To support students temporarily unable to access their library’s print holdings during the Covid-19 situation, several publishers have responded by temporarily making certain resources free or extending access over the next few months. We’ve been signing up to many of these offers to provide you with extra material, in addition to our usual e-resources.
To explore resources relevant to your subject, go to the new ‘COVID-19’ tab in your own subject guide. This is provided by your subject’s Academic Liaison Librarian and will be regularly updated.
Alternatively, browse a list of items already set up below:
New resources and extended access
We now have access to the following new resources (please note that some content on these resources already falls within our subscriptions):
In line with the University’s move to online teaching, the University Library will be moving to a fully online service with effect from Monday 23 March 2020. Please be assured that we will continue to provide you with our services. We will ensure that all online resources and additional online help are available to you during the current, unprecedented public health situation.
Using Library online services
A significant proportion of our resources are already available online. There will be no change to this service and everything that you previously used will continue to be available.
Undergraduate and post-graduate taught course students: you can still access UoR online reading lists directly and via Blackboard. Many of the items on your reading lists are accessible online, with some lists fully available online.
For your research, you can still access e-resources through the Library website, to find our extensive collection of e-books, e-journals and databases. The following tools will help you:
Our Study Advisers are available for one-to-one advice and support online via video, chat, or email. They also have a series of video tutorials and study guides providing essential study advice.
Our Maths Support team is available for one-to-one advice and support online via video, chat, or email. They also provide links and guidance, worksheets and video tutorials. To request one-to-one help, send an email to email@example.com.
Our Research Engagement team is available to support your research. If you require support for Open Access, research data management and other research related matters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whilst the Library building remains closed the printed book collection will not be available. If you currently have books on loan that are due back do not worry! We will automatically renew them for you so that you do not get fined. And if you incur any fines during this period of online working you will not be charged. Books that you currently have on loan will not be recalled and you will not be expected to return them whilst the building is closed. If you want to place a reservation (hold) on a book you can continue to do so and we will seek to satisfy your request. For loan and general enquiries, please email email@example.com
You can still request Inter-Llibrary Loans in the usual manner, completing the online request form. If you currently have Inter-Library Loans (books) from another library do not worry, we will arrange for the return date to be extended for you. For Inter-Library Loan enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have just received a notification from ProQuest that the problems we were experiencing earlier are now largely resolved. The Ebook Central platform is now back, but you may still experience some issues with ProQuest Central.
The Library currently has a trial to the online Churchill Archive – try it now! Access is available until 21st December.
The archive consists of more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. There is a video tour of the archive available here.
Over the summer, Digimap have produced a number of improvements which will help compare and combine the different services, and increase interoperability with other mapping applications.
Web Mapping Services
A new button gives access to ‘Web Services’. This will allow you to export Digimap to other applications like ArcGIS or QGIS, without having to store the data locally. The data can be used as backdrop mapping and there are no size restrictions. You can also use this function to combine different Digimap services eg Aerial and OS. Transparency sliders allow you to adjust the visibility of each component.
New overlays in Digimap Ordnance Survey
New overlays available include:
Postcodes – based on Codepoint with polygons. Contains the full hierarchy
Contours and spot heights – from Terrain50 and Terrain5 datasets
Points of interest – point dataset of features. Nine groups, including Retail, Transport and manufacturing and Production
Include photographs on a Digimap base
Upload your own photographs to a Digimap base! Simply click on the Camera icon on the Drawing Tools panel. Once added it is treated as a drawing feature and can be moved or resized.
You can now request an A5 sized print – better for fitting into an essay or report
Search results are now grouped by type – places, roads, coordinates etc, and shown in different tabs
Unfortunately one of our authentication methods is currently interfering with such linking and preventing users from accessing content. If you find a link with this problem it will take you to a webpage with a ‘Bad Gateway’ error message. This is affecting resources that are using our Proxy that link via DOI, and as such may appear in Talis, Enterprise or Summon. We are aware of the urgency of this problem and are working with the company that manages this authentication system to resolve the situation. In the meantime we have changed links in Talis and Summon so that they no longer authenticate with the proxy, these changes may take up to 48 hours to complete. Once on a platform you may need to login to a resource via the institutional sign in.
If you come across such an error message you can still access the resource by using our A-Z databases list to search for the platform the eBook or article is on, and then search the database using the title or author to find the resource.
We will be updating the Library website with the new links shortly. In the meantime please use the above links for access to Lexis’ international and news platforms. To access all other areas of the Lexis platform please use the links found on the A-Z database.
Since the start of Spring Term, 874 of you have watched a total of 247 hours of content – mostly on Sunday or Monday nights… we won’t ask why!
Most Popular Films
These are the top 5 films that you’ve been watching, and their summary from Kanopy.
Marlon Riggs’ essay film TONGUES UNTIED gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization.
An iconic piece of challenging 1960’s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’AVVENTURA concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily.
Stationed in a secluded Bulgarian village in 1943, Walter, an artist and sergeant in the Wehrmacht, lives an almost idyllic life far away from the war. Then one day a transit camp is set up for Jews arriving from Greece.
Definite Articles and Nouns
Learn the gender of Spanish nouns by practicing each new noun with its masculine or feminine definite article.
This film plunges us into the “typographic cauldron” of the great modern metropolis.
What else will you discover?
There’s a wide range of films available, as you can see from the list above. Take a look for yourself! You can browse by subject or topic, or search for a filmmaker or subject area to see what Kanopy has to offer.
Digimap, the online map and data delivery service, has a new trial service available. In addition to Ordnance Survey, Historic, Geology, Aerial, Environment, Marine and Global, we now have access to Society Digimap.
Society Digimap provides a wealth of census and socio-economic data for Great Britain. Although census data is available through the UK Data Service, the processing required to show census and other demographic datasets on a map can be a barrier to use for many interested in the value of the datasets. By providing these datasets as layers to visualise along with high quality Ordnance Survey data, users can access this rich information source to gain valuable insights for their areas of interest without the need to learn how to use a GIS.
Over 40 layers of data from a range of Census 2011 data, broadband availability and Output Area Classification (OAC) are available. Initially this can be mapped using a Roam mapper, but a download facility is also planned.
Is this service useful?
If you are using or planning to use this service in your teaching or research, please let us know! The trial is available until 31 July 2019. Please send any feedback about it to Judith Fox, Digimap Site Representative.
Kanopy is an online streaming platform, providing access to thousands of films from over 800 film makers. Whether you’re a Film student or an Historian, you will find a range of films related to the arts & humanities – including documentaries, Hollywood cinema, early film, a range of genres, and The Criterion Collection.
Access is provided by the Library, so it is free for you to access, and you can stream films on-campus and off-campus. Use the Browse feature to search by subject or genre, or the search bar at the top of the page to look for a film by title.