If invention is the name of your game, have a look at out Patent Guide. Though it is small it is very mighty… explaining what Patents are, where to get help in Newcastle, links to online databases where you can search for patents and other online resources for further information on Patents.
*Please note, patents can be quite tricky to search for , so for further help we recommend that you attend one of Newcastle City Library’s FREE Intellectual Property surgeries.
Need to access Business news?….or what about finding TV / audio newsreels? Or alternatively, what about a historic 17th century newspaper article? Our Newspaper Guide directs you to key resources for current, historic, business and international news. Take our 3 minute tour (see video below) to find out more.
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.
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!
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.
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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!