Resource Trial: Siren Films

The library will be trialling the Siren Films collection from Thursday 15th February. The collection was started by a animal behaviourist research who started her work in the North East of England. The creators of this platform specialise in capturing different aspects of child development over time. The films in this collection aim to support academics, professionals, therapists, nursery staff and anyone who aspires to help children lead happy lives and reach their full potential. This is an ideal resource for any member of staff or student who is studying or researching child development or to support professional practitioners.

The collection of over 500 films includes the following categories:

  • Child development
  • Effective learning
  • Environment and materials
  • Play
  • Teaching and support
  • Theories and approaches

To find out more, see the introductory videos about Siren Films here.

To access the collection both on and off campus follow the link (to follow when trial starts) here via our catalogue, Library Search and authenticate using your Newcastle University ID and password

The trial ends on 14th April 2024 To help us evaluate it, please email us your feedback, or leave a reply on this blog.

Policy Commons

After a successful trial in October 2023, we are delighted we have managed to secure a subscription to Policy Commons. We received some great feedback from academics about how the platform would fit in with teaching and learning in Schools including :

“This is an absolute treasure, especially for my research. I am also sure it will be an invaluable teaching resource for the environmental law module starting next semester.”

“There are huge amounts of so-called ‘grey’ policy literature that students working and being taught policy-oriented skills and modules cannot access because it is fragmented, hosted by various institutions and the organisations which commissioned such reports. Policy Commons makes the universe of policy-relevant literature, which is often the cutting edge of a field and more up-to-date than academic literature, accessible to students through just one easily searchable source. This is a highly recommended resource, which improves student skills, research and their written work”.

So if you aren’t familiar already, the database is one resource to locate publications from policy experts, NGO’s and think tanks. Publications include :
-The Council of Europe
-Environmental Law Institute
-European Parliamentary Research Service
-Center for Security Studies
-OECD
-World Bank Group
-United Nations
-International Institute for Environment and Development

This short video from Policy Commons tells you a little bit more

To access Policy Commons follow this link via Library Search

Resource trial – Policy Commons

We are trialling Policy Commons in October 2023. The database is a one stop shop to locate publications from leading policy experts, NGO’s and think tanks. Useful for students, staff and researchers across all disciplines it includes publications from across the globe including:
-The Council of Europe
-Environmental Law Institute
-European Parliamentary Research Service
-Center for Security Studies
-OECD
-World Bank Group
-United Nations
-International Institute for Environment and Development
To find out more see video below.

To access Policy Commons follow this link via Library Search

To send us your comments or feedback please add to this post or email us.

New modules added to our SAGE Research Methods collection

Following a successful trial of the resources in 2022-23, we have added two additional modules to our SAGE Research Methods collection. Through the Library you now have access to a host of guidance, worked examples, teaching resources and practice materials from SAGE Research Methods, SAGE Research Methods Video, SAGE Research Methods Datasets and SAGE Research Methods Data Visualisation.

Datasets

SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of hundreds of teaching datasets and instructional guides that give you the chance to learn data analysis through hands-on practice.

This new resource is a bank of topical, practice datasets, indexed by method and data type. For academic staff, the datasets have been optimised for use in your teaching and can be used for in person teaching or within Canvas materials. This will save you the time of sourcing and cleaning data for use by you and your students.

The decisions researchers make when analysing data can be a mystery to students embarking on research for the first time. Through practicing analysis using real data from SAGE Research Methods Datasets, you can see how analytic decisions are made, helping you become confident researchers.

  • Quantitative datasets are taken from surveys and experiments and come with instructions to analyze the data in SPSS or R.
  • Qualitative datasets are taken from academic research projects, providing bite-size examples from interviews, focus groups, documentary sources, and more, plus advice on how to approach analysis.

You will find lots of guidance on how to get the most out of the datasets module on the SAGE Research Methods LibGuide.

