Are you working on your dissertation or Honours’ Project?

The Library has lots of useful resources that can help you with your dissertation or Honours’ Project.

Planning your search strategy

We have a range of books that can help you get started with your literature review and with your dissertation or project more generally (for example here, here and here).  Additionally our online training package SMILE has lots of tips that will improve the quality of your research. Continue reading

Free open access publishing for GCU authors in over 2000 journals

Through the library’s subscription with the publisher Springer, GCU authors can benefit from the Springer Compact open access agreement. This allows staff and research students at GCU to publish articles open access in over 2000 journals, at no cost.

GCU authors can gain from publishing open access in a number of ways. These include increased visibility of your research worldwide, compliance with funder and REF open access policies, and enhanced impact and public engagement of your work.

The list of eligible journal titles can be found here. Once an article is accepted for publication in a journal from this list, the publisher will contact the corresponding author to confirm the institutional affiliation.

The Springer Compact agreement is available to staff until December 2018.

For further information please contact: repository@gcu.ac.uk

Organised Memories 1

The theory of Eternalism was first posited by the metaphysician J.M.E.McTaggart. As I would assume with metaphysics in general, it’s rather a dense notion to get one’s head around[1]. It suggests that the past, present and future are all equally ‘real’ – that events are not only happening now, but both have been and will be simultaneously as well.

At least I think that’s the crux of it.

I bring this up because it chimes with my experience of working in Archives and Special Collections. Since starting I’ve  Continue reading

Stash

We are happy to announce that the library recently added Stash Media to our collection of eresources.

Stash is an online video library featuring animation, VFX and motion design. Stash is published six times per year, each issues includes:
– TV and cinema advertising
– Title and broadcast designs
– Music videos
– Brand films
– Game trailers and cinematics
– Short films
– Behind the scenes features
– Exclusive interviews

The resource also includes Stash News – up to date news on the projects, people, events and jobs powering the motion design, visual effects and animation industry.

You can access this resource directly from our Database A-Z by logging in with your domain username and password. If you require assistance using this resource please contact your librarian.

If these walls could talk…

Image 1 ~ © Larry Herman; image 2 ~ Hernando Fernandez papers; image 3 ~ Scottish Anti-Apartheid Movement papers; image 4 ~ © Bob Starrett; image 5 ~ Robert Climie papers

Michael Chaiken, Archivist and Curator of the Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently wrote that the “archivist’s impulse…affirms that what has come before can be made eternally alive and present, provided, as Nietzsche reminds us, that what we are celebrating in our own history is not an end in itself, but a means of serving life through a fundamental continuity with the strengths of our past.”

To this end, as a neat visual rendering of this impulse, our Archivist, at the tail end of a year in which some posited that we needed to be reminded of our collective past in the light of certain re-emergent nihilistic tendencies, decided that our shiny, new (but very stark, white) Reading Room required a frieze to adorn it’s walls. A series of images, illustrating the depth and breadth of GCU’s Archives & Special Collections, were then carefully selected, and in the week before Christmas the stars at our Print Design Services worked their magic on our walls.

And so now our users find themselves encircled (and hopefully inspired) by images of our collective past. So far, everyone, from students, researchers or just pop-in visitors passing by our windows, has remarked on its appeal. It would seem that one cannot help but be drawn in by it, to peek and peer at the stories on our wall, and it has been fascinating to me to see how every viewer is drawn to different images and indeed sees them differently; it confirms our innate fascination with our past, of how we lived then (and the simple yet sublime power of these images is rendering the past as just so ~ as ’we’, not ‘them’).

Some images speak for themselves, and trigger personal memories, ~ Nelson Mandela united in smiles with a packed George Square. Others possess a mystery and power which is innate (yet increases once you know the personal details) ~ a sepia shot of a group of men in the winter outdoors pose smiling in front of a giant ‘Socialism’ snowball (WW1 conscientious objectors in a work camp, their principles spelled out amidst the harshest of conditions).

