The Great North Museum: Hancock Library:

My name is Helen Greenwell. Last year I graduated as a History student from Newcastle University. Welcome to the Great North Museum Hancock: Library where I work as a volunteer!

The library consists of four collections:

As Newcastle University students, you can borrow books from the Cowen collection and you can use any of the books from SANT or NHSN while you are in the library. We can scan or photocopy any of these books if you wish to leave the library.  You can become a member of SANT or NHSN in order to borrow their books, and students can receive a bursary from SANT so don’t worry about the cost, just ask one of the library team!

Our rare books collection is phenomenal and you only have to ask to view any of the volumes that are located in there. All of our stock is included in the University’s Library Search catalogue.  The library team has a great knowledge of the books that the library holds so even if you aren’t sure what you want, help is always at hand. You can explore history in this library and find books that you might not have even thought about.

The books in the library focus on archaeology, local history, and natural history, which include a lot more topics than you might initially think. If you’re stuck on a topic for your dissertation, why not pop into the GNM: Hancock Library  and see if there’s any subjects that you fancy writing about. You’ll be able to have access to primary sources, rare first editions of books, and even books from the 1500’s!

Newcastle Poll Book 1780
Photographed by Helen Greenwell

This library is small, but that means it’s personal. With a dedicated team of volunteers and Ian, the librarian, at your disposal, you will have quick access to a wide range of unique and fascinating texts.

Besides all the amazing books in this library, it’s also a great place to study, generally quiet and not too busy. There is plenty of space and computers linked to the University network to use, as well as power outlets and wi-fi access so you can bring your own laptop.

Come and ring the bell!

Resource in Focus: historic newspapers in Gale Primary Sources

We have access to a wide range of digitised British historic newspaper archives, which you can access through various different platforms (see the historic section of our newspaper resource guide for more detail). If you want to search across many historic newspapers at once, we would recommend using Gale Primary Sources.

Gale Primary Sources searches across 15 different archives, including major titles such as The TimesThe Daily Mail, Financial Times and The Economist (all dating from their very first issue) together with historic collections of regional titles. You can select to search as many of the archives as you require.

Watch this short introductory video to help you get the best out of searching Gale Primary Sources. If you want information on how to access current, business and international news, then visit this page.

Finding international news: a how to guide

The Library’s online news resources are strongest for the UK, but we do also provide access to a wide range of historic and contemporary international news resources. You can find links to all relevant resources in the international section of our newspaper guide.

Historic archives

Our strongest non-UK historic resources are from the USA, as we have access to the New York Times archive, together with various archives from the Civil War period, plus a collection of microfilms from the Civil Rights period. The availability of historic newspaper archives depends very much on digitisation programmes in the country concerned. We have included links to those which are freely available (and be sure to investigate the Europeana newspaper project, which aims to aggregate millions of newspaper pages across many European countries.)

Contemporary news

Nearly all international newspapers have their own web site, but you are unlikely to find free access to their entire archive. However, the Nexis database enables you to search across thousands of newspapers, news magazines and newswires from across the world (though primarily Europe and the USA), dating back over twenty years to the present day (precise date coverage varies by title). You can search in various ways, by country, language, or search an individual newspaper. Watch the video below to find out how to use this fantastic resource.

Books added to the Library by students in SAPL (Semester Two 2017/18)

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 two, academic year 2017/2018 we bought the following items after requests from students in SAPL.

There were 53 requests from 29 students totaling £2330 (38% of requests from undergraduates, 34% from Postgraduate taught and 28% from Postgraduate Research)

