On Wednesday 15th of February the Ebrary and EBL ebook platforms will both be migrating to a new platform called Ebook central. There may be some disruption to ebooks access on these platforms during the migration.
On the new site – Ebook Central:
Logging in will not change, use your College email address and network password
Ebrary bookshelves will migrate over
Ebrary and EBL links will redirect automatically
For a look at the new Ebook Central platform, click here to see some short video guides.
Please contact staff at your nearest campus library or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions .
We now have access to a great new TV and radio resource, it’s the ultimate catch-up service for students – BoB (https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand). 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.
We recently shared with you some great online resources for Shakespeare and now the same site by the British Library has launched another great archive. Over 300 literary treasures relating to 20th century writers have been made available online for the first time, including literary drafts, rare first editions, notebooks, letters, diaries, newspapers and photographs from Virginia Woolf, Ted Hughes, Angela Carter and Hanif Kureishi among others. The items relate to some of the 20th century’s greatest writers and can be viewed for free on the Discovering Literature website.
From George Orwell to Sylvia Plath, the collection covers some of the greatest writers of the century and has some real gems. For example, a notebook of astrological charts by Ted Hughes for Sigmund Freud, the poets W B Yeats, T S Eliot and Sylvia Plath. You can get a glimpse of George Orwell’s notebook which contains his early thoughts and ideas for what would become Nineteen Eighty-Four, including ‘newspeak’ and ‘doublethink’.
Amongst other interesting items the archive includes a first American edition copy of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess which controversially does not include the final chapter, in which Alex chooses to reject violence using free-will.
Explore the website and see the wide range of themes examined through the literature, from art to fantasy and fairy tales through to the European influence on the authors and their thoughts on conflict.
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.
On 23 April 1616, 400 years ago, William Shakespeare died aged 52. The British Library has released 300 newly digitised items relating to Shakespeare for the first time on its Discovering Literaturewebsite. There are also over 80 essays about Shakespeare written by scholars and actors, for example, Simon Callow. The website provides a good background to the political, social and cultural context of the plays.
Displaying a range of manuscripts, maps, paintings, illustrations, ballads and photos of Shakespeare’s work it is a fascinating way to explore his writing.
the only surviving handwritten playscript – Sir Thomas Moreto which Shakespeare contributed a scene in which More courageously quells a mob of anti-French rioters who are calling for immigrants to be banished
A 17th-century manuscript thought to preserve the original tune of one of the Fool’s songs from King Lear
The only surviving self portrait of John Dee – the Elizabethan scholar, astrologer and magician thought to have inspired Shakespeare’s Prospero – contained in a remarkable six foot manuscript scroll
Until now, you would have had to visit the British Library Reading Rooms or exhibitions to view this kind of material but now it is all online and available to all. So if you have ever felt overwhelmed by the challenging language or thought that you would struggle to understand the plot lines, have a look at this great website for inspiration and see what you can find. You might be surprised at how accessible and relevant some of the plays are.