Friday, 31 January 2014

Chinese New Year – Welcome to the year of the horse!

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Today sees the start of 15 days of celebration to mark the Chinese New Year. Sometimes called Spring Festival, this is a time for visiting family and friends, special meals, fireworks and giving gifts. We’re not sure the weather at the moment is particularly good for fireworks, but all that sounds very lovely to us!

If you’d like to find out more about China or Chinese New Year, we do of course have lots of books and journals that you might be interested in. You might also like to check out this handy article from The Week, Kung hei fat choy! Saddle up for Chinese New Year. If you’re looking for some local celebrations, why not call in at the National Waterfront Museum on Sunday and see what’s going on?

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Fancy some free magazines?

If you love reading magazines and you're a member of Swansea Public Libraries then you could be accessing over 250 top titles on your computer, tablet or smartphone, completely free! They're easy to access, all you need to do is follow a link on the Swansea Libraries website and register using your public library membership number. If you want to read the magazines on your tablet or smartphone you can download an app. The magazines can be downloaded 24/7 and there's no limit as to how many you can download or how long you can keep them.
As well as lots of great general interest magazines covering hobbies, sport and entertainmnet there is also an extensive selection of titles that may be helpful to UWTSD Swansea students and their studies - here are just a few...

Art & Photography
Outdoor Photography
Art News
Artists and Illustrators

Racecar Engineering


The Writer
Poets & Writers

Science & Technology
National Geographic
PC Gamer
Computer Music
3D World

Cycling Weekly
Rugby World

National Geographic Traveller

If you want to know more, take a look at the website or pick up a leaflet from your UWTSD Swansea libraries. Happy reading!


Monday, 13 January 2014

The Welsh Experience of the First World War

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2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and to acknowledge this significant occasion a unique digital archive has been launched in Wales. ‘The Welsh Experience of the First World War’ was developed as a collaborative initiative, led by the National Library of Wales, in partnership with the Archives and Special Collections of Wales. Its aim was to digitize and provide access (free of charge) to a virtual collection of primary sources relating to the First World War and its impact on Welsh life, language and culture.
The resources include newspaper articles, archives and manuscripts, photographs, journals and sound recordings, many of which were previously inaccessible to the general public. Bringing all these materials together into one searchable online database provides an invaluable resource for teachers, students, researchers and family historians alike. 
The archive is available in both English and Welsh, so why not take a look at this fantastic resource which marks one of the most important periods in British history.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

A Belated Christmas Present From Us!

Happy New Year and welcome back to all our UWTSD Swansea students!

We have a belated Christmas present for you to help with your studies this year...some new library databases as well as upgrades to some old favourites!

Here are the details of the new databases/upgrades:

Academic Search Premier (New) *

Art Source (Upgraded)

Business Source Complete (Upgraded)

CINAHL Plus Full Text Unlimited (Upgraded)

Education Source (Upgraded)

Humanities Source (New) *

SportsDiscus Full Text Unlimited (Upgraded)

Databases that have been upgraded will now give you access to even more journal titles as well as more extensive availability of 'full text' articles.

If you want to take a look at our new databases...

Humanities Source:
Humanities Source is a comprehensive database covering more than 2,100 journals, books and other important resources published worldwide in the humanities, with a focus on literary, scholarly and creative thought. It provides indexing and abstracts for articles, essays, and reviews, as well as poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations.

Academic Search Premier:
Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary journal database providing access to over 4,700 journals in all the major areas of academic research.

Links to all these databases are available via the library website in the usual way.
Happy reading!