Title Now in stock
Ageing and Intergenerational Relations: Family Reciprocity from a Global Perspective 1xlong
An Aboriginal Village in South Australia: A Snapshop of Davenport 2xlong
Anatomy of a Soldier 1xlong
Automating inequality: how high-tech tools profile,police and punish the poor 1xlong
Campus and the City: Urban Design for the Knowledge Society 1xlong, 1xebook
Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisited 1xlong
Cartographic Grounds 1xlong
City With a Hidden Past 1xlong
Climate Design: Solutions for Buildings that Can Do More With Less Technology 1xlong
Code and Clay, Data and Dirt 1xlong
Critical Studies of Innovation Alternative Approaches to the Pro-Innovation Bias 1xlong
Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic 1xlong
Die Wiener Hofburg 1705-1835: Die kaiserliche residenz vom Barock bis zum Klassizismus 1xlong
Die Wiener Hofburg 1835-1918 1xlong
Facing the planetary 1xlong
Formalizing Displacement: International Law and Population Transfers 1xlong
Global Universities and Urban Development 1xlong
Governance of the Smart Mobility Transition 1xlong
Healing Garden 1xlong
Immaterialism: Objects and Social Theory (Theory Redux) 1xlong
Inside Megaprojects: Understanding Cultural Practices in Project Management 1xlong
Interior Landscapes: A Visual Atlas 1xlong
James Casebere: Works 1975-2010 1xlong
Liverpool One: Remaking a City Centre 1xlong
Liverpool: shaping the city 1xlong
Logo Modernism 1xlong
Material Utopias 1xlong
Mémoires 1xlong
Of Planting and Planning: The making of British colonial cities (Planning, History and Environment Series) 1xlong
On Photography; Walter Benjamin 1xlong
Ottoman Izmir: The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port, 1840-1880 1xlong
Planetary Echos: Exploring the Implications of Human Settlement in Outer Space 1xlong
Public Transport: It’s  Planning Management and Operation 1xlong
Recto Verso: Redefining the Sketchbook 1xlong
Social Capital Theory and Research 1xlong
Space and Muslim Urban Life: At the Limits of the Labyrinth of Fez 1xlong
The Architectural Unconscious: James Casebere and Glen Seater 1xlong
The Ethnopoetics of Space and Transformation: Young People’s Engagement, Activism and Aesthetics 1xlong
The Nature of Health: How America Lost, and Can Regain, a Basic Human Value 1xlong
The Predictive Postcode 1xlong
The University and the City: From Medieval Origins to the Present 1xlong
The University and Urban Revival: Out of the Ivory Tower and into the Streets 1xlong
The University as Urban Developer: Case Studies and Analysis 1xlong
Time Saver Standards for Urban Design 1xlong
Transport Matters: Integrated Approaches for Planning City-Regions 1xlong
Urban Livelihoods: A People-Centred Approach to Reducing Poverty 1xlong
Urban Living Labs: Experimenting with City Futures 1xlong
Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East 1xlong
Walter Pilcher: Skulpturen Modelle Zeichnungen 1xlong
Work/Life: Williams Tsien 1xlong
Writing the Modern History of Iraq 1xebook
You can be Young and an Architect 1xlong
Young Citizens: Young People’s Involvement in Politics and Decision Making 1xlong


Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester Two 2017/18)

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 two, academic year 2017/2018 we bought the following items after requests from students in GPS.

There were 104 requests from 54 students totaling £4760.50 (60% of requests from undergraduates, 12% from Postgraduate taught and 28% from Postgraduate Research)


