Build your bag of tricks and special skills

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We’re probably all familiar with the fact that the library is where you find the books, but this month, why not explore all of the other types of information that can add to your academic skills bag of tricks. The library’s Resource Guides draw together the best resources available, organised by the type of information rather than subject area.

So if you are trying to find historic newspapers, company financial data, market research, standards or images you will find a resource guide for all of that!

Market research resource guide homepage

The guides are updated all the time as we add new subscriptions to our collection or identify online resources that we think will be useful for teaching and research. You’ll find the Resource Guides on the library website and as quick links on every Subject Guide.

Resource guide quick links from the subject guides

We’ve also highlighted the Resource Guides that are most commonly used for your subject area in the Specialist Resources section.

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So next time you need to find a newspaper article, a government paper or some statistics to analyse, visit the Resource Guides to help you identify where to look.

Level up your searching skills

Pick up more tips and tricks for searching on our skills guides.

Level up your academic study skills

Time to get your game face on and level up your academic skills!

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Throughout your time at University, you are required to develop a whole range of important academic skills, from knowing where to find information to critical thinking to reference management.  These skills are not only important for completing your degree successfully but they can also be transferred to the work you do once you leave the University, making them invaluable for your future career.

Developing some of these skills may seem daunting but the Library is here to support you at every level of study with our range of online tools, videos and guides as well as one-to-one support from your Subject Liaison team and staff at the Writing and Development Centre.

This month we’re inviting you on a study quest to explore our guides and tools and gain some serious Study XP (experience points).

To get started take a look at your Subject guide for advice on finding information in your area or see our Employability guide to explore how these skills can help in your future career.

From 11 – 24 March 2019 visit our display in the Library to chat to our helpful staff, pick up postcards, guides and fun freebies, and if you feel up for a challenge, take on our exciting mini escape room game (more details to follow)!

Ready, Player One?

Trial: Revolution and Protest online

We have reactivated this trial and now have access to this collection until 5th April 2019.

This curated, thematically-organized, and curriculum-driven collection offers students and scholars a new way to examine how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped and transformed the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century.

Content includes:

• 175 hours of video, including documentaries, original footage, and personal accounts

• 50,000 pages of primary sources and archival collections (personal papers, organizations, government documents, and others)

• 50,000 pages of journals, reports, monographs, and speeches

• 1,000 images from key movements and revolutions

• Ancillary materials including scholarly essays, bibliographies, sourced chronologies, and links to websites

  • American Revolution of 1776
  • Brazilian Revolution, 1930
  • Independence movements in Asia
  • French Revolution, 1789-1794
  • Chinese Communist Revolution, 1925–1949
  • Independence movements in Latin America
  • Toussaint Louverture / Haitian Revolution, 1796–1799
  • Hungarian Revolution
  • Fascist regimes: Spain, Italy, Germany, Argentina
  • European revolutions of 1848
  • Civil Rights Movement, U.S.
  • Labor movement
  • Cuban Revolution, 1953–1959
  • India Civil Disobedience / demand for independence
  • Gender revolutions
  • Russian Revolution
  • Iranian Revolution, 1979
  • Student movements
  • Mexican Revolution, 1910
  • Arab Spring
  • Non-violent movements and revolutions

To access the collection, click on the link here .  If you are off-campus, click ‘Log In’ and type in Newcastle for the institution name.  You will see the university name so click on that and you’ll be taken to the NU log in page.  You can also access via RAS if off campus.

The trial ends on 5th April. Please explore and email us your feedback, or post it as a comment on this blog.

Future proofing your employability

“What would you guess is the most common job?” Michael Lai, Outreach Lead at KGI, asked an audience of students at his Columbia Heights TEDTalk back in 2016. His audience members offer a few suggestions. “Engineer?” “Fast food workers?”  After several failed attempts, Michael puts them out of their misery,

“3.5 billion truck drivers in the United’s States” he tells them. “Experts predict that in the next 12-15 years, most of the cars on America’s highways will be self-driving… so what’s going to happen to the most common job?”

The future of the job market – and it’s inherent uncertainty – has been receiving a lot of attention in the international press in recent years, with Universities UK analysis predicting “65% of children entering primary schools today will work in jobs and functions that don’t currently exist.”  In previous generations, new graduates could expect to work with the same company for several years, steadily climbing the corporate ladder in a predictable, but reassuring linear way. In the 21st century however, the face of the job market is changing, and once you graduate, you may find yourself looking at a “portfolio career” over traditional career progression – something Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg described as more akin to a career “jungle gym” than a career ladder.

