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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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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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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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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Exploring novels that break the rules

This summer, we’ve been diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is rule breakers and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy TooleBartleby, the Scrivener – Herman MelvilleHabibi – Craig ThompsonHow to be Both – Ali SmithNights at the Circus – …

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Exploring novels about adventure

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is adventure and the BBC panel selected these 10* books: City of Bohane – Kevin BarryEye of the Needle – Ken FollettFor Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest HemingwayHis Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip PullmanIvanhoe – Walter ScottMr …

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Exploring novels about crime and conflict

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is crime and conflict and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: American Tabloid – James EllroyAmerican War – Omar El AkkadIce Candy Man – Bapsi SidhwaRebecca – Daphne du MaurierRegeneration – Pat BarkerThe Children of Men – …

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Exploring novels about love, sex and romance

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is love, sex and romance and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen FieldingForever – Judy BlumeGiovanni’s Room – James BaldwinPride and Prejudice – Jane AustenRiders – Jilly CooperThe Far Pavilions – M. …

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Exploring politics, power and protest

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is politics, power and protest, and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled HosseiniBrave New World – Aldous HuxleyHome Fire – Kamila ShamsieLord of the Flies – William GoldingNoughts & Crosses – …

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What are the “best” books and who decides?

As the library is exploring the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World we thought it would be interesting to see how that list compares with our literary special collections. Would the BBC judges have similar taste to the Booker Prize judging panels or the LOGOS journal board who decided on the titles in our …

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Exploring friendship and family

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that  shaped our world. One of the categories is identity, and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild Cloudstreet – Tim Winton Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith …

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Exploring novels about coming of age

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that  shaped our world. One of the categories is identity, and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: Emily of New Moon – L. M. Montgomery Golden Child - Claire Adam Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood So Long, See You Tomorrow – William Maxwell Swami …

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Mash-up – World book Day and University Mental Health Day

5th March 2020 saw the annual World Book Day coincide with University Mental Health Day.  To celebrate both themes we asked our users to suggest their favourite ‘feel good’ books.  We hoped the concept of ‘feel good’ would be broad enough to encourage a range of titles to be suggested and we weren’t disappointed. ‘Feel …

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Books, chocs and lots for Wellbeing

Across all our libraries we have continued to work at providing wellbeing activities for our staff and students. Read on to see what we've been up to... World Book Day 8 March (all campuses) We celebrated by asking students in the libraries and online to submit your favourite book, via a little speech bubble card. …

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