A Dozen Horrors for Hallowe’en

As it’s Hallowe’en this weekend, it’s a great opportunity to highlight our extensive AV collections once more. Below are a dozen horror films we have in our collections; some well-known, some more obscure. If you fancy a scare this weekend, why not grab one of them?

Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)

Frankenstein_poster_1931One of the first horror films made by a major American studio, the iconic ‘Frankenstein’ adapts Mary Shelley’s original story but adds a heavy dose of German Expressionism, which was starting to influence Hollywood movies at the time (hence why we’ve not included ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ or ‘Nosferatu’ in the list!). 791.43714 FRA

Eyes Without A Face (Georges Franju, 1960)

Eyeswithoutaface_posterA quite astonishing French-Italian horror film that made censors and audiences nervous. A well respected and gifted surgeon is obsessed with restoring his daughter’s face, which was badly damaged in an accident, and will go to any lengths imaginable. Co-written with the writers of ‘Les Diaboliques’ (equally terrific) and ‘Vertigo’, its impact can be seen in its heavy influence on Almodovar’s ‘The Skin I Live In’. 791.43744 EYE/YEU (for English and French titles)

The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)

The_Innocents_Poster‘The Innocents’ is a quite superb adaptation of Henry James’s ‘The Turn of the Screw’, a Gothic ghost story novella about a governess charged with looking after two strange young children. The psychological horror is subtle, mostly achieved through lighting and its black and white cinematography. as well as an early use of electronic sound, thanks to Daphne Oram. 791.43714 INN

Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)

Repulsion_(1965_film_poster)Forget the initial ‘Swinging London’ clichés, Polanski’s film is a deeply unsettling account of a young woman’s breakdown. Catherine Deneuve is a shy Belgian manicurist living with her sister in Kensington, suffering from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). Polanski uses quite exquisite imagery and effects to depict her anxieties. 791.437 REP

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jireš, 1970)

4467_print2Based on a well known Czech novel of the same name (891.863 Ne on the shelves!), this strange horror film is inspired by fairy tales and Gothic fiction and was a big inspiration for the English writer, Angela Carter. It’s difficult to know where to start describing this film, but needless to say, its young heroine has to ward off vampires, priests and all sorts of oddballs. 791.437437 VAL

Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)

Dont_look_movieposterThis is one of the most acclaimed British films and horror films of all time. Based on a Daphne Du Maurier short story, Roeg uses a highly fragmented narrative including flashbacks and flash-forwards to increase the tension and sense of unease. A grieving couple who recently lost a child travel to Venice for the husband’s work, but find themselves caught up in a fatalistic chain of events. 791.43711 DON

Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)

SuspiriaItalyNow, this is a strange film. ‘Suspiria’ is the best known giallo, an Italian sub-genre of horror which usually features lots of violence and sex. A young American girl joins a well respected ballet academy in Germany and well….none of it really makes sense. However, it’s one of the most stylish films you could possible imagine. The use of colour is exceptionally vivid, the prog-rock score pounds your ears, the dubbing is um, interesting and the camera sweeps all over the place. Seriously recommended. 791.43714 SUS

Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero, 1978)

Dawn_of_the_deadNow you might be surprised that I didn’t choose the earlier, seminal horror film ‘Night of the Living Dead’ but I think ‘Dawn…’ still resonates with audiences now as it did then. Zombies have take over the US and society is on the verge of collapsing. A few survivors head to the only place that’s safe….the mall. The target here is consumerism and Romero is merciless in his satire. 791.43714 DAW

Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981)

Possession_film_coverNow when I said ‘Suspiria’ was weird, watch ‘Possession’ to see what weird REALLY is. Set in Cold War Berlin, it follows a married couple (Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani) who’re heading for divorce. He’s a spy (we don’t know who for), she’s having a breakdown. But when he meets his son’s teacher who’s the double of his wife and she takes a lover who’s erm, very different to Sam, then you’ll understand what I mean. There are no easy explanations for what any of this is about, but it’s superb. 791.43744 POS

The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)

ThingPosterAgain, I might be deliberately obtuse with some choices here (why not Carpenter’s ‘Hallowe’en – one of the most influential horror films of all time?), but ‘The Thing’ is terrific; one of those films that will unsettle you throughout….and for a long time after. A group of research scientists in Antarctica discover something not quite human, and it can take the form of any of them. Cue loads of paranoia and gore! 791.43714 THI

Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992)

Braindead-posterNowadays Peter Jackson is well known for directing the Lord of the Rings films. However back in the 80s and 80s he made some quite brilliant low budget horror films in New Zealand. Braindead is more comedy than horror, especially given that the home-made effects look somewhat well, home-made. A meek son lives with his dominant mother, but when she’s bitten by a rat-monkey, turns into a zombie and becomes contagious, he finds himself having to save Wellington from the zombie Apocalypse! 791.43714 BRA

Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999)

Audition-1999-posterCrikey, ‘Audition’ is one creepy movie. Once you’ve seen it, scenes from it will haunt you forever. A widowed film producer uses the audition process to find a new wife. In walks a shy and hypnotic young woman whom he immediately falls for her. However, when he digs deeper when finds that her CV doesn’t quite add up, but he pursues her nonetheless. Now what is in that sack? 791.43752 AUD


Information Skills Sessions

The Library is running information skills sessions across the academic year, designed to support your studies and help you prepare for assignments and exams.

If you want to learn how to use online software to make referencing simple, how to search for peer-reviewed journal articles, how to access other libraries in London and the UK, how to use our Special Collections and Archives, how to find online newspapers or video, how to use our online reading lists system or even how to confidently present your work, then we’ve something for you and you’re more than welcome to attend.

No need to sign up in advance. If there’s a session you like the sound of, just turn up. Please check the dates, times and rooms of sessions – most are in IT labs in the Rutherford Building (ground and first floor), but some are in Special Collections (ground floor) or the Prokofiev Room (second floor). Each session lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Referencing and Zotero


Learn about using Zotero (free and open-source online reference management software)


Wednesday 28th October, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Tuesday 1st December, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Thursday 3rd December, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 13th January, 13.00-13.45 (RB102)

Tuesday 9th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Thursday 11th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB103)

Wednesday 9th March, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 4th May, 13.00-13.45 (RB102)


Searching for information


Advanced tips for searching the catalogue

Effective database searching

Searching alternative formats


Monday 30th November, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 2nd December, 13.00-13.45 (RB102)

Friday 4th December, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Monday 8th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 10th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)


Using other libraries


Goldsmiths students can use many other libraries in London and beyond – discover how to find them and access them


Wednesday 2nd December, 14.00-14.45 (RB102)

Wednesday 10th February, 14.00-14.45 (RB008)

Finding & Using Special Collections & Archives


What is a ‘special collection’ or an archive?

Find the collection you need, in London and beyond

Work hands-on with items from our collections

Discover how special collections and archives can contribute to your research


All sessions held in Special Collections and Archives


Wednesday 11th November, 17.00-18.30

Tuesday 1st December, 14.30-15.15 (Finding SC&A)

Thursday 3rd December, 14.30-15.15 (Using SC&A)

Tuesday 19th January, 17.00-18.30

Tuesday 9th February, 14.30-15.15 (Finding SC&A)

Thursday 11th February, 14.30-15.15 (Using SC&A)

Thursday 17th March, 14.00-15.30

Wednesday 13th April, 14.00-15.30

Finding newspapers and news online


Where to find primary source news reports and newspapers online


Wednesday 18th November, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 16rd March, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Searching for audio-visual resources


Learn more about Goldsmiths’ audio and video collections and more that are publicly available and suitable for research


Wednesday 25th November, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 23th March, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Using online reading lists


The Goldsmiths online reading lists system shows the real-time availability of items in the library; as well as linking directly to online resources such as ebooks and journal articles.

This session will show students how to access the reading lists system and online resources both on/off campus, and the functionality of the reading lists system.


Friday 20th November, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Friday 12th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Presenting with confidence


Come and learn tips on how to speak to different audiences with confidence. We will examine clips of public figures like Obama, Clinton, and well known academics, and discuss useful strategies that will leave you more prepared to face the world!

Tuesday 3rd November, 14.00-15.00 (Prokofiev Room)

Tuesday 1st December, 14.00-15.00 (Prokofiev Room)

Wednesday 20th January 14.00-15.00 (Prokofiev Room)

Tuesday 9th February, 14.00-15.00 (Prokofiev Room)

We Are International

image(1)We Are International is a social media campaign run by Universities UK designed to celebrate international students. The hashtag #weareinternational is being used to allow international students to share their stories of why they came to study in the UK – and what they love about it.

