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In this blog, I highlight a selection of ebooks bought for you over the last year (chosen from reading lists or through Programme Leader requests) which are related to the study of your course. Remember you will need to login to the online library to view your ebooks.

TITLE:  Air guitar : essays on art and democracy.

Personal Author:  Hickey, Dave, 1940-

ISBN:  0963726455

Summary: Air Guitar pioneered a kind of plain-talking in cultural criticism, willingly subjective and always candid and direct. A valuable reading tool for art lovers, neophytes, students and teachers alike, Hickey’s book—now in its third edition—has galvanized a generation of art lovers, with new takes on Norman Rockwell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol and Perry Mason.

Electronic Access: Connect to Ebook.

TITLE:  The art of writing fiction

Personal Author:  Cowan, Andrew.

Publication Note:  London : Routledge, 2013. ©2011

ISBN: 9781317861539 (electronic bk.) 9781283733939 (electronic bk.)

Summary: ‘The Art of Writing Fiction’ guides the reader through the processes of creative writing from journal-keeping to editing, offering techniques for stimulating creativity and making language vivid.

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TITLE:  Photography on the color line : W.E.B. Du Bois, race, and visual culture

Personal Author:  Smith, Shawn Michelle, 1965-

Publication Note: Durham : Duke University Press, 2004.

ISBN:  9780822385783 (electronic bk.)

Summary:  Through a rich interpretation of the remarkable photographs W. E. B. Du Bois compiled for the American Negro Exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition, Shawn Michelle Smith reveals the visual dimension of the color line that Du Bois famously called “the problem of the twentieth century.”

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TITLE:  Still moving : between cinema and photography

Publication Note:  Durham : Duke University Press, 2008.

ISBN:  9780822391432 (electronic bk.) 9781283036108 (electronic bk.)

Summary:  In ‘Still Moving’ noted artists, filmmakers, art historians, and film scholars explore the boundary between cinema and photography.

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TITLE:  Visual culture

Personal Author:  Howells, Richard, 1956-

Publication Note:  Cambridge, Massachusetts ; Medford, Massachusetts : Polity, 2019.

ISBN:  9781509518814 (electronic bk.)

Summary:  This is a book about how to read visual images: from fine art to photography, film, television and new media. It explores how meaning is communicated by the wide variety of texts that inhabit our increasingly visual world

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TITLE:  Society of the spectacle

Personal Author:  Debord, Guy, 1931-1994,

Publication Note:  New York : Zone Books, 1994.

ISBN:  9781617508301 (electronic bk.) 9780941215312 (electronic bk.)

Summary:  The Das Kapital of the 20th century. An essential text, and the main theoretical work of the situationists. 

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TITLE:  Graphic design theory

Personal Author:  Davis, Meredith.

Publication Note:  New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, 2012.

ISBN: 9780500774977 (electronic bk.)

Summary: A vital textbook for students that explores the complex theories underpinning contemporary graphic design.

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TITLE:  Walter Benjamin’s Archive : images, texts, signs

Publication Note: London ; New York : Verso, 2015.

ISBN: 9781784782047 (electronic bk.)

Summary: This book delves into Walter Benjamin’s archive of artefacts, images, texts. Including: photographs; Russian toys; picture postcards; registers; card indexes and catalogues; notebooks; a collation of his son’s first words.

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TITLE:  How to improve your critical thinking & reflective skills 

Personal Author:  McMillan, Kathleen,

Publication Note:  Harlow, England : Pearson, 2013.

ISBN: 9780273773351 (electronic bk.) 

Summary: This easy-to-use guide identifies and addresses the key areas where most students need help in developing and enhancing the critical thinking and writing skills that are crucial to successful academic study, and provides practical tips and solutions. 

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TITLE:  Doing your research project : a guide for first-time researchers

Personal Author:  Bell, Judith, 1930-

Publication Note:  Maidenhead, Berkshire, England : McGraw-Hill Education, 2014. ©2014

Edition:  Sixth edition.

ISBN: 9780335264476 (electronic bk.) 9781322606002 (electronic bk.)

Summary: Doing your Research Project is the market leading book for students across the social sciences conducting small scale research projects.

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TITLE: Ethics and media culture practices and representations

Added Author: Berry, David, 1960-

Publication Note:  Burlington, Mass. ; Oxfordshire, England : Focal Press, 2000.

ISBN:  9781136029387 (electronic bk.) 9780080573809 (electronic bk.)

Summary:  Ethics and Media Culture straddles the practical and ethical issues of contention encountered by journalists.

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TITLE: Lines : a brief history

Personal Author: Ingold, Tim, 1948-

Publication Note:  London ; New York : Routledge, 2016.

ISBN: 9781315625324 (electronic bk.) 

Summary: This is the first book to explore the production and significance of lines. Written by a leading expert in the field, this text offers a radically different approach to anthropological and archaeological studies.

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Posted by author: Helen Barrett
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2 thoughts on “Ask the librarian

  • Hi Helen,

    ,I am a tutor working across Visual Communication, please let me know what the protocol for requesting books ? Is it possible to get ebooks for visually-led publications or are they limited to theoretical books?
    Also it would be good to know what online periodicals you have for this area so that I can inform students.

    One other question, sorry to bombard you with questions, would you be iinterested in co-developing a group work with me on using the library around methods of research ie; students would be given a subject to research and find images (visual research) and article, a quote, a piece of text. for example and how to referrence these. – let me know if this is something that interests you : )

    best wishes,

    Melissa

  • Hi Helen,

    I am a tutor working across Visual Communication, please let me know what the protocol for requesting books ? Is it possible to get ebooks for visually-led publications or are they limited to theoretical books?
    Also it would be good to know what online periodicals you have for this area so that I can inform students.

    One other question, sorry to bombard you with questions, would you be interested in co-developing a group work session with me on using the library around methods of research ie; students would be given a subject to research and find images (visual research) and article, a quote, a piece of text. for example and how to referrence these. – let me know if this is something that interests you : )

    best wishes,

    Melissa

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