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Using Special Collections in your dissertation

During Undergraduate Dissertation Week, we’re holding a drop in for anyone interested in finding out more about using Special Collections in their dissertation. Drop in to Special Collections (Level 3 of the Bannerman Centre, accessed via the green staircase) between 10 and 12 on Tuesday 20 January 2015.

Develop your research skills

Rocket inscriptionUsing primary sources, such as manuscripts and archives, helps you to develop your research skills, as well as adding depth to your dissertation. Even if you’ve never used this sort of material before, we have resources available to help you. We hold a large number of collections available for research and study by all students and covering a wide range of  subject areas. Why not take a look at our history or women’s history pages to get a flavour of what we have? Or try our complete list of collections on our webpages? Some highlights of our collections have also been featured on this blog.

Several of our collections have already been used for dissertation research. The Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, in particular, has proven to be popular for its detailed life stories and the people behind the history.

 

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Explore Your Archive week

Picture of a letter from the Blount archive

Letter from the Blount Archive

Explore Your Archive week is an exciting national event in which archives all over the country are showcased and promoted; and we at Brunel Library are getting involved.

Here in Brunel’s Special Collections we have an interesting and diverse range of archival collections and we’re inviting you to come along to one of our drop in sessions and find out more about the archival treasures at your fingertips, and how you can access and use them for your essays and assignments.

You’ll find us on Level 3 of the library, accessed by the green staircase/lift.

Drop in sessions:

Monday 10th November 2 – 4 pm English/Creative writing Come and find out more about our literature collections and the different ways in which they have been used in creative writing. We will have items from the collections out for you to see, and then at 2.00, 3.00 and 3.30 pm brief talks will be given from people who have used Special Collections in their research and teaching. These will be interspersed with readings from creative writing inspired by the collections. There will be plenty of opportunities to find out more and ask questions.

Check out these blog posts to find out more about the collections that have been used for English and creative writing: Writing back and Teaching from the archives.

You can also get a flavour of the collections on our Special Collections guide for English.

Tuesday 11th November 10 am – 12 noon Any subject Maybe you can’t make it to one of the subject-specific sessions, or maybe you’re interested in a different subject to English or History? Then why not join us to find out more about what our collections offer for both English and History/Politics, but also other subjects?

There will be collection items out on display for you to see and handle, plus plenty of opportunity to ask questions and find out more.

Wednesday 12th November 2 – 4 pm History/Politics Drop in to discover which Special Collections you might find interesting for your assignments or dissertation. There will be collection items out on display for you to see and handle, plus plenty of opportunity to ask questions and find out more.  There is more information on our Special Collections guide for History and Women’s history.

Open day

In response to demand, we are trialling opening the Research Commons for longer each day, and making the space available to taught postgraduate students, as well as research postgrads and staff. During the trial period, until Easter, taught postgrads will have access and the area will be open between 9am and 9pm every weekday.

As announced on BookMarkDaily, to celebrate the beginning of the trial of extended opening the Library is holding an Open Day to which all staff and postgrad students are invited to visit the Research Commons (Floor 3, access from green staircase). This is an opportunity to both find out more about what we offer for researchers and to tell us what you want.

On Wednesday 23 January come and visit us between 2 and 4pm to find out about support for researchers and BURA, plus how we can support your teaching, learning or research. It is also a great opportunity to see some of the Special Collections (housed within the Research Commons) and meet the staff.