Enhancing Academic Skills Spring Term

The Spring term core workshops for the Enhancing Academic Skills programme start next Wednesday.

If you’re looking to brush up on your academic skills, there are four core workshops, each run twice. No need to book, just turn up to the workshop that interests you.

Do you want to know how to make the most of lectures and seminars? Or learn how to read and interpret texts for effectively? Maybe you need more help finding and using library resources? Or want to know how to write and plan great essays?

If you attend all four, you can apply for the Academic Skills Certificate, which can be included on your Higher Education Achivement Report (HEAR).

Check the dates/times for each session in the flyer below. All sessions at held in the Prokofiev Room, on the second floor of the library (top of the main stairs).


Academic Book Week


Next week (23-28 January) is Academic Book Week, designed to celebrate the diversity, innovation and and influence of academic books.

There will be a series of events around the country and you can keep abreast of developments by following the #AcBookWeek hashtag.

One initiative for Academic Book Week is to ask the public to vote for the most influential academic book on modern Britain from a shortlist of twenty, chosen by academics, most of which are available in Goldsmiths Library. These might be books that are on your reading lists or perhaps a title takes your interest. If there’s a title you feel strongly about, why not vote for it?

You can vote here and more information about Academic Book Week is available on its website.

The top twenty books that shaped modern Britain are:

  • A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
  • Gender Trouble (Judith Butler)
  • Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (A.V. Dicey)
  • Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (R.F. Foster)
  • Orientalism (Edward Said)
  • Poverty in the United Kingdom (Peter Townsend)
  • Purity and Danger (Mary Douglas)
  • Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain (Matthew J. Goodwin and Robert Ford)
  • Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain (Peter Fryer)
  • The Double Helix (James Watson)
  • The English and their History (Robert Tombs)
  • The Female Eunuch (Germaine Greer)
  • The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (John Maynard Keynes)
  • The Invention of Tradition (Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger)
  • The Making of the English Working Class (E.P. Thompson)
  • The Uses of Literacy (Richard Hoggart)
  • The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins)
  • The Road to Serfdom (Friedrich Hayek)
  • The Scottish Nation (Tom Devine)
  • Ways of Seeing (John Berger)

Using our reading list system, we have compiled an online reading list for this selection. Click on a title to find more information and real-time availability on the shelves.

There is also a display at the front of the library, including copies of each of the titles.

New Audiovisual Resources: Film Platform and Kanopy

Following successful trials, the library has now subscribed to two new audiovisual resources; Film Platform and Kanopy. Both provide access to rare documentary films that might otherwise never be seen beyond the festival circuit, whilst Kanopy also provides access to arthouse film as well. Both platforms are well used by US universities but Goldsmiths is one of the very few UK universities using either, let alone both.

Film Platform


Film Platform works with leading filmmakers to provide educational access to international documentaries that introduce new concepts, expose students to fresh perspectives and enhance classroom discussions. They work with distributors, such as Cats & Docs, First Hand Films and The National Film Board of Canada. Films are accompanied by study guides, including press kits, articles and interviews with both filmmakers and their subjects.

Film Platform works with academic advisory boards to ensure the films in their collection are suited to universities and their students. Chris Berry, formerly of the Media and Communications department at Goldsmiths, now at King’s College, is a board member.

You can search by film titles or browse by collections, and there are two ways of doing this:

  • Curated collections (curated by academic staff, researchers, festival directors), including collections on Perfomative Documentaries and Media/Activism
  • Subject collections, including Human Rights, International, Social and Political Affairs and Gender Studies

Films can be shared via social media/email and clips/playlists can be easily created. Academic notes and information about the film’s festival appearances and awards are also available.

To access Film Platform and start streaming, just visit the E-Resources A-Z list, choose ‘F’ and click on the link to Film Platform. Alternatively, use this link, ensuring you sign-in with the usual username and password.

You can see their latest trailers here. Information on how to stream films is also available here.



