New electronic resources for jousters and old sea dogs

The library has recently purchased two new titles to add to Oxford Reference Online.  The collection offers a huge range of extensively linked, up to date, and cross-searchable  reference works.

The Oxford encyclopedia of medieval warfare and military technology
All aspects of warfare and military technology in medieval times are examined with articles on military leaders; battles; sieges; individual fortresses; and military technology focusing on subjects such as armour, navigational techniques, and siege warfare tactics.

The Oxford encyclopedia of maritime history
This covers the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today. Examines all aspects of maritime history, including naval history, shipbuilding, biographies of major figures, navigation and scientific instrumentation, maritime art and literature, commerce and economics, and international law.

You can access this resource and many other useful premium websites from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.

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We now have over 200 titles as electronic editions that are fully cross-searchable through our premium sites website listing and individually added on our catalogue.

With a bold pen – Kiwi writing heroines

Find Katherine Mansfield the story teller at Christchurch City LibrariesThere has always seemed something heroic about women writers, especially in the harsh frontier society of New Zealand.Not only did they contend with life in a cultural backwater but they had to cope with harsh conditions, limited opportunities, male chauvinism and more.

Katherine Mansfield has always been one of my heroines and favourite writers but I think also of Jane Mander, Robyn Hyde, Janet Frame, Jean Watson. Even the redoubtable Lady Barker struggled to make her voice heard. Amongst contemporary New Zealand women writers there have also been stories of struggle and hardship.

Do you have a Kiwi writing heroine? Do you think the adversity in their lives shaped their writing?