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 is by using LibrarySearch. Select Library Catalogue from the drop-down menu to limit your search to items held in the library. Enter a couple of keywords into the search box e.g. Beethoven piano sonatas. Your results list will indicate if it is an audio CD. When you have found the item in LibrarySearch, make a note of the classmark or ‘location’.
You can refine your search results to show just audio visual material. Use the ‘Refine my Results’ options on the left of the results page.
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 through LibrarySearch. Sign into LibrarySearch, select the ‘Find databases’ tab and click on ‘L’ for LexisLibrary Newspapers UK. Click on the link to access online newspapers.