The University of Sunderland Library Culture blog. Helpful tips and information for people in the Department of Culture studying, teaching or researching in the fields of Languages, History & Politics or English.
See the Support for your Subject pages for more information about help and resources.
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Asian EFL Journal
This is a (mostly) open-access academic journal that you can find good full text research in, but some special content is charged for. You do need to register to access the free content - just click on the Register button, enter your e-mail address and from the list of options choose Bronze (default free access) selection:
Once you’ve completed the registration form you will receive an e-mail with a user ID and password, use this to login and you will be presented with a profile form which you can use to change your password if needed. Once you’ve done this you can go to the articles tab and begin reading. You can access some of the articles from the special Quarterly editions.
Quick, free and easy! See the TESOL tab in What’s New in Languages… for more ideas about free resources on the internet.
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…
Great news - direct linking to ebooks in SunSpace using the Full Text icon is now back to working normally meaning you can go straight to the title you need from your Module Resource list.
If you haven’t used ebooks yet why not try one out today!
These are just some of the ways you can make ebooks work for you:
*download a temporary copy to quickly scroll through and get an idea of the sections you need or to find out how useful the book will be
*use the Read Online option to print off an essential chapter or selection for reading
*use the Contents pages, indexes to quickly find the most relevant information within the book or use the Search function to search within an e-book (or virtually flip through the pages!). This means you can quickly and easily locate the relevant page or chapter for your research - simple!
*use your My Module Resources links to go direct to e-books recommended on your modules
*make notes as you read with the Notes function - you can download the notes you make, or keep them online as a reminder (only you can see your notes)
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:
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!
Your Module Resource lists are being developed all the time - we’re making sure all the links are working as they should, adding new titles, ebooks or updated editions, linking to online content and adding digitised extracts.
All these resources help you develop your subject knowledge and research skills while finding the rich academic information you need to get the best marks in your assignments.
Check out the readings for Weeks 7-10 on HIS393, you’ll be using e-books, print books, websites and journal articles.
The Dzelzainis week 7 reference has a link to an ebook screencast demonstrating how to read online - remember they’re best used in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.
The Goldie week 8 chapter and Robertson week 9 chapter cannot be made available online - but you can find both these chapters in the Short Loan collection at Murray Library (opposite the library helpdesk). You can borrow Short Loan items for 24 hours, photocopy chapters (printing charges apply) or scan free of charge.
If you need assistance with using the module resource lists, ebooks, short loan, copying or scanning just ask us, we’re here to help you…
If you’re a student currently studying on one of the TESOL modules and you’re looking for either essential module titles or books for additional reading, assignments or to widen your knowledge check out this range of titles all available as ebooks from Uni of Sunderland Library.
All the titles have been taken from TESOL Module Resources and are recommended by your lecturers to help you study successfully.
If you haven’t used ebooks before now is a great time to give it a try - for help see our online videos and guides.
Students on HIS370 will be pleased to know that Ridley’s Spital Fields article is now digitised and available as a Scanned Extract from HIS370 Module Resources. This article is essential reading and only currently available from this source. You may read the article online, download or print a copy.
For help with how to use Module Resources to find the article watch this screencast (it’s less than a minute long, that’s how easy it is to find the information you need!)
Since September the library has purchased over 1803 new books and ebooks for Faculty of Education & Society courses. And we’re not stopping now! There are lots of great new titles still being added to our collection so make sure you keep checking out the library catalogue and your Module Resource lists to stay in touch with all our latest additions.
Some of our Culture department books are used across a range of English and Language modules - e-books mean that every student can use the book simultaneously. No more waiting around for print copies that are in high demand, and they’re especially useful if you’re studying off-campus or abroad on TESOL modules.
It’s been brought to my attention that some students are experiencing problems accessing the codeswitching article required for tomorrow’s LAC309 seminar via SunSpace and Module Resources.
You might like to know that you can use the alternative route to Module Resources from the library home page to access this article also. See this quick screencast for a step by step guide.
As this chapter is from one of the library e-books you can also access the link direct to the ebook via the library catalogue, then just log in with your University user ID and password.
If you want to download or print the chapter make sure that you choose the Read Online option. If you have any queries please get in touch. For more help with finding and using ebooks see our library video.