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Knitting Reference Library

March 20th, 2017

“Anyone who enjoys knitting or crocheting (or who enjoys donning knit goods) will want to check out the Internet Archive’s delightful Knitting Reference Library. Here, visitors will find a wealth of materials about knitting across time and geography, courtesy of the University of Southampton’s Library Digitisation Unit. These items can be browsed in a number of ways; for new visitors, they are perhaps most enjoyably browsed by date published. Included items span from the 544-page publication dedicated to the history of British cotton production (1835) to a cover image for a Sirdar crochet pattern for a vest (1971). Other featured items include a 1911 crocheting guide (which includes patterns for a “bath slipper” and for “drawers for a child”); and an 1885 guide from the Nonotuck Silk Company entitled “How to Use Florence Knitting Silk.” [MMB]”

[Source Scout Report, 3 March, 2017: ]

Manchester Met Library e-trial: BBC Monitoring portal

March 20th, 2017

We have access to the BBC Monitoring portal until 7th April 2017.

The log in page of the portal is here:  Click on the “log in via academic institution” link and Manchester Metropolitan University appears. You then log in with your usual details.

As well as access to their core global offer you can also set up access to one of their premium products, the North African roundup. This is a weekly product, which you should be able to see here:

You can access one of their Media Guides, the comprehensive guides to the media environment in a country. Our example guide is for the Ivory Coast, which can be accessed here:

We do not currently have access to some reference material so you will see some of the content has been padlocked.

BBC Monitoring publishes a daily Arab World Watchlist outlining the key stories they are following that day. The watchlist is part of the core offer. On the portal you can find today’s watchlist here:

If you have any feedback or questions on the trial, please contact Charlotte Arduini:

[Source Manchester Met Library]

Manchester Met Library e-trial: Socialism on Film

March 20th, 2017

We have trial access to Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda, which has just been published, on-campus access only (please note also that PDF download options are not available during the trial). The resource will be available at the following URL for the next 4 weeks (ending 5th April 2017):

You can also gain access via the ‘trial access login’ link, which is located on the library homepage and throughout our website at (Please ensure that you select the ‘Access Via IP’ option).

This collection of films from the communist world reveals war, history, current affairs, culture and society as seen through the socialist lens. It spans most of the twentieth century and covers countries such as the USSR, Vietnam, China, Korea, much of Eastern Europe, the GDR, Britain and Cuba.

If you have any feedback or questions on the trial, please contact Charlotte Arduini:

[Source Manchester Met Library]

Researchers create first 3D structures of active DNA

March 20th, 2017

“Scientists have determined the first 3D structures of intact mammalian genomes from individual cells, showing how the DNA from all the chromosomes intricately folds to fit together inside the cell nuclei.”

“Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the MRC [Medical Research Council] Laboratory of Molecular Biology used a combination of imaging and up to 100,000 measurements of where different parts of the DNA are close to each other to examine the genome in a mouse embryonic stem cell. Stem cells are ‘master cells’, which can develop – or ‘differentiate’ – into almost any type of cell within the body.”

“Most people are familiar with the well-known ‘X’ shape of chromosomes, but in fact chromosomes only take on this shape when the cell divides. Using their new approach, the researchers have now been able to determine the structures of active chromosomes inside the cell, and how they interact with each other to form an intact genome. This is important because knowledge of the way DNA folds inside the cell allows scientists to study how specific genes, and the DNA regions that control them, interact with each other. The genome’s structure controls when and how strongly genes – particular regions of the DNA – are switched ‘on’ or ‘off’. This plays a critical role in the development of organisms and also, when it goes awry, in disease.”

The research has been published in the journal Nature here:

[Source MRC news: ]

A more user friendly EThOS

March 20th, 2017

“In EThOS, the UK thesis service, a recent change has significantly improved the way theses are downloaded. Users no longer need to add the thesis to a basket before downloading and the process has been simplified throughout. “

“The login and re-use agreement remain in place to provide assurance to thesis authors that the theses are being accessed for genuine research purposes. This change responds to our User Survey carried out in late 2015 which told us this was one of the biggest frustrations for users. The change already appears to be having a positive effect on the number of downloads we are seeing in EThOS. To find out more please contact Customer Services or follow @EThOSBL on Twitter.”

[Source British Library news: ]

#UKDSChat: Data Impact Chat, 24 March

March 20th, 2017

“Developing impact from your research as an early career researcher: perspectives from the UK Data Service Data Impact Fellows.”

“On 24 March 2017 between 13.00 and 14.00 the UK Data Service’s Data Impact Fellows will be presenting their perspectives on how to develop research impact. They will share their experiences and the challenges of developing the impact of their research.”

“Join the Data Impact Chat on Twitter by tweeting using the #UKDSChat hashtag.”

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

Jonathan Swift Archives

March 20th, 2017

“The UK’s Keele University, along with the University of Oxford and the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College, have collaborated to create the Jonathan Swift Archive, a digitized collection of Swift’s writings, transcribed from their original print editions. As the site notes, this collection provides “a comprehensive account of the establishment and textual evolution of Jonathan Swift’s prose works.” Literature scholars and fans can browse over 300 texts penned by the famous seventeenth and eighteenth century author and satirist. Texts are organized chronologically and can also be browsed by Short Title, Publisher and Printer, or Year. As of this write up, the archive includes the full text of most of Swift’s fiction and prose, including Gulliver’s Travels and “A Modest Proposal.” Readers may also view multiple editions of texts alongside one another via the Compare feature. For example, readers can check out six different publications of Gulliver’s Travels, published between 1729 and 1736, and view corresponding page numbers side-by-side. [MMB]”

[Source Scout Report, 3 March, 2017: ]

The museums map: Mapping access to England’s museums

March 20th, 2017

“Museums hold our collective memory for current and future generations. They are institutions at the heart of our local communities, and central to culture, education and tourism.”

“Given museums’ importance, and in the context of the current review of museums in England that is underway, we have systematically studied access to them in England using an interactive map []. The map allows museum access to be examined from the perspective of:

  1. national access to museums overall (the distance layer);
  2. the size of populations surrounding museums (the museums layer);
  3. the number of museums across local authorities and regions, relative to the number of people living in these areas (the area layer).”

“The museums analysed are those in England that are members of Arts Council England’s accredited museum scheme.”

The interactive map can be accessed here:

[Source Nesta blog: ]

Report on interdisciplinarity conference

March 20th, 2017

“The British Academy, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Research Councils UK have [] published the report of a conference on interdisciplinarity in UK higher education held at the British Academy in December 2016. The report is available on the HEFCE website here:,110328,en.html

“Bringing together funders, strategic leaders and UK researchers from across disciplines, institution types and career stages, the conference considered policy and practice for interdisciplinary research. It drew on a wide variety of evidence, including the British Academy’s Crossing Paths report, which identified the opportunities and barriers to interdisciplinary research.”

[Source British Academy news: ]

#5WomenArtists: celebrating female artists from across Europe

March 14th, 2017

“Ask someone to name five artists and responses are likely to include famous European names such as Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, da Vinci — all male artists. Ask them to name five women artists, and the question poses more of a challenge.”

“Last year, in honour of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts launched a social media campaign asking just that, addressing the gender imbalance in how art is presented, assuring great women artists a place of honour now and in the future.”

“To answer this question, we’ve selected artwork by five female artists to highlight a small selection of important and significant artists from across Europe and throughout history.”

[Source Europeana blog: ]