Hip hop, Handel, machismo in movies: the Fine Arts and Music Collection

LogoThe Fine Arts and Music Collection covers all subjects artsy: from drama to music, to art history, dance and filmmaking. Information is provided on hundreds of arts-related topics from:

  • Hip hop to Handel;
  • Art theory to machismo in movies;
  • Ballet to belly dancing;
  • Early music education to advanced music theory;
  • Art therapy to the new urbanist movement in architecture.

With more than 150 full text journals this electronic resource is ideal for supporting any questions that students, artists, teachers, art buffs and music lovers may have.

Fine arts and music collection and many other useful electronic resources can be found in the Source.  Access this from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our open community libraries.

Bread and butter, marmalade and…

LogoAre you missing Storytimes and Babytimes at the library? As an earlier post pointed out, we will be doing our best to get back to the normal schedule as soon as each library opens to the public.  However, in the interim, as well as calling on the services of our fantastic Outreach Team, you can have a go at  improvising your own session at home.  With the help of our digital resources, it’s a cinch!

Any self-respecting session starts of course with a proper hello. It’s hard to beat the classic:

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Let’s say hello as loudly (softly/quickly/slowly) as we can.


Tena koe – hello to one
Tena kourua – hello to two
Tena koutou – hello to all
Haere mai everyone
Welcome everyone

You can then move on to stories.  The TumbleBook Library is one of the library’s premium websites that you can access for free from home with your library card number and PIN.

The TumbleBook Library has a wealth of animated, talking picture books which you can read, or have read to you.

If you want to be super-organised, you can create a playlist or use one of the pre-selected ones (you find them by clicking on Tumble TV). There are a dozen or so of these, including ones on those perennial favourites, dinosaurs and monsters.

To change the pace, add some action rhymes. Alternate stories and rhymes, and voilà, your storytime session is complete.

Just don’t forget the goodbye rhyme!

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Let’s say goodbye as loudly as we can.

We have all turned into seismologists

Cantabrians  have adopted a close relationship with the concepts of seismology, the scientific study of earthquakes. How often can we hear people dismissing a “3.0”? Well if you want to find out more here is the electronic resource for you.

Science Reference Center provides access to a multitude of science-oriented content. Topics covered range from the usual suspects – biology, chemistry and physics,  to other scientific endeavours like earth and space science and environmental science.

  • Over 500 science videos
  • Over 10,000 scientific images
  • Full-text science reference books and magazines

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

The re-branding of Gale Cengage Resource Centers

LogoSome of you may have noticed  title changes in some of our Gale Cengage online products. This is because Gale has re-branded its Resource Center products into In Context. We will continue to get the same quality information that we have come to expect from these resources but now they will also have a more interactive interface!

What benefits will be derived from this apart from name changes I hear you ask? Gale has told us that “It’s not just a replacement. It’s a reinvention”. Goodness!

In practical rather than marketing terms this means increased media content such as interactive maps, audio and video. These products will also include more user tools such as Web 2.0 sharing to popular social networks, search assist that suggests keyword phrases, ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology and customizable RSS feeds.  Gale’s aim is to transition to a “user experience which integrates content with engaging, highly-relevant and media-rich results delivered in context through Web-like portal pages.”

Credo Reference: all your questions answered

If  you’re working on a research paper, trying to win trivia games, complete that annoying cross word puzzle or just curious, Credo Reference has something for you! Our Credo Reference collection contains over 100 searchable and browsable full text online reference books from some of the world’s leading publishers, including Bloomsbury, Collins, Penguin and Thames and Hudson. For example:

Bonus attributes

  • Crossword Solver – Enter the letters you do have and question marks for those you don’t and see what Credo can do!
  • Measurement Conversions – covers area, weight, fuel consumption, speed volume etc.
  • Credo concept map –  enables you to quickly find information when you don’t know exactly what you are looking for and want to expand your knowledge of a given area.
  • Image search – pictures of everything you have in mind!

You can access Credo Reference and many other useful electronic resources from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.