Trial: Springer Protocols

We have temporary trial access to Springer Protocols from now until 1st May 2021.

Springer Protocols is a collection of ebook series, including the world’s largest online database of biomedical and life science protocols, comprising:

  • Methods in Molecular Biology
  • Methods in Molecular Medicine
  • Neuromethods
  • Springer Protocols Handbooks
  • Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Methods in Biotechnology

Springer Protocols offers researchers access to up to 30 years’ worth of time-tested, step-by-step protocols for immediate use in their labs. Building on the heritage of the Methods in Molecular Biology series and content from other quality resources, researchers can be sure that whichever protocol they choose, it will be the most reliable and accurate technique.

What are the key features of Springer Protocols?

  • Access to over 58,000 protocols, growing rapidly
  • Covering cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, neuroscience, immunology, pharmacology, plant sciences and more
  • Based on tried and tested resources including Methods in Molecular Biology
  • Springer Nature Experiments interface connects researchers with the most relevant protocols quicker, allowing you to refine your search by technique, organism and cell line

Explore Springer Protocols on and off campus, logging in with your Newcastle University username and password as prompted, until 1st May 2021.

Please send any comments on how this resource supports your research, teaching or study, or any queries, to your Liaison team.

New resource on trial: BAR Digital Collection

The Library has trial access to the new BAR Digital Collection – the world’s largest academic archaeology online collection – until February 19th 2021.

This provides access to over 3,400 titles from BAR’s international and British series from 1974-2019. The collection covers archaeological research, excavation reports and other important series from around the world. Publications are mostly in English, as well as some in Italian, German, French and Spanish.

You can browse or search the collection in various ways (e.g. by location, subject, period or series).

The trial ends on February 19th 2021. To help us evaluate it, please email us your feedback, or leave a reply on this blog.

New resource on trial: The Wire magazine

The Library has trial access to The Wire magazine until December 16th 2020.

The Wire is an independent monthly music magazine, covering a wide range of alternative, underground and non-mainstream music, including avant rock, electronica, hiphop, new jazz, modern composition and traditional music. Each issue includes interviews, features and extensive reviews.

We have trial access to the full archive back to 1982: just click on the relevant link to access the content off-campus or on-campus. You can browse individual issues, or search the entire archive.

The trial ends on December 16th 2020. To help us evaluate it, please email us your feedback, or leave a reply on this blog.

New resource on trial: Mass Observation Module 1: 1980s

The Library has the Mass Observation Project: 1980s archive on trial until December 4th 2020.

This is the first module in a new Mass Observation series which will eventually cover the 1990s and 2000s.

Mass Observation is a pioneering project which documents the social history of Britain by recruiting volunteers (‘observers’) to write about their lives, experiences and opinions. Still growing, it is one of the most important sources available for qualitative social data in the UK. We already have access to the original project archive, which covers 1937-1967.

The 1980s module includes directive (survey) responses from observers on a wide range of issues, covering political and social themes, as well as everyday life. There are also photographs, leaflets, and other ephemeral materials, as well as contextual essays and timelines to help you interpret the collection.

When you access content in Mass Observation 1980s, you’ll be asked to log in.

Choose UK Access Management Federation, select Newcastle University (not University of Newcastle!) and then you’ll be prompted to log in with your Newcastle University username and password.

You can browse or search Mass Observation in various ways.

Browse by directive: browse the different directives (surveys), which are arranged chronologically and by topic.

Browse all documents: browse all the individual documents, and filter your search as required.

You can also use the Advanced search box at the top of the screen to search for specific topics.

The trial ends on December 4th 2020. To help us evaluate it, please email us your feedback, or leave a reply on this blog.

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

Bloomsbury Cultural History logo

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

Photo of a theatre
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

MUP logo

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.