But what does all this talk of truck-driving and emergent markets mean for you, the UK Graduate? Well, if the gig economy becomes the norm in the next 10 years, one of the key challenges for new graduates will be the perpetual need to upskill yourself, and market your own skill base to different employers. This puts the spotlight on what have traditionally been referred to as “soft” transferable skills that are required across many different roles and sectors – skills such as resilience, team-working and critical thinking. Here at the Library, we’d argue that information and digital literacy falls under this bracket (well of course we would, we’re librarians!). The ability to find and use information and make considered use of digital tools is an important capability in any graduate job. Don’t just take our word for it – we spoke to several students returning from placement who told us their information skills had helped them get ahead.

The good news though is that your degree programme offers you the chance to work on and demonstrate all of these skills. Employers will know that you may not have extensive work experience as a new graduate, but make sure you cherry-pick prime examples from your University work, part –time jobs and any voluntary experience to exemplify the skills employers are looking for (and remember, the Careers service can help you with interview preparation.) Make the most of the workshops and sessions open to during your time at University so you are in a great position to articulate these important skills. For more information on how the Library can help, check out our Employability Guide

References

  1. TEDx Talks (2016) Four Key Skills to Lead the Future. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djHTcES2ATg
  2. Universities UK (2018) Solving future skills challenges. 6th August 2018. Available at: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/reports/Documents/2018/solving-future-skills-challenges.pdf
  3. Sandberg, S as quoted by Lebowitz, S and Campbell, D (2019) “Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon shares his number one piece of advice for millennials who want to get ahead in their careers.” Business insider, Jan 13th 2019. Available at:  https://www.businessinsider.com/career-advice-millennials-goldman-sachs-ceo-david-solomon-2019-1?r=US&IR=T

Shades of Grey [Literature]

Grey literature. Black Literature.

Did you even know they existed? Possibly not.

Depending upon your source, “black literature” can be defined as books and peer-reviewed published journals. This is the familiar material you will source and use through your University Library and its catalogue.

Grey literature is something else entirely. Grey literature is research or material that is not produced by commercial publishers. It may be wholly unpublished or published in a non-commercial form. Think along the lines of industry-related materials, academic publications, government publications and think tank papers.

GreyNet, the Grey Literature Network Service has more detailed information on this vital research resource.

Grey Literature can be unique and an important source of information. There is a range of grey literature you may need to consult to ensure your research is complete. Examples of these materials include:

  • Working papers
  • Conference proceedings
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Government and official publications, including Green and White Papers, Select Committee papers, legislation
  • Policy statements
  • Research reports
  • Newsletters
  • Fact sheets
  • Blogs
  • Transcripts
  • Pre-prints and post-prints of articles
  • Technical reports
  • Professional guidelines
  • Patents
  • Standards
  • Market research
  • Data, e.g. Census, economic data, statistics

Most databases, available via your Subject Guide, will allow you to limit your search by document type, including grey literature, which does improve accessibility to this type of material.

Other resources include:

  • Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
    Operated by Bielefeld University Library this search engine indexes open access academic literature. The Advanced Search option allows you to search for specific types of grey literature.
  • Box of Broadcasts
    Box of Broadcasts provides access to over two million programmes from over 65 TV and radio channels, including most of the UK’s freeview network, all BBC TV and radio content from 2007, and several foreign language channels. You can view archived programmes, record new ones, create clips and playlists and see transcripts. (This resource is not available outside the UK.)
  • Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)
    The Institute of Education Digital Education (University of London) Resource Archive (DERA) is a digital archive of all documents published electronically by government and related bodies in the area of education.
  • Open Grey
    The System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe provides open access to over 700,000 bibliographical references.
  • Teachers TV from Education in Video
    Provides access to all 3,530 globally-acclaimed instructional videos produced in 2008 by the United Kingdom’s Department of Education to train and develop teachers’ skills through demonstrations and commentary by teachers, administrators, and other educational experts.
  • Newcastle University Theses and Dissertations Guide
    Newcastle University theses are available in the eTheses Repository. Other UK theses may be available via EThOS. There is not one single source for locating non-UK theses. The Guide will give you some starting points.
  • UK Legislation
    UK Legislation is freely available online but be aware there may be delays of up to 2 weeks before any updates appear. Use your subscribed databases available via the Law Subject Guide.

