Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Level 3 Dissertation Session 10 December

Hello Level 3 History Students,

Amanda Power has asked me to run a session for you on Library Resources that will be useful for your dissertations. The session is planned for Wednesday 10th December in the Student Auditorium 3-5pm. I hope to see you all there. I am planning to cover:
1. Western Bank as a research library
Are you aware of Special Collections and the National Fairground Archive?

Image from the Special Collections archive

Have you ever made use of the Wolfson Suite and the microfilms housed there? Do you know the best way to access newspapers and which ones we have historical access to? Do you know about the Record Societies materal and the Parliamentary Papers and where to find them in the Western Bank Library.

2. I also plan to have a look at some electronic resources that you may find useful for your research. Have you ever made use of the main history databases: Royal Historical Society and Historical Abstracts? Do you know how to search effectively? Are you familiar with the useful online collections: ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) and EEBO (Early English Books Online)? Are you confident that you understand the difference between a database and a journal provider such as JSTOR or Swetswise)? Do you know what to do when the linksolver between a database and the Library catalogue does not work quite as it should?

3. Have you ever considered searching for material in other libraries and how to go about it? This last two issues may be particularly relevant to you over the Christmas break.

I look forward to seeing you all and hope it will prove useful,

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