Data Visualisation

SAGE Research Methods Data Visualisation will help all researchers, from beginners to more advanced practitioners develop the fundamentals of data and design necessary to create impactful visualisations. Through a series of practical video tutorials, text guides and practice datasets, the resources will help you identify the chart types that best fit your specific data story.

Researchers increasingly grapple with complex or big data and need to present their data in an understandable, easy to interpret, and informative way to disseminate their research successfully. Mastering the skills and techniques of data visualisation is, therefore, key for any researcher. This new resource will help you and your students to communicate data with impact so that audiences can grasp difficult concepts or identify new patterns and relationships easily.

You are able to search and browse by data and chart type to find how to guides and explainer videos, explore a directory of data visualisation software and access datasets to help you practice communicating data.

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester Two 2022/23)

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 2022/2023 we successfully processed 61 requests in GPS totalling just over £6815.

A Companion to Roman Imperialism
A Field Guide to British Rivers: Implications for Restoration
Accountability through public opinion; from inertia to public action.
Advanced Introduction to Global Production Networks
Artistic Utopias of Revolt: Claremont Road, Reclaim the Streets, and the City of Sol
Black Skins, Black Masks Hybridity, Dialogism, Performativity
China’s Digital Silk Road Setting Standards, Powering Growth
China’s Futures PRC Elites Debate Economics, Politics, and Foreign Policy
Communication Strategies in Turkey: Erdogan, the AKP and Political Messaging Kindle Edition
Creativity and Conflict Resolution Alternative Pathways to Peace
Danger Zone The Coming Conflict with China
Defying the Dragon: Hong Kong and the World’s Largest Dictatorship
Explorations in Place Attachment
Feminist Theory Reader Local and Global Perspectives
Fighting for Abortion Rights in Latin America: social movements, state allies and institutions
Gender, Sexuality and Identities of the Borderlands
Geographies of Children, Youth and Families
Handbook of Alternative Theories of Political Economy
Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education
Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War
Humanitarianism, identity, and nation : migration laws of Australia and Canada
Infrastructure Communication in International Relations
International Sanctions Between Wars and Words
Logos Warehouses Containers
Migration Studies and Colonialism
Nature Displaced, Nature Displayed: Order and Beauty in Botanical Gardens
Phenomenological approaches to moral philosophy
Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications (2nd ed)
Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction
Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World
Private Metropolis The Eclipse of Local Democratic Governance
Reframing the civic university: an agenda for impact
Refugees, Security and the European Union
Resource Conservation Economics and Policies
Rome and the Enemy: Imperial Strategy in the Principate
Routledge handbook of immigration and refugee studies
Routledge Handbook of Sport in the Middle East
Sanctions: what everyone needs to know
Serving a nation at war, 1939-1945: a review of the building and civil engineering work of John Laing and Son Ltd
Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender
Signs of life : photographs by Peter Sekaer / John T. Hill ; with contributions by Julian Cox and Christina Sekaer.
Steady-state economics: the economics of biophysical equilibrium and moral growth
Study of Americana: Washington, D.C. Region 1978
The Anthropology of Friendship
The art of sanctions a view from the field
The Economics of Natural Environments Studies in the Valuation of Commodity and Amenity Resources
The Gift of Freedom War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages
The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy
The National Security Law of Hong Kong : Restoration and Transformation
The Political Economy of Land Rent, Financialization and Resistance
The Political Economy Of Public Sector Reform And Privatization
The Routledge Companion to William Morris
The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain
The University and the City
The Uses and Abuses of Weaponized Interdependence
Transcend and transform: An introduction to conflict work
Uncommon Places: The Complete Works
Urban planning and real estate development
Violence and Understanding in Gaza: the British broadsheets’ coverage of the war
Women crossing boundaries: a psychology of immigration and transformations of sexuality
Working Systemically with Refugee Couples and Families: Exploring Trauma, Resilience and Culture

Oxford Bibliographies Online

After trialling on several occasions we have recently been able to purchase the Oxford Bibliographies Online collection which gives staff and students access to a comprehensive collection of articles published and reviewed by academics covering a wide range of subject areas. Users can personalise their experience by saving citations and articles to their own profile.