Kanopy works with over 3,000 universities worldwide, distributing documentaries, indies and foreign films, classics and the odd blockbuster movie too! They work with distributors such as California Newsreel, Criterion, Documentary Educational Resources and Kino Lorber.

There are over 26,000 films in the Kanopy collection. You can search for titles (and Kanopy starts predicting results once you enter words) or browse by a range of subjects, including:

  • Film and Popular (including documentaries, early film, foreign language film)
  • Global Studies and Languages (including African studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies and more)
  • The Arts (including design, literature, music, performance art, photography, visual art)

Much like Netflix, results can be arranged by theme, e.g. race and class studies, gender studies, etc. Or when you search by topic, e.g. Russian film, there are numerous filters you can use to further narrow your search, e.g. suppliers, filmmakers, year of production, etc.

Each film has a transcript and you can click to any point in this transcript to skip the film along to this part. It can be shared via social media/email and also embedded into websites/VLEs. You can also create clips if you only need to stream a certain part of the film, and you can also add to playlists.

To access Kanopy and start streaming, just visit the E-Resources A-Z list, choose ‘K’ and click on the link to Kanopy. Or just follow this link and enter your username and password.

Help on using Kanopy is available here.

Art Films


To supplement our extensive audiovisual collections, we’ve subscribed to a number of video streaming services that provide access to rare documentary and feature films that will enhance your learning experience, but also just be enjoyable to watch.

Art Films is a platform providing content that can entertain, educate and inform. Art Films allows you to stream hundreds of exclusive educational videos from top artists and independent producers with unlimited, simultaneous usage.

You can search for a title that interests you but you might find the browse facility more productive. There are films in numerous art-related disciplines, which you can easily browse by, including:

  • Architecture
  • Communication/Culture
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Digital Art/New Media
  • Film/Cinema
  • Language/Literature
  • Media/Television
  • Music
  • Performing Art
  • Photography
  • Theatre
  • Visual Art

In the Film/Cinema section, there is a particular emphasis on Australia Cinema (Art Films is an Australian company), which includes access to almost every film by the late well-respected Dutch-Australian auteur, Paul Cox, whose films such as ‘Man of Flowers’ and ‘A Woman’s Tale’ won a number of international awards and helped raise the profile of Australian cinema.

To access Art Films on-campus visit the A-Z Resource List and select Art Films. You shouldn’t need your username and password on-campus. To access Art Films off-campus, use the following link. You will need to log-in with your username and password.

If any films are unavailable, please contact Kevin Wilson as these films can probably be activated by us.



We’re pleased to accounce that the Library has a new subscription for access to the Statista database, the fascinatingly addictive statistics portal. So if you want to enhance your essay with a population graph…


… or fancy using some infographics about the U.S. Presidential Election to liven up a presentation…


… or need some statistics about social media usage to back up your argument…


… then Statista can help you with all that and much more!

How to access Statista

On a campus PC

If you’re on a campus PC you don’t need to log in – just go to https://www.statista.com and get started.

Off-campus access

In the top right hand corner, click My Account then Login


Under Additional Services click Campus Access


Select Goldsmiths from the drop-down list, then Login via Shibboleth using your usual campus username and password.



Treasure, Dust and Home


An exhibition of photographic works by Yujung Chang

At Goldsmiths Special Collections & Archives, 20 July – 30 August

Opening reception Wednesday 20th July, 5 – 7pm

Yujung Chang, Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Alumni and winner of the Goldsmiths Warden’s Purchase Prize (2007) will be presenting a series of photographic works in Goldsmiths Special Collections and Archives this summer.

South Korean artist Yujung Chang documented the excavation process at the site of Silsangsa Temple (established in the third year of King Heungdeok’s reign during the Silla Dynasty in 828 A.D.) and the surrounding area of Jirisan Mountain, South Korea, from September 2014 to August 2015.

