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Using LibrarySearch – RHUL Library on YouTube

If you’re just starting to use LibrarySearch to find information for your assignments you might find this playlist useful – we’ve a range of videos to help you get to grips with using LibrarySearch to manage your account and find what you need.



For more video help, go to LibraryRHUL on YouTube.

Finding recent magazine issues using Nexis UK

Browsing journals online can be difficult, depending on the database that you have to use to access them. You can use the ‘Journals by Title’ search in LibrarySearch to find a publication.

Some are very easy to use, and make it clear where the most recent issue is – such as in the video above.

Here are some examples relevant to Media Arts which are a little more complicated…

Accessing Variety using the FIAF database

To look up access options for the Variety magazine, go to LibrarySearch (librarysearch.rhul.ac.uk) and use the ‘Journals by Title’ search:


Select ‘View Online’ to see the access options:



If you’re using FIAF, you should be taken to a page with some bibliographic information on the journal, and under ‘List of issues’ a collapsible list of contents pages, which should link to the PDF of articles wherever possible:


Click ‘PDF’ to view the article.

Accessing Screen International using the Nexis UK database

Some publications, like ‘Screen International’ are only available via the Nexis UK database. You will need to follow the link to Nexis, but then try using the date range filters to narrow down the range of articles. Clicking ‘Search’ should take you to a recent list.


If you have any questions about accessing publications, leave a comment or email library@royalholloway.ac.uk.

New E-resource trial – Alexander Street Press Videos

Between 1st September to 30th November we have access to the Alexander Street Press video database.

This offers access to streaming video across a wide variety of subjects and disciplines. Users can create playlists of whole videos, film clips, and Web content that can be saved and shared. Video from Alexander Street Press databases can be viewed alongside synchronized transcripts and can be downloaded to Apple or Android phone (good for 48 hours).

The collections covered are:

  • American History in Video
  • Area Studies
  • Art and Architecture in Video
  • Asian Film Online Vol. I
  • Asian Film Online Vol. II
  • Classical Music in Video
  • Dance in Video, Vol. I
  • Dance in Video Vol. II
  • Fashion Studies Online: The Video Fashion Library
  • Opera in Video
  • Religion and Philosophy Online
  • The March of Time
  • Theatre in Video
  • World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966
  • World History in Video
  • World Languages and Literature
  • Black Studies in Video
  • Business Education in Video.
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video
  • Current Affairs in Video
  • Education in Video, Vol. I
  • Education in Video, Vol. II
  • Environmental Studies in Video
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Ethnographic Video Online, Vol. I
  • Ethnographic Video Online, Vol. II
  • LGBT Studies in Video
  • Meet the Press
  • Psychology Online
  • Psychological Experiments Online.
  • Women’s Studies
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video, Vol. I
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video, Vol. II
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video, Vol. III
  • The Video Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy.
  • Dental Education in Video
  • Engineering Case Studies Online
  • Health and Society in Video
  • Nursing Assessment in Video
  • Nursing Assistant Education in Video
  • Nursing Education in Video
  • Rehabilitation Therapy in Video
  • Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video
  • Veterinary Education in Video

Access: See the database trials box on the E-resources A-Z page: http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/databases

Feedback: Please email library@rhul.ac.uk with any feedback that you have on the database.



Your Librarians


Did you know that every subject has its own librarian? The Liaison Team is here to help you with queries, finding books, searching databases, visiting other libraries, referencing, and general library questions too. We’re a pretty friendly bunch, and we’re easy to contact – so drop us a line if you’ve any questions to ask!

Helen: Head of Academic Liaison, European Studies, Geography, Politics and International Relations

Russell: Classics, Criminology & Sociology, Geography, History, Modern Languages, Music

Kim: Drama and Theatre, English, Media Arts, Royal Holloway International, Management, Politics & International Relations, European Studies, Philosophy

Adrian: Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Information Security, Psychology, Economics, Social Work

Nancy: Research, Open Access, Physics

For more information, and contact details of your librarian, visit the Library’s Subject Guides, and check out the series of interviews we did last term.

British Pathé online

Charles Pathé (1863-1957) was a pioneer of the moving image, who founded a company with his three brothers in Paris in 1896.  A London branch was established in 1902, and by 1910 it was producing the Pathé Gazette twice a week for the country’s growing number of cinemas.  The company had many other interests, including cinema equipment, films and audio recordings, but it was best known for its news services.

Pathé news continued to be produced till 1970, so it recorded the world in the twentieth century through two world wars, revolutions and the Great Depression to the postwar years, the Iron Curtain and decolonisation.  Over 90,000 clips covering a vast range of subjects have now been made available on the website http://www.britishpathe.com/

These clips are free for the public to stream and view.  They contain a fairly obtrusive copyright statement across the foot of the screen, but are still fascinating and enjoyable. They are potentially a treasure trove for anyone interested in social history.

British Pathé home page

The home page (above) features a different clip each week.  When this blog was written, the week of the Australian Open tennis championship, it was a clip of Fred Perry winning that tournament in 1934.

There is a simple search engine, and the collection can be searched in full or under broad categories. A general search for “Library” (I know, but I’m a librarian . . . ) produced a video of (very quiet) activity in the long lost British Museum Library Round Reading Room in 1947, among many other results.

All rights to the material remain with the company,  this is not public domain material. Downloading clips for re-use has to be paid for, usually £30 to £40 per clip according to length. However, anyone can create a free user account, which then lets you mark your favourite clips to return to.  There is no limit to the number of times you can stream a clip online.

Adrian Machiraju

The Library in 3 words: The Liaison Team

Some of the Library liaison team were asked to describe working in the Library, in only 3 words.
It was a lot easiest for some more than others!

We hope you are enjoying our videos- there are many more to watch!



What is your favourite book & why?

Some of the Library Liaison Team were asked what their favourite book (in the Library) was, & why?

The answers may surprise you! We hope you enjoy it!

We hope that your time at Royal Holloway will help to inspire some favourite things from books and places, to subjects and people!

You can catch the Library Liaison team 10am-12 noon everyday throughout Welcome Week in the Welcome Week tent in the South Quad.

Check out our Twitter for when your subject librarian is in the tent! https://twitter.com/RHUL_Library

Top tips for New Students!

Some of the Library Liaison Team were asked what advice they would give to a new student coming to Royal Holloway.

It’s not always Library related, but it is funny and definitely helpful!

We are looking forward to welcoming new & returning students to the Library, make sure you attend your Library Inductions in your departments to get the most out of the Library straight away.

Catch the Library Liaison team 10am-12 noon everyday throughtout Welcome Week in the Welcome Week tent in the South Quad.

Check out our Twitter https://twitter.com/RHUL_Library