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

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 SAPL (Semester Two 2020/21)

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 83 requests from students (38 PGR, 23 PGT and 22 UGT) in SAPL. This is what we bought :

[Un]Grounding Post-Foundational GeographiesBook – Electronic
A history of children’s play and play environments: Toward a contemporary child saving movementBook – Electronic
Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from CapitalismBook – Physical
Anti-Social Behaviour in Britain: Victorian and Contemporary PerspectivesBook – Electronic
Authoritarian Liberalism and the Transformation of Modern EuropeBook – Electronic
Capital in the Twenty-First CenturyBook – Electronic
Design Science: Introduction to the Needs, Scope and Organization of Engineering Design KnowledgeBook – Physical
Difficult Heritage’ in Nation BuildingBook – Electronic
Elite MobilitiesBook – Electronic
Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea RelationsBook – Electronic
Gender, Sexuality, and Space CultureBook – Electronic
Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the WorldBook – Physical
Ghost Road Beyond the Driverless CarBook – Physical
Hello, StrangerBook – Electronic
How To Talk To Robots: A Girls’ Guide To a Future Dominated by AIBook – Physical
Hyperconnectivity and digital reality : towards the eutopia of beingBook – Electronic
Intergenerational Mobilities: Relationality, age and lifecourseBook – Electronic
Livable StreetsBook – Electronic
Phenomenology of Values and ValuingBook – Electronic
Prototyping ArchitectureBook – Physical
Risk Governance Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex WorldBook – Electronic
Ruin memories : materialities, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recent pastBook – Electronic
Shapers of Urban Form: Explorations in Morphological AgencyBook – Electronic
Skateboarding and the City:A Complete HistoryBook – Electronic
Space, Imagination and the Cosmos from Antiquity to the Early Modern PeriodBook – Electronic
The Art of Experiment: Post-pandemic Knowledge Practices for 21st Century Architecture and DesignBook – Electronic
The Biopolitics of Water: Governance, Scarcity and PopulationsBook – Electronic
The everyday experiences of reconstruction and regeneration: from vision to reality in Birmingham and CoventryBook – Electronic
The Limits to Scarcity: Contesting the Politics of AllocationBook – Electronic
The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social StrugglesBook – Electronic
Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own DreamsBook – Electronic
Tropical Modernity: life and work of C.P. Wolff SchoemakerBook – Physical
Under a White Sky The Nature of the FutureBook – Physical
Urban Futures Planning for City Foresight and City VisionsBook – Electronic
Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis (second edition)Book – Electronic
Water Politics: Governance, Justice and the Right to WaterBook – Electronic
What Is Water? The History of a Modern AbstractionBook – Electronic
What Water Is Worth: Overlooked Non-Economic Value in Water ResourcesBook – Electronic
After urban regeneration: communities, policy and place.Book – Electronic
Architect’s Legal Pocket Book / 3rdBook – Physical
Beyond successful and active ageing : a theory of model ageingBook – Electronic
Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex DifferencesBook – Electronic
Building with Reclaimed Components and Materials: A Design Handbook for Reuse and RecyclingBook – Electronic
Designing and conducting mixed methods research / 3rdBook – Physical
Designing for the homelessBook – Physical
Designing with Smell: Practices, Techniques and ChallengesBook – Electronic
Enhancing Disaster Preparedness From Humanitarian Architecture to Community ResilienceBook – Electronic
Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of SightBook – Electronic
Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human LandscapeBook – Electronic
Letters from the Earth: Uncensored WritingsBook – Physical
Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic ReasonBook – Electronic
Multiform: Architecture in an Age of Transition (Architectural Design)Book – Physical
Naturalistic Planting Design The Essential Guide: How to Design High-Impact, Low-Input GardensBook – Physical
Rural Regeneration in the UKBook – Electronic
Small Change: About the Art of Practice and the Limits of Planning in CitiesBook – Electronic
Structural Design for the StageBook – Electronic
The Craft and Art of Scenic Design: Strategies, Concepts, and ResourcesBook – Physical
The Designer’s Atlas of SustainabilityBook – Electronic
The Ideal City: Exploring Urban FuturesBook – Physical
Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary ArtBook – Physical
Broadlands and the New Rurality: An EthnographyBook – Electronic
Architectural Design and RegulationBook – Electronic
Architecture of Resistance: Cultivating Moments of Possibility within the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict (Design Research in Architecture) 1st EditionBook – Electronic
Broken Cities: Inside the Global Housing CrisisBook – Electronic
Concrete Changes: Architecture, Politics, and the Design of Boston City HallBook – Electronic
Digital Participation and Collaboration in Architectural DesignBook – Electronic
Eileen Gray: Her Work and Her WorldBook – Electronic
Eleven exercises in the art of architectural drawing : slow-food for the architect’s imaginationBook – Electronic
England’s Co-operative Movement: An Architectural HistoryBook – Electronic
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House: The Illustrated Story of an Architectural MasterpieceBook – Physical
Handbook of Global Urban Health Routledge Book – Electronic
Heritage, Conservation and Communities: Engagement, participation and capacity buildingBook – Electronic
History of CastlefordBook – Physical
Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist ModernityBook – Electronic
Living in Digital Worlds: Designing the Digital Public SpaceBook – Electronic
Mixed communities: Gentrification by stealth?Book – Electronic
Rethinking Policy and Politics Reflections on Contemporary Debates in Policy StudiesBook – Electronic
The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, DomesticityBook – Electronic
The Imperial Museums of Meiji JapanBook – Physical
The Peregrine Faclon / 2ndBook – Electronic
The Urban Commons: How Data and Technology Can Rebuild Our CommunitiesBook – Electronic
Think like an ArchitectBook – Electronic
This building should have some sort of distinctive shapeBook – Physical

