Thursday, December 13, 2012

24-Hour Loans

All of our 24 hour loans are now issuing over the Christmas break until Monday, January 7.

Students looking to renew 3-week loans over the break should make sure their account is clear of overdue items and/or outstanding fines.

This will ensure that you can renew your books online using your student number and Library PIN.  For a 'how-to' guide on renewing and reserving books online check the guides and tutorials page on our website.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Chronicling America

History researchers may find the Library of Congress digital collections worth a look, a variety of open access resources offering various types of content covering different aspects of culture and history.

One of particular note is Chronicling America which allows you to search and view over 5.2 million digitised newspaper pages drawn from newspaper titles from 26 US states (3 more are to be added next year).  The collection currently covers 1836-1922.

At first glance we came across an article about Arthur Griffith written by Padraic Colum for the New York Tribune on December 25, 1921 - "The man who taught Erin to find herself".

Have a peek, who knows what you might find!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Tree

Everyone knows that all our books started off as trees....well, we thought we'd mix things up a bit and so decided to make our Christmas tree out of books this year.  It seemed like a good idea at the time...

It lives just outside the Library so come up and have a look at the greatest tree you'll see this Christmas.

A happy festive period to all friends of the Library!

Ebooks Unavailable 8/12/12

Our ebook providers are carrying out an essential upgrade of their platform this Saturday, December 8.

As a result all Library ebooks will be unavailable between 10am and 6pm on that day.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused. & Turnitin

Any staff currently using OriginalityCheck to help their students with proper citation and referencing may also find of interest. is an information resource created by turnitin which contains guidelines on plagiarism and best practices for ensuring originality in written work. It includes an "ask the experts" feature, FAQs, and a resource section with downloadable handouts for students.  Please note that some   information may refer to other resources not currently available to SPD staff.

Any lecturers who would like to get started with turnitin should contact the Library to request an instructor account.  This will allow you to create classes and assignments for your students to register in and submit their own assignments to.