Title Now in stock
A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America 1xlong
A Life in Trans Activism 1xlong
A People Stronger: The Collectivisation of MSM and TG Groups in India 1xlong
A People’s Peace in Cyprus: Testing Public Opinion on the Options for a Comprehensive Settlement 1xlong
Affect, Space and Animals (Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series) 1xlong
African religions and philosophy 1xlong
Age Studies A Sociological Examination of How We Age and are Aged Through the Life Course 1xlong
Age, Gender and Sexuality Through the Life Course: The Girl in Time 1xlong
Aged by Culture 1xlong
Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature-culture Borderlands 1xlong
Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict (Critical Perspectives on Animals: Theory, Culture, Science and Law) 1xlong
Animal Revolution: Changing Attitudes Towards Speciesism 1xlong
Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation (Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture) 1xlong
Before birth: understanding prenatal screening 1xlong
Café Society 1xlong
Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations 1xlong
Children’s Emotions in Policy and Practice 1xlong
Criminal Love? Queer Theory, Culture and Politics in India 1xlong
Critical Realism: An Introduction to Roy Bhaskar’s Philosophy 1xlong, 1xebook
Culture and Politics: A Reader 6xlong, 1xstc
Cyprus: A Conflict at the Crossroads 1xlong
Debates in values-based practice: arguments for and against 1xlong
Different Faces of Attachment: Cultural Variations on a Universal Human Need 1xlong
Disrupting homelessness. 1xlong
Domestic Animals, Humans, and Leisure: Rights, Welfare, and Wellbeing (Routledge Research in the Ethics of Tourism Series) 1xlong
Emotions and Social Relations 1xlong
Expatriate identities in postcolonial organizations: working whiteness 1xlong
Exploring Parliament 1xlong
Feminism and Families 1xlong
Foucault Beyond Foucault: Power and its Intensifications Since 1984 2xlong
Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives 1xlong
Global Homophobia: States Movements and the Politics of Oppression 1xlong
Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People: And Other Myths About Gun Control 1xlong
Handbook of Environmental Economics 1xlong
Hijras, the Labelled Deviants 1xlong
How Europeans View and Evaluate Democracy 1xlong
Human and Other Animals: Critical Perspectives 1xlong
Identity and Social Change 1xlong
Imagining the Modern: The Cultures of Nationalism in Cyprus 1xlong
Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi 1xlong
Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk – A Death by Indifference 1xlong
Laughing Matters: Humor and American Politics in the Media Age 1xlong
Let Africa Lead 1xlong
Local Agency and Peacebuilding: EU and International Engagement in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cyprus and South Africa 1xlong
Loneliness and its Opposties: Sex, Disability and the Ethics of Engagement 1xlong
Made in India: Decolonizations, Queer Sexualities, Trans/National Projects 1xlong
Markets of Dispossession NGOs, Economic Development and the State in Cairo 1xlong
Masculinities in Transition 1xlong, 1xebook
Me Hijra, Me Laxmi 1xlong
Media and the Riots: A Call to Action 1xlong
Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain 1xlong
Muslim Spaces of Hope: Geographies of Possibility in Britain and the West 1xlong
Nationbuilding, Gender and War Crimes in South Asia 1xlong
Negotiating Europe: Europeanness Since the 1950s 1xlong
Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies 1xlong
On What Matters: Volume 1 1xlong
Placing Animals: An Introduction To The Geography Of Human-Animal Relations (Human Geography In The Twenty-First Century: Issues And Applications) 1xlong
Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK, Volume 2: The Dimensions of Disadvantage 1xlong
Poverty Propaganda 1xlong
Prostitution, Harm and Gender Inequality 1xlong
Race and the Yugoslav Region: Postsocialist, Post-Conflict, Post-Colonial? 1xlong
Regarding Animals (Animals Culture And Society) 1xlong
Re-Imagining North Korea in International Politics 1xlong
Religion Matters 1xlong
Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi 1xlong
Smart Green Cities: Towards a Carbon Neutral World 1xlong
Snow and Ice-Related Hazards, Risks and Disasters 1xlong
Social Lives With Other Animals: Tales of Sex, Death and Love 1xlong
Social Mobility for the 21st Century: Everyone a Winner? 2xlong
Sport and Postcolonialism 1xlong, 1xebook
Switzerland and the European Union: a close, contradictory and misunderstood relationship 1xlong
The Changing Nature of the Graduate Labour Market: Media, Policy and Political Discourses in the UK 1xlong
The Concept of Race in South Asia 1xlong
The Cyprus Referendum: A Divided Island and the Challenge of the Annan Plan 1xlong
The Disability Studies Reader 2016 1xlong
The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery 1xlong
The European Union and Africa: The Restructuring of North-South Relations 1xlong
The European Union and Africa: The Restructuring of North-South Relations 1xebook
The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation and Hope are Reshaping the World 1xlong
The Intimate Lives of Disabled People 1xlong
The Moral Economists: R. H. Tawney, Karl Polanyi, E. P. Thompson, and the Critique of Capitalism 1xlong
The Myrdalsjokull Ice Cap: Glacial Processes, Sediments and Landforms on an Active Volcano 1xebook
The New Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography 1xebook
The New Social Mobility: How the Politicians Got It Wrong 1xlong
The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It 1xlong
The Public Shaping of Medical Research: Patient Associations 1xlong
The Retreat of Western Liberalism 1xlong
The Routledge Handbook of European Security 1xlong
The Truth About Me: A Hijra Life Story 1xlong
The Violence of Austerity 1xlong
Tourism and Animal Ethics (Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility) 1xlong
Tourism, Power and Culture: Anthropological Insights 1xlong
Transitions to Adulthood Through Recession: Youth and Inequality in a European Comparative Perspective 1xlong
Transnational Migration and Home in Older Age 1xlong
Trust in International Cooperation: International Security Institutions, Domestic Politics and American Multilateralism 1xlong
United Nations Development Programme and System 1xlong
Violent Borders 1xlong
We Kill Because We Can From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age 1xlong
What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions? (PostHumanities) 1xlong
Women and Militant Wars: The Politics of Injury 1xlong, 1xebook
Women in African Parliaments 1xlong
Young People in the Labour Market: Past, Present, Future (Youth, Young Adulthood and Society) 1xlong
Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crisis 1xlong
Young People’s Perspectives on Education, Training and Employment: Realising Their Potential 1xlong


