Academic Search Elite online journals

Looking for journal articles?  Academic Search Elite is an online database providing full text access to journals covering many subject areas.  Trial access is available at the moment for Fife College students and staff. If you are doing some research give it a try.

You can find the link on the eresources section of the Library site on ilearn or click here.  Access is available on campus only 

We would really like to hear what you think of Academic Search Elite.  Let us know if you found what you were looking for.  Your feedback can help us decide if this could be a useful resource for Fife College.    Please take a few moments to fill out our short survey by Friday 5th of May:

Student survey

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Please contact your campus library for if you have any questions or further details.




New to Fife College Library, Drama Online.

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Take a look at the Library’s newest eResource, Drama Online. This resource contains plays and monologue in text form, as well as audio and video content.  Find new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history. The collection is constantly growing and includes ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary, and the political to the personal. Currently it consists of 1,700 playtexts, 350 audio plays and 150+ hours of video.

The resource also includes features such as Character Grids as well as Word and Speech graphs to offer new ways to engage with plays for close study or for performance aid.

Fife College students and staff will have unlimited access to both the Bloomsbury & Faber and the Nick Hern collections.

Access is available via the Library iLearn eResources page.  No password is required on campus.  Off site login is with your college email and password.

User guides are available here. Contact your local campus library for more details.


New! BoB – from Learning on Screen


We now have access to a great new TV and radio resource, it’s the ultimate catch-up service for students – BoB (  Using BoB you will be able to view, record, create clips and share any broadcast programmes from nearly 65 TV and radio channels. That’s around 2,000,000 educational TV and radio programmes, and once programmes are recorded they are kept indefinitely!

The catch-up service on missed programmes will be available on and off-campus.  Login using your College email address and password.  You can schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips and create playlists.  You will be able to search a growing archive of material and if you wish to use any for your studies a one-click citation reference is available allowing you to cite programmes easily in your bibliography.

Staff will be able to create playlists of programmes related to their topic and  link to their clips from iLearn. Using video and radio resources like these will bring lectures to life, creating engaging learning material.

You can even view content from BoB on your smartphone or iPad. Searching for relevant programmes is very quick and simple using keywords and you can even search through transcripts.

Take a look, be creative and make clips or a personal playlist to include in your reports.



Moving Image Archive

Example of footage from Moving image archive website

The Moving Image Archive is Scotland’s national collection of moving images and is held at the National Library. You can watch over 1,700 clips and full-length films which have been collected together from donations or produced in collaboration with film-makers.You can watch films in the Moving Image Archive catalogue, hire DVDs or make an appointment to watch films on-site. Films are available to hire for screenings, and commercial users can license footage for broadcast use. You need permission from the Library if you want to re-use moving image material — for example, in a broadcast, media production, or screening.

There is also a reference section in the National Library in Edinburgh where you can read books and journals about film history and Scottish film-making.

The Moving Image Archive can be used in conjunction with Scotland on Screen which is the online learning resource for the Scottish Screen Archive with over 25 hours of footage, a step-by-step guide to moving image education, and instructions for creating your own video essay using archive film.

Footage covers many different topics and areas of Scotland. Try searching for your hometown, or see how a particular profession used to look. Events such as gala days, royal visits to Scotland, the construction of the Forth Road Bridge as well as insights into everyday life and much more are included. Have a browse and see what fascinating footage you can discover.

Don’t forget you also have access to other catalogues of video footage and images collections through our e-resources which can be found on iLearn.

We hope you find these resources useful for finding video clips for your research, always remember to check the copyright information and use the correct format for your citations.



Great Writers Project

Great Writers Inspire is an online collection of literary themed learning resources. Thousands of items are available through the website, including audio and video lectures and short talks, downloadable electronic texts, ebooks and images. Many of these resources have been specially created by the University of Oxford for this project.

Great Writers Inspire

You can browse the collection by theme or look up a specific author. You could explore a particular section such as the ‘Feminist approach to literature‘ or ‘Political Literature‘.

There are many interesting resources to examine, all free to reuse, for example, explore Jane Austen’s manuscripts or watch video lectures about Gatsby and the 1920’s.

