Construction Industry Service – new platform

If you’re a user of a database called Construction Industry Service (CIS) then you might notice that our access to the platform is slightly different.

IHS Markit have recently moved this particular sub database to a new hosting site which has a slightly different way to access it. You will now need to set up a free account and password before you can search the platform. Hopefully this is obvious from the note we’ve added to record on our catalogue, Library Search.

We’ve also made a short video which shows you how to set up an account.

Available at : https://campus.recap.ncl.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=7c23df93-e89b-4297-8342-adbb00db0176

The new platform/layout has options along the top and on the left to browse by subject or publishers, there are A-Z lists to navigate through or quick links straight into Eurocodes, regulations and other handbooks.

Please let the Social Sciences Liaison Team know if there’s anything on the new platform you need help with.

Additional Oxford Handbooks Online

We already had bought permanent access to a range of different collections in the Oxford Handbooks Online series.

We decided we like them so much we’ve now added in some more from across humanities, social sciences and science

We now have access to the following :

You can access the content in various ways: for example, you can browse by the broad subject areas, to view individual books, and/or the articles within those books.

Once in a subject area, you can then refine your search to more specific sub-disciplines.

You can also search in various ways, e.g. by author or keyword.

They can be both a great starting point for information as well as providing more in-depth details and content too.

SAGE Research Methods

After a recent trial we are delighted we have managed to secure access to SAGE Research Methods. This is an invaluable resources for anyone undertaking an independent research project or dissertation.

The platform contains thousands of resources, dedicated to the subject area of Research Methods.  It supports all stages of the research process from: writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up your results and thinking about publication.

It contains information suited to all levels of researchers, from undergraduates starting their first projects to research associates. Within the resource students will be able to access dictionary and encyclopaedia entries, book chapters, full books, journal articles, case studies, some datasets and streaming video from SAGE Research Methods Video. It includes online access to the complete Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences (QASS) series, aka the “The Little Green Books,” as well as the Qualitative Research Methods Series (QRMS), or “The Little Blue Books”

SAGE Research Methods includes a wealth of teacher resources and reusable materials for academics and module leaders to draw on and are licensed for educational use, allowing you to reuse materials and show videos within your teaching free of Copyright concerns. We think the platform will work well in conjunction with textbooks on research methods as well as some of the resources we have on our ASK website.

The Methods Map can be used to navigate methods, concepts and techniques via breakout diagrams. Whereas the Project Planner Tool is a step-by-step guide to starting, developing and completing a research project.  The methods sections provide information on all aspects of the research cycle – including the formulation of research questions, research design, project management and data collection.

Coming soon, SAGE Research Methods will be embedded in Canvas as an LTI, allowing you to easily embed videos, learning materials, case studies and videos into your Canvas courses.

Access the SAGE Research Methods User Guide for an overview of the resource an use the tabs below to access videos and training materials to get started.

Sustainable development goals online

This platform from Taylor and Francis is directly mapped onto the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals Online collection contains more than 12,000 of the most important book chapters and journal articles published under Routledge and CRC Press.

We like the variety of content on the platform from essays, presentations, videos, articles and chapters.

From a teaching point of view, academics will want to check out the teaching and learning resources, teaching guides and lesson plans.

The collection was brought together to help governments, NGOs and organisation respond to the UN call to action and we think it will be of benefit to both teaching and research at the University.

Additional information can be found on the Sustainable Goals website or watch the short video below

Business Expert Press eBooks

We are delighted to expand our collection of eBook titles available on a platform called Business Expert Press. We now have titles from 2010 right upto 2021.

If you’re just looking for the most recent publications then Business Expert Press have a flier available.

We’d recommend using our catalogue, Library Search to find them. Click on the advanced search and look for Business Expert Press as the publisher.

This platform also has an agreement with Harvard Business Publishing so we now have access to many titles from this publisher too via this site. See BEP website for a full list.

The platform covers the full breath of subjects for the Business School; from marketing, suppply chain management, operations management, accounting, finance, human resource management and economics to name but a few.

Reading Lists and supporting your students

Teaching is just around the corner and the students are starting to prepare for studying through 2021/22. So, which resources are you going to recommend to your students to support your teaching? How will you ensure the Library can offer access to what you need?

We’re promoting the Reading Lists service to our students. It’s easy to use, accessible and is a good starting point when approaching a new subject area.

Surprisingly, even in 2021, not every book is available online. You can use Reading Lists to check to see if we, as an institution, can gain access to those essential, recommended and background reading materials for you and your students. 

How can you do this? Well, you can self-enrol on the Reading Lists Training for Staff course which is available via Canvas. It will explain each stage of creating and editing your lists ready for your students to use for guidance and to prioritise their reading.

An image of the Reading Lists Training for Staff Canvas course home page.

If you don’t have time to do this now, you can produce a list of books, book chapters, journal articles and other resources and submit this to our dedicated Library Reading Lists team to create the online version to be accessed via Canvas for you. If you are doing this, the team need to know:

  • Module Leader or Coordinator’s name.
  • School.
  • Reading list/Module title.
  • Module code.
  • Anticipated student numbers on module (if known).
  • When it is running, e.g. Semester One and/or Two.

