New trial – Academic Video Online

We are trialling Academic Video Online until 28th February 2019.

You can access over 63,000 videos across all subject areas, from art & design and music & performing arts to health sciences and science & engineering.

Included are documentaries, interviews, performances, news programmes and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, demonstrations, and original and raw footage.

Access the resource via the link above, or by going to Academic Video Online in Databases A-Z.

Note: access is only available for users on-campus.

Search, explore and let us know how you find the resource, either by filling in a reply below or via Library Chat.

Love Open, Love Research, Love Data 11th-15th Feb 2019

love data logo final version


Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) Library in collaboration with University of Liverpool (UoL) Library have expanded the theme of International Love Data week to embrace research and open access as well as data.  Working together to support our research communities, we are pleased to announce a series of events being run over the week commencing 11thFebruary. All events are open to University of Liverpool and

Full details of all events can be found on the Love Open website but here’s a taster below:

Wednesday 13th February

Screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, followed by panel discussion about publishing and Open Access, 2-4.30pm, The Everyman Theatre, register here

Thursday 14th February

  • Gale Digital Scholar Lab, 11-12pm, Taylor Room UoL Sydney Jones Library, register here
  • Research Café, 2-4pm, Gilmour Room, Liverpool Guild of Students, register here

Friday 15th February

  • How I learned to stop worrying and love Plan S, 10am, Taylor Room, UoL Sydney Jones Library, register here


Running throughout the week

  • Database Dating – various locations and times, see website for individual sessions
  • Give us your data’s DOI – we want your data DOI, if you data is openly available in any research data repository send your DOI to either UoL or LJMU Research team as appropriate and we’ll create a record in your University’s repository linking to your data and associated article, increasing the visibility and chance of discovery

Library Services Roadshow: Reading Lists

Why not drop in to one of our Reading List Roadshows and be amazed by the interactive Reading List option available in your Canvas module!

Monday 25th February, 10-2pm, Careers Zone, James Parsons Building (Ground Floor)

Tuesday 26th February, 10-2pm, Redmond Building (Ground Floor)

Our interactive Reading lists are:

  • dynamic and effective
  • quick and easy to use
  • accessible via Canvas anytime, anywhere
  • easy to personalise with tags / notes
  • directly related to teaching and assessment
  • clear to read (see below)


Reading list roadshow example

“The reading list system easily connects students to the module content, plus e-books are readily available and supports students as they work on their assessments. It also allows me to bring the books up in class to direct students to the key readings.” (Dr Nicholas Wise, Senior Lecturer, EHC)

 “In essence it is a communication tool that allows academics and librarians to support learners effectively.” (Dr. Clare Milsom, Director of Teaching and Learning Academy.)

 Academic Liaison Librarians will be on hand at the Roadshows to demonstrate the service and answer your questions.

Further information is available on the Library Services Reading List web page.

SAGE Research Methods – new titles added






SAGE Research Methods is an online collection of books and
other full-text materials that provide authoritative information and
multi-media on how to perform hundreds of research methods.

What’s New?

50 new Book and Reference titles

  • 17 textbooks
  • 27 supplemental and academic titles
  • 4 new SAGE handbooks
  • 2 Little Green books

47 datasets

  • using data from real research, designed to help you master qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

To access the resource go to SAGE Knowledge Online on Databases A-Z. If you’re off campus, you’ll need to log in with your LJMU username and password.

New from Very Short Introductions – Branding

Branding is a new title in the Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press. These intelligent introductions written by authors who are experts in their field are a great way of discovering a new subject.

Click on the cover image to go to the item via an authenticated link:

To whet your appetite, here’s a short video entitled What is branding? produced by Oxford University Press in collaboration with the book’s author, Robert Jones.

More ebooks on and off campus

After a successful trial of the ebook central collection we have signed up for access until 31st July 2019. The site is designed with mobile in mind, so you can download ebooks for offline reading…..bring on your next long train journey!

Proquest Ebook Central

Any questions, get in contact with your Academic Librarian or drop us a line via the website’s Library Chat.


Aldham Robarts Pavilion

Regular users of Aldham Robarts will have noticed some changes round the outside of the library in the last few weeks. These are in preparation for the construction of the new pavilion extension, work on which will be getting underway in January 2019. The pavilion will provide additional group and silent study spaces as well as a café and improvements to the gardens in front of the existing entrance.  Aldham Robarts will be open as normal throughout the build, which will be completed in October 2019.

Pedestrian access to the library will still be from Maryland Street, as is the case now, via a dedicated footpath. This will be separated from the access route that the construction traffic will use. There is a clearly marked crossing point but anyone who wants to access other buildings on the site including Student Advice and Wellbeing, John Foster and Modular Building are encouraged to use the routes across the gardens via the John Foster Building on Mount Pleasant.

More information about all the library improvements can be found on our website

Launch of Rosetta Stone language learning platform

Languages Flyer Banner imageOur new online language learning service, Rosetta Stone, is now live and available to all LJMU students and staff. There are 24 languages on the system and once you have logged in via Canvas you can choose one from the list. The content of each course is divided into around 20 modules covering topics such as greetings and introductions, dining out, business vocabulary, emergency situations and family life. Each language package is designed to take learners from complete beginner to intermediate conversational level. Learning a new language can help improve confidence, open up wider opportunities for travel and study abroad and provide a new skill to add to your CV. It is quite challenging, but you can reach a good level of comprehension and speaking by using the system for about 30 minutes a day over 3 months. Learning online is very flexible and can be fitted into your lifestyle on the go in addition to regular study time.

Logging in to Rosetta Stone on pcs/laptops
All LJMU students and staff are eligible to enrol on this module. It is located in Canvas but please use the link below to access it for the first time (this is particularly important for staff).

  • Follow this link to enrol on the system.
  • Follow the links on screen and click on Launch Rosetta Stone® Foundations.
  • If this is the first time you have used Rosetta Stone, it will now conduct a system check and ask about your voice to help optimise the speech recognition functionality.
  • You may need to enable Adobe Flash: there is guidance on how to do this here.
  • Use USB headphones with a microphone attached if possible. The system will check whether your voice is being picked up.
  • If you start with one language and wish to change it, this has to be done centrally at present: email to request a change.

Mobile devices
Rosetta Stone works well on tablets and smartphones, though you still need to log in via Canvas.

  • Download the Rosetta Stone app but do not log in.
  • In your web browser follow this link to enrol on the system if you have not already done so on a PC/laptop.
  • If you have enrolled, open the Canvas mobile app, and go to the Rosetta Stone module. Launch Rosetta Stone Foundations as above and it will open up in the mobile app after a short delay – if asked whether you wish to open in ‘Rosetta Stone’, accept this and it will pass you through.

Rosetta Stone looks slightly different on mobile devices but the system will open your most recent lesson and remember your progress. It should also work well without a separate microphone. If you leave the app inactive, it will time out and you will need to log in via Canvas again.

Additional help
Rosetta Stone is new to LJMU and is supported by the Academic Achievement Team in Library Services. If you need any help using the system, please email Further guidance is available on the Skills@LJMU web pages. There are also some useful online tutorials on the Rosetta Stone web site.

Valerie Stevenson
Head of Academic Services