Top Tips – Searching for a book on iDiscover #2 refine your search

To access iDiscover please click here. You can also access iDiscover through the Library Moodle site here.

iDiscover enables you to search the collections of University libraries across Cambridge as well as providing online access to journals. Searching on iDiscover can sometimes be challenging so we have come up with some hints and tips for effective searching.

Tip

If you would like to refine your search to a particular Library in the University, you will need to select the Library from the drop down menu on the right hand side of the search box. “All Libraries” is automatically selected so to refine your search, for example to the Education Library, you will need to select “Education Faculty Library” from the drop down menu before you hit search/enter.

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Extra Tip

Once you have clicked on “All Libraries” to open the drop down menu, type “ed” to jump to “Education Faculty Library”. This will save you having to scroll through the menu of Libraries.

What to look out for

Sometimes iDiscover likes to keep us on our toes when it comes up with search results. Even though a search has been refined to a particular Library your results may show a particular title being available from a different Library.

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As you can see in the search above, it was refined to the Education Faculty Library and the 3rd edition shows that it is available at the Criminology Library.

Once you click on the result it will show that the title is available at the Education Library too.

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For more information on using iDiscover take a look at the iDiscover LibGuide here.

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Photo diary 2018 – 2019

October 2018

All together now! Our MPhil Education, Globalisation and International Development students are in the garden making the most of the remaining summer sun.

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Top Tips – Searching for a book on iDiscover #1 simple search terms

To access iDiscover please click here. You can also access iDiscover through the Library Moodle site here.

iDiscover enables you to search the collections of University libraries across Cambridge as well as providing online access to journals. Searching on iDiscover can sometimes be challenging so we have come up with some hints and tips for effective searching.


Tip

When searching for a title on iDiscover remember to keep your search quite simple. For example, leave out the subtitle of the book or any capitals and punctuation.


Example search

I will be searching for this title:

classroom based research

Taber, K. (2007). Classroom-based research and evidence-based practice : a guide for teachers. London: Sage Publications.

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As you can see in the image above, I have entered the full title and iDiscover has come up with three results, none of which are the edition/title I am looking for.

When I searched again using the search term “classroom based research” you can see in the image below that I get more results, including the title and edition I am after.

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For more information on using iDiscover take a look at the iDiscover LibGuide here.

Comics or graphic novels? The great debate

Guest post by Joe Sutliff Sanders

As the librarians at the Faculty of Education have kept up with new movements in research and teaching, they came across a controversy that they weren’t expecting. They asked my opinion, and, luckily or not, I had opinions.

The controversy has to do with comic books, a kind of literature that has become increasingly central to popular culture and for which educators have been finding promising uses. The controversy is this: what should we call them?

The question might sound trivial, but for me, the answer matters. There was a time when comics were ignored at best (and vilified at worst), but today, to show a certain literary open-mindedness, many prefer the term ‘graphic novels,’ a kindness that recognises the artistic achievements of the form. It is a kindness, but I have to confess that I don’t like it.

From the first recorded instance of the term up through today, ‘graphic novel’ has signified a certain class of comics, ones that were good for you, ones that had literary pretensions. And don’t get me wrong: I love that sort of comic: Maus, Persepolis, Fun Home, Exit Wounds, everything by Guy Delisle, Jiro Taniguchi, and the Hernandez brothers…and too many others to mention.

But since at least the early twentieth century, there has been something rebellious about comic books, something secret and delightful about those pulpy magazines, bought with pocket money out of sight of parents and teachers. ‘Graphic novels’ tames that rebellion, brings comics into a safer jurisdiction.

I like that the term graphic novel is respectful. I don’t like that it’s respectable. When you visit the Library at our Faculty, then, you’ll find the graphic novels under the name ‘comics,’ and that’s my fault. We study them, teach them, admire them, respect them. We’re also careful not to be too respectable while we’re at it.

Joe Sutliff Sanders is University Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, where he specialises in children’s literature, especially nonfiction, animation, and, yes, comics. His most recent book is A Literature of Questions:  Nonfiction for the Critical Child (Minnesota, 2018).

You can now find all of our comics together* on the ramp to the lower ground floor, including new titles we have received over the summer:

  • Telgemeier, R. (2010). Smile. London: Scholastic.
  • Gaiman, N. (2012). The Sandman, Vol. 6. Fables and reflections. New York: DC Comics.
  • Iwaoka, H. (2010). Saturn apartments, vol. 1. San Francisco: Viz Media.
  • Lemire, J. (2015). Descender. Berkely: Image comics.

*Some comics that are on reading lists are kept in our Temporary Reference collection. Please ask at the desk if you would like to see these.