Other guests have been drawn to the small details, not noticed on first viewing, such as the image of Nelson Mandela and Brian Filling of the Scottish AAM. One notices their smiling, celebratory faces, beaming for all the world to see, and yet it is only after a few further glances that one draws one’s eyes away from their faces and sees that these two middle-aged men in suits are tightly holding hands. Elsewhere, a satirical cartoon has Margaret Thatcher, equally tightly, grasping onto the fundamentals of a striking worker.

Elsewhere, the aesthetic power is undeniable ~ the graphic beauty of a Chilean political poster, or the stark sublimity of Larry Herman’s Glasgow photographs ~ capturing a common humanity that transcends lenses, geography and history. Herman’s haunting industrial shots also transcend their environment almost to the point of science fiction; the past as a different planet, let alone place.

The innate idea of a frieze represents continuity, encirclement, an unbroken chain of connection. These images may be frozen in time, but their power is thawed out by our looking upon them. What has come before passes on and surrounds us now. There actually is no end to history, despite the claims of some (as 2016 undoubtedly illustrated).

As Michael Chaiken concluded ~ “In this regard, preservation is the enemy of nihilism and evinces a simple hope: that the future lasts forever.”

~ Símon Docherty, Archive Assistant

Short loan laptops now available

The Library is pleased to announce the installation of a short loan laptop facility in the Saltire Centre.

Short loan (up to three hours) laptops are available for loan to GCU students and staff. The Lapsafe laptop vending machine is located on level 0 of the library, facing the café counter.

Laptops are provided fully charged for use around campus. You must have your student or staff card in order to use this service.

For further information on this service, please see the following webpage:
http://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/borrowing/borrowinglaptops/

BrowZine

BrowZine is a new online resource that enables you to easily browse, read and monitor current journal content either online or on your mobile device. BrowZine brings together titles in our journal collection with open access titles for a complete browsing experience.

BrowZine: Discover Scholarly Journals
With BrowZine, you can:

Browse and read journals: Browse thousands of top journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles.

Stay Current with My Bookshelf: Create a personal bookshelf of titles to follow and receive new article notifications.

Access on any device: Easily access BrowZine from your iOS and Android device and on the web to stay up to date wherever you are.

Save and export articles: Use the BrowZine app to save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as RefWorks, EndNote and more.

Get started today! To find out more about how to use BrowZine, including how to download the mobile app, please visit the library website.

Harvard Referencing Guide – Update Jan 2017

The Library has updated the Harvard Referencing Guide to expand the guidance on using in text citations.

The referencing style is unchanged.  There is no change in how to compile your reference list and you will still choose the Harvard British Standard 2010 GCU Library output style in Refworks.

For more help contact your librarians.

 

Politics and Cartoons – guest blog by Sandy Hobbs

freetodraw01In 2016 Sandy Hobbs added a large cartoon/comic related deposit to his existing collection at GCU. Our debut exhibition of 2017 is ‘Free to Draw: Cartoonists and their Politics’, which draws from both Sandy’s material and from Bob Starrett’s papers. As an introduction Sandy has kindly penned a blog for us ~

In the 1990s, when I moved material from my home to GCU to form what became the Sandy Hobbs Collection, the basic loose principles of selection were that  what was included would be POLITICAL  and from my PAST. Some of what I retained at home might well have gone, but other considerations were at work. Some correspondence with my still living friend Jean McCrindle seemed more personal than political. Writings by E. P. Thompson I kept by me because I still felt the need to consult it regularly. Continue reading

NVivo for beginners available on Lynda.com

NVivo is qualitative data analysis software for researchers.  This course explores how to use NVivo Starter for collecting and analyzing text-based research data.

Nvivo software is available from the GCU app store to GCU staff and students.

To view the course go to the Library homepage and log into Lynda.com from the Database A-Z.  The first time you login you will be asked to fill in a short form. Search for Nvivo in the top bar and click on the course you require.

nvivocapture

Lynda.com is a comprehensive set of online learning resources that can be utilised by all GCU students and staff to build business, software, technology and creative skills.

Accessing Lynda.com quick guide.