If you want to find the best academic resources for research and to inspire your practice, this key resources section is a great place to start. You can use these resources alongside your recommended reading from your tutors to extend your research into new areas.
If you want to keep up to date with new stock arriving in the library then keep an eye on our new books list. It is updated monthly with details of new stock that has been purchased for all subjects within the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries.
The Library subscribes to journals chosen by the Faculty that you can access in print and online via Discover. We’ve put together a list in My Module Resources that brings together all of the journals we have. This will help you browse current editions and keep up-to-date with whats going on in the arts and design world.
We have recently begun a subscription to Box of Broadcasts (BoB), an on-demand TV & radio streaming service.
BoB is an educational broadcasting and archives service from the British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council (BUFVC) which gives access to over two million TV and radio broadcasts dating back to the 1990s. Content includes BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and more. There are 10 foreign language channels (including Italian, French and German) and BBC Shakespeare Archive content dating back to the 1950s.
As well as giving stable, legal access to broadcast content, BoB offers some exciting features for teaching and learning.
- Links to broadcasts or clips can be embedded into presentations, or embedded into Canvas.
- Advanced search: It’s possible to search BoB by subject or program as well as by date e.g. it’s possible to see everything broadcast from a date in time.
- Clips and notes: You can use slider bars on a broadcast to create clips and write annotations on those clips. It’s possible to put these clips into a compilation. No extra software is needed.
- Playlists: Tutors can create playlists, with annotations, and make these available publicly, to a cohort, or keep them private in a workspace. There are over 80,000 publicly available playlists, and it’s possible to search these by curator, keyword, or institution. Playlists can include programs, individual broadcasts, clips or clip compilations
- Transcripts: BoB also offers transcripts, which would be helpful for accessibility, language comprehension, quoting for essays, as well as scriptwriting. Transcripts are fully searchable by keyword
You need to log in with your university ID and password, and then enter your email address and name (one time only) to create an account within BoB. It should work in all internet browsers, but Chrome seems to be working the best at the moment. Due to licensing restrictions, BoB can only be used in the United Kingdom.
- Access Box of Broadcasts
Art Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.
The Library holds exhibition catalogues from many of the major galleries and are a great resource to help you discover new artists. The exhibition catalogues are located on the Murray Library upper level, shelved at 700, allowing you to browse the shelves by artist name. Use the Library Catalogue to locate them, refining your search results by Exhibition Catalogues. You can search by the artist, gallery, title of the exhibition or by keyword (e.g. David Hockney, Tate Gallery or Sensation: young British artists from the Saatchi Collection).
Watch this short video to help you find exhibition catalogues in the library collection.
Located on the upper level of the Murray Library, the Secure Collection is made up of precious resources, including artists books, special editions, rare art books and signed copies. Items can be used for reference in the library during staffed hours and can be found using the library catalogue.
Highlights of the Secure Collections include
- Ed Ruscha, Every building on the Sunset Strip, Twenty Six Gasoline Stations and Nine swimming pools and a broken glass.
Museum and gallery websites are brilliant resources to draw on for inspiration and background information. They often have superb sections with information about art and artists, blogs which tell you what’s trending, education sections with valuable resources, and of course are the best place to go to find out about up coming exhibitions and events.
The Arts and Design slide collection at The Murray Library consists of over 80,000 slides covering all aspects of Art and Design.
You can find slides by searching the Slides Collection on the Library Catalogue, using the artist’s name or a subject. The slides are kept in a storage facility adjacent to the Library so will need to be retrieved by a member of staff. It would be helpful if you can give us 24 hours notice of what you want to look at, so that we can retrieve the slides in a timely manner for you. You can let us know your requirements by contacting us through LibraryTalk or coming to the Enquiry desk.
LexisNexis contains a news database of full-text UK regional, national and broadsheet newspapers. Coverage goes back as far as January 1982 to the present day for some titles, although this varies by publication.
EThOS (e-theses online service) – from the British Library
EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service with approximately 400,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Around 160,000 of these also provide access to the full text.
PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge where the author has opted to publish as open access. This includes international Universities.