Language Collection: Did you know there is a Language Collection located on the ground floor of the Murray Library which houses books and DVD’s in other languages? If you are fluent in a language other than English then don’t rule out using original sources in French or German as well as translations. Sarah’s Key is a DVD in French with English subtitles and Sophie Scholl is a German language film based on real life events with English subtitles.
Media Resources: St Peter’s Library houses Media resources, some of which support World Cinema modules and will have books and resources relating to, for example, depiction and memory of the Holocaust through film and cinema. If you find a book or dvd you would like to use on the library catalogue and it’s located at St Peters you can either collect it yourself or reserve it to be sent to Murray Library for collection.
Short Loan Collection: Some books simply aren’t made available as ebooks by publishers, in this case you might find the essential title you need as a Short Loan book as well as on the ordinary library shelves. Short Loan books are limited to 24 hour borrowing and cannot be renewed - but, you may photocopy or scan up to 1 chapter or 5% from a book. If you’ve just been asked to read one chapter to prepare for a seminar why not scan it free of charge and then you have your own copy for research.
Some of our popular Short Loan books…
Make sure you get what you need - If the book you want is not available don’t be afraid to use the library catalogue to find alternative books rather than leaving empty handed! Use topic keywords such as holocaust literature, holocaust survivors, holocaust memories, Nazi genocide, Nazi Germany, Hitler, Third Reich and Gestapo to locate likely items.
Use your research skills to select the best academic resource available. Top tips include - look at the contents pages, glossary and index to get a feel for the content of the book. Are there images or additional content inside? Is the book published by an academic pubisher? Who is the author and what are their credentials? See our Finding and Evaluating Information area for more ideas…
This weeks Culture Collisions theme examines research and resources for studying the Holocaust. We’ll look at resources within the library buildings, going beyond books for research, spotlight on specific items and resources for the Holocaust as represented through Performing Arts.
The Holocaust is a research focus in Arts and Culture modules including HAD117 Art in the 20th Century and ART200 Fine Art Professional Practice, HIS308 Europe from Revolution to War, HIS110 History in Practice, HIS220 Special Project, ELL343 Representations of Totalitarianism and the Holocaust, and MFL/GER Languages modules considering French and German culture and society.
Some of the recommended titles for these modules are highlighted in the book carousel below. Click on the arrows to cycle through the images and click on the book cover to see the title and availability in the library catalogue.
During March your academic liaison librarians for Arts & Performing Arts (Emily Dott) and Culture: English, History and Languages - (Annika Davis) will be highlighting useful research resources collected together under themed topics.
These resources will include books, e-books, audio-visual resources, online digital archives, useful websites, primary sources, special collections and more…We will show you how you can expand your research and it’s quality by stepping out of your library comfort zone.
Research topics can drift across several subject boundaries and information for study topics found from all areas of the library. In Culture Collisions we’re going to examine how Culture subjects and resources can overlap - and for added interest include Arts and Performing Arts resources to highlight areas you might never have thought had anything to offer to your research.
So don’t be afraid to borrow an art book because you’re not an artist or a history book because you’re not a historian - library resources are for everyone!
The themes we’ve chosen to highlight resources are being studied in modules right now. They are:
- Memorials and Memory
- Primary sources
- Mining in the North East
We think you’ll be tempted to try something new whether you’re studying the Arts, languages, history, politics or literature!
It would be great if you join in and let us know of any related sources or favourite items as we go along - follow us on facebook, library subject blogs and twitter. After all this is your library and these are your resources so why not let us know what you think!