Developed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Gallica is a platform providing access to public domain and copyrighted digital material. You have access to thousands of books images, journals and sound recordings. The project is part of a European programme in which the BnF is the French aggregator for the implementation of  Europeana, the European Digital Library.  Back runs of French journals could be of particular interest.

Crowdsourcing, researching ethnicity & academic research methods

Crowdsourcing opening up new opportunities, by Andy Hudson-Smith: the full text of this article is available online in the ESRC’s, National Centre for Research Methods  newsletter,  MethodsNews , summer 2011. Other articles in this issue include, Methodical challenges in researching ethnicity, by Angela Dale et al and, Assessing UK academics’ research methods training needs, by Ross Wiles. For the full report of the Wiles article click here.

Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career

Elsevier have published the second edition of Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career, which is a crash course of practical advice on how to plan a research career. Written by 30-year research veteran Professor Alan Johnson, this mentoring booklet, used as a resource in many workshops around the world, provides a detailed map of the important milestones that young researchers should reach along the path to a successful research career. The 132 page booklet provides wide-ranging topics, from planning a career to preparing a grant funding application, to selecting a research discipline, supervisor and mentor. It also discusses the importance of getting recognized, how to publish and where to publish. It is freely available from the link above.

The Thesis Whisperer

The Thesis Whisperer is a newspaper style blog dedicated to helping research students everywhere. It is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and has contributors from around the world.

Subscribe to the Whisperer and receive notifications of new posts by email. You can also become a fan of Thesis Whisperer on facebook or follow @thesiswhisperer on Twitter. 

Check out the latest post “How I use technology in my PhD” to find out more about ways of simplifying your research using online tools.


Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-net) maintains discussion lists which are useful for researchers in history, culture, and social sciences. “H-Net’s e-mail lists function as electronic networks, linking professors, teachers and students in an egalitarian exchange of ideas and materials.”  Either subscribe to a discussion list or view recent discussions in the discussion logs.

My Westlaw

Law researchers will be interested to know that Westlaw now allows you to save searches and set up search alerts using the new My Westlaw feature. You will be prompted to set up your My Westlaw profile when you first log in to the database.

Click on Settings & Tools to access your research Trail, which records your various searches or retrieved documents. The default time limit is set to 14 days but you can reset this period.  

Perform a search and click on the “Save as Alert” link and decide how often you want to be notified about new material matching your search words.

Alternatively, click on the Alerts option at the top of the page, choose from a list of options and be notified about all new material on that subject.

For more information or for help, contact Janice at Magee or Joanne at Jordanstown.