What are media resources?
Media resources are a collection of materials in non-print format. They include videos, DVDs and CDs.
Why use media?
Your course may require you to make use of media resources in addition to the books and journals available in the library. They can be a useful additional source of information in supporting your assignment.
Media resources held in the Library
- Videos/DVDs - there are two different kinds of
- Off-air recordings - these are useful television programmes which have been recorded. These are often requested by a lecturer as part of the course materials
- Commercial videos/DVDs - these include feature
films and documentaries
- CDs - the library has a large collection of CDs which are mostly classical recordings but include other genres such as jazz, pop and folk music.
Finding media resources
You can browse the shelves to see what’s available but the best way to search for resources held in the library is by using the library catalogue
The catalogue is a tool you can use for finding everything the library has in stock, including videos, DVDs and CDs. When searching the library catalogue, media material will have a classmark under ‘Location’ in the same way as books. Make a note of the classmark for the items you are interested in.
You can search the library catalogue just for media resources by choosing the Filter option and then selecting the type of media you’re interested.
Other media material held in the Library
A wider definition of media is the different ways in which messages are communicated, for example through newspapers. The library takes a wide selection of printed newspapers and additional newspapers are available online by using the e-Library gateway called ‘Search it’. When you have logged into ‘Search it’, you’ll see the online resources are listed alphabetically. Look for LexisLibrary Newspapers UK and click on the link to access online newspapers.