This year I have discovered 3 hidden gems (2 of which I discovered by talking to my tutors and 1 by accident) which have been rather useful to me, and I hope my readers may benefit from these findings if they have not been found out before…
First of all, the inter library loan system is a service I have used quite recently. I have an interest in Japanese Music Industry and thankfully an academic book called “Japanese Music Culture” was released earlier this year – however, that book isn’t available in the EHU library and because it’s so new it’s insanely expensive to purchase it… But a few details such as the author and ISBN into the online form and it can get delivered to the library for a small fee. My essay is saved!
Another discovery is within the online library catalogue, as there a way which it makes research so much easier. Not only does it tell you where books are in the library, but it also gives access to many, many journal articles. Before I found out about the feature, I usually looked at journals themselves (ie I’m looking for a certain essay, it’s probably in the journal of X so I’ll look through its contents and hope something is there), but now I just type in keywords into the catalogue and it finds it all for me!
The last discovery is the DVD section, which I discovered when I went looking for books on identity studies. Until then, I totally forgot how much I liked watching films! I don’t get much chance to give up two hours in a working week in the name of entertainment, but when I do, I guess it’s nice to have a refreshing break and watch a film that takes my interest. More importantly, it has also been useful when I do coursework on media – my current essay deals with how certain horror films explore class and social anxiety.
On the whole, I find the library helpful. I can concentrate more when I work in there as the whole “academic environment” makes me focus on work and not get distracted. Of course there’s a wealth of information to get my teeth into in there (inside and outside my degree subject), so hopefully by the time I leave I will be a more “well rounded” individual?
I’ll definitely update you all should I find out more discoveries in EHU!