Category Archives: Research Support

Doctoral Open Days at the British Library

The British Library’s Doctoral Open Days, aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library, are a chance for PhD students to discover the British Library’s (BL) unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, … Continue reading

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Curriculum Project MACOS: Man A Course of Study

We are indebted to Mr. Barry D. Varley-Tipton for his generous donation of the MACOS (Man:  A Course of Study) curriculum project materials. Man:  A Course of Study (commonly referred to by the acronym MACOS or M.A.C.O.S) was the brainchild … Continue reading

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Hooked on The National Archives at Kew

I have just come back from a week at Kew where I have immersed myself in the historical collections at The National Archives (TNA).  I was one of fifteen (MA and PhD students) fortunate enough to be accepted on the … Continue reading

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Nostalgia at Emerald Street: Historical Textbooks & Grenfell Collections

Rozz Evans (Collection Development Services Librarian and Chief-Food-Supplier) and myself (Research Support & Special Collections Librarian and Chief–Biscuits-Supplier) were joined at Emerald Street on June 26th by three former senior staff of the IOE: Stephen Pickles, the ex-Head of the … Continue reading

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The Ranking of World Repositories: DERA and SSRN

I’ve always been sceptical about league tables and my reaction to rankings of this sort is almost always in direct proportion to where the organisation I am working in is placed.  (In the case of the University World Rankings, the … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Google Reader

From 1st July 2013, Google Reader will no longer be available.  If you have been using Google Reader to save your RSS feeds (to keep current with research), you can export the feeds to other readers.  This post suggests a … Continue reading

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Demo of Mendeley at the IOE

The following message has been circulated, but in case you’ve missed it, here it is again: John Jardin and Simon Litt from Swets, who represent Mendeley Institutional in the UK, will come and give us a demo of this software … Continue reading

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Google Apps for Education: demo in the Library for PhD students & staff

One of our DEdInt (PhD) students has agreed, at very short notice,  to demonstrate Google Apps for Education to us (and to some of his cohort).  Rab recently won the Apple Distinguished Educator’s Award for Japan and is a expert … Continue reading

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Yes, you can still access the eLibrary this weekend!

This weekend, March 2nd and 3rd, IT Services are performing essential maintenance on the student computer network. All student computer accounts will be unavailable over the weekend.You may be wondering how you will access the rich digital library at the … Continue reading

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Your views on the British Library’s Social Science Strategy

The British Library is seeking information about your experiences and your views on the Social Sciences collections at British Library.  In particular, they would like to find out about your level of engagement and satisfaction with the services provided, and … Continue reading

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