Shades of Grey [Literature]

Grey literature. Black Literature.

Did you even know they existed? Possibly not.

Depending upon your source, “black literature” can be defined as books and peer-reviewed published journals. This is the familiar material you will source and use through your University Library and its catalogue.

Grey literature is something else entirely. Grey literature is research or material that is not produced by commercial publishers. It may be wholly unpublished or published in a non-commercial form. Think along the lines of industry-related materials, academic publications, government publications and think tank papers.

GreyNet, the Grey Literature Network Service has more detailed information on this vital research resource.

Grey Literature can be unique and an important source of information. There is a range of grey literature you may need to consult to ensure your research is complete. Examples of these materials include:

  • Working papers
  • Conference proceedings
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Government and official publications, including Green and White Papers, Select Committee papers, legislation
  • Policy statements
  • Research reports
  • Newsletters
  • Fact sheets
  • Blogs
  • Transcripts
  • Pre-prints and post-prints of articles
  • Technical reports
  • Professional guidelines
  • Patents
  • Standards
  • Market research
  • Data, e.g. Census, economic data, statistics

Most databases, available via your Subject Guide, will allow you to limit your search by document type, including grey literature, which does improve accessibility to this type of material.

Other resources include:

  • Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
    Operated by Bielefeld University Library this search engine indexes open access academic literature. The Advanced Search option allows you to search for specific types of grey literature.
  • Box of Broadcasts
    Box of Broadcasts provides access to over two million programmes from over 65 TV and radio channels, including most of the UK’s freeview network, all BBC TV and radio content from 2007, and several foreign language channels. You can view archived programmes, record new ones, create clips and playlists and see transcripts. (This resource is not available outside the UK.)
  • Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)
    The Institute of Education Digital Education (University of London) Resource Archive (DERA) is a digital archive of all documents published electronically by government and related bodies in the area of education.
  • Open Grey
    The System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe provides open access to over 700,000 bibliographical references.
  • Teachers TV from Education in Video
    Provides access to all 3,530 globally-acclaimed instructional videos produced in 2008 by the United Kingdom’s Department of Education to train and develop teachers’ skills through demonstrations and commentary by teachers, administrators, and other educational experts.
  • Newcastle University Theses and Dissertations Guide
    Newcastle University theses are available in the eTheses Repository. Other UK theses may be available via EThOS. There is not one single source for locating non-UK theses. The Guide will give you some starting points.
  • UK Legislation
    UK Legislation is freely available online but be aware there may be delays of up to 2 weeks before any updates appear. Use your subscribed databases available via the Law Subject Guide.

The list can go on…

Once you have located your grey literature, do question it using the CRAAP testcurrency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose. Consider what is publicly available versus a subscribed (or paid for) resource. It may be biased and you should include that assessment in your work.

And finally, don’t forget, not everything is available online!

Spotlight on …….. Bridgeman Education

This database provides access to over 1.2 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.  Here are just a few reasons why you’ll love using Bridgeman……

No matter what subject area you’re studying – from science to fashion, from history to Chinese art, from Prehistoric times to contemporary works, you’ll probably  be able to find an image on Bridgeman to illustrate your work:

Bridgeman Education provides a platform to search over 8,000 locations covering the world’s major museums, art collections and historical sites:

You can download the images and create a slideshow of them for your presentations:

You can zoom in to see every little detail of each image and you’ll be able to see two, three or four images side by side for comparison.  You can add notes and captions to the images before they are added to your presentation

Join the mailing list to receive regular news bulletins and details of events direct to your in-box and, if you can’t find what you want, just get in touch with the team at Bridgeman Education.

Why not have a look and become really creative!

Bridgeman Education is available via your Subject Guide or directly from Library Search.

(Images: Bridgeman Education)

Trial: Society Digimap

Society Digimap is free on trial until 31st July 2019.  Adding to our existing EDINA collection, Society Digimap includes census and socio-economic data which can be layered across the map software to provide a picture and give an insight of society in a given area.