The list can go on…

Once you have located your grey literature, do question it using the CRAAP testcurrency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose. Consider what is publicly available versus a subscribed (or paid for) resource. It may be biased and you should include that assessment in your work.

And finally, don’t forget, not everything is available online!

Trial: Society Digimap

Society Digimap is free on trial until 31st July 2019.  Adding to our existing EDINA collection, Society Digimap includes census and socio-economic data which can be layered across the map software to provide a picture and give an insight of society in a given area.

To access this resource, click on the link to the Digimap collection via Library Search or our Maps library guide, log in with your university account and click on the Society tab to access the data.  You will need to accept the license agreement the first time you use it.

Please explore and email us your feedback, or post it as a comment on this blog.

INTO students, why not check out our online stuff

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Where ever in the World you are from, you are now part of the Newcastle University family.

This means you have access to four libraries with amazing online/print resources and of course….helpful library staff.

Now you are living and studying in Newcastle you will often hear the Geordie accent. It’s not always the easiest to understand! Do you know your Geordie phrases?  There is a handy guide to help you become familiar with some of our more colourful phrases. Why not follow this link to understand our local dialect.

Links to help you get started

  • Our INTO Student Guide will help you get started with the skills and resources you need to study at Newcastle University. Explore essential library resources, including books, ebooks and journal articles and find your way to the best specialist resources for your chosen subject area. 
  • Are you ready to search for information?  Have a look at this library video to help you find the best resources to use for your academic work.

  • Correctly referencing the information you use and concerns about plagiarism are common for many students. Visit our Library Managing Information guide to find tips and advice for your referencing.

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The University has a subscription for the referencing software EndNote. You’ll find information about EndNote and teach yourself resources on our EndNote Library guide if  you anted to give it a try yourself.

Help and Support

Please remember we are here to help you and you can contact us at any time, day and night, via Libraryhelp.

Beyond the University, there are some great local libraries which you can visit and use for free. Find out about other libraries in the area by visiting the Library website.

 

Love reading? Browse through BrowZine…

Not sure which journal article you’re looking for? Do it the ‘old school’ way and browse through your favourite journals using BrowZine without having to trek to the library or newsagents to flick through the magazines.

BrowZine is a publisher-neutral reading and discovery platform for eJournals. You can browse complete issues, set up a personal bookshelf of your favourite titles and receive notifications when new issues are released.

Library Search and browsing eJournals via BrowZine

You can do this on your PC via Library Search or perhaps you prefer using your smartphone? Access BrowZine via the University App or download the BrowZine App from the Apple Store or Play Store.

Access BrowZine via the Newcastle University App

Set up your personal account using your University email address and BrowZine will always recognise you as a member of Newcastle University and give you access to the full-text articles it contains.

BrowZine Subject Areas

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Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester One 2018/19)

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 one, academic year 2018/2019 we bought the following items after requests from students in GPS.

There were 105 requests from 57 students totaling £4381.55 (52% of requests from undergraduates, 20% from Postgraduate taught and 28% from Postgraduate Research)

 

