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




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.

issues online
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.

Millions of archived historical images uploaded to Flickr

Dive into the Internet Archive Book Images collection

Searching for images online for a project? How would 19 petabytes’ worth of historical data in pictures help? Thanks to the diligent work of data evangelist Kalev Leetaru 3 million images have been added to Flickr with potentially more than 14 million images eventually expected to make their way online.  The data has been salvaged from 600 million library book pages and scanned by the Internet Archive organization. The Internet Archive is best known for its historical library of the web, preserving more than 400 billion web pages dating back to 1996.

Image from 'Practical Physics' by Millikan, Robert Andrews; Gale, Henry Gordon

Madame Curie, University of Paris, Discoverer of Radium and E. Rutherford of Cambridge University, Discoverer of Radioactive Transformations

Millikan, Robert Andrews and Gale, Henry Gordon (1922) ‘Practical Physics’ Boston : Ginn and Co., Flickr Internet Archive Book Images [Online] Available at: (Accessed: 4 Sept 2014)

The image entries also include the text before and after the image, so the photoset is searchable. The images link back to the e-book from which the data was extracted. This makes the collection a valuable research tool and a way of preserving what may otherwise be lost in history.

The Internet Archive posed some curious questions.. “What if every illustration, drawing, chart, map, or photograph became an entry point, allowing one to navigate the world’s books not as paragraphs of text, but as a visual tapestry of our lives? How would we learn and explore knowledge differently? Those were the questions that launched a project to catalog the imagery of half a millennium of books.”

Budding software engineers may also get the opportunity to use the code behind the creation of the archive. “Any library could repeat this process,” Leetaru explained. “That’s actually my hope, that libraries around the world run this same process of their digitised books to constantly expand this universe of images.”

So have a browse and see what you can discover..



Free access to world’s finest digital news collection

British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. Now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world, British Pathé stores 85,000 films of historical and cultural significance. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1979, the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science and culture.

The entire archive is available to view online for free via the British Pathé YouTube channel ( and website (

All rights are reserved so if you wish to license footage, please contact

In addition to this huge video collection, we would like to highlight The British Library’s collections on Flickr Commons. The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom holding over 13 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 57 million patents, 3 million sound recordings, and much, much more.

Image taken from page 307 of 'Thrilling Incidents of the Wars of the United States.'
Image taken from page 307 of ‘Thrilling Incidents of the Wars of the United States.’

Browse through their Flickr account to access millions of public domain images, which you are encouraged to explore and re-use (see copyright info). The British Library has released these collections into the public domain to improve knowledge of them and enable novel and unexpected ways of using them so feel free to explore and use them in your research!

Try out Britannica online encyclopedia resource

Fife College library has access to a large variety of online resources and ebooks in addition to what you see on our shelves. One very useful e-resource you might like to try out is Credo reference which is a collection of reference books including dictionaries and encyclopedias. You can browse by subject area for information on everything from art to geography, to law and literature, and lots more.

We are also fortunate enough to currently have access to a range of Britannica resources for a trial period until 31st May 2014. Please feel free to use these for educational purposes as much as you like over the next few weeks and let us have feedback by emailing us at


Watch this video to see how comprehensive this resource is and how to use it to expand your research. The resource includes a ‘year in review’ section and helpful dictionary and thesaurus options and relevant ebooks and magazies for each topic.

Britannica ImageQuest – over 2.5 million educationally rights cleared images from a number of well known sources.

Watch this video to see how you can search by topic or by collection for access to millions of copyright cleared images for use in your research.

Britannica E-Stax – Britannica’s eBook platform with 241 text /non-fiction books covering 77 subjects. Take a look at the User Guide to see how you can browse this collection of e-books and use it to bookmark or take notes on useful sections you might want to come back to.

Take some time to look up your subjects in these encyclopedias, you might be surprised at the wealth of information you discover! Don’t forget to let us know how you got on. Email