E-Resource of the Month – Science Direct Online


What is Science Direct Online?

Science Direct is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from approximately 3200 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 book chapters. Our subscription covers around 900 of these journals and covers subjects including Computer Science, Management Studies, Mathematics and Psychology, as well as general Arts and Humanities (Education, English, History) and Social Sciences (Sociology) subjects.

How do I access Science Direct Online?

Go to the E-Resources A-Z list and go to ‘S’ for Science Direct Online (Elsevier). Click on the brown ‘G’ for on-campus use. For off-campus access, you need your IT username and password (click on the green ‘W’ to log-in on the ‘Shibboleth’ screen). Alternatively, all Science Direct Online journals that we subscribe to can be found on the library catalogue. You can access the archive or search for an exact reference using the Findit@Gold icon.

Searching Science Direct Online

You can either browse or search the collections. You can browse by subject or by journal title using the menu on the left side of the home page. With the browse feature you can also choose full text availability. You can perform a basic search on the home page using all fields (e.g. keyword, any part of the article title), author, journal/book title, volume, issue and page numbers. Or you can use the advanced search function to search by combining keywords (Boolean searching), subjects (you can choose more than one) and date range. You can choose to search for all sources (journals, books, images) or each resource type individually. The expert search allows you to construct a complex Boolean search (using several keywords and operators). There are search tips available to help you make the most of your search.


Easter Opening of the Library

Hopefully, you will have all seen the display at the entrance of the library. If not these are our opening hours over Easter.

Wednesday 27 March: Library closes at midnight

Thursday 28 March: Library open 9am-midnight

(staffed 9am-9pm)

Friday 29 March: Library open 9am-midnight

(staffed 11:30am – 5:30pm)

Saturday 30 March: Library open 9am-midnight

(staffed 11:30am-5:30pm)

Sunday 31 March: Library closed

Monday 1 April: Library closed

Tuesday 2 April: Library open 9am-midnight

(staffed 9am-9 pm)

Wednesday 3 April: Library open 8am onwards

(24/7 opening recommences)

Don’t eat too much chocolate!

Design the new Library bag!

bag for kathrynNow is finally your chance to design the Library Bag that will be on sale for students and staff to buy. Here are the specifications:

This competition is only open to current Goldsmiths Students.

– The prize for this competition is a £50 Amazon voucher and having your design printed onto bags to sell in the Library.

– The designs will be judged by design professionals Juliet Sprake, Rose Sinclair, and the Library marketing team.

– The bag must say, or represent, the Library in some way.

– The design can be no bigger than 35cm (Width) and 38cm (Height).

– The design must include the Library URL.

– The background colour of the bag will be cream.

– Designs should be initially sent as a JPEG (no bigger than 20MB) to, we will then need the winner to provide the original design for printing as either PSD/EPS/AI/TIFF format, with resolution of at least 300-400 pixels (dpi).  If you prefer to work by hand, original art should be scanned at 1200 dpi and submitted as an EPS file.

– Art must be 100 percent of the size to be reproduced, i.e. to fit in an area 38 cm high by 35 cm wide.

– The design can only be in one colour, but you can choose the colour. The colour you choose must be available in the Pantone uncoated library (U numbers on the pantone chart), an approximation of these can be found in the Photoshop/InDesign colour library, or you can look them up on an online pantone colour chart.

– Please ensure that all fonts are converted to outlines to eliminate the likelihood that the printers do not have the fonts used in your artwork, or embed them in the file.

– You must leave space in the bottom right hand corner of the bag for the Goldsmiths Logo.

– We reserve the right to edit the design in consultation with the winning entrant.

– The winning entrant will need to pass the copyright of the image onto the Library.

– All entered designs may be used for publicity after or during the competition, e.g. a display of the entries.

– All entries must be received by midnight of the 3rd of April, entries received after this time will not be counted.

Writing your Dissertation? – Part Two

4. Look at other dissertations

The library keeps hard copies of outstanding dissertations, provided by academic departments, and mostly at postgraduate level dissertations. Departments themselves might have copies of undergraduate level dissertations. You can search on the library catalogue to see what’s available. For a Masters level thesis, click on other categories on the library catalogue; change the stock category from full catalogue to MA course work and then search. For a PhD level thesis, click on the link on the catalogue and then search. Masters level theses are available on the ground floor on shelves close to Special Collections. They are shelved alphabetically. For a PhD level thesis, click on the link on the catalogue and then search. These are kept in the stack – please ask in Special Collections.

5. Use Senate House and other libraries

Goldsmiths students aren’t just restricted to using this library. Your research might locate items that we don’t have at Goldsmiths. First, register with Senate House Library. It’s the main library of the University of London and Goldsmiths students can borrow their books and use their electronic resources once they’ve registered. You can also ask at the enquiry desk for a SCONUL card. This provides either reference (undergraduate) or borrowing (postgraduate) access to many other UK libraries. Use COPAC to find which libraries hold books we don’t.


6. Use EndNote Web or Zotero for referencing

Referencing your work can be time-consuming, but to make it easier, use software to keep track of all the items you’ve referenced for your research. There are two main pieces of referencing software you can use: EndNote Web and Zotero. EndNote Web is supported by the College – you can use it on most computers in the library and library staff offer training. Follow the instructions on the IT website to start using it. Zotero is the latest piece of referencing software. It’s not supported by the College and we don’t offer formalised training (but speak to your subject librarian if you need help), but it is increasingly being used by academic researchers and it can be more straightforward to use than EndNote Web. See which software you like – using either will save you time in the long run.