You should think about how the list should be organised: by topic, lecture, seminar, etc.

Finally, each item should be classified as essential, recommended or background reading so the Library is aware of the potential demand on the materials.

If you have any questions about availability of online materials or the Reading Lists service, contact your Liaison Team.

Resource in Focus: Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The platform is created by the Getty Research Institute and is a comprehensive guide to current literature of architecture and design.

It contains the bibliographic data of over 2500 journals and publications from professional associations. So it’s perfect if you’ve got a topic, some keywords, a building name or architect or material. It also provides over 13,000 citation records for architects’ obituaries

This is a major resource for the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

This 4 minute video covers logging in, searching and filtering your results.

Resource in Focus: Bloomsbury Architecture Library

We’ve decided we like this platform so much we have created a short 4 minute video highlighting it’s key features, how to access and search.

On the platform you can choose to search or browse by theme or use interactive features such as the visual timeline and world map. The timeline puts the world’s key buildings and architectural history in perspective. It provides context for movements, themes and periods throughout 5,500 years of history.

Users can click on the images to discover more, with links through to the Building Pages and in-depth reading via reference articles and book chapters.

The resource contains Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture 21st edition. This covers 5,500 years of architecture right up to the present day. From abacus to ziyada, the Sir Banister Fletcher Glossary contains over 900 key architectural terms, clearly explained and defined. The glossary covers a complete range of technical, design, and historical terms, including non-English language vocabulary, and serves both as a core reference resource and an invaluable primer to enhancing the reader’s understanding of global architectural history.

There are descriptions of major buildings together with 2,200 photographs, drawings and building plans.

The platforms also contains 42 eBooks.

We like this resource as there’s no Digital Rights Management, you can create your own log in to bookmark or save content and there are lots of options to search so easy if you’re looking for geographical information or from a specific date range or keyword or topic or person.

Access to Bloomsbury Architectural Library via our catalogue.

Resource in Focus: Architects Journal Buildings Database

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.

This is a core resource for the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.


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

We like it as each project featured includes full project data (more than 20 items of information) and comprehensive architectural photographs and drawings (plans, elevation, section) – all provided at high resolution.

This 3 minute video covers:

  • How to set up an account on the AJ website so that you can access Buildings
  • How to access and log in
  • How to search

To access for free you will need to set up an account first.

Quick instructions (or watch the video above)

  • Access https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/ and click on the Log in/Register.
  • Then click on the Register New Account button, and you should see a form to complete your details and choose a password.
  • You should receive an email indicating you have registered.
  • Then access  https://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk
  • Click Sign in and use the details from the AJ to access AJ Buildings Library.

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester Two 2020/21)

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Our Recommend a Book service for students 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 Recommend a book.

In Semester Two, academic year 2020/2021 we received 104 requests from students (53 PGR, 23 PGT and 28 UGT) in the GPS. This is what we bought :