To access this resource, click on the link to the Digimap collection via Library Search or our Maps library guide, log in with your university account and click on the Society tab to access the data.  You will need to accept the license agreement the first time you use it.

Please explore and email us your feedback, or post it as a comment on this blog.

Trial: MuseumsEtc ebook collection

We have trial access to the MuseumsEtc e-book collection from Exact Editions until March 27th 2019.

This collection provides access to over 60 ebooks on a range of topics relating to museum studies, and is likely to be of interest to staff and students in subject areas such as art, business, planning, sociology and history as well as museum studies.

The trial ends on March 27th 2019. Please explore it and email us your feedback, or post it as a comment on this blog.

If you are off-campus, you will need to log into RAS  first of all, and then access this page from a browser window within RAS.

 

Trial: World Shakespeare Bibliography

We have trial access to the World Shakespeare Bibliography until April 3rd 2019.  This is the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide from 1960 to the present.

It contains 126,000 records, including details of books, articles, reviews, productions and theses. You can search or browse it in various ways.

The trial ends on April 3rd 2019. Please explore and email us your feedback, or post it as a comment on this blog.

INTO students, why not check out our online stuff

Image showing students on the grass in the old Quad outside the Architecture building.

Where ever in the World you are from, you are now part of the Newcastle University family.

This means you have access to four libraries with amazing online/print resources and of course….helpful library staff.

Now you are living and studying in Newcastle you will often hear the Geordie accent. It’s not always the easiest to understand! Do you know your Geordie phrases?  There is a handy guide to help you become familiar with some of our more colourful phrases. Why not follow this link to understand our local dialect.

Links to help you get started

  • Our INTO Student Guide will help you get started with the skills and resources you need to study at Newcastle University. Explore essential library resources, including books, ebooks and journal articles and find your way to the best specialist resources for your chosen subject area. 
  • Are you ready to search for information?  Have a look at this library video to help you find the best resources to use for your academic work.

  • Correctly referencing the information you use and concerns about plagiarism are common for many students. Visit our Library Managing Information guide to find tips and advice for your referencing.

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The University has a subscription for the referencing software EndNote. You’ll find information about EndNote and teach yourself resources on our EndNote Library guide if  you anted to give it a try yourself.

Help and Support

Please remember we are here to help you and you can contact us at any time, day and night, via Libraryhelp.

Beyond the University, there are some great local libraries which you can visit and use for free. Find out about other libraries in the area by visiting the Library website.

 

Love reading? Browse through BrowZine…

Not sure which journal article you’re looking for? Do it the ‘old school’ way and browse through your favourite journals using BrowZine without having to trek to the library or newsagents to flick through the magazines.

BrowZine is a publisher-neutral reading and discovery platform for eJournals. You can browse complete issues, set up a personal bookshelf of your favourite titles and receive notifications when new issues are released.

Library Search and browsing eJournals via BrowZine

You can do this on your PC via Library Search or perhaps you prefer using your smartphone? Access BrowZine via the University App or download the BrowZine App from the Apple Store or Play Store.

Access BrowZine via the Newcastle University App

Set up your personal account using your University email address and BrowZine will always recognise you as a member of Newcastle University and give you access to the full-text articles it contains.

BrowZine Subject Areas

BrowZine Arts and HumanitiesGet browsing!

Finding Architecture and Planning journals

How do you access your journals and magazines?  There are a number of options.

  1. If you know the title you can do a keyword search in Library Search.
  2. Your subject guide is a ‘one stop shop’ for all resources and includes a tab to link to core journals,  journal collections and magazines such as those in Art and Architecture Archive and the Avery Index.  You can also view the list of print journals and magazines that we have in the Library.
  3. If you like to browse individual Architecture or Planning journals, then take a look at Browzine.