BAR Digital Collection for archaeology now available

We’re pleased to announce that the Library has bought access to the new BAR Digital Collection, following a successful trial earlier this year.

This online collection, from one of the world’s largest academic archaeology publishers, gives full text access to over 3,100 titles published from 1974 to date. The collection includes both BAR’s British and international series, and 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.

BAR browse options

You can browse or search the entire collection in various ways (e.g. by location, author, subject, time period or series). Each report is also individually catalogued on Library Search (here is an example).

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Be Connected: Referencing

Following on from our Be Connected: Referencing session, this blog post covers the main points that we covered in our session. You will find links to key resources that we highlighted so you have them in one handy place.

You can also find a copy of our slides and a link to other useful referencing/managing information blog posts at end of this post.

Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

The Managing Information Guide and the slides from the session give you the context of why it is import to reference and why you should be managing your information. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information out there (and that’s before you start your dissertation/project!), so getting into good habits it essential not only academically, but also for your wellbeing.

Why is referencing important?

  • It acknowledges the ideas and contributions of others that you have drawn upon in your work, ensuring that you avoid plagiarism
  • It highlights the range of reading you’ve done for your assignment and makes your own contribution clear, showing how you’ve taken ideas from others and built upon them
  • It enables the person reading your work to follow up on your references so they can learn more about the ideas you’ve discussed in your work or check any facts and figures.

How does referencing work?

Academic Skill Kit video on Managing Information; how to reference

Are there any tools that can help?

There are lots of referencing tools that can help you manage and format your citations and references correctly.  Given where you might be within your dissertation or project it might not be best use of your time to start learning a new tool now. But if you are working with lots of references or still writing up most of your dissertation then a digital tool might save you some time in the long run.

Here are some examples of tools that can help:

A very useful online tool that lists all the information you need to include in a reference and provides examples of how a reference will look as an in-text citation and in a reference list. 

  • Citation Buttons
Citation button consisting of a speech mark "

Keep an eye out for this symbol on Library Search and Google Scholar.  Clicking the button will provide the option for you to copy a reference in a particular style and paste it directly into your reference list.  You might need to tidy it up a little bit but it will save you time over writing them manually.

Reference building tools help you to create a bibliography using the correct referencing style.  You can input information manually or use import functions to pull information through from other webpages or documents.  As with the citation button above, reference building tools can save you time but you may still need to check the references are accurate.

  • Reference Management Software: e.g. EndNote

If you are writing a detailed essay, dissertation or thesis, you may like to use a reference management tool such as EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero to help keep all of your references organised.  This software allows you to manually add references or import them from Library Search, Google Scholar or Subject Databases; sort references into groups; attach pdf documents or add notes.  You can then use the reference management software while you write to add in-text citations and format your reference list.

