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IMG_0043October is Black History Month, but Black history is important no matter the month.

However, it is a chance to turn to our LRC collections to see whether we are providing information for everybody. We would like to highlight our new books that focus on people and cultures who haven’t received adequate visibility in our mainly White-centred literary and academic world. At Hillcroft we acquire resources that are reflective of students’ various backgrounds and ethnicity whilst being of interest and importance to studies and lives. We are always open to suggestions for authors to try out, so keep your eyes peeled for new books and other resources to suggest too.

Here’s our list of new resources to find out more about the people, history and heritage from West Africa, the US and Britain:

Fiction: From Pasta to Pigfoot (England and Ghana), Ghana Must Go (United States, Britain, Ghana and Nigeria)

DVDs: Half of a Yellow Sun (Nigeria), Skin (South Africa)

Poetry: Citizen (United States), Evolution (England)

Non-fiction: Looking for Transwonderland (England and Nigeria), Black British Intellectuals.

Let us know what you think of our new books and DVDs.

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Information sources mindmap - available on the VLE

Information sources mindmap – available on the VLE.

To get the better grades in assignments they are looking for you to draw from a wide range of relevant information sources to reinforce your ideas. There is no end to good sources of information available to you, but navigating your way through to the best ones takes practice and guidance. Here’s a little guidance, but please ask for help from the LRC team if you are stuck.

To start out with it is advisable to find information from generalist sources such as encyclopaedias and subject specific dictionaries. For instance to find definitions of key words included in your essay question. They have more authority than Wikipedia when it comes to referencing. However, starting an assignment is scary and overwhelming, perhaps try listening to a podcast on the topic or watching a video to get more familiar with it in a short time without needing to open a book.

After getting a better picture of the topic and identifying the key words next you could move on to more specialist sources such as subject books, ebooks, newspaper and journal articles. We have access to these through the MyAthens log in page on the VLE and our borrowing service. Let us know if you have forgotten your password, it happens to almost everyone. Alternatively, search on newspaper websites and  such as The Guardian or through Google Scholar.

There’s a mindmap of information sources that is posted on the VLE under LRC FAQs –> Resources.

WBN logo in headlineWe’re excited to discover we have been selected to be a World Book Night 2015 Institutional Giver. We’ve selected the books we’d like to give from the World Book Night 2015 list. We’ve now found out which book(s) we are giving away but we’re keeping it under our hats so we don’t spoil it for our staff and students!

We’ll be running an event for World Book Night at Hillcroft College for students and staff. As well as giving out the books from the 2015 list we’ll be getting students and staff to register to give away secondhand books they like or new ones they’ve bought themselves. If you’d like to do the same here is the link to be a World Book Night Volunteer.

We’ll let you know more about our event shortly.

 

 

A quick message from the LRC team today. Whether it be for Christmas or another festival or celebration, we wish you all happy holidays. We are looking forward to seeing you all from 5th January 2015. If you have any suggestions for books or other resources the LRC could order for next term please email us over the holidays (lrc@hillcroft.ac.uk). Then we can evaluate your request when we get back and see what copies we could buy.

Colourful winter lights Brian Wilson (2008)

Brian Wilson (2008). No changes made to image.

 

 

 

World Book  Night 2013 booksOn Wednesday 23 April our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) will be a giver for the first time in World Book Night 2014.

World Book Night celebrates books and reading and takes place annually on 23 April which is the date of William Shakespeare’s birth and the death of the Spanish novelist Cervantes. Due to the importance of the date the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) named it the International Day of the Book.

As a book giver our LRC team selected books from the 2014 booklist. We’ve picked books that will appeal to our students;  two Quick Reads

The Perfect Murder by Peter James

Hello Mum by Bernadine Evaristo

and Armistead Maupin’s novel Tales of the City.

We’ll be giving copies of the books away to our learners and having an evening event to celebrate. In preparation we’ve ordered the DVD of Tales of the City for our students to borrow.

This year anyone can be a World Book Night Giver. You can give anyone a book you own or bought. If you’d like to do this you can register on the World Book Night website and get the chance to enter a prize draw.

You can take part by attending a World Book Night event up and down the United Kingdom.

Woman Studying

Before the Christmas break we ordered in copies of the Palgrave Pocket Study Skills books which are a set of dinky books helping students with:

  • reading and making notes
  • planning essays
  • writing
  • referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • passing exams
  • doing search
  • studying with dyslexia
  • writing reports
  • thinking critically
  • managing time
  • working well in groups.

You can find them all listed on our Online Public Access Catalogue onsite and offsite.

What’s fantastic about these is you can buy audio formats of these books too. Visit the Palgrave Macmillan website for more information. We’d love to be able to offer this format to our students…

There’s also a host of useful information to help you study better oon the Palgrave Study Skills website.

Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)We’ve now got our Online Public Access Catalogue available on and offsite.

 

This means you can find:

  • books
  • websites
  • ebooks
  • online reports.

available 24/7.

Plus as a library member you can login to:

  • see your borrowing history
  • renew material you have on loan
  • reserve material
  • send in requests.

If you’re using our ebooks you’ll find the catalogue is an easy gateway to ebooks from both our Dawsonera and ebrary suppliers. You’ll just need to put in your OpenAthens username and password to read them.


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