Chang recorded the gradual uncovering of the site in this series of beautiful photographs. Her relationship with the place and local people developed during this process, and led to her interest in others’ views on the site. She commissioned the researchers from the Research Institute of Buddhist Heritage, Buddhist monks from the Temple, villagers and Buddhists working on the site to record their views too. The resulting collection of photographs were published in her book, A Thousand Years of Dust, which reveal views of the archaeological site by many people to whom it had different significances.

A Thousand Years of Dust is part of the Goldsmiths Library Collection and will be available to borrow after the exhibition finishes.

Yujung Chang is based in Seoul. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Original Soundtrack’ at Gallery Skape in Seoul; ‘Eclipses’ at Art First, London, and ‘Cultivated Portion’ at Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art Project Gallery, Ansan, in Korea. Recent group shows include ‘Passage of Korean Contemporary Art – Journey of Photography’, at Yunseul Museum, Kimhae’; ‘ILLUMINE- Yujung Chang & Dan Holsworth’ at Assembly Rooms, London; ‘Look at their Story’, at Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul; ‘Mt. Jiri Art Project-Universe Art Walk’ at Silsangsa Temple, Namwon; and ‘The Magic of Photography’ at The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea


How YOU helped to shape our library collections in 2015-16


This year the Library launched a new project to tailor our collections around students’ needs and interests. We recruited Student Library Reps, who were each given a £300 budget to choose new books for their department in consultation with their fellow students. Volunteers took part from 12 departments – Anthropology, Art, Cultural studies, Design, History, ICCE, Music, Psychology, Sociology, STACS, Visual Cultures, and the Graduate School.

134 new items were ordered during the project – 131 print books, 2 eBooks and 1 DVD. Here are a few of the most popular examples:

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On behalf of all the Library staff we would like to say a big thank you to our 2015-16 Student Library Reps for all their hard work and enthusiasm. The project will be running again in the 2016-17 academic year – if you are interested in taking part keep an eye on the Student News emails or follow us on Twitter @Goldsmithslib and on Facebook for further announcements and details of how to apply.


Bike Week and Green Impact

Bike Week 2016

The Library Green Impact team is celebrating Bike Week 2016 this week with a selection of cycling themed material from our collections. We uncovered some hidden gems in our Special Collections, including this striking poster, from the Women’s Art Library:


Courtesy Women’s Art Library, Special Collections & Archives

and an embroidery piece, from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection:


Courtesy Goldsmiths Textile Collection

A selection of bicycle-related books and films from the main library collection is on display at the entrance to the Library, and available to borrow.



If you’re keen to cycle to the Library, you’ll find more than 320 secure, bike parking spaces on campus, including a number of covered spaces adjacent to the Rutherford Building, and showering facilities in the Richard Hoggart and Ben Pimlott Buildings. Goldsmiths Cycling Club organises bike fixing events and cycling days out throughout the year, and Doctor Bike is a regular visitor to the campus. This Thursday 16th June, you can get a free bike check up and maintenance outside the Education Building, between 10am and 4pm. Keep an eye on the @GreenGoldsmiths twitter page for upcoming visits.

Local cycling guide maps are available from Transport for London – you can pick some up from the Library entrance this week, or order some to be delivered to you for free from TfL. Also check out Cycle Streets for more routes recommended by seasoned riders.

Green Impact

Green Impact is a national environmental accreditation scheme, organised by the National Union of Students, which supports teams of staff in UK higher educational institutions to improve their environmental performance in the workplace.

Goldsmiths Library has participated in the scheme over the past four years, along with other departments in the college, with the assistance of the Goldsmiths Greening Department. We have worked to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour and sustainable practices in staff and students in the Library, such as recycling, and turning off lights and computer monitors when they are not being used. In particular, we targeted paper wastage in the library staff offices, and we were able to significantly reduce the number of printouts that are made by staff and generated by the Library Management System.

This June, the Library Green Impact team were thrilled to receive a Gold Award in recognition of our efforts.