7. Contact CELAW for academic writing help

The library can’t provide help with academic writing, but we can refer you instead to the Centre for English Language and Academic Writing (CELAW). CELAW offers all students advice on improving essay writing and other academic language skills through drop in sessions on Thursdays 4-5pm (RHB307) and Fridays 2-3pm (RHB353). CELAW also offers in-sessional English classes to improve the academic writing of non-native English speakers, and also offers online writing guides on its VLE pages.

Writing Your Dissertation – Part 1

Writing your dissertation? Part One


As the end of term and Easter approaches, many of you will be working on your dissertations. With a deadline in sight, it can be stressful, whether it’s your first dissertation or second. Why not remove some of that stress by using the advice we’ve listed below? Find out how the library can help; see the resources we have and the training we can provide. Although we can’t promise you an outstanding dissertation, we can suggest ways to make the whole process a little easier.

1. Consult your course handbook

Your department should let you know what it expects from your dissertation. You should already have chosen a dissertation topic and have been allocated a supervisor. Check the course handbook to find the information that will help you write a successful dissertation. It should tell you the purpose of the dissertation, what skills you need to use and develop and what their preferred writing style is (font size and type, line spacing). Emphasis might also be placed on referencing – read this carefully. Know which citation style your department uses. Check submission dates and how to hand in your dissertation. Get all this right and you’re on the right track.

2. Contact your subject librarian and use subject guides

Subject librarians work with academic departments to support learning and teaching. Each department has a subject librarian. We create subject guides to highlight the resources the library has and how they can best help you with your studies. Use this as the first resource when starting research. It will tell you where to find books, journals, audiovisual materials, newspapers – pretty much any kind of resource that will be useful. You can contact your subject librarian for further help – contact details are at the top of the subject guides. We can help by email or you can ask for 1:1 training.

3. Use books on academic writing

The library has a number of books to help with academic writing. These are available at 029.6 (first floor) or 808.02 (second floor). These can give advice on how to write specifically for dissertations, how to reference and avoid plagiarism, and how to write according to certain styles. These will help turn your research into prose.

Writing Your Dissertation – Part 2

Sourcing the Archive

‘Sourcing the Archive: new approaches to materialising textile history’.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Carolyn Steedman, University of Warwick
Dr Solveigh Goett, Textile Artist and Researcher. 

Textiles attract through their sensory appeal – their texture and weight, smell, malleability, sound, retention of owners’ and makers’ bodily traces – factors only fully appreciable through physical engagement with them. Yet many, especially modern, historians have relied – often of necessity – on documentary or visual sources to research textile history. The 2013 Pasold Conference, jointly organised by Goldsmiths Department of History and the Goldsmiths Textile Collection will explore how tacit knowledge of material and affective relationships can be traced through the words we think with (Lakoff & Johnson 1999, 2003) with a view to asking: how can our engagement with textile sources extend our knowledge of the past? What can textiles communicate that other sources cannot? Building on a range of recent events which encourage engagement with the materiality of textiles, textile archives and/or the relationship between textiles and other historical sources the Conference will seek to identify textiles’ unique contribution to the advancement of historical understanding and practices.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers/presentations from historians, practitioners, writers and scholars in any discipline and concerned with any period or region. Proposals from postgraduate students are warmly welcome. Themes for papers may include, but are not limited to the following and we encourage creative interpretation of the overall conference theme:

– The unique value of textiles as historical sources.

– The relationship between physical and other (documentary, visual, digital) textile sources.

– The nature and purpose of physical textile archives in a digital age.

– The extent to which the value of physical engagement with textiles can be recovered when the textiles no longer exist.

– The challenges of, and solutions to, disseminating research findings which demand physical engagement with textile sources.

– The value of the materiality of textiles for cross-cultural/disciplinary interactions and writing about history.

Proposals, c. 250 words (and enquiries) should be sent to: by June 7 2013 Goldsmiths’ acclaimed history of innovative work in the textile arts will be celebrated during the Conference with a special exhibition of material from the Goldsmiths’ Textile Collection, ‘an eclectic, international treasure trove of textiles’. There will also be an optional afternoon of object handling in the Collection to generate discussion around new ways of writing history.

E-Resource of the Month – Academic Video Online


What is Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online is an online repository of approximately 17,000 video titles across several individual disciplines. We currently subscribe to three of its collections – Ethnographic Video Online (1,079 videos), Opera in Video (293 videos) and Theatre in Video (265 videos) and we have a trial of Black Studies in Video (142 videos) until the end of March 2013. Academic Video Online works with key distribution partners such as Documentary Educational Resources (DER), California Newsreel and others to provide collections of documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage in these disciplines. The key personnel in these disciplines, whether it’s film makers, authors or composers are all represented in  the collections.

How do I access Academic Video Online?

Go to the E-Resources A-Z list. All collections are filed under Academic Video Online, but individual collections are listed on this page, e.g. go to ‘E’ for Ethnographic Video Online. Click on the brown ‘G’ for on-campus use. For off-campus access, you need your IT username and password (click on the green ‘W’ to log-in on the ‘Shibboleth’ screen).

Searching Academic Video Online

You can either browse or search the collections. You can browse alphabetically by title or by other criteria specific to the collection, such as author, composer, etc. The advanced search function allows you to search by title, personnel, language, keyword, etc. You can be as specific as you wish with your search. There are search tips available to help you make the most of your search. Films are usually available with full transcriptions. You can also make clips or playlists, create permalinks and enlarge the video screen as necessary.