The five ebooks you need on apes

Oxford Brookes Library has thousands of ebooks available to read, wherever you are. But it's not always easy to know where to start. To complement your module reading lists, we're gathering together great ebooks you may not have seen yet, on a range of themes. Here are five ebooks on apes, available to all Oxford …

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The five ebooks you need on COVID-19

Oxford Brookes Library has thousands of ebooks available to read, wherever you are. But it's not always easy to know where to start. To complement your module reading lists, we're gathering together great ebooks you may not have seen yet, on a range of themes. Here are five ebooks on COVID-19, available to all Oxford …

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The five ebooks you need on teaching primary science

Oxford Brookes Library has thousands of ebooks available to read, wherever you are. But it's not always easy to know where to start. To complement your module reading lists, we're gathering together great ebooks you may not have seen yet, on a range of themes. Here are five ebooks on teaching primary science, available to …

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The five ebooks you need on Japanese contemporary culture

Oxford Brookes Library has thousands of ebooks available to read, wherever you are. But it's not always easy to know where to start. To complement your module reading lists, we're gathering together great ebooks you may not have seen yet, on a range of themes. Here are five ebooks on Japanese contemporary culture, available to …

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The five ebooks you need on starting your own business

Oxford Brookes Library has thousands of ebooks available to read, wherever you are. But it's not always easy to know where to start. To complement your module reading lists, we're gathering together great ebooks you may not have seen yet, on a range of themes. Here are five ebooks on starting your own business, available …

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The five ebooks you need on prisons

Oxford Brookes Library has thousands of ebooks available to read, wherever you are. But it's not always easy to know where to start. To complement your module reading lists, we're gathering together great ebooks you may not have seen yet, on a range of themes. Here are five ebooks on prisons, available to all Oxford …

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Be Innovative – using digital tools for group projects

Do you have a group project to complete this semester? You might be wondering about the best ways to communicate and share your work within your group. Thankfully you have access to lots of useful tools for collaboration, many of which are covered in the Be Innovative module of the Digital Capabilities for Students course …

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Unveiling the Antonio Carluccio Library and Archive

Back in April 2021 the Special Collections and Archives took delivery of around 40 boxes of library and archive material which forms the Antonio Carluccio Library and Archive. It has been my job to unpack and list the material and, along with colleagues, create an exhibition to promote the collection which is now on display in the John Henry Brookes building. 

Introducing the Academic Integrity course

What is academic integrity? Academic integrity is about good academic practice in research, reading and writing, but it is also about how to spot and solve problems with plagiarism and other academic breaches. The Oxford Brookes Academic Integrity course covers the rules of plagiarism but also gives students useful advice on building confidence to avoid …

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Case study: researching the Booker Prize

Over the past year, our most frequent researcher in the Special Collections reading room has been Fraser Smith, an MA Publishing student, who has been using the Booker Prize Archive for his dissertation research. He has kindly agreed to share his research and experience using the collection with us. Fraser writes: The Booker Archive: Assessing …

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The library and neurodiversity

Do you want to learn more about neurodiversity? Well, we've made a reading list for you! Neurodiversity as a term is not without controversy. There isn't, for example, a single agreed definition. But as a term that encompasses all or some of the following: autistic spectrum conditionsdyslexiadyspraxiaAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Tourette's syndrome As well as …

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How to spot a satirical news article

Sprinter Blames Positive Covid Test On Nutritional Supplement She Didn’t Realize Contained Coronavirus This alarming headline comes from this article in the the online parody news site The Onion. At first glance, the headline could appear genuine. And if you didn’t know The Onion was satirical, you may think it was a real story. However, …

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What happens when you follow a 1940s cake recipe?

We've been enjoying the Great Archive Bake Off, where intrepid modern bakers try cooking from historical recipes held in archives and Special Collections. I decided to join in and make a Household Cake. I followed this recipe from Tea time tips by Charlotte Cairns, published in 1948 and part of our Fuller Collection. I chose …

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Explore UK Black Pride

UK Black Pride was founded in 2005, and has continued to grow over the years. The organisation promotes unity, solidarity and co-operation among all LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent. Image from http://www.ukblackpride.org.uk The pride festival begins on Friday 2 July 2021, with the theme “Love and Rage” which …

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Who are the Technology Engagement Group (TEG) and what have we been exploring?

The Technology Engagement Group (TEG) was originally launched by Richard Francis in 2015. TEG show-and-tell events allow participants to demonstrates and share technology and new tools. We usually do this via our Lunchbytes sessions. Lunchbytes are short, informal, lunchtime discussions of accessible new or lesser known technologies that might prove useful to staff and students. …

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How to find reliable information about COVID-19

With the growth of social media and instant communication, online discussions about health and vaccinations have become ubiquitous. Despite greater access to health information, and efforts by public health officials to be transparent, there can be mistrust about the authenticity of scientific advice.  Through the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in misinformation shared …

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YouTube rabbit holes: Are algorithms pushing us to consume more fake news?

You may have heard YouTube and other social media sites referred to as ‘rabbit holes’. ‘Disappearing down a rabbit hole’ means that even when you start out with good intentions in searching for information, you could end up reading or watching extremist content or fake news as you continue to follow links to the next …

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