BBC Genome

BBC Genome (1)

Have you ever watched a TV programme and wondered where you have seen the actor featured in it before? You have a funny feeling that it was a BBC drama but you could not remember the name of it? I have. So, what can you do to figure this out?

Enter BBC Genome. This BBC project site contains an archive of BBC listings information that was printed between 1923 and 2009 in the Radio Times. The site can be used to search for people, dates, Radio Times editions and BBC programmes. It allows you to find information about BBC programmes that you have long forgotten and research a particular person (actor/director etc). Through the search function, you can find thousands of TV and radio programmes that you can listen too or view from the BBC website.

The website also contains some interesting information about the BBC including significant milestones in the history of the Radio Times. There is also a useful FAQ section which allows you to gain more insight into advance searching along with other useful information.

For fun, you can even look up what was on TV at the time you were born (unless you were born after 2009 that is!).

So, did I find the program I was looking for? Yes, I did. Unfortunately, it is not available to view on the BBC website but I can buy it on DVD!
Click the link to access the website;

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Holiday opening times

Here are our library opening hours over the summer:

St Brycedale

Monday 0900 – 1650
Tuesday 0900 – 1650
Wednesday 0900 – 1650
Thursday 0900 – 1650
Friday 0900 – 1600
Saturday closed


Monday 0840 – 1650
Tuesday 0840 – 1650
Wednesday 0840 – 1650
Thursday 0840 – 1650
Friday 0840 – 1600

Stenton Library – closed for refurbishment

Due to refurbishment, the library at Stenton campus will be closed until further notice.

The libraries at St Brycedale (tel: 01383 223410)  and Halbeath (01383 845127)  are open and general enquiries can also be emailed to

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Rosyth Library

Closed for the summer


Ebook changes

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 if you have any questions .

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.



Discovering Literature – archive of 20th century writers

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’.

george orwell
George Orwell: 1903-1950 Novelist, Essayist, Journalist, Political writer

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.


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.