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The dedicated off campus web pages have information on all the services we offer you.

Videos, Tutorials & Guides

Library staff make videos, online tutorials, guides you can download as well as offering online library support.

Library Services for Staff at Partner Centres

If you're teaching on a University of Sunderland programme at a partner centre visit the Partner staff web pages.

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"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. 


We want our library videos to be as accessible as possible and we have received feedback recently that some students  have experienced difficulty viewing our library videos because they cannot access YouTube.

We listened to your feedback and have added our library videos to the University of Sunderland streaming service. Now when you access a video via the library web page, you will no longer be taken to YouTube, for example: Find and use ebooks: Dawsonera (video)

Let us know if this has made the videos & screencasts more accessible to you.

All videos are still on Youtube too, for those of you who do use it and you can view our channel at


You can find useful academic research articles for TESOL in the ELT Journal


Watch this very quick screencast to show you how to log in and read the ELT Journal online from anywhere in the world!

The Off Campus Library Team answer your emails, responds to postal loan requests and much more. Meet them by watching this new video..



Fancy yourself as the next Tarantino? Now’s your chance to start! 

The Library’s focus during March is all to do with ‘Equity’.

We promise that no matter where you are, when or how you reach us, we will strive to deliver an equivalent library service to you.

We’d like you to share what’s important to you about the library, whether you use it online or visit us… perhaps you have a favourite spot where you normally log into to use the library or maybe you use a particular library service. If so, please share your library life by making a short 15 second video and posting it on our facebook and twitter pages. We hope to get 15 minutes worth of 15 second videos which we’d like to showcase online.

Find out more by viewing our video

Just see how far our global community stretches.

The news item on the Library’s website is now highlighting this initiative.

So get recording! and use the hashtag #uos15 to share your videos.

The University of Sunderland hosts a public lecture series and Scottish crime writer Val McDermid gave the last lecture of 2012 called ‘A Life in Crime?

You can now watch this lecture online  at

Looking ahead there are some cracking speakers throughout 2013 including:

Alastair Stewart OBE (ITV’s Chief News Correspondent)
Jan 24th. 6:30pm

Baroness Estelle Morris (Politician)
Feb 21st, 6:30pm

Lord Davis Puttnam (Film producer and former Chancellor of the University of Sunderland)
March 27th, 6:30pm

Professor Robert Winston (Scientist, Doctor & TV presenter)
April 18th, 6:30pm SOLD OUT

Michael Wood (Historian & TV presenter)
May 2nd, 6:30pm

Terry Deary (Horrible Histories creator)
May 23rd, 6:30pm

Tickets are free but should be booked from the University Online Store.

In June this year I saw John Irving speak at the American Library Association Annual Conference. He was very inspiring and a joy listen to. If you’ve never read his books I recommend them. Here’s a short video offered by TIME Magazine with John Irving in his home. He shares how he writes (pen and paper) and is generally awesome. If you’re planning on participating in National Novel Writing Month (which is happening right now) then this may inspire you too.

If you want to grab a John Irving novel, and you’re able to get to Murray Library we’ve got some you can borrow including The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany. If not get down to your local public library.

Last week was Open Access week - but as tumblr was down at the end of last week and I was unable to blog, I’m unofficially extending it so I can write this blog post.

There are loads of great Films, Videos, Talks & other media freely available online. Here are just a few:

TED & TEDTalks

Ideas Worth Spreading. There are talks or performances by leaders and prominent figures in every discipline and you can search or browse by subject, length or by using TED categories such as ‘inspiring’ or ‘funny’. You can download the TED apps too. Watch this short 3 minute video which impressed me:

Internet Archive

There are loads of great open access resources at the Internet Archive including films, music and ebooks. It’s a fantastic resource. Here are some of my favourite things from the Internet Archive:

12 Creepy Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (Audio)
In honour of Halloween which is in 2 days time. Listen to tales such as The Tell Tale Heart and The Raven.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Ebook)

A quick (and completely unverified) look at Wikipedia tells me that Lewis Carroll spent quite a lot of time in Sunderland. The Lewis Carroll Society of North America (also quoting Wikipedia)  highlights the following:

Lewis Carroll was a frequent visitor to the area. He wrote most of Jabberwocky at Whitburn as well as “The Walrus and the Carpenter”. Some parts of the area are also widely believed to be the inspiration for his Alice in Wonderland stories, such as Hylton Castle and Backhouse Park. There is a statue to Carroll in Whitburn library. Lewis Carroll was also a visitor to the Rectory of Holy Trinity Church, Southwick; then a township independent of Sunderland. Carroll’s connection with Sunderland, and the area’s history, is documented in Bryan Talbot’s 2007 graphic novel Alice in Sunderland.

From Wikipedia Entry on Sunderland

If you’ve signed up for an online library workshop, please check your University Email Account a few days before the date you chose.

We will email all students who’ve signed up with joining instructions. Its very easy to join the workshop - you just need to click on the hyperlink we send you.

If you are unable to login to your University email account because yo do not know your University User ID or password then get in touch with us as soon possible and we will advise you of your details.

You can email us at

If you’ve not signed up for a workshop but would like to and want to know more about how it will be conducted please watch this short video we’ve made about the Vyew software:

In the workshops we explore ‘Discover’ and how you can use it to find information for your assignments.

You can sign up for a workshop at

Interesting TED video. If you’ve not checked out the TED talks then I urge you to do so.

Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book — and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Visit the TED website at