Close down of blog

I will no longer be updating this blog as I have a new role as Research Support Librarian.

Thank you to all who have viewed this blog over the past few years.




Two good links for research

The two webpages are worth looking at, especially if you’re an early career researcher:


Library OneSearch improvements – March 2014

Library OneSearch@NTU

In response to feedback from Customer Services (and from library customers), a number of small (but hopefully significant) changes will go live in the Library OneSearch interface later this week. The key tweaks and updates are detailed below (click on each of the images for a full-size version):

Repositioned ‘Locations & Requests’ tab

For an item of physical stock, the ‘Locations & Requests’ tab will be presented first in the list of clickable options. For items that are available in both physical and electronic format, the ‘View Online’ tab will be presented first, and the ‘Locations & Requests’ tab second. This change is intended to provide more intuitive access to location information and reservation options for physical stock items.

Relocated 'Locations & Requests' tab Relocated ‘Locations & Requests’ tab

New prominent ‘Find Databases’ link

In an effort to give the functionality greater prominence, an additional ‘Find Databases’ button will be added to the main search…

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Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – service ‘at risk’ Thursday 27 March

eResource updates

In order to correct a problem affecting the BBC Archive link in the off-air recording and streaming service Box of Broadcasts, the BoB team will be carrying out maintenance tasks throughout Thursday 27 March 2014.

Although the work may be completed in a relatively short period of time, the service should be considered ‘at risk’ for the entire day.

BoB will display a message on the BUFVC homepage, and send out updates on its Twitter feed (@bufvc_bob) as work progresses.

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TV programme broadcast w/c 22.3.14

The following TV programme will be added to the Box of Broadcasts (BoB) databases after transmission next week:

Panorama: The great NHS robbery (Monday 24th, BBC1, 8.30-9pm).

TV and radio programmes w/c 15.3.14

The following programmes will be broadcast and added to the BoB archive next week:

Oh do shut up dear! Mary Beard on the public voice of women (Sunday 16th, BBC4, 8-9pm)

Life and death row – execution (Monday 17th, BBC3, 9-10pm)

Gay rights: tying the knot (Tuesday 18th, R4, 8-8.40pm)

The Alliance for Useful Evidence

The Alliance for Useful Evidence  provides a focal point for improving and extending the use of social research and evidence in the UK, and has just gone into its second year of existence.  Membership is free upon registration. The website contains links to additional information and to publications. Find out more and register at