissertations…the list goes on.

Type 2: The second type of topic guides are those guides which have been created with a specific end product / piece of work in mind. For example, you may have been asked to create an academic poster, write a dissertation or undertake a systematic review and you might not know where to start or what these formats of work should even look like.

And last but not least……………….

Type 3: These are the guides which focus on academic skills and often include teach yourself material in the form of workbooks, quizzes and videos etc.

So what you are waiting for, go and check out our fabulously named topic guides, because they do exactly what they say on the tin!

Or if you fancy relaxing and letting us do the tour for you, why not crack open the popcorn and check out our whistle stop tour below!

Happy exploring!

Be better than the Google

Fed up of  struggling to find suitable resources for your assignment? Annoyed at Fake News plaguing your web browser? Be gone the days of relying on good ol’ Google to solve all your problems.  What you want is reliable, credible, and most importantly relevant information…and when do you want it? You want it NOW!

Never fear, your faithful Newcastle University librarians have curated your Subject guides. These guides are subject related collections of resources that give you access to eBook/book collections, databases, eJournal collections, and specialist resources to help you with your studies.

All the guides have the same layout which will hopefully help you navigate between multiple guides. So, watch this short 3 minute video tour and remember to bookmark them:

Repeat after me… “Be better than the Google”

Finding and using images

New from the humanities library liaison team!

Every week, we’re giving you quick Twitter tips and tricks to help you get the best out of our resources. We’ve got so many great collections, it can be hard to keep up with what’s on offer. So sit back and let us tweet you to search success!

Earlier this week, we focused on finding and using images. Missed our tweets? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled them all together into a Twitter moment below!

News and media resources

New from the humanities library liaison team!

Every week, we’re giving you quick Twitter tips and tricks to help you get the best out of our resources. We’ve got so many great collections, it can be hard to keep up with what’s on offer. So sit back and let us tweet you to search success!

Last week, we focused on our news and media resources. Missed our tweets? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled them all together into a Twitter moment below!