So, term has started and you know you’ve got some reading to do and you need to start finding those books and articles. Well, the Library is here to help! We have a fabulous reading list systems which stores all the reading lists we receive from the department. It then links directly to the Library Catalogue to show you how many copies we have and where to find them!
This post will show you how to:
Find reading lists for your course
Use reading lists to find library resources
Download your reading lists
Reading List Guide
Check out our PowerPoint here to find out all you need to know about accessing and using reading lists.
Could you introduce yourself, and let us know your job title?
My name is Rachel White and I am the Information Consultant for English, Media Arts, Drama & Theatre and the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS).
How long have you been at RHUL Library?
I started at Royal Holloway in April 2016. I am looking forward to the new academic year and meeting all of the students!
What is your role within the Library?
My role is to support several departments (English, Drama & Theatre, Media Arts and CeDAS) and to ensure the library has the resources the students and staff need. Another important part of my role is teaching information literacy skills. This involves showing users how to use resources, how to search effectively, how to recognise resources that are suitable to use and managing the information once you have found it.
Have you always worked in Libraries?
Yes apart from a some part time jobs before and during University. I’ve worked in various libraries including a specialist library in The Met Office, Further Education Colleges and Universities.
What did you want to be when you were little?
There was a very short period where I wanted to be a lorry driving! Not sure why this was especially as I don’t think I am the best driver, my Peugeot is plenty big enough! Since finishing University and getting my first part time post in a library as a library assistant all I have wanted to do is to work in libraries.
Do you have any heroes and if you do, why are they your heroes?
Not sure about hero but I do love JK Rowling! I am a massive fan of Harry Potter and the novels she has written under the guise of Robert Galbraith. I also love the fact that she has recently dropped off the Forbes billionaire list due in part to the large amounts of money she donates to various charities.
What did you study?
I studied English Literature at Swansea University
Do you have a favourite book, and why?
I have lots of favourite books and would struggle to pick just one! I remember there were two books that I studied at University that stayed with me. One was Dracula by Bram Stoker and the other was The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I loved both of these texts but did struggle to sleep after reading them both!
If you had a superhero alter ego, what would they be named, and what would your super power be?
Not sure what my superhero alter ego would be, but I definitely know what super power I would like! I would love to be able to disappear on the spot and turn up anywhere in the world instantly (apparating for any Harry Potter fans).
Describe working in the library in 3 words
Varied, rewarding, interesting
What advice would you give to a new student?
My advice would be to make use of the library resources and if you are unsure about anything at all contact your information consultant, we are all more than happy to help!
This database is made up of 100s of audio books covering a wide range of areas such as fiction, history, business, drama and much more. You are able to browse by collection, author, recent additions or search for an author/title.
The audio books are available to stream online and many copies are available in abridged and unabridged versions. You can also save your place in the audio book by setting up boomarks.
There are also audio books available in French, German and Portuguese.
This is a fascinating resource which gives you an insight into life in London during the 18th, 19th and early 20th Century. Included in this resource are digital images of rare books, interactive maps, essays and online galleries.
Explore this resource and see London as you have never seen it before!
Have you seen our new resource, Digital Theatre Plus?
Digital Theatre Plus is an online video resource which provides access to a range of productions: Shakespeare, classic plays, new writing, classical music and opera. It will be useful for students studying Shakespeare, adaptations and those interested in playwriting.
Happy New Term! And with it comes new training workshops from the Library.
Last year, in the Autumn Term we saw 6547 students – that’s equivalent to all of the students in the Arts and Sciences faculties put together!
We’ve had some really nice and positive feedback on our sessions too…
[I] would definitely like to attend more of these workshops after attending this one
[The Librarian] who gave the workshop was very articulate, concise and knowledgeable.
this course showed me how to navigate [the Library website] efficiently to get to the parts that I need.
I thought everything we covered was of use.
But that’s not all – we’re always looking to improve the workshops, so we’re keen to hear suggestions for more sessions, or changes we can make too.
I would be interested in attending a workshop on the more advanced features of EndNote.
So the workshops are great, but what’s on offer this term? All of our training can be found on the Training page of your subject guide, and you will need to register to attend (but this is free and easy to do – email us if you have any trouble).
Working on a dissertation or essay? Come to our Search Our Stuff and Find It Faster workshops on 17th and 26th February and practice search techniques.
There are so many books written by and about Shakespeare, that the Dewey Decimal system (which we use to classify books by subject on the shelves) has allocated a number just for Shakespeare. At Royal Holloway, we put all of our Shakespeare collection in 824 – which is on the Ground Floor of Founder’s Library.
After a lot of questions, we’ve realised it’s pretty difficult to find what you’re after in this section, so we’ve hoping this blog post and some better signs will help you to find the book that you need!
In a nutshell, there’s so much under 824, that the classification system has to use letters after 824 to distinguish between the different kinds of work available: biographies, criticism on plays, copies of plays, collections of plays… If you’re using LibrarySearch to find books, make sure to write down the whole location number e.g. 824 B SCH
I’m looking for a biography of Shakespeare or information on his life.
Try 824 B.
You’ll find books such as William Shakespeare : a compact documentary life; William Shakespeare : a biography; Shakespeare revealed: a biography and Shakespeare’s other lives : an anthology of fictional depictions of the Bard.
I’m looking for general criticism on Shakespeare, or criticism on the Comedies, Tragedies, Histories as a group.
Try 824 D.
You’ll find books such as A Companion to Shakespeare Studies; Studying Shakespeare : a guide to the plays and Shakespeare : three problem plays.
I’m looking for books on Shakespeare’s style and use of language.
These are under 824 E.
Here you’ll find books such as Shakespearean Sentences : a study in style and syntax and Shakespeare’s Errant Texts.
I’ve been told to read a play in the Arden Shakespeare Collection/The Oxford Shakespeare Collection.
The Arden Collection is a group of publications, and they are kept in order of title under 824 M.
I want to research a play, or poem.
You will find individual copies of plays, and lots of criticism on those individual plays under 824 O to 824 Z.
The classification then uses numbers to distinguish between plays, but we would recommend using LibrarySearch to find a specific book that you’re interested in, and then going to that place on the shelf.
As a general guide:
824 O to 824 R = Comedies and criticism on Shakespeare’s comedies
824 S to 824 V = Tragedies and criticism on Shakespeare’s tragedies
824 W to 824 X = Histories and criticism on Shakespeare’s tragedies
824 Y = Sonnets and criticism on Shakespeare’s sonnets
Literature Online has a new look! So what better time to feature it as Resource of the Week. If you’ve never used Literature Online, it’s got some really useful features and a huge collection of over 330,000 works of English and American literature covering poetry, drama, and prose from the 8th to the 21st centuries. LION also includes thousands of critical articles, essays, biographies and encyclopedia entries.
How to find it:
On your subject guide
Go to the Databases A-Z
Go to L
Click on the Literature Online link
Quick Search: searches all content, including texts (poetry, prose, drama), literary works, criticism and reference.
Text Search: find full texts of poetry, prose and drama, but author or literary movement.
Use the ‘Look up’ function to get more reliable results.
View texts by this author to read full texts of their works. You can also search for works in a particular genre, or by an author in a certain time period, or of a particular nationality.
Author search: find biographies, full texts, criticism and reference on a particular author
Use the ‘search within text’ function to search for instances of words of phrases in a particular work
Criticism search: find full texts of articles on a topic of your choice.
Reference search: find biographies of authors, bibliographies on certain topics, and more. Use the ‘look up’ function to be more specific.
Tick ‘biographies’ to search for biographical information on authors.