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Your liaison librarians have been buying lots of books and e-books, sometimes they are new titles, sometimes additional copies, and sometimes newer editions of titles already in stock.

This is great news for distance learners because many of our new books are e-books which are accessible anytime from anywhere.

Here are just a few e-books for Design, Hospitality & Tourism, Education, Business, Pharmacy and Nursing - all subjects that are offered to distance learners:

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  1. The Design Student’s Handbook (Rutherford, S)
  2. Current Issues in Hospitality & Tourism: Research & Innovations
  3. A guide to Practitioner Research in Education (Menter, I) 
  4. Brand Together: How co-creation generates innovation…
  5. Method Validation in Pharmaceutical Analysis (Ermer, J)
  6. Practice Based Learning in Nursing, Health & Social Care…

Search for e-books on your topics now using the Library Catalogue


"A wealth of data is buried in theses which can shed light on very interesting areas…" 

Find out how three researchers from the Universities of Manchester, Plymouth and Glasgow have used EThOS to help their research. 




Dark tourism (also known as thanatourism) is the act of travel and visitation to sites, attractions and exhibitions that have real or recreated death, suffering or the seemingly macabre as a main theme. Tourist visits to former battlefields, slavery-heritage attractions, prisons, cemeteries, particular museum exhibitions, Holocaust sites, or to disaster locations all constitute the broad realm of ‘dark tourism’.

Institute for Dark Tourism Research
University of Central Lancaster

Dark Tourism is an area of tourism that collides with other disciplines, particularly culture subjects. Many of the popular dark tourist sites such as the Auschwitz concentration camp or sites related to the transatlantic slave trade, represent significant periods in human history.

There are likely many reasons why tourists would visit these sites. Dark tourism can challenge the assumptions we make about our heritage, and our cultural memory. For some it is a way to learn about our history. For others, it is unethical and questionable.

You will of course find lots of books and journals in the libraries about significant historical events such as the holocaust, or 9/11 in the history section but for a different perspective on sites of historical interest, keep the tourism section in mind too. 

I’ve picked out a couple of examples below which highlight the range of resources available:


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1. The Darker Side of Travel: The theory and practice of dark tourism
     Richard Sharpley - available as an ebook

This title offers an analysis of dark tourism including theories and concepts, and examples of dark tourism in practice including sections on genocide tourism, battlefield tourism and museums and plantations significant to the slave trade.

2.Commemorative Events: Memory, Identity and Conflict
     Warwick Frost and Jennifer Laing - available as an ebook

Commemorative Events are held on the anniversaries of significant past events, either annually or after significant time periods. Commemorative events provide fascinating insight into how societies see themselves, their heritage and their identity. This book provides an in-depth critical examination what commemorative events mean to societies and how they are used and their impact.

Journal Articles:

You’ll find a lot of journal articles on the topic of Dark Tourism by searching Discover:

Latest e-books for tourism added in January. We’re investing in more e-books across all subjects, to make sure you have access to the resources you need wherever you are:


Tourism and Art Souvenirs, David L. Hume

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Geographies, Julie Wilson

Tourism Policy and Planning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, David L. Edgell, Jason R. Swanson

Click the titles to view the Library Catalogue Record. You will need your University of Sunderland User ID and password to log into the e-books.

Today is Safer Internet Day, and the theme this year is ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.

Here at University of Sunderland Libraries we want all our staff and students to be safe on the internet and to use it positively.

Here are our top 6 suggestions for staying safe online:

  1. Don’t post/share your passwords, even if you’re contacting the university. If you need to share personal information, send us an email (
  2. Check your privacy settings on your social media accounts - make sure you know who can see your posts, and think about whether you want to share everything with everyone. 
  3. Think twice about what you post - if you don’t want an employer or (your gran) to see it, then don’t post it.
  4. Make sure you sign out of any online accounts you have, especially when you are on a public computer. If you have to pop away for a while, make sure you lock the computer.
  5. Respect the privacy of other internet users
  6. Make sure you have anti-virus software. 

If you’re online a lot and use a lot of social media, you may find our ‘Making the most of social media' guides and videos useful: 

The ebooks we add to our collection aren’t just subject specific, we also have a lot of books to help you develop your study skills, learn about research methods and understand topics such as plagiarism. Here are some examples:


The Good Study GuideAndrew Northedge

Academic Research, Writing and ReferencingMary Deane

Returning to study for a research degreeStuart Powell

Interesting statistics about what we can expect by 2030.

University of Sunderland subscribes to Passport from Euromonitor International which holds statistics, country reports, global reports and company profiles for 24 industries across 80 core countries as well as business and consumer lifestyles research for all the countries in the world. Sunderland students can log into passport via Discover (there is a link to Discover on the library webpage) using your University User ID and password.

If you’re looking for news articles to use for your assignments or to prepare for classes then you need to use LexisLibrary.

LexisLibrary is primarily a legal database, but don’t be put off by the legal information on there if all you’re interested in is news.

Just click on the News tab along the top and you will be able to search for articles on your topic.


So how do you access LexisLibrary?

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What do you know about cancer?

World Cancer Day is an initiative designed to raise awareness and dispel some of the myths about cancer. To support this initiative one of the leading journals in the field, Annals of Oncology, has handpicked some of the latest in clinical research to help combat some of the myths about the disease.

If you’ve just started on a distance learning programme make sure you check out the ‘Get to know your library' pages