Books added to the Library by students in ECLS (Semester Two 2017/18)

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 two, academic year 2017/2018 we bought the following items after requests from students in ECLS.

There were 42 requests from 24 students totaling £2498.33(4% of requests from undergraduates, 58% from Postgraduate taught and 38% from Postgraduate Research)

Title Now in stock
Handbook of Research on Foreign Language Education in the Digital Age 1xlong
Handbook of Research on Learning Outcomes and Opportunities in the Digital Age 1xlong
Understanding Narrative Inquiry The Crafting and Analysis of Stories as Research 1xlong
Agency at Work: An Agentic Perspective on Professional Learning and Development (Professional and Practice-based Learning) 1xlong, 1xebook
Team Teaching and Team Learning in the Language Classroom Collaboration for innovation in ELT 1xlong
Global Mental Health 1xlong, 1xebook
The Child at School: Interactions With Peers and Teachers 1xlong
An Introduction to Systematic Reviews 2xlong
Communities of Practice: Critical Perspectives 2xlong
Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education Project 1xlong
Arabic in the City: Issues in Dialect Contact and Language Variation 1xebook
Mindful L2 Teacher Education: A Sociocultural Perspective on Cultivating Teacher’s 1xlong
The Research Interview: Reflective Practice and Reflexivity in Research Processes 1xlong
Best practice in professional supervision 1xebook
Survey Methods in Multicultural, Multinational and Multiregional Contexts 1xlong
Survey Methodology 1xlong
The Network Challenge: Strategy, Profit and Risk in an Interlinked World 1xlong
The Handbook of Communication Science 1xlong
Entrepreneurial Marketing (2nd Edition) Sustaining Growth in All Organisations 1xlong
The Sage Handbook of Process Organization Studies 1xlong
Supporting Communication for Adults with Acute and Chronic Aphasia (Augmentative and Alternative Communication Series) 1xlong
Reconceptualising Feedback In Higher Education: Developing Dialogue With Students 1xlong
From Testing to Productive Student Learning: Implementing Formative Assessment in Confucian-Heritage Settings 1xlong
Lesson Study : A Handbook of Teacher-led Instructional Change 1xlong
Transcribing Talk and Interaction 1xlong
Peer Learning in Higher Education: Learning From and With Each Other 1xlong
Differentiation and Diversity in the Primary School 1xlong
Religion, Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland: Boundaries of Belonging and Belief 1xlong
Through the labyrinth: the truth about how women become leaders 1xlong
Handbook on Peace Education 1xlong
Educating for Peace in a Time of Permanent War: Are Schools Part of the Solution or the Problem? 1xlong
Encyclopedia of Peace Education 1xlong
Peace Education: Exploring Ethical and Philosophical Foundations 1xlong
Colombia: Building Peace in a Time of War 1xlong
Young People and Political Participation: Teen Players 1xebook
Shaken & Stirred : The Feminism of James Bond 1xlong
Getting Published in Academic Journals : Navigating the Publication Process 1xlong
Introducing English for Academic Purposes 5xlong, 1xebook
Corpus Approaches to Discourse: A Critical Review 1xlong
The Language of Evaluation: Appraisal in English 1xlong
The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness 1xlong
Toxic Childhood: How the Modern World is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About It 1xlong


Books added to the Library by students in the Business School (Semester Two 2017/18)

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 two, academic year 2017/2018 we bought the following items after requests from students in the Business School.