TitleResource type
A Companion to the Ancient Near EastBook – Electronic
Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of RepresentationBook – Electronic
After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Rwanda and BeyondBook – Physical
America & the World The Double BindBook – Electronic
America in Afghanistan: Foreign Policy and Decision Making From Bush to Obama to TrumpBook – Electronic
Atlas of the Aegean flora / 2 volume setBook – Physical
Beyond Spaceship Earth: Environmental ethics and the solar systemBook – Physical
Bodies for sale : ethics and exploitation in the human body tradeBook – Electronic
British Football and Social ExclusionBook – Electronic
Challenging Immigration Detention: Academics, Activists and Policy-MakersBook – Electronic
China Watching Perspectives from Europe, Japan and the United StatesBook – Electronic
China’s citizenship challenge Labour NGOs and the struggle for migrant workers’ rightsBook – Electronic
Class and Its OthersBook – Electronic
Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural IdentityBook – Electronic
Contentious Cities Design and the Gendered Production of SpaceBook – Electronic
Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with your CountryBook – Electronic
Cuba and Africa, 1959-1994Book – Electronic
Cultural region : North East England 1945-2000Book – Physical
Culture and the senses: Bodily ways of knowing in an African communityBook – Electronic
Democracy in the fifty statesBook – Physical
Developmental Politics in Transition: The Neoliberal Era and BeyondBook – Electronic
Discursive Illusions in Public Discourse: Theory and PracticeBook – Electronic
Drone Warfare: War and Conflict in the Modern WorldBook – Electronic
Economic Geography: A Critical IntroductionBook – Electronic
Embodied Practices Feminist Perspectives on the BodyBook – Physical
Energy and Society: A Critical PerspectiveBook – Electronic
Ethical Research with Children Untold Narratives and TaboosBook – Electronic
Ethnographies of Home and Mobility: Shifting RoofsBook – Electronic
EU Development Policy in a Changing World: Challenges for the 21st CenturyBook – Electronic
Family Practices in MigrationBook – Electronic
Feminist perspective on the bodyBook – Electronic
Football in neo-liberal times. A Marxist perspective on the European football industryBook – Electronic
From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America\’s World RoleBook – Electronic
Gaming Globally Production, Play, and PlaceBook – Electronic
Geopolitics, Geography and Strategic HistoryBook – Electronic
Global Capital, Local Culture: Transnational Media Corporations in ChinaBook – Physical
Global Health GovernanceBook – Electronic
Great Power Politics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Geoeconomics of Technological SovereigntyBook – Electronic
Handbook on Austerity, Populism and the Welfare StateBook – Physical
Handbook on the geographies of regions and territoriesBook – Electronic
Handbook on Think Tanks in Public PolicyBook – Electronic
Human Rights Approaches to Environmental ProtectionBook – Physical
Imagining the Peoples of Europe Populist discourses across the political spectrumBook – Electronic
Inter/nationalismBook – Electronic
Issue Salience in International PoliticsBook – Electronic
Killing AnimalsBook – Physical
Korea’s Online Gaming EmpireBook – Electronic
Lived experiences of ableism in academia: strategies for inclusion in higher educationBook – Electronic
Made in Hong Kong Studies in Popular MusicBook – Electronic
Making the Cut: How Cosmetic Surgery is Transforming Our LivesBook – Electronic
Mapping Exile and Return: Palestinian Dispossession and a Political Theology for a Shared FutureBook – Electronic
Maritime Asia vs. Continental Asia: National Strategies in a Region of ChangeBook – Electronic
Migration and the Search for Home Mapping Domestic Space in Migrants’ Everyday LivesBook – Electronic
Military Strategy as Public Discourse: America’s War in AfghanistanBook – Electronic
Moving the Goalposts : Football’s ExploitationBook – Physical
Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid RegimeBook – Electronic
Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies: Transatlantic Conversations on EcocriticismBook – Electronic
Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest over Ukraine and the CaucasusBook – Electronic
New Directions in the Study of China’s Foreign PolicyBook – Physical
Nitrates in GroundwaterBook – Electronic
Nitrates in GroundwaterBook – Electronic
Ordinary ConsumptionBook – Electronic
Outdoor Learning, Past and PresentBook – Electronic
Politics and the Media in BritainBook – Electronic
Politics: Critical Essays in Human GeographyBook – Electronic
Racism and English Football: For Club and CountryBook – Electronic
Rain without thunderBook – Electronic
Realism and social scienceBook – Electronic
Remote Sensing of the CryosphereBook – Electronic
Researching Amongst Elites: Challenges and Opportunities in Studying UpBook – Electronic
Responsibility Beyond Growth A Case for Responsible StagnationBook – Electronic
Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International RelationsBook – Electronic
Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and RaceBook – Electronic
Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and HomeBook – Electronic
Snow and Ice-Related Hazards, Risks, and Disasters / 2ndBook – Electronic
Sociology beyond societies : mobilities for the twenty-first centuryBook – Electronic
Stakes and Kidneys: Why Markets in Human Body Parts are Morally ImperativeBook – Electronic
Structure and Agency in the Neoliberal UniversityBook – Electronic
The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?Book – Electronic
The Bowhead Whale Balaena mysticetu: Biology and Human InteractionsBook – Electronic
The Corona Crash: How the Pandemic will Change CapitalismBook – Electronic
The End of Stigma: Changes in the Social Experience of Long-Term IllnessBook – Electronic
The first Department : a history of the Department of AgricultureBook – Physical
The Handbook of Diverse EconomiesBook – Electronic
The Hundred Years’ War on PalestineBook – Electronic
The Middle Voice of Ecological Conscience A Chiasmic Reading of Responsibility in the Neighborhood of Levinas, Heidegger and OthersBook – Physical
The New Silk Road: China Meets Europe in the Baltic Sea Region: A Business PerspectiveBook – Electronic
The Palgrave Handbook of Society, Culture and Outer SpaceBook – Physical
The Power of Ideas: The Rising Influence of Thinkers and Think Tanks in ChinaBook – Electronic
The Provocation of Levinas: Rethinking the OtherBook – Electronic
The Rise of Think Tanks in ChinaBook – Electronic
The rural housing question: Community and planning in Britain’s countrysidesBook – Electronic
The SAGE Handbook of Transport StudiesBook – Electronic
The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods /2ndBook – Physical
The Trump, Bush, and Obama Doctrines: A Comparative AnalysisBook – Electronic
The World Food Programme in Global PoliticsBook – Electronic
Theorizing Native StudiesBook – Electronic
Theorizing Native StudiesBook – Electronic
Thucydides on Choice and Decision Making Why War Is Not InevitableBook – Electronic
Transforming Industrial Policy for the Digital Age: Production, Territories and Structural ChangeBook – Electronic
Why the garden club couldn’t save Youngstown: the transformation of the Rust BeltBook – Electronic
Women Political Leaders and the MediaBook – Electronic
Women, Gender, and PoliticsBook – Electronic
Young Dark Emu: A Truer HistoryBook – Electronic