Title Now in stock
Alternative Theories of State 1xlong
America’s Global Role: Essays and Reviews on National Security, Geopolitics and War 1xlong
Animal Rights: Moral Theory and Practice 1xlong
Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order 1xlong
Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School 1xlong
Bringing knowledge back in: From social constructivism to social realism in the sociology of education 1xlong
Business as Usual: The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown 1xlong
Chemostratigraphy: Concepts, Techniques and Applications 1xlong
China’s Eurasian Dilemmas: Roads and Risks for a Sustainable Global Power 1xlong
China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications 1xlong
Citizenship, Identity and Social Movements in the New Hong Kong: Localism After the Umbrella Movement 1xlong
Civil Society and Peacebuilding: A Critical Assessment 1xlong
Classical Theories of International Relations 1xlong
Coming out of Communism 1xlong
Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times 1xlong
Complexity Thinking in Translation Studies 1xlong
Contested Markets Contested Cities 1xlong
Cultural Genocide 1xlong
Development Discourse and Global History 1xebook
Differences in Medicine: Unravelling Practices, Techniques, and Bodies (Body, Commodity, Text) 1xlong
Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age 1xlong
Dis/ability Studies: Theorising disablism and ableism 1xlong
Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Second Edition 1xlong
Disability, Normalcy and the Everyday 1xlong
Discovering American Regionalism: An Introduction to Regional intergovernmental Organizations 1xlong
Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls 1xlong
Drove Roads of Northumberland 1xlong
Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid After the 2004 Tsunami 1xlong
Egypt’s Desert Dreams: Development or Disaster 1xlong
Emotion and the Researcher : Sites, Subjectivities and Relationships 1xlong
Ethics in Participatory Research for Health and Social Well-Being 1xlong
Expert Knowledge in Global Trade 1xlong
Fires on the Border: The Passionate Politics of Labour Organizing on the Mexican Frontera 1xlong
Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life 1xlong
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation 1xlong
From Crime Policy to Victim Policy: Reorienting the Justice System 1xlong
Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow 1xlong
Geographical Education Expanding: Horizons in a Shrinking World 1xlong
Geography, Education and the Future 1xlong
Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century 1xebook
Hong Kong in the Shadow of China: Living with the Leviathan 1xlong
Human Rights Discourse in a Global Network 1xlong
Imagined Societies: A Critique of Immigrant Integration in Western Europe 1xlong
International Politics in the Arctic, Borders, Natural Resources and Russian Foreign Policy 1xebook
Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East 1xlong
It Makes You Want to Spit 1xlong
Italy and the European Union 1xlong
Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability: A Social Approach 1xlong
Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century 1xlong
MasterClass in Geography Education 1xlong
Mastering Brexits Through The Ages: Entrepreneurial Innovators and Small Firms – The Catalysts for Success 1xlong
Medical Talk and Medical Work 1xlong
Metropolitan Governance in America 1xlong
New Labour Policy, Industrial Relations and the Trade Unions 1xlong
On the verge of want: a unique insight into the living conditions along Ireland\’s western seaboard in the late 19th century 1xlong
Our Angry Earth 1xlong
Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness 1xlong
Parenting Under Pressure: Mothers and Fathers with Learning Difficulties 1xlong
Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: Past, Present and Futures 1xlong
Plucked: A history of Hair Removal 1xlong
Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter 1xlong
Popular Geopolitics: Plotting an Evolving Interdiscipline 3xlong, 1xebook
Practising Empowerment in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Wine, Ethics and Development 1xlong
Prices and Production 1xlong
Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City 1xlong
Providing a sure start: How Government Discovered Early Childhood 1xlong
Queer Muslims in Europe: Sexuality, Religion and Migration in Belgium 1xlong
Race, Racism and Development: Interrogating History, Discourse and Practice 1xlong
Recapturing Democracy: Neoliberalization and the Struggle for Alternative Urban Futures 1xlong
Reconstruction and Peace Building in the Balkans 1xebook
Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge 1xlong
Relativism and the foundations of Liberalism 1xlong
Sexual Politics of Disability: Untold Desires 1xlong
Sexuality and Relationships in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities Standing in  my Shoes 1xlong
Sexuality and women with learning disabilities 1xlong
Social Media and Everyday Politics 1xlong
Solidarity: Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism 1xong
Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture 1xlong
Subject knowledge and teacher education: The development of beginning teachers’ thinking 1xlong
Talons of the Eagle 1xlong
Teaching Geography 3-11: The Essential Guide 1xlong
The China Dream: Great Power Thinking and Strategic Posture in the Post-American Era 1xlong
The End of Duopoly? The Transformation of the British Party System 1xlong
The European Union and the Commonwealth Caribbean 1xlong
The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics 1xebook
The Imaginary War: understanding the East-West conflict in Europe 1xlong
The IMF, the WTO & the Politics of Economic Surveillance 1xlong
The Killing Zone: The United States Wages 1xlong
The Market 1xlong
The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation 1xlong
The New Social Mobility 2xlong
The Other 1xlong
The Outsiders: Exposing the Secretive World of Ireland’s Travellers 1xlong
The Politics of China-Hong Kong Relations: Living With Distant Masters 1xlong
The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism 1xlong
The Quaternary of the Isle of Man and North West England 1xlong
The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability 1xlong
The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism 1xlong
The Social Production of Indifference: Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy 1xlong
The Sociology of Emotions 1xlong
UKIP: inside the campaign to redraw the map of British politics 1xlong
Understanding Trans Health 1xlong
United States and Iraq since 1979 1xlong
US-Israeli Relations in a New Era (Besa Studies in International) 1xlong
What’s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It 1xlong