Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) Knowledge Portal

The Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) “aims to enhance..knowledge of the sector through independent and critical research”. 

A useful feature of the website is The Third Sector Knowledge Portal, which provides access to research and information on the third sector in the UK and beyond. It is a free to use and topics covered  includecommissioning, social and economic impact, equality, political analysis, social enterprise and other key research areas.

Not all material included in the TSRC Portal is available in full text, so please contact your subject librarians for help if you encounter problems accessing documents.

World Bank Repository Now Available

The World Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository is now freely available at  The OKR contains research from thousands of works including: World Bank published books from 2009-2012, Policy Research Working Papers (PRWP) from 2009-2012, Economic and Sector Work (ESW) studies from 2009-2012 & Journal articles from 2007-2010 published in World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO).

British Library Historic Photographs

Much of British Library’s large photographic collection remains uncatalogued, but with funding from the Jerwood Charity its holdings will progressively be made available through an Integrated Catalogue. This is a three project but the Catalogue is already searchable.  For an introduction to the Library’s holdings click on Historic Photographs.  You will find a link to the Catalogue and also information on Photographic processes,The world in focus, Exploration and archaeology, The images of war, Making of the modern world and In the public eye.

Springer Journal Author Academy

The Springer Journal Author Academy is a joint venture between Springer and Edanz to give guidance on writing and publishing research. There are also two videos, How to write and publish your scientific paper and Peer review and how to deal with it. Both are available with Chinese or Japanese subtitles.  Edantz provides a fee based language editing service to support researchers whose first language is not English.  It also provides some free services such as downloadable templates and resources.

British Library Help For Researchers

  • This is an excellent service.  You can find help by subject, time period, industry, region, language, resource type, or British Library department.  You can also get help online or by post, if you want copies of documents, images, newspapers, permission rights. U. U. Library’s Document Delivery Service can assist you in getting material from BL’s Document Supply service. There is also a fee-based Research Service with access to subject specialists. Contact the service by phone (020 7412 7903), by email (  )or by completing their order form outlining the information you need and when you need it. There is a pay-as-you-go service. Charges are based on research time and online data costs.

Corpus Vitrearum Medi Aevi (Medieval Stained Glass)

The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi  (CVMA).  There is the international research project dedicated to recording medieval stained glass in Great Britain.  There is free access to a picture archive of over 23,000 images most of which are in colour. There is a section on the conservation and restoration of stained glass and links to other conservation websites. There is a free online magazine called Vidimus.  described as the only online magazine dedicated to medieval stained glass.  The archive goes back to 2006.  There is also an archive spanning three decades of CVMA newsletters and abstracts

The Paul Mellon Centre’s archive catalogue goes online

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has launched its archive catalogue online – – revealing to a wider audience the research material compiled by some of the most significant art historians of the twentieth century.  Highlights include the papers of W.G. Constable (1887-1976) first director of the Courtauld Institute and museum director; and Sir Brinsley Ford (1908-1999) collector, art connoissuer and editor of the Burlington Magazine.  The catalogue launch is an important stage of an ongoing project to make the collections more widely available.

Index of Legal Terms – now available in Westlaw

The library’s Westlaw subscription now includes the Index of Legal Terms.  This allows you to search the following authoritative legal dictionaries:

Jowitt’s Dictionary of English Law
Stroud’s Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases
Osborn’s Concise Law Dictionary

Searching the Index will also help you find definitions from cases, legislation or journals.  Why not try it out?


GoGeo is described on their home page as, “the place to discover geospatial information and services for those in education and research”.  Their resources links include links such as Megalithic Portal and Megalithic map; the Geodemographics database and the BBC 2005 election map. GoGeo has a learning and resources section which, for example, links to a bibliography on GeoDesign and to UK research projects. There are online guides and tutorials in the form of geo-pods.  The GeoPods were initially set up by Dr Claire Jarvis of The University of Leicester as an internal learning resource, but are now being made available to the wider scientific community.