Dissertation Festival 2020

From 26 October – 6 November the Library is running a virtual Dissertation Festival. The online events taking place during this two week period will highlight what the Library can do for you to help you succeed with your dissertation.

In this blog post I am going to focus on the sessions that might be of particular interest to dissertation students (undergraduates or postgraduates) in the School of Social and Political Science (SPS). However, to find all sessions available and to book on take a look at the Dissertation guide. Continue reading

International Women’s Day 2015: Make it Happen

iwd_longOn Sunday 8th March 2015 International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated worldwide. IWD has been observed since the early 1900s and has been sponsored by the United Nations (UN) since 1975. It is an important occasion for promoting women’s issues and rights, especially in developing countries.

This year’s theme is Make it Happen and there are many events happening at the University this year to mark IWD 2015.

The University’s annual International Women’s Day Lecture takes place on Friday 6th March and this year welcomes guest speaker Professor Anneila Sargent. Make it Happen – Women into Science will draw from Professor Sargent’s own experiences to discuss the challenges many women may face when entering a career in science. More information and how to book can be found at http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2015/anneilia-sargent-170215 Continue reading

Ladies in the Lords: Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Oct 2014

On Thursday 30th October the Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza will deliver the Chrystal Macmillan Lecture on the topic of Ladies in the Lords: Women’s Representation in Political Life.

house_of_lordsToday there are 189 women in the House but it is only since the 1958 Life Peerages Act that women (as well as those without an inherited title) were allowed to sit in the House of Lords.

We’ve put together just a short reading list of journal articles available online through the University Library that allow you to read about and around this particular topic. So if you are unable to attend the Lecture or just wish to find out a bit more then read on. Access only available to University of Edinburgh students and staff unless otherwise noted. Continue reading

50 Years of Sociology at Edinburgh: Professor Tom Burns

In 1964 the Sociology department at University of Edinburgh was founded by Tom Burns. A prominent sociologist and one of the first sociologists to be elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy, Professor Burns worked at the University until his retirement in 1981.

The Centre for Research Collections at the University Library holds Professor Burns papers. Although these are currently uncatalogued and require some extensive conservation work, I was allowed a sneak peak at a box of offprints that is part of his collection of papers (Tom Burns offprints: Accession no. E2002.6).


The City as Looking Glass by Tom Burns in Prospect (1960)

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Need help with your research?

  • Main Library Study Area 01Do you need help or are interested in finding current news, theses or historic newspapers?
  • Are you worried about getting your references right or avoiding copyright issues when using images, charts, tables, etc., in your presentations?
  • Do you need help identifying resources for your literature review or want to find out how to conduct a systematic literature review?

If so, the Academic Support Librarians team are running library and research-based information skills session this semester that you can book onto via MyEd. Most sessions run for 1 hour and are held in the Main Library. These sessions are open to all students across the University. Sessions become available to book 1 month prior to being held.

The following sessions are available:

  • Finding current news
  • Finding historic newspapers
  • Finding theses
  • Managing a systematic literature review (this session is 1.5 hours)
  • Study resources for literature reviews (this session is 2 hours)
  • Your presentations – avoid the copyright trap
  • Your references – get it right first time

For more information on what the sessions will cover, where and when the sessions will take place and how to book please see the IS Skills website.

While on the IS Skills website why not take a look around the wide range of training courses available to students and staff at the University.



Innovative Learning Week at the Library

Innovative Learning WeekInnovative Learning Week is now less than a week away and Information Services have a number of events available for both staff and students. Some of the events require booking in advance so make sure you get your place.

Events include careers talks, behind the scenes tours, Library Online Treasure Hunt (prizes available!) and drop-in sessions to meet the librarians. You can find out more about the specific events and book them via the Information Services website:

Innovative Learning Week is nearly here!

As well as the events listed on the above website the following library events are also available:

Box of Broadcasts workshop
Box of Broadcasts is a TV and radio broadcast recording and archive service. This session provides an overview of the BoB database that allows users to record television and radio programmes from the Freeview spectrum with an opportunity for hands-on practice in using the service. Event is being held at King’s Buildings. Open to all staff and research postgraduates. Booking required.

Book a place 

ECA Library Artists Books Petting Zoo 2014
What is an artist’s book? A book made by an artist, of course!
Back by popular demand, this event gives students and staff the opportunity to handle a selection of the best and most exciting artists’ books from ECA Library’s collection of around 1000 artists’ books. Be inspired! Open to all staff and students.

Register your interest in attending 

Talis Aspire workshop
Talis Aspire is an online course reading list system which allows course organisers to create and publish reading lists and make them available to students via a web interface or a VLE.  Lists can include include books, e-books, book chapters, journal articles and videos. Course organisers can add notes for students and statistical data on list usage is available to course organisers. This workshop provides a brief overview and demo followed by hands-on practice. Event is being held at King’s Buildings. Open to all staff and research postgraduates. Booking required.

Book a place 

For further events being run by the School of Social and Political Science see:

Innovative Learning Week events in SPS 

Take a look at the Innovative Learning Week calendar to see a complete list of events at the University:

Innovative Learning Week calendar