New Electronic Resources Available On LCP


A wide range of new and updated electronic resources covering the whole spectrum of subject areas have been recently added to the Library’s virtual stock and are now available for searching on Library Catalogue Plus.

Highlights include the Taylor & Francis literature e-book collection, comprising of over fifty titles exploring creative writing, post-colonial studies and Shakespeare, an update to Filmmaker’s Library Online, the Daily Mail Historical Archive (spanning 1896-2004), the Digital Encyclopedia of Applied Physics, the Picture Post Historical Archive (1938-1957), and the ASME Journals Online archive, including the AMR Archives from 1960 to 1999, which comprise of 25 titles all together. Why not have a browse?

Library Catalogue Plus search default changes

Library Catalogue Plus search default has now been altered from Catalogue Plus to Catalogue. This means that when you access Library Catalogue Plus you will search our Catalogue by default and will have to change to Catalogue Plus to broaden the search to include Primo Central material. This will also be the case for anyone searching from the Library’s home page.

What's new in the Library? Library Catalogue Plus!

Library Catalogue Plus, the Library’s new solution for the discovery and delivery of information resources, both electronic and print, is now live.

Library Catalogue Plus replaces the previous Library Catalogue and MetaLib,with one simple search box that allows you to search across the Library’s print holdings, electronic journals and e-books, and the information databases previously available via MetaLib.

To discover how to make the most of Library Catalogue Plus why not:

1. Attend a workshop (book a place on the Get the Know-How module on Learn):

  • Tuesday 4th October 13.00pm-13.50pm
  • Thursday 13th October, 12-12.50pm

2. Watch a screen cast on how to:

3. Seek help from Library staff at an Information & Enquiries Desk

If it's interactive, is it more engaging?

First there was the news that sound effects were being added to ebooks,  now readers can interact with authors direct from their Kindle.

The first news story has attracted criticism  and some news sites have stopped accepting comments. But what about the second news story, being able to ask the author questions is a good thing, isn’t it?

For interactivity closer to home, don’t forget to check out the “reviews and tags” feature on Library Catalogue Plus.

New collection on Japan now available!

Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion in Kyoto Japan by mharrsch taken from Flickr and used under cc licence

The Library is delighted to make available a new collection of books on Japan and the Japanese. Nearly ninety books have been very kindly donated by the Nippon Foundation, Tokyo, as part of its Book Donation Scheme: 100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan.

The Nippon Foundation is keen to support study and research but also hopes to encourage understanding  between Japan and the UK. This is particularly timely in view of the University’s forthcoming role as host to the Japanese Olympic team in 2012 when interest in the Japanese nation and its culture is likely to increase significantly. The University also runs a number of modules relating directly to the study of Japan from a historical, political, business and cultural perspective and these books offer a valuable enhancement of our current holdings of Japan-related texts.

The collection includes books from all of the following fields: Politics, Government, International Relations, Economics, Business, Society, Culture, Literature, the Arts and History.

Simply type in “Nippon Foundation” into the Library Catalogue to view the full list of books in this exciting new  collection.

The Pilkington Library Hit Parade

Greetings, book-pickers! Here’s the run down of the Top Ten most borrowed books from the 2009-10 Academic Year. Not ‘alf!

  1. Number one with a bullet is Gerry Johnson’s seminal Exploring Corporate Strategy.
  2. At number two, loads of people have been Living in the Plastic Age with Arthur Birley’s Physics of Plastics.
  3. I don’t need to draw you a map to show you that Key Methods of Geography is still Stuck in the Middle at number three.
  4. At number four, Weinberg & Gould are still Building a Bridge to Your Heart with Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  5. Five Stars only for David Jobber’s Principles and Practice of Marketing, but it’s a still a great book, Rain or Shine.
  6. Number six is the Magic Number for W.B. Seal’s Management Accounting.
  7. It’s Seven Tears for Richard Schmidt’s Motor Control and Learning.
  8. J.L. Merriam’s Engineering Mechanics is still Cool for Cats at number eight.
  9. David Hiller’s Corporate Finance is on the Money at number nine.
  10. Running Up That Hill all the way to number ten is Edward E. Smith’s Cognitive Psychology.

Okay, I think the music industry has suffered enough. Here’s the complete listing for the Top 20:

Rank Title / Author
1 Exploring corporate strategy / Johnson, Gerry
2 Physics of plastics / Birley, Arthur W.
3 Key methods in geography
4 Foundations of sport and exercise psychology / Weinberg, Robert S.
5 Principles and practice of marketing / Jobber, David
6 Management accounting / Seal, W. B.
7 Motor control and learning / Schmidt, Richard A.
8 Engineering mechanics / Meriam, J. L.
9 Corporate finance / Hiller, David et al.
10 Cognitive psychology / Smith, Edward E.
11 Exercise physiology / McArdle, William D.
12 Work psychology / Arnold, John
13 Geographies of global change / Johnston, R.J.
14 Financial accounting theory / Deegan, Craig
15 Macroeconomics / Williamson, Stephen D.
16 Interactive behaviour at work / Guirdham, Maureen.
17 Social psychology / Hogg, Michael A.
18 Motor learning and performance / Schmidt, Richard A.
19 The biomechanics of sports techniques / Hay, James G.
20 Social psychology in sport /Jowett, Sophia

Why not have a look through your Reading Lists to see how many of these are making your own Top Twenty reading for the semester? Don’t forget, if you want any of these books, remember to check the library catalogue for their availability first.

Alright? Stay bright!