Artfilms Digital trial access – stream films online until 30 April 2020

We have set up free trial access to the Artfilms Digital Collection so as to gauge interest and potential demand for this product. They offer educational institutions a choice of DVDs or subscription streaming for thousands of videos across a broad range of subject areas. There are more than 20 subject subdivisions. A few closely match our department interests, for example:

  • Architecture and Design (41 titles)
    g. Norman Foster; Bauhaus – Myth of the Modern; Dynamic Shapes – Architecture Through the Lens
  • History/Politics (41 titles)
    g. Heroes of the Enlightenment – Changing Society; Palestine Post 9/11; The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan
  • Language/Literature (97 titles)
    g. Introduction to French Literature; Identity: Defining Ourselves Through Language; Interpreting in Legal Settings

The trial access uses IP authentication. If you are connected you will see ‘Connected with University of Bath’ at the top of the interface. You may need to refresh your browser to ensure you are successful.

artfilms digital - educating imagination

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Study spaces for revision and exams

quietPlease be considerate to your fellow students during the revision period by keeping noise to a minimum on the Library’s quiet floors (Levels 1, 3 and 4) and maintaining silence on Level 5. Don’t forget we also have our newer Level 1 Quiet Study Area which has 115 seats.

Quiet and silent study space is very popular at this time of year. In the past we have been asked to clear desks that have been ‘reserved’ by students by leaving their belongings unattended for long periods of time. For January, we would like to try a different, student-led approach in agreement with the SU:

The Library will be introducing ‘take a break’ slips which you can leave on your desk to indicate when you are on a short break or a longer break, up to 90 mins e.g. for lunch. You can find these slips outside our Information Points and at the Issue Desk on Level 2. If you are not going to be using your study space for a longer period of time, please take your belongings with you.


There is a wealth of information on alternative study spaces both on and off-campus which you can make use of for revision.

For information on Library spaces (group, individual, bookable) and other study venues around campus see: study areas and bookable workrooms. We aim to collate extended opening hours for Learning Commons on this page once announced.

There are also other rooms available on campus including the various Learning Commons and Graduate Commons. Here is a quick virtual tour of these spaces. Why not try our quick study space personality quiz, to find out which suits you best?

The University is again making additional spaces available to students for study. Dates and times of rooms available are listed by week.

Find out more from the web pages listed below and keep an eye on the Library homepage and Instagram account for more information – for example a display of exam skills and stress busting books on Level 2. The SU has a lot going on too, so be sure to check out their Study Well page for events!

Please also remember to observe our food and drink regulations – reusable, bottled/lidded drinks are acceptable. Food can be consumed in the Snack Area at the front of Level 2 but not beyond the entry gates.

Good luck with your exams!
The Library

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Reduced Library services on Monday 16 December

Library staff are taking part in an ‘Away Day’ training event on Monday 16 December. We will be maintaining a minimal service from the Library’s Issue Desk. If you require support from Information and Subject Librarians from the Subject Floors (Levels 3-5), normal services will resume on Tuesday 17 December. We will endeavour to respond to any enquiries received online or via answerphone during our absence as soon as possible.

Please also note that due to a scheduled SAMIS Student Database upgrade taking place on Monday 16 to Tuesday 17 December, the Library Issue Desk will be unable to make any new or replacement Library cards.  Library card production will start again from Wednesday once the upgrade has been completed.

Services relating to Loan items, Returns and collection of Requested items are not affected by the SAMIS upgrade.

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Christmas Vacation Loans

Library Christmas tree

In line with past years, the Library will attempt to automatically extend user loans on library stock from the subject floors so that books can be borrowed during the Christmas vacation period without being due for return between Friday 6 December to Wednesday 8 January when many students will be away from campus.

For full details and advice on the renewal of loans over the Christmas vacation and when your books will be due for return or renewal please visit our Vacation Loans webpage

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Help for researchers: evidencing your strengths and developing your publishing strategy

statistic-1564428_1920Stijn Wuyts from our Department of Physics has recently been named as one of the world’s most influential researchers by the Web of Science. Their Highly Cited Researchers 2019 List aims to identify the world’s most influential researchers, reflected in their publication of multiple, highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year.

Want to understand and make better use of publishing and citation data yourself?  Do you know your journal impact factor from your Altmetric donut?  Our Library Research Analytics team can help you to develop your publishing strategy, evidence your strengths, and make connections.  You can find a wealth of guidance on our webpages, attend one of our training courses for doctoral students and staff, or contact us for bespoke support.

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While You Were Away: Harvard Bath Updates

This is the fifth in a series of posts exploring key Library developments ‘while you were away’ over the summer.

Over the Summer the Library has reviewed and updated our institutional citing and referencing style, Harvard Bath.

  • Changes include new and expanded formats for unpublished materials and also streamlined audio (e.g. podcasts).
  • Existing styles have been made more consistent e.g. Reports, Standards, House of Commons/Lords bills and more.
  • Our full guide including downloadable style files for EndNote and other products can be found online at:

Cite Them Right

The Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) has now subscribed to the Cite Them Right online platform which you may also find very helpful when using other referencing styles:

  • Extra guidance has been included in our ‘Write a reference’ and ‘Write a citation’ notes, but also specifically for legal and government documents to make them easier.
  • Finally, several corrections and amendments to example references have been made. These changes are now reflected in our institutionally licensed EndNote/EndNote Online reference management tools.

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While You Were Away: New Resources

This is the fourth in a series of posts highlighting Library updates ‘while you were away’ over the summer.

New Resources

The Library continually acquires print and online materials to support the University’s teaching and research interests. The following provides a brief snapshot of new content acquired while you were away.

All Subject Areas

We have recently updated our extensive Springer collections to provide more than 5,000 new e-books covering a broad range of disciplines (STEM, Management and more), as well as 4,000 new Springer protocols.

Springer 2019 e-books


We have subscribed to 7 additional Nature journals (e.g. Nature Biomedical Engineering) and acquired backfiles to 3 other Nature titles (e.g. Nature Methods). The following newly subscribed database support research in the following areas:

·         INSPEC (physics & engineering)

·         SPIE (optics and photonics)

·         Nature Nano (nanotechnology)

·         Pharmapendium (pharmacovigilance and pharmacokinetics)

School of Management and H&SS

New ebooks: More than 1000 IGI Global titles for Business, Management and Education. Oxford Handbooks 2018 and 2019 for Economics & Finance, Business & Management, as well as multiple Oxford Bibliographies for research.

New journals: 10 new journal and newspaper subscriptions to support teaching and research, including e.g. International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Experimental Political Science, El Pais, and more. Full text access to the Economist Historical Archive 1843-2015.

New databases:

·         GlobalData (tobacco industry data)

·         SNL Fig (global banking)

·         Sage Research Methods video collection and dataset collections (parts 1 & 2)

·         Sage Business Cases 2019 Collection

Engineering & Design

New e-books:

·         IEEE-Wiley 2019 e-book frontfile

·         MIT Press e-books 2015 collection

·         New Springer e-book collection for 2019: Intelligent Technologies & Robotics (over 460 titles already available)

New journals: subscription to .amag international architecture technical magazine and preceding title Darco

New databases: Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals; INSPEC (physics & engineering)

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