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester One 2018/19)

We have a service called “Books on Time” for students. This allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Books on Time

In Semester one, academic year 2018/2019 we bought the following items after requests from students in GPS.

There were 105 requests from 57 students totaling £4381.55 (52% of requests from undergraduates, 20% from Postgraduate taught and 28% from Postgraduate Research)

 

Title Now in stock
Alternative Theories of State 1xlong
America’s Global Role: Essays and Reviews on National Security, Geopolitics and War 1xlong
Animal Rights: Moral Theory and Practice 1xlong
Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order 1xlong
Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School 1xlong
Bringing knowledge back in: From social constructivism to social realism in the sociology of education 1xlong
Business as Usual: The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown 1xlong
Chemostratigraphy: Concepts, Techniques and Applications 1xlong
China’s Eurasian Dilemmas: Roads and Risks for a Sustainable Global Power 1xlong
China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications 1xlong
Citizenship, Identity and Social Movements in the New Hong Kong: Localism After the Umbrella Movement 1xlong
Civil Society and Peacebuilding: A Critical Assessment 1xlong
Classical Theories of International Relations 1xlong
Coming out of Communism 1xlong
Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times 1xlong
Complexity Thinking in Translation Studies 1xlong
Contested Markets Contested Cities 1xlong
Cultural Genocide 1xlong
Development Discourse and Global History 1xebook
Differences in Medicine: Unravelling Practices, Techniques, and Bodies (Body, Commodity, Text) 1xlong
Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age 1xlong
Dis/ability Studies: Theorising disablism and ableism 1xlong
Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Second Edition 1xlong
Disability, Normalcy and the Everyday 1xlong
Discovering American Regionalism: An Introduction to Regional intergovernmental Organizations 1xlong
Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls 1xlong
Drove Roads of Northumberland 1xlong
Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid After the 2004 Tsunami 1xlong
Egypt’s Desert Dreams: Development or Disaster 1xlong
Emotion and the Researcher : Sites, Subjectivities and Relationships 1xlong
Ethics in Participatory Research for Health and Social Well-Being 1xlong
Expert Knowledge in Global Trade 1xlong
Fires on the Border: The Passionate Politics of Labour Organizing on the Mexican Frontera 1xlong
Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life 1xlong
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation 1xlong
From Crime Policy to Victim Policy: Reorienting the Justice System 1xlong
Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow 1xlong
Geographical Education Expanding: Horizons in a Shrinking World 1xlong
Geography, Education and the Future 1xlong
Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century 1xebook
Hong Kong in the Shadow of China: Living with the Leviathan 1xlong
Human Rights Discourse in a Global Network 1xlong
Imagined Societies: A Critique of Immigrant Integration in Western Europe 1xlong
International Politics in the Arctic, Borders, Natural Resources and Russian Foreign Policy 1xebook
Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East 1xlong
It Makes You Want to Spit 1xlong
Italy and the European Union 1xlong
Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability: A Social Approach 1xlong
Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century 1xlong
MasterClass in Geography Education 1xlong
Mastering Brexits Through The Ages: Entrepreneurial Innovators and Small Firms – The Catalysts for Success 1xlong
Medical Talk and Medical Work 1xlong
Metropolitan Governance in America 1xlong
New Labour Policy, Industrial Relations and the Trade Unions 1xlong
On the verge of want: a unique insight into the living conditions along Ireland\’s western seaboard in the late 19th century 1xlong
Our Angry Earth 1xlong
Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness 1xlong
Parenting Under Pressure: Mothers and Fathers with Learning Difficulties 1xlong
Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: Past, Present and Futures 1xlong
Plucked: A history of Hair Removal 1xlong
Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter 1xlong
Popular Geopolitics: Plotting an Evolving Interdiscipline 3xlong, 1xebook
Practising Empowerment in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Wine, Ethics and Development 1xlong
Prices and Production 1xlong
Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City 1xlong
Providing a sure start: How Government Discovered Early Childhood 1xlong
Queer Muslims in Europe: Sexuality, Religion and Migration in Belgium 1xlong
Race, Racism and Development: Interrogating History, Discourse and Practice 1xlong
Recapturing Democracy: Neoliberalization and the Struggle for Alternative Urban Futures 1xlong
Reconstruction and Peace Building in the Balkans 1xebook
Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge 1xlong
Relativism and the foundations of Liberalism 1xlong
Sexual Politics of Disability: Untold Desires 1xlong
Sexuality and Relationships in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities Standing in  my Shoes 1xlong
Sexuality and women with learning disabilities 1xlong
Social Media and Everyday Politics 1xlong
Solidarity: Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism 1xong
Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture 1xlong
Subject knowledge and teacher education: The development of beginning teachers’ thinking 1xlong
Talons of the Eagle 1xlong
Teaching Geography 3-11: The Essential Guide 1xlong
The China Dream: Great Power Thinking and Strategic Posture in the Post-American Era 1xlong
The End of Duopoly? The Transformation of the British Party System 1xlong
The European Union and the Commonwealth Caribbean 1xlong
The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics 1xebook
The Imaginary War: understanding the East-West conflict in Europe 1xlong
The IMF, the WTO & the Politics of Economic Surveillance 1xlong
The Killing Zone: The United States Wages 1xlong
The Market 1xlong
The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation 1xlong
The New Social Mobility 2xlong
The Other 1xlong
The Outsiders: Exposing the Secretive World of Ireland’s Travellers 1xlong
The Politics of China-Hong Kong Relations: Living With Distant Masters 1xlong
The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism 1xlong
The Quaternary of the Isle of Man and North West England 1xlong
The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability 1xlong
The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism 1xlong
The Social Production of Indifference: Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy 1xlong
The Sociology of Emotions 1xlong
UKIP: inside the campaign to redraw the map of British politics 1xlong
Understanding Trans Health 1xlong
United States and Iraq since 1979 1xlong
US-Israeli Relations in a New Era (Besa Studies in International) 1xlong
What’s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It 1xlong

