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Monday 30th January 10am – 4pm (drop in) Main Library – George Square
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Durham University is now home to three important archives containing materials relating to Iranian History, Culture and Politics. The archives originate in the work of three British scholars who worked extensively in Iran in the last century. The collection combines the work of the late Anne Lambton, the late David Brooks and Sue Wright. In future years the collection will mark Durham out as an important destination for researchers interested to know more about Iran in the 20th century.
Professor Sue Wright, Danish School of Education, Aarthus University, will give a personal reflection herself on the content and significance of these three collections on 31 January 2017, 17:00 in The Learning Centre, Palace Green Library. The public lecture is entitled: Iranian archives at Durham: A personal reflection on people, places and the public record.
The Library has organised a free trial, until 29th Nov 2016, of several literature-related databases of digitised archives and manuscripts:
Eighteenth Century Drama A unique archive of almost every play submitted for licence between 1737 and 1824, and hundreds of documents that provide social context for the plays.
London Low Life is a full-text searchable resource, containing colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London. It is designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research students and beyond. In addition to the digital documents, London Low Life contains a wealth of secondary resources, including a chronology, interactive maps, essays, online galleries and links to other useful websites.
Medieval Travel Writingprovides direct access to a widely scattered collection of original medieval manuscripts that describe travel – real and imaginary – in the Middle Ages. The project combines:
Multiple manuscript sources, detailing the journeys of famous travellers from Marco Polo to John Capgrave, and the stories of legendary figures such as Prester John and Sir John Mandeville.
Translations and supporting materials (all of which are fully searchable).
Maps showing the routes of the travellers.
Introductory essays by leading scholars.
Popular Culture in Britain and America (Module I & II) explores the dynamic period of social, political and cultural change between 1950 and 1975. The resource offers thousands of colour images of manuscript and rare printed material as well as photographs, ephemera and memorabilia from this exciting period in our recent history.
Shakespeare in Performanceshowcases rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare’s plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. *Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.
We have been offered a free trial of 大成故纸堆 which contains a vast amount of full-text material for Chinese studies. The trial can be accessed on the University network by going to www.dachengdata.com. The trial finishes on 23rd October 2016.
The database is produced by the same company that supplies us with Duxiu and Chinamaxx. It contains the following categories of full-text material:
老旧期刊全文数据库 (containing over 7,000 full-text periodicals from the late Qing Dynasty to 1949. There are many titles that are not found in the Late Qing Periodicals 1833-1911 and Minguo periodicals 1911-1949 that we subscribe to.)
民国图书全文数据库 (39,000 digitised books published between 1911 and 1949)
中国各地古方志集 (3,400 local gazetteers published throughout China’s history before 1949, some dating back to Song Dynasty)
古籍文献全文数据库 (15,000 pre-modern and rare Chinese books)
中共党史期刊数据库 (200 full-text periodicals published by the Chinese Communist Party before 1949)
《申报》 1872-1949 全文数据库 (we have already purchased this resource – please see Database A-Z list)
The University Library has arranged a free trial of an online language learning resource called “Mango Languages”. The service offers online interactive courses for learning over 70 languages, including almost all those that are taught at our University:
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Danish, Finnish, French, Gaelic (Scottish), German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Swahili, Turkish, as well as Shakespeare English!
It consists of two types of resources: Mango Conversations teaches through native-speaker dialogue, cultural insights, and critical thinking exercises, while Mango Premiere teaches foreign languages through the dialogue and culture found in full-length international films. Proprietary technology includes interactive subtitles and colour coding which allow learners t easily understand meaning, word order, and grammatical structures. Applications for mobile devices are also available through Google Play and App Store.
The Library has purchased an e-book version, with an audio file, of Colloquial Scottish Gaelicpublished in August 2015. The e-book can be accessed via the Library’s DiscoverEd, or click here. Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials.
Colloquial Scottish Gaelic provides a step-by-step course in Scottish Gaelic as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Scottish Gaelic in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Continue reading →
As we mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Cambridge University Press is offering free chapters from their prestigious books and articles from Shakespeare Surveyevery month to celebrate the reach of Shakespeare’s global reputation. The selected publications all focus on Shakespeare’s fellow playwrights and writers. All of this content can be accessed freely on the publisher’s Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary homepage, or click the link straight to either the free book chapters or Shakespeare Survey articles.
If you wish to read the whole books, our University’s Main Library has the printed version of most of these books. Please search in Discovered. We also have a full run of the journal Shakespeare Surveyfrom 1948 onwards, though we haven’t subscribed to the online version yet.