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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My pandemic Library School experience #1

Face-to face teaching halted overnight, the Easter holidays were brought forward a week and we all became distance learners When I finished my undergraduate degree in 2009 at Brookes, I had little thought of doing any further study. I had been working at Oxford Brookes Library in Circulation and the Audio-visual unit initially and then …

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Ideas for what to read and watch in Pride Month

June is LGBTQ+ Pride month. Due to the pandemic, some Pride events will again be taking place online, including Oxford Pride.  Last year, we curated a list of LGBTQ+ resources available through the Library. This includes: Books and ebooks (both fiction and non-fiction)DVDsTV shows and films on Box of Broadcasts We've just updated the list …

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Who wrote this? Are they authoritative?

In the digital era, anybody can publish a research article, a news item, or an opinion piece online. If we want to prevent the spread of misinformation, we should usually ensure any publication we use comes from an authoritative source. What is an authoritative source? An authoritative source can range from an expert in your …

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The Blues and the Gay Community: A Story from the Archives

Starting in January 2021, a cataloguing project began with the Paul Oliver Archive of African American Music (POAAAM), housed in Oxford Brookes Library's Special Collections. Funded by the European Blues Association and an Archives Revealed grant from The National Archives, the cataloguing project will make accessible a unique collection of never-before-seen material. We have been …

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Where will libraries buy eBooks and who will pay the bill?

The academic book supply market has long played second fiddle to the world of scholarly journals: library book budgets suffered for years as libraries made room for challenging journal price increases. Significant attention was paid to the journals world when librarians tried to stop the acquisition of Academic Press by Elsevier in 2000 and since …

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What is fake news and how can we spot it?

Let's start with a definition of fake news: Any manipulative account of a supposedly newsworthy event or state of affairs which purports to be factually accurate but which is deceptive, misleading, fraudulent, demonstrably false, and/or unverifiable — especially sensational accounts in social media that are designed to ‘go viral’.'Fake news' (2020) in Chandler, D and Munday R (eds.) A Dictionary of Media …

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What is “Read and Publish”?

It is not unusual for universities and other research organisations to pay publishers twice: Paying to publish: If a researcher wishes a paper to be published Gold Open Access, then an article processing charge may be paid by the university.Paying to read: The university library may then buy a subscription to a package of journals …

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What is LibKey Nomad?

https://youtu.be/6umhqr5gGj4 LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that provides instant links to full text content for articles as you research on the web. Nomad works with Oxford Brookes Library to find the fastest path to content across thousands of publisher websites. You can add the browser extension to any of these browsers: Google ChromeFirefoxMicrosoft EdgeBraveVivaldi …

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Browsing with BrowZine – introducing our new e- journals service

BrowZine is a new product that we’ve introduced to help you explore and use our electronic journals more easily.  BrowZine revisits the world of browsing journals across all our online collection, and the joy of serendipity that comes with it, in a simple and highly attractive user interface adorned with the colour and splendor of …

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Decolonising and diversifying the library

A number of academic liaison staff have been involved in projects looking at how the library could help with decolonisation and diversification of the curriculum. Libraries are complicit in supporting constructions of knowledge that perpetuate existing power structures, and how at the same time they may have the potential to serve as sites of resistance …

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It’s the little things – but we still want the big things too! A thank you to our suppliers

As we approach the end of this most challenging of years, I want to give a few "thank yous", to selected organisations (and their representatives) who work with our library here at Brookes - the publishers, aggregators, intermediaries, and all those other players who comprise the academic publishing and information community. As librarians, we have …

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