Although extensive, the collection is not complete and is intended to inspire deeper research and investigation. Have a look and discover what style of writing or particular author interests you.

Should you wish to explore further here are some other suggested websites for further reading and don’t forget the college library catalogue has a great collection of literature, poetry and plays available for you to take home any time.

The 10 greatest books ever – compiled by 125 top writers

Free online Rabbie Burns course –  Learn how an 18th-century Scottish poet became a global icon

Free online course with FutureLearn on how books can help your mental health – Reading for wellbeing 

Find book recommendations and interesting blog posts on a wide variety of genres at Bookriot

Interested in more current authors? Have a look at what to expect from Scottish writers in the year ahead – Scottish novels for 2016




Free Open University resources for all

Every day, millions of  people access courses through the Open University, no matter where they live in the world, through the 10,000 hours of free educational resources available online on OpenLearn. Choose from a huge range of topics and subjects and discover topical and interactive content, from expert blogs, to videos and games to help you increase your knowledge and understanding. From health, sports, psychology, to maths and english at all levels, law and politics and everything in between, there is sure to be a topic that intrigues you.

OpenLearn free courses
OpenLearn free courses

If you’re interested in a more specific or topical course, have a browse through the range of Open Courses, for example ‘Managing my money‘, ‘Intro to Cyber Security’  or ‘Taking your first steps into Higher Education’.  There is also a selection of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available from FutureLearn. For an idea of what to expect, some current courses are entitled ‘Causes of Climate Change’ and ‘Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking for the Web’, with plenty more to choose from. OpenLearn courses available online are not accredited with a qualification, however they do demonstrate your successful completion of a free online course and your interest in the subject, commitment to your career or provide evidence of continuing professional development by recognising informal learning.  On successful completion of some courses you may receive a ‘Statement of Participation’ and for some a Digital badge is awarded which you can display in an online portfolio.

The OU is also home to one of the largest university research collections in the UK, with more than 15,000 research publications available online through Open Research Online.

Studying science? Do not miss the great range of study resources and even remote access to instruments and virtual experiments through the OpenScience Laboratory. We will be adding links to this content direct from our library catalogue and also onto iLearn in the near future.

Virtual microscope
Virtual microscope on OpenScience Laboratory

It is also worth taking a look at the Study Skills section for some helpful advice on assignments, revising, exams and much more.

Whether you prefer to study by reading in-depth expert articles, watching videos or trying a quiz, have a search for a subject to suit you on the OpenLearn website.

Easy access to useful e-resources

As you know Fife College students are entitled to access a large number of e-resources in addition to the books and journals held in the campus libraries. This can open up a whole new range of informative and reliable material for your studies which can often be accessed from home as well as in the college. If you are studying a Science course for instance, you may be interested in browsing through the online archive of the Biological Sciences Review journal. No log in is required, simply click on the link on our E-resources iLearn page and select the issue number you wish to read from the archive. A list of past editions are available for you to use both on and off campus. Remember, current paperback issues are also available in the library. This journal contains a mix of authoritative articles and topical columns on a wide range of topics from genetic engineering to acid rain, from evolution to photosynthesis, from population control to the function of joints and many more.

Biological Sciences Review
Biological Sciences Review

Issues Online

Issues has long been a valuable resource in the library, you may have used some of them before for your studies. Now it has been developed into an exciting interactive resource containing articles, infographics and information on hundreds of important topics. It is a reliable place to explore today’s most important social issues. It contains videos, assignment ideas and eBooks on topics ranging from human rights, domestic violence to drugs and alcohol. Each ‘Issue’ is focused on a particular topic and will include key statistics in easy to read formats and a glossary of relevant terms and their meaning. Use this resource to conduct your own research and think critically about sources and information. Browse the extensive list of topics covered and you are sure to find something of interest. This website and e-resource will be of particular interest to those studying Sociology, Politics, Health and Science.

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Issues Online

You can access Issues Online directly if you are on campus, and if you wish to use it at home you can log in using your Fife College log in details.

Which e-resources have you found most useful in your studies? If you have any trouble accessing any please let a library staff member know.