There were 50 requests from 24 students totaling £2808.13 (37% of requests from undergraduates, 37% from Postgraduate taught and 26% from Postgraduate Research)

Title Stock levels
International Economics 4xlong
EU Securities and Financial Markets Regulation 1xlong
Economics of Research and Development 1xlong
A Philosophy for the Science of Well-being 1xlong
How to Find Fulfilling Work 1xlong
Service Automation: Robots and the Future of Work 1xlong
The Fourth Industrial Revolution 1xlong
Doing News Framing Analysis: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives 1xlong
Social Construction in Context 1xlong
Reflexive Methodology: New Visits for Qualitative Research 1xlong
Instructional Design for eLearning: Essential Guide for Designing Successful eLearning Courses 1xlong
Elements of Programming Interviews : The Insider’s Guide 1xlong
Reflexivity and Voice 1xlong
Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World Where Differences Still Matter 1xlong
Corporate governance : theory and practice 1xlong
Research Handbook on Employee Turnover 2xlong
International human resource management : a European perspective 1xlong
All About the Music 2018 1xlong
All About the Music 2017 1xlong
BPI Music Market 2016 1xlong
BPI Music Market 2015 1xlong
BPI Yearbook 2014 1xlong
The Institutional Logics Perspective : A New Approach to Culture, Structure and Process 1xlong
Philanthropy in America: A comprehensive historical encyclopaedia 1xlong
Getting rich America’s new rich and how they got that way 1xlong
Gospels of wealth How the rich portray their lives 1xlong
Inequality: What can be done 1xlong
Philanthropy in America: A history 1xlong
Casebook for the foundation : a great American secret 1xlong
Mellon: An American life 1xlong
End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise 1xlong
The nonprofit almanac: The essential facts and figures for managers, researchers, and volunteers 1xlong
How to Price : A Guide to Pricing Techniques and Yield Management 5xlong, 1xebook
IQ and the Wealth of Nations 1xlong
Historical Foundations of Entrepreneurship Research 1xlong
Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Climate 1xlong
Factor Investing: From Traditional to Alternative Risk Premia 1xlong
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World’s Ancient Languages 1xlong
Digital Food Activism 1xlong
Global Opportunities for Entrepreneurial Growth: Coopetition and Knowledge Dynamics Within and Across Firms 1xlong
Organizations: Structures, Processes and Outcomes 1xlong
Giving well: The Ethics of Philanthropy 1xlong
Alternative Food Networks : Knowledge, Practice and Politics 1xlong
New Directions in the Sociology of Global Development (Research in Rural Sociology and Development) v.11 1xlong
The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurial Finance 1xlong
Organizing Supply Chain Processes for Sustainable Innovation in the Agri-Food Industry. Volume 5 1xlong
The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption 1xlong
The SAGE Handbook of Small Business and Entrepreneurship 1xstc, 1xebook
Transnational Management: Text and Cases in Cross-Border Management 10xlong,1xstc
Giving well: The Ethics of Philanthropy




Resource in Focus: Finding UK news with Lexis

Lexis is primarily a legal database, but it also provides access to UK news from 1990 to the present day.

This resource covers national and regional newspapers, as well as broadsheets. We speak to a lot of students and academics who don’t realise that this resource covers publications such as The Times Educational Supplement and The Times Higher Education (although we now also have an institutional account for The Times Higher Education. Details of how to set up an account and access it can be found here).

For more information on what sources are covered by Lexis, simply click on ‘Sources’ section located in the top right hand corner once you are logged in. Below is a short introductory video of how to access and find information in Lexis. If you are looking for information on how to access international and historic newspapers, as well as business and TV/audio news, then check out our newspaper resources guide.