World Book Night 2016


Prof. Blake Morrison reading at Goldsmiths World Book Night 2015

World Book Night is an annual event to promote links between literacy and wellbeing organised by The Reading Agency, who say that reading for pleasure ‘is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in the UK 36% of people don’t regularly read (DCMS, 2015).’ Last year Goldsmiths library opened its doors to the public – as well as our students and staff – to celebrate World Book Night with a late night marathon of literary performances that stretched into the early hours.

This year join us from 7pm on Saturday 21st April and enjoy another nocturnal literary feast with readings from staff and students from the Black British Writing MA, a unique opportunity to hear a selection of prose and poetry from current Creative Writing MA students curated by LitLive, performances by Eley Williams, Iphgenia Baal and Julia Calver courtesy of The Literary Kitchen, plus open mic slots for readings from the floor, light refreshments, a book swap table and much more.

If you’re visiting from outside Goldsmiths please apply for a free ticket here so we know to expect you. For current Goldsmiths staff and students there’s no need to book, just swipe in with your card.

Shakespeare’s 400


Saturday 23rd April will be not only World Book Night, but also the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, who died in Stratford-upon-Avon, the city of his birth, at the age of 52.

Shakespeare’s legacy is celebrated more so than ever this year, with events, festivals, exhibitions, performances and more. A recent piece on the Goldsmiths website explained how Goldsmiths is commemorating Shakespeare, including a performance of his great tragedy, King Lear, and several members of academic staff have published research that further analyses both Shakespeare’s work and life.

Then there’s the Shakespeare 400, a consortium of organisations, led by Kings College, London. They are responsible for a range of events both in London and beyond. Fancy a screening of Sir Laurence Olivier’s film version of Henry V or watching a midnight matinee of Much Ado About Nothing? How about a talk on the National Theatre’s Shakespeare productions? There’s something here for everyone with an interest in Shakespeare. Follow the hashtag to find out more.

The British Library is running its ‘Shakespeare in Ten Acts’ exhibition from mid-April until early-September, which looks at groundbreaking Shakespeare performances and features rare and unique items, such as handwritten play scripts and early printed editions. Discovering Literature: Shakespeare is a new resource allowing you to access a wealth of Shakespeare-related resources.


The library has an extensive collection of Shakespeare materials. His plays and poems are available at the following classmarks:

  • Complete works 822.33 A
  • Comedies 822.33 G
  • Histories 822.33 O
  • Tragedies 822.33 K
  • Poetical works 822.33 Q
  • (Poems Q1, Sonnets Q7)

For individual plays, use the 822.33 classmark, then use the following letter/number, e.g. G1

  • All’s Well That Ends Well G1
  • Anthony and Cleopatra K1
  • As You Like It G3
  • Comedy of Errors G5
  • Coriolanus K3
  • Cymbeline J5
  • Hamlet K7
  • Henry IV (pts 1 & 2) O1
  • Henry V O3
  • Henry VI (pts 1,2,& 3) O5
  • Henry VIII O7
  • Julius Caesar L1
  • King John P1
  • King Lear L3
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost G7
  • Macbeth L5
  • Measure for Measure H1
  • Merchant of Venice H3
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor H5
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream H7
  • Much Ado About Nothing I1
  • Othello L7
  • Pericles J7
  • Richard II P3
  • Richard III P5
  • Romeo and Juliet M3
  • Taming of the Shrew I3
  • The Tempest I5
  • Timon of Athens M5
  • Titus Andronicus M7
  • Troilus and Cressida N1
  • Twelfth Night I7
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona J1
  • A Winter’s Tale J3

Furthermore, we have access to LION, which has Shakespeare audio plays, and web text versions of the plays are also available.

We also have specific Shakespeare journals. Just search for Shakespeare on the catalogue as a journals search. Titles include Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare Studies

Our AV collections also have filmed versions of Shakespeare plays, from a 1936 version of ‘As You Like It’ to last year’s ‘Macbeth’, starring Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender. You can also watch films/television programmes and listen to radio programmes about Shakespeare on Box of Broadcasts.

If you want to learn more about Shakespeare and his work or just re-familiarise yourself, there are plenty of options both in the library and outside.