Resource on Trial: Skills for Study

Skills for Study is an online, interactive package which focuses on key academic skills. It is aimed primarily at undergraduate students but can be useful for all levels.
The package is composed of 12 separate modules, each of which can be used independently or in combination with other modules. It can be used as a stand alone product via a direct link or embedded into Canvas. To see how this works – see this video from Hull University.
There is an element of personalisation as students can do their own diagnostic test to see which areas of academic skills they need to work on and then keep their own journal in the platform to reflect on their learning.

Skills for Study

Topics covered include:

  • Getting ready for academic study
  • Reading and note-taking
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Exam skills
  • Research principles
  • Employability and personal development
  • Confidence with numbers

To access this resource go to: https://www.skills4studycampus.com/main/

  • Select the login button which will take you to the screen below.
  • Click on institutional login.
Skills for study log in page


When prompted, input Newcastle and select Newcastle University. You will then be able to use your Newcastle login to access the platform.
The trial is available until 30th September 2020.
As always, your feedback will be very welcome: you can either email it, or leave a comment on this blogpost.

Resource on trial: Bloomsbury Cultural History

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The Library has trial access to Bloomsbury Cultural History until June 30th 2020 (access just extended for another month!) This content is being made freely available during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

This digital reference tool focuses on cultural history, from antiquity to modernity, and the content comprises images, ebooks and interactive features such as timelines.

You can explore the resource in various ways: e.g. by topic, period or place.

As always, your feedback will be very welcome: you can either email it, or leave a comment on this blogpost.

Temporary free access: entire Drama Online collection

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Image by David Mark from Pixabay

We have temporary free access to the entire Drama Online collection.

The Library has subscribed to this resource for several years, with access to over 2,200 plays and books from the Core Collection and Nick Hern Books, but we now have temporary access to the entire content, including audiovisual materials such as the National Theatre Live and BBC films collections. 

You can search/browse the content in various ways on the Drama Online site.

For example, using the options at the top of the screen, you can browse by title, author, genre and time period, or if you click Find Plays on the home page, you can add in other search filters, such as number of roles or scenes. Select Context and Criticism for access to a wide range of e-books about drama.

As always, your feedback on this trial will be very welcome. Please email it, or post it as a comment on this blog post.

Note, if you are off campus, click on the link to Drama Online, then click LogIn, choose the Shibboleth login option, find Newcastle University from the list, and log in with your campus ID and password.

Temporary free access: Bloomsbury Popular Music

The Library has trial access to Bloomsbury Popular Music until June 30th 2020 (access just extended for another month!) This wide-ranging resource comprises:

  • All volumes of the landmark reference work, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World.
  • All 130 short books in the 33 1/3 series, focusing on significant LPs from a wide range of genres and eras.
  • A selection of other scholarly ebooks on popular music published by Bloomsbury, including biographies and historical overviews.
  • Interactive features, including a pop music timeline and map.
  • Biographies of hundreds of artists.

You can search or browse it in various ways, such as by artist, genre or location. Watch the short trailer for an overview. As always, your feedback will be very welcome: you can either email it, or leave a comment on this blogpost.

To access the resource, click on Log In at the top right hand of the screen, then select the Shibboleth Login Page > Newcastle University, and log in as usual.

Temporary free access: Brepols books and journals

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the humanities publisher, Brepols, has made some of its content freely available until June 30th 2020 (NB trial just extended for a month!), namely:

e-books up to 2017

e-journals up to 2011

You can view the content on the Brepols site, with no need for log in. Brepols covers a wide range of humanities subjects, with particular strengths in classics, ancient history, medieval history, philosophy and literature.

If you have any feedback about this content, please post it as a comment on this blog, or email us.

Temporary free access: Manchester Film Studies ebook collection

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The Library has temporary free access to the Film Studies ebook collection from Manchester University Press until June 30th 2020. This provides access to 156 film studies titles from their collection, covering all aspects of film studies, and featuring directors and themes from many different countries.

The titles aren’t listed individually on Library Search, but you can access them all from the Manchester Hive site.

At the top of the page, click ‘Sign in via institution’, then search for ‘Newcastle University’ (not University of Newcastle!) and you’ll be taken to the University’s log in page.

Refining search

Use the refine options on the left hand side to focus your search (for example, by subject, or to see books rather than chapters).

As always, your feedback on this trial will be very welcome. Please email it, or post it as a comment on this blog post.

New Resource: OUP Law Trove

Update! Following trial access during the initial stages of Covid-19, we now have a subscription to this resource for 2020/21.

This Oxford University Press resource contains most of the essential, recommended and background reading titles you would normally find listed in your module handbooks and on the Law Library shelves. In this difficult time during the Covid-19 lockdown, we have temporary access to OUP Law Trove to ensure our staff and students can study from home.

An image of the OUP Law Trove sign-in page.

You can access OUP Law Trove directly via Library Search (log in with your Campus ID and password).

You can search by author, title, keyword, or narrow your search to those titles available to us alone by selecting Show titles in my subscription (left-hand menu). As of July 2020, there are 210 books.

You can further narrow your results by refining by subject using the options available in the left-hand menu.

If you prefer, you can take a tour of the resource before diving in.

If you have any feedback on this resource, please leave a comment or contact libraryhelp@ncl.ac.uk.

Temporary free access: British Online Archives

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The Library has temporary access to the entire British Online Archives collection until June 30th 2020 (note extended date!)

This comprises 88 separate collections, containing over three million digitised records, including correspondence, photographs, official documents, maps and pamphlets from private and public archives. The themes cover 1,000 years of world history, from politics and warfare, to slavery and medicine. It has particular strengths in British political history; the BBC; colonial history; American history; diplomacy and international relations, and the two world wars.

To get an overview of the content, click Primary Resources at the top of the screen. You can then either browse by Series, to see collections grouped together thematically, or browse Collections, to see all 88 collections listed individually.

You can browse or search in various ways, either within or across collections.

As always, your feedback on this trial will be very welcome. Please email it, or post it as a comment on this blog post.

Resource on trial: Archives of Sexuality and Gender

NB Trial access extended for one more month!

The Library has trial access to Gale’s Archives of Sexuality and Gender until May 31st 2020.

This is a significant collection of digitised primary source material dating from the 16th to 21st centuries. It comprises four archives:

LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part I

LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part II

Sex and Sexuality, Sixteenth to Twentieth Century

International Perspectives on LGBTQ Activism and Culture

The digitised materials include rare books, correspondence, newsletters, photographs and campaign materials from a wide range of organisations around the world. Read a more detailed description of the four archives.

As with all Gale resources, you can search or browse the materials in various ways. You may find it helpful to start off by clicking Collections on the home page for an overview of the different collections which make up each archive.

As always, your feedback will be very welcome: you can either email it, or leave a comment on this blogpost.

Temporary free access: RILM Music Encyclopedias and MGG Online

The Library has temporary access to two music reference resources: RILM Music Encyclopedias and MGG Online, until May 31st 2020. These resources are being made freely available by RILM during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

RILM Music Encyclopedias comprises 57 titles published from 1775 to the present, covering a wide range of music topics.

MGG Online provides in-depth articles on topics, themes and people in music and related areas. You can browse or search both resources in various ways.

To access the resources, click on Log in in the top right hand corner, and select Log in via your institution (Shibboleth), then choose Newcastle University from the list and log in as usual.

As always, your feedback will be very welcome: you can either email it, or leave a comment on this blogpost.