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Funding opportunity: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

British Library_logo_100The British Library is currently advertising three Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships, to begin in October 2016.  The call is open to researchers of postdoctoral standing with a contract of employment with a UK HEI.

There are three research topics:

  • The Working Life of Scientists: Exploring the Culture of Scientific Research
  • Digital Publishing and the Reader
  • Hans Sloane’s Books: Evaluating an Enlightenment Library

Further details and the application form are available from the British Library website.

EThOS Share My Thesis competition

British Library_logo_100A message from the British Library:

The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting you to say why your doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

Competition web page –

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Doctoral Open Days at the British Library

The British Library are now advertising the latest round of open days for PhD students.  Full details are on the British Library website, but dates are as follows:

  • English and Drama – Monday 19th January 2015reference page 6
  • Digital Scholarship – Friday 23rd January
  • Music – Friday 30th January
  • Art and Design – Friday 6th February
  • Media, Cultural Studies and Journalism – Friday 6th February
  • History 1 – Monday 16th February
  • History 2 – Friday 20th February
  • Social Sciences – Monday 23rd February
  • African and Asian Studies – Friday 27th February

It costs £5 to attend each open day but for that you will also get lunch.

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Using doctoral theses in your research – webinar repeated

Sara Gould of the British Library is repeating last year’s webinar on using doctoral theses in research. She writes:

“Please join us for an EThOS webinar to be held on Thursday 13 February 2014, at 15:00 GMT. This will be a repeat of the session we held on 10 December which saw 385 attendees and lots of requests to hold another for colleagues who were unable to join us then.

Title: Using doctoral theses in your research: a guide to EThOS.

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Finding and using PhD theses: free webinar

British Library_logo_100 Sara Gould, Development Manager at the British Library writes:

“Using doctoral theses in your research: a guide to EThOS

EThOS is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It’s a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.

Join us for a free webinar to learn how EThOS works.

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British Library Doctoral Open Days

BLlogo100It’s that time of year again… the British Library are once again advertising their open days for new doctoral students.  This is your opportunity to learn about the British Library’s unique research collections and how to access them.

This year the dates and subjects on offer are as follows:

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Interlibrary loans: online requests now available

Submitted by Georgina Dimmock, Head of Academic Liaison, LLS

Library and Learning Services has launched a new online interlibrary loan form, making it quicker and easier for you to apply for and receive Interlibrary Loans. Using the new form you can submit online requests for books and journal articles for your personal use. To use the form, just follow the Inter Library Loan link from the Library catalogue and login with your usual library account details (user name and four digit PIN).

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Accessing electronic theses

FAQ: How can I get hold of a PhD thesis on my chosen topic?

Other people’s theses can be useful for both content and framework.  Not only are they useful models for new PhD students, but also they contain comprehensive literature reviews, detailed methodologies and interesting findings which can be compared with one’s own.

There are a couple of key sources of UK theses: EThOS and Index to Theses.  Printed copies of Northampton theses are also available in the two university libraries and indexed in NECTAR.

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Event at the British Library – Open Data: What’s the Use?

British Library_logo_100This event is part of the British Library’s ‘Inspiring Science’ event series.  Pre-booking is essential.

TalkScience@BL Open Data: What’s the Use?

A discussion with Professor Nigel Shadbolt

19 March 2013, 18.20 – 20.30

The British Library (Terrace Restaurant)

£5, Booking Required, Light refreshments provided. Booking is via the Box Office

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British Library open days for new research students

BLlogo100The British Library has just announced a new set of open days for new PhD students.

Aimed at students of English, Drama, Music, History, Social Sciences, Media, Cultural Studies, Journalism, Art and Design, each subject-specific open day will introduce the wide variety of resources in the British Library’s collections.

These free sessions do get booked up quickly so act now if you would like a place.