The University has a subscription for EndNote which is available in all University clusters and can be downloaded to your own personal device. You’ll find information about how to get started with EndNote on our EndNote Guide.

Remember: whatever tool you use, it’s always a good idea to get to know the conventions of the referencing style your school or lecturer would like you to use.

Need more help?

If you feel you need to work on your referencing a bit more, and still a bit unsure about it all, we recommend that you complete Cite them Right’s Referencing and Plagiarism tutorial – this is available within Cite them Right. You’ll need to log in then select the tutorial button on the top right of the homepage.

Download our Referencing top tips from the Academic Skills Kit.

Take our online referencing quiz to check your own understanding.

Slides

Here’s a copy of our slides from our referencing drop-in session:

Scopus quick tips: Phrase searching

For those of you that don’t already know, Scopus is an expertly curated abstract and citation database combined with enriched data and linked scholarly literature across a wide variety of disciplines. In short, it’s a great resource for study and research providing quick access to verifiable data sources.

However, to get the information that you need from Scopus requires the use of accurate search strategies and methods in addition to your standard Boolean operators of OR, AND, NOT.

To demonstrate, when running a simple search for the words green AND energy (note the use of the Boolean AND) within Abstract title, Abstract, Keywords, Scopus returns an enormous 112,080 document results. In response to such a large return, phrase searching can be a useful strategy for narrowing results down in the first instance; although, the type of phrase search that you choose is also important.

When phrase searching you can return loose/approximate results or exact results depending upon the use of specific punctuation, which can dramatically alter the number of records revealed in the database. For example, when wrapping the phrase “green energy” in double quotation marks and searching within Abstract title, Abstract, Keywords, Scopus returns 7,131 document results – this is a loose phrase search. Conversely, when wrapping the phrase {green energy} in braces (curly brackets) and searching within Abstract title, Abstract, Keywords, Scopus returns 6,596 document results – this is an exact phrase search.

Immediately, we can see that the exact phrase search returns around 500 fewer results. The distinction is far greater, however, if green-energy is hyphenated and the same searches are performed. Here, the loose phrase search in double quotation marks returns the same number of results as with our original search, 7,131, effectively ignoring the hyphen and searching for documents where green energy appear together. In contrast, the exact phrase search in braces finds only results with the hyphen and this time returns only 132 results.

This is just one brief example of how using simple search strategies can alter the number and range of results that can be retrieved in Scopus. Now, log in to Scopus via Library Search and have a go at widening, or narrowing, your search horizons.

New resource trial: Geomni from EDINA Digimap

We have trial access to an additional product from EDINA Digimap – Geomni, available until 1st April 2021. Trial login details available on request.

Geomni offers remote sensing and machine learning sourced geographic and spatially referenced data relevant to many sectors and disciplines. Create, view and annotate Geomni data online or download for further manipulation within GIS or CAD packages.

Geomni includes the following datasets:

  • UKMap
    1:1,000-scale topographic mapping, UKMap accurately locates topographic detail and includes rich attribution detailing land and building use and land-cover.  
    In addition, it comprises addresses, retail names, detailed shopping centre data, building heights, a wide range of points of interest, aerial photography, together with Digital Terrain and Surface Models. 
  • UKLand
    A maintained, national land information database providing a detailed consistent breakdown of the use of land across the UK. With 30 different land use classes from agriculture and woodland to business parks, transport and urban centres. Available as both a land-use and telecoms clutter database, UKLand is used by planners, consultancies, telecoms and other utilities and local and regional government organizations, to help plan and deliver major projects.
  • UKBuildings
    A unique database created and maintained by Geomni to help you understand the age, structure, characteristics and use of commercial, public and residential buildings across the UK. UKBuildings is used in the insurance, finance, land and property sectors and by government, telecoms and utility organisations. The UKBuildings database contains the location and footprint of all buildings across the UK with a full classification within urban areas (towns above 10,000 population).  

Contact your Liaison team for the trial login details and with any queries. Please send us any comments as to how this data product supports your teaching or research.