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Subject areas covered (click on subject to link to resource via Library Search)

Oxford University Press Very Short Introductions

In the library we love these short guides from OUP who provide a variety of great concise books on lots of different topics.

We’ve recently updated this collection so it includes to most recent publications from OUP published in 2022 and 2023.

This series offers concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects—from artificial intelligence to folk music to medical ethics—in 35,000 words or less.

Each one of these big little books provides intelligent and serious introductions written by experts who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make even the most challenging topics highly readable.

On our catalogue, Library Search you can search by keywords like in the screenshot below so “very short introduction” and browse through or add in Oxford to add in results for that publisher. Re-sort your results to “newest” if you’d like to browse through the latest ones added to our collection.

Or visit the OUP Very Short Introductions website directly and then filter using the subject categories. OUP have arranged the titles under headings such as Medicine and Health, Arts and Humanities, Law, Social Sciences

if you are accessing off campus then once you’re on the OUP site please click “sign in” (on the left hand menu and select Newcastle University from the list to enter your Campus ID and password.)

Oxford University Press also have a podcast you can subscribe to about titles and topics in this collection.

Resource Trial – Adam Matthew Collections

We will be trialling all of the Adam Matthew Collections from Tuesday 28th March.

Through AM Explorer, you can now search millions of pages of primary sources spanning the 15th – 21st centuries, including a wealth of new content added every year.

  • Award-winning digital resources spanning the social sciences and humanities, developed in collaboration with leading libraries and archives
  • Discover millions of pages of unique primary source content which empower students and researchers to develop critical thinking
  • Powerful digital collections that transform teaching and research on important themes such as: Borders and Migrations, Gender and Sexuality, Global History, and War and Conflict
  • Single point of access through AM Explorer with built-in federated search functionality across all collections
  • Range of additional features to enhance student engagement including Handwritten Text Recognition, Data Visualisation, Video and Oral Histories
  • To see which subject areas are covered take a look at the guide below.

To access the collection both on and off campus follow the link here via our catalogue, Library Search and authenticate using your Newcastle University ID and password

Please note that PDFs downloads are not available during trials as per AM trial conditions

The trial ends on 23rd May 2023 To help us evaluate it, please email us your feedback, or leave a reply on this blog.

Resource Trial – Women’s Magazine Archive I-III

Women’s Magazine Archive, Collection I, II and III

We will be trialling all three Women’s Magazine Archives from Monday 27th February. This collection includes classic 19th and 20th century titles such as Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal and Parents. For those more mature students and colleagues you can enjoy a trip down memory lane to look at Cosmopolitan, Flare, Seventeen and Essence magazines. The collections cover a range of 29 to 123 years and will be useful for those researching a range of topics such as social history, gender studies, media history and more.

Each magazine in the collection is scanned cover to cover in high resolution to give a good level of detail for each page.

To access the collection follow the link here
If you are off campus follow the link and you may be asked to authenticate using your Newcastle University computer ID and password.

The trial ends on 29th March 2023 To help us evaluate it, please email us your feedback, or leave a reply on this blog.

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester One 2022/23)

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 One, academic year 2022/2023 we successfully 7 processed requests from 7 students (2 PGR, 4 PGT and 1 UGT) in GPS totalling just over £181.

Chip War The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology

Feminist Theory Reader

On Burnley Road: Class, Race and Politics in a Northern English Town

Policy Analysis and Public Choice: Selected Papers by William A. Niskanen

The Lazarus Heist: From Hollywood to High Finance: Inside North Korea’s Global Cyber War

The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland: A Traveller’s Guide

Viticulture: An introduction to commercial grape growing for wine production / 2nd