Latin for historians

Many historical documents are in Latin.  For those who do not have Latin the National Archives has provided interactive courses: Beginners’ Latin; Advanced Latin; Palaeography; Latin palaeography. There is also a currency converter where you can find out how much yesterday’s (1270-1970) money is worth today and a guide to Roman numerals. For Beginner’s Latin no previous knowledge of the language is required.

Engineering Library Blog

Princeton University Library’s Engineering Blog: “the place to learn interesting and useful facts about information sources and library services”.  Academics who have joined the Blog include Professors Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawkings and Noam Chomsky. You can add yourself to the departmental tree at When you sign up you can follow a researcher’s work, see their latest papers, talks and status updates in your News Feed.

There are also a tag cloud, categories, and recent entries sections.  For example in the tag cloud if you click on computer science you can link to  Academic Earth .

Here you can find free streamed videos, including lecture series such as Building Dynamic Websites and Programming methodology.

Non-computing videos available in Academic Earth include Stock market simulation, The Good citizen and the freedom to choose and Marx’s theory of capitalism among others.



Socialsciencespace is an online SAGE forum fostering discussion and debate across diverse disciplines. It has a hot topics section with articles such as The Research Ethics guidebook and The impact of cuts on creativity. Its resources include reports, videos, presentations, audio and interviews. It also has a social science sites of the week section with links to sites of interest to social scientists and researchers in related disciplines. Socialsciencespace is supported by over forty organisations, among them The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Advanced Institute of Management Research and the British Sociological Association.

Springer eReference

Springer eReference is a collection of 189 scientific electronic reference books.  UU Students and staff have access to over 40 of these titles. Login in via the Portal with your network username and password and once you get the drop-down Athens authentication message click on the Learning Resource tab. From the list of library databases select SpringerLink. Click on eReferences.  Full text is available for those titles with a green square alongside.

Available full text titles include, Computer Science and Communications Dictionary; The Concise Encyclopedia of Statistics; Concise Encyclopedia of Supersymmetry; Encyclopedia of Cryptography and Security; Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science; Encyclopedia of Optimization; Encyclopedia of Production and Manufacturing Management; Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender; Encyclopedia of Women’s Health; Handbook of Coherent Domain Optical Methods; Handbook of Nanophase and Nanostructured Materials; Handbook of Neurochemistry and Molecular Neurobiology; Robust Electronic Design Reference Book; Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology; The World’s Coasts: Online

Theatre Archive Project

The Theatre Archive Project is a British Library / De Montfort University collaboration. The website accompanies a major project to reinvestigate British theatre history 1945-1968, from the perspectives of both the theatregoer and the practitioner. There are transcripts of interviews with choreographers, stage workers, actors, sound designers, comedians, playwrights (e.g. Peter Nichols, Ann Jellicoe, Arnold Wesker, Michael Frayn), actors (Glenda Jackson, Corin Redgrave, Joan Plowright), theatre managers, theatre-goers, variety performers, magicians, and others. There are links to podcasts such as an interview with Harold Pinter, and links to websites of interest to students of British theatre and British arts in general.

From Crime to Punishment

From Crime to Punishment is a free National Archives podcast.  It takes researchers through the various stages of the criminal justice system of the period and focuses on the records created, from the commission of a crime, through the court processes and on to the records of punishment. Related podcasts include Broadmoor revealed; Prison: five hundred years behind bars; Victorian women prisoners; Catching Victorian and Edwardian criminals on paper.  You can find help on how to download and listen to National Archives podcasts in its quick guide to getting started.


SpringerImages is part of the Springerlink database subscribed to by UU Library. It has an archive of over 2.5 million images. There is a charge for many of these images but almost 300,000 of them are free.  Of these free images over 52,000 are in computational biology/bioinformatics; approximately 100,000 in life sciences; and 100,000 in medicine and public health. Images are contextualised with links to the source article. Sample searches: gaming produces over 500 results; dementia over 700 results; and human computer interaction over 600 results.  Open access images are available for non-commercial purposes. For more information on what you are allowed to do with them see the Creative Commons page.

Supreme Court Live on Sky website

“Sky News has…launched a live stream of the court’s hearings and judgments, as they happen, via their website at[…] The move means that legal professionals, students and members of the public interested in the work of the Supreme Court do not have to travel to London to see proceedings. The website contains direct links to the Supreme Court’s own summaries of each case, to enable viewers to read some background material.”

IEEE Global History Network

The IEEE Global History Network (GHN) is a wiki with content generated only by IEEE members and invited experts. 

What IEEE says: “The IEEE Global History Network intends to be the world’s premier site for the documentation, analysis and explanation of the history of electrical, electronic, and computer technologies, the scientists, engineers and business people who made these technologies happen, and on the history of the organizations to which these men and women belonged.” For example the category Culture and Society contains 12 subcategories.  One of these is Defense & Security. There are over 300 pages in this subcategory with articles such as World War 1 Technology and Robert Oppenheimer: Biography. There are also transcripts of interviews with significant people in this field.  

Other categories are automation; bioengineering; business, management and industry; communications; components; computers and information processing; engineering materials and dielectrics; engineering profession; environment geoscience & remote sensing; fields waves & electromagnetics; lasers lighting & electrooptics; nuclear & plasma sciences; people and organisations; power energy & industry application; signals; standardisation; transportation.