Did you know that at Goldsmiths, 38% of our students joined us from outside the UK and that we have students from 114 countries?

Information about events at Goldsmiths, as well as international student profiles is available here.

In the Library, we’ve created a display at the front of the library to highlight the diversity of our film collections. We have DVDs from every country or region our students are from. We have films from Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, China, South Korea, Japan, the Middle East, India, Iran, South East Asia, Africa, Latin America….and that’s just the start. image

Perhaps watch a film from your home country, or try a film from a country you’ve never watched a film from before. You can even tweet us @GoldsmithsLib and let us know what you’re watching!

See the display for some ideas, then visit the shelves on the second floor.

Or for a full list of the classmarks for our films, click here.

E-Resource of the Month – Article Search +

Article Search

What is Article Search+?

Article Search+ is a tool that allows users to search across the full breadth of online content that Goldsmiths library subscribes to (journal articles, electronic books), as well as providing access to resources from the Primo Central index (papers from open access repositories) in one single search.

Unlike the library catalogue, Article Search+ also allows you to search by article titles, article authors, and keywords found in the articles.

Individual databases can be still be accessed from the E-Resources A-Z list or from subject support pages as before, but Article Search+ provides a quick and easy to use alternative option for finding academic content. Most databases we subscribe to are searchable through Article Search+. The main exceptions are EBSCO databases, e.g. PsycInfo and PsycArticles – please access these from the A-Z list.

How do I access Article Search+?

Article Search+ is available directly on the library website. Use the yellow search box, and ensure it’s set to Article Search+, rather than catalogue. Alternatively, if you’d rather go directly to Article Search+ (for instance, you might wish to perform an Advanced Search), click on Resources from the library website, and then choose the Article Search+ link.

Searching Article Search+

Article Search+ is designed to function much more like a Google-type search engine. The simple search allows you to enter a number of keywords, e.g. social media, Arab Spring (you don’t even need to use ‘AND’ if combining keywords). Because of the amount of content available, most searches like this will find thousands of results. You can add more keywords to reduce these results, e.g. Twitter or Egypt.

Alternatively, you can use the filters on the left to refine your results. You can include/exclude various topics, include/exclude the work of certain authors, choose journal collections, select dates, include/exclude resource types, select languages, and include/exclude journal titles. Article Search + even suggests similar searches to try.

There is also an advanced search that you can use to set criteria before you search, e.g. you might wish to search by publication date or resource type in advance. Results are ranked by relevance (although you can change to date, popularity, author or title). Once you’ve found a resource you like, use the  icon to access the full text where available.

For a video demo of how Article Search+ works (from Ex-Libris), please see below:

E-Resource of the Month – Chronicle


What is Chronicle?

Chronicle is a new resources that exploits material from the BBC’s archive of news footage of Northern Ireland and makes it available to students in further and higher education. It’s an initiative developed by JISC, the BUFVC and the BBC, which provides authenticated users with digitised copies of news and current affairs material covering Northern Ireland, and is especially strong during ‘The Troubles’ (1960s/1970s). There is little previous audiovisual material available during this era on Northern Ireland’s history.

How do I access Chronicle?

Go to the E-Resources A-Z list. Click on the G icon if you’re on-campus and click on the W icon if you’re off-campus. You’ll then be taken to the Chronicle homepage. In the ‘Where Are You From’ field, enter Goldsmiths. and ‘go to log-in’. Then enter your Shibboleth log-in (not your Office 365 details, so it should be something like an101ab, for instance). 

Searching Chronicle

When logged in, you’ll see a link to ‘search the archive’ at the top of the screen. This will allow you to perform simple searches for programmes either by title or subject, e.g. if you entered ‘hunger strike’, it would find various programmes featuring news about hunger strikes in Northern Ireland. Alternatively, use the ‘advanced search’ feature in the ‘search the archive’ tool on the left of the screen to perform more complex searches. You can enter date ranges, channels, keywords and contributors, etc. For instance, you might want to find footage of Dr Ian Paisley in 1970 only. If there’s footage that you want to access again later, you can add it to your collections and retrieve it any time.