postheadericon Chatham House Online Archive trial

Swansea University staff and students have again free trial access (until 26th April) to  the Chatham House Online Archive, 1920-2008. This can be of great value to many researching in international relations, politics, war and peace studies, development studies and many other aspects of 20th century history.To access it go to To get the username and password email

Chatham House Online Archive contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920 following the Paris Peace Conference.

The Institute’s analysis and research, as well as debates and speeches it has hosted, can be found in this online archive, subject-indexed and fully searchable. There is material concerned with all continents of the world.

postheadericon The Vogue Archive

We are happy to be able to offer Swansea University students and staff searchable access to The Vogue Archive database.

The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.  The latest issue will be added each month with no embargo period giving a fascinating way to compare past and present. More than 400,000 pages are included, constituting a treasure trove of the work from the greatest designers, photographers, stylists, and illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Vogue is a unique record of American and international popular culture that extends beyond fashion. The Vogue Archive is an essential primary source for the study of fashion, gender, and modern social history - past, present, and future.

The database will allow students to find inspirational images, but will also cater for academic study. Students will be able to research the history of a brand identity by viewing every advertisement for a brand such as Revlon, Coty, Versace, or Chanel between specified dates. Researchers in cultural studies and gender studies will be able to explore themes such as body image, gender roles, and social tastes from the 1890s to the present.
Users will be able to conduct powerful searches to reveal results in all text, captions, and titles throughout the magazine, including advertisements, covers and fold-outs.  Researchers will be able to see every page in full, including original ads, photographs, articles and illustrations, for context and understanding.

The resource is available via iFind Discover or iFind Research.  Off-campus access requires Swansea University authentication.

postheadericon Daily Google (Search) Tip No5

Google Art Project is a collaboration between Google and over 150 galleries from across the world.

You can take a virtual tour of a gallery and zoom in on a painting to see the brush strokes.

You can view paintings and drawings by gallery or by artist.

Warning:  highly addictive!

Hope you found our week of Google Search Tips useful, but please get in touch if there is anything further that we can help with.

Have a good weekend!

postheadericon “Online Journalism and the Law” talk and discussion

Swansea University Libraries Present:

‘Online Journalism and the Law: Spotting the dangers that could end your career’

A talk by Andy Collinson

Programme and Digital Editor of ITV News in Wales

Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 4pm

Richard Price Lecture Theatre, Richard Price Building, Swansea University

“Journalists rightly spend time considering the sometimes opposing rights of privacy and freedom of speech. But they also have to remember many other restrictions on what they can write.  The session will review some of the main constraints including the reporting of court cases and copyright. It will also identify ways of avoiding problems, without unnecessarily restricting what is written.”


Andy Collinson is Programme and Digital Editor of ITV News in Wales, winners of the 2014 Bafta Cymru Award for Best News Coverage.  The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

All staff and students are welcome and admission is free.  Please click here to book a place.
Refreshments will be available afterwards in the SURF room.


postheadericon Daily Google Search Tip No4

Searching a specific organisation’s own website would often give you a very different set of results compared to carrying out a Google site search for that organisation.


It may be worth exploring that feature if the information you are looking for is not immediately available.

You can focus your search on a particular site or type of sites in one of two ways:

You can either include Google’s site: command in your search strategy, e.g. modern foreign languages


or you could use the site/domain box on the Advanced Search screen.

postheadericon Daily Google Search Tip No3

Google allows you to focus your search within a specific date range. This feature can be useful if you are trying to trace a trend or see how a topic has developed. Carry out a Google search for the latest on your topic

Display the Search tools and use the Time drop down menu to specify the time span you are interested in.

Your results now only include content published during your specified date range.

postheadericon The Encyclopedia of Ancient History

We now have the Encyclopedia of Ancient History, published by Wiley Blackwell, online.

The Encyclopedia of Ancient History is a massive and broad ranging encyclopedia and will be very useful for both staff and students.

The home page states “The Encyclopedia of Ancient History is the only comprehensive collection of twenty-first century scholarship available on the entire ancient Mediterranean world. Our board of experienced and internationally diverse editors has collected over 5,000 original entries spanning the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE.”

There is a link to the Encyclopedia of Ancient History in iFind Discover and  iFind Research - simply type in that title.

Off campus it’s necessary to type your normal Swansea University username and password.

On the home page we can click on “Search in this book” to do a search limited to the Encyclopedia of Ancient History.

We can also click on “Articles by Topic” or “Articles by Title”.

At the end of each article there is a list of References and Further Reading.

postheadericon Daily Google Search Tip No2

Try Google’s Reading Level feature.

This splits your results into Basic, Intermediate and Advanced reading level documents and gives you the option to switch between them.

Google Reading levels rating has nothing to do with the reading age rating that publishers assign to publications.

It involves an analysis of sentence structure and length, document size and use of scientific or industry-specific terminology.

Run your search and from the menu just above the results click on Search tools.  An extra line of options will display below.  From the All results drop down menu select Reading level.

Your results will now be sorted under the three reading levels and clicking on your preferred level will display results at that level only.

Choosing the Advanced level will list results biased towards research.

postheadericon Daily Google Search Tip No1

In the course of the week, we will try to help you make your use of Google more efficient by sharing with you insights gleaned from Karen Blakeman’s excellent “Google and Beyond” search skills training.  Hope you find it useful.

You can specify the type of results Google returns by using the filetype: command or the file format option on the Advanced Search screen

For example, to limit your research to PowerPoint presentations, enter your search terms followed by filetype:ppt

Please note that newer PowerPoint presentations will have been created in .pptx format and to pick those up you would need to carry out a separate search.

To look for data and statistics in spreadsheet format use filetype:xls

Similarly, newer spreadsheets use the .xlsx file format and, again, you would need to carry out a separate search for these.

Research papers and industry/government reports often appear in PDF format.

Use filetype:pdf to search for these.

postheadericon Routledge Handbooks Online Trial

Swansea University staff and students now have trial access on campus until 12th March to Routledge Handbooks Online.

Routledge Handboooks Online aims to bring “together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today”.

To gain access, using a computer on campus, go to

This new site has over 300 Handbooks, with collections in many subject areas, including these:
• Archaeology & Classics
• Communication, Journalism, Media & Culture
• History
• Linguistics
• Philosophy
• Politics
• Security Studies

Further general information about Routledge Handbooks Online is given at