 

Books added to the Library by students in NUBS (Semester One 2018/19)

We have a service called “Books on Time” for students. This allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Books on Time

In Semester one, academic year 2018/2019 we bought the following items after requests from students in NUBS.

There were 25 requests from 16 students totaling £2999.76 (24% of requests from undergraduates, 12% from Postgraduate taught and 64% from Postgraduate Research)

 

Title Now in stock
A History of Modern Oman 1xebook
Accidental Superpower 1xlong
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development 1xlong
Doing Realist Research 1xlong
Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy: Process, Practice and Policy 1xlong, 1xebook
Fear: Trump in the White House 1xlong
Fixed effects regression models for categorical data 1xlong
Handbook of Work-Life Integration of Professionals 1xlong
History of Oman 1xlong
Home and Work: Negotiating Boundaries Through Everyday Life 1xlong
Institutional Logics in Action 1xlong
Le Camp Des Saints 1xlong
Narrative as Virtual Reality 2: Revisiting Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media (Parallax: Re-Visions of Culture and Society 1xlong
Oman : Politics and Society in the Qaboos State 1xlong
Oman and the world: the emergence of an independent foreign policy 1xlong
Recursive Macroeconomics Theory 1xlong
Robotic process and Cognitive Automation – The Next Phase 1xlong
Robotic process automation and risk mitigation: the definitive guide 1xlong
Social and Environmental Policies in EC Procurement Law: New Directives and New Directions 1xlong
Storytelling for Virtual Reality: Methods and Principles for Crafting Immersive Narratives 1xlong
Technology and Isolation 1xlong
Transformational Leadership and Not for Profits 1xebook
Trust, Globalisation and Market Expansion 1xlong
War for Talent 1xlong
Xenofeminism 1xlong