Help! Something’s not working!

Picture the scene. You’re using the Journals search on the library website, or you’re in a database. You’ve managed to find the perfect journal article… and you can’t download the PDF, or the link to the full text isn’t working.  Or you’ve found a useful looking e-book, but you can’t seem to open it up and read it.

Don’t panic. Here’s what to do next.

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Get the details ready

Before you report it, you’ll need to be able to tell us exactly what’s happened so far. We need to know:

Where are you? We don’t need your exact GPS location (that’d be weird) but do tell us if you’re on campus, at home or elsewhere. Sometimes things work differently depending whether you’re on the university network.

What device are you using? PC or Mac? Laptop? Phone? iPad or tablet? We need to know so we can test it on the same device if we need to.

Which web browser? Are you using Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari…?


How did you get to the library website? For best results, go straight to If you took a different route, like clicking on the library link from Moodle, we need to know that too.

What are you trying to access? Is it a journal article, an e-book or something else? We’ll need the details of the article, or the name of the book. You can usually copy and paste the info from the screen, or just take a screenshot if that’s quicker.

Where are you searching? Did you find it through the library catalogue (Books search box)? The Journals search box? A database (like PsycInfo, SportDiscus or ChildLink?)

And finally… what’s gone wrong? PDF won’t download? Link to the article not working? E-book won’t open? If you’re getting an error message, what does it say? Take a screenshot if you can. We love screenshots.


Still with me?

We know it’s a lot of information, but we really do need it. Emailing the library and saying, “This article isn’t working!” is a bit like going to the doctor and saying, “Help, I’m ill!” We need to narrow down what the problem is before we can fix it.

Report it

Once you have the information ready, you can email it to the Liaison Librarian for your subject. Find out who’s who and their contact details here:



You can also ring the library helpdesk on 0113 2837244.

We know it’s annoying when things don’t work, so please do get in touch and we’ll do whatever we can to help.




Four things I wish I’d known before I started archival research

Leeds Trinity’s Ruth Clemens, who is a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature, shares her tips and tricks here for making the most out of time in the archives.


In the second year of my PhD, I visited London and Cambridge to consult archival material relating to the poet T.S. Eliot. Here are four tips I wish I’d known before I started archival research.

  1. Research your archive properly

Check the location and opening times of the archive. These might not be what you expect – one of my archives closed for lunch, which I needed to plan ahead for.

Research local amenities – some archives are miles away from anywhere, so bring food and a thermos if you need a caffeine fix.

Get in touch with the relevant archivist or librarian beforehand, and make sure you know exactly how the archive operates. Some archives require you to reserve materials, or boxes of materials, ahead of the visit. Others, such as the British Library, allow you to order materials to different sites or request copies of certain items which could potentially save you time and money.

Lastly, find out what you’re allowed to bring in to the archive – if you are allowed to bring a smartphone and take photos then it will broaden the amount of material you’ll be able to consult in a day. Which reminds me…


2.  Bring the right equipment 

Most archives won’t allow pens, so be prepared and bring a pencil. Bring two spares, and – I cannot stress this one enough – bring a pencil sharpener. A properly sharpened pencil can help to make the difference between legible and illegible handwriting after hours of writing. A decent eraser will also help.

Think about your choice of notebook – I brought a lined notebook to my first archive but found myself mostly copying out the layout of book inlays, letterheads, and dust jackets so unlined paper would have been better for this kind of work. Scraps of paper, rather than sticky notes, are helpful for marking pages. Some archives let you take photographs so bring a smartphone or camera and a charger.

Finally, wear appropriate clothing. Archives can sometimes be draughty places and you often aren’t allowed to take your coat so bring a jumper and layer up. It’s also helpful to bring a light tote bag for carrying your equipment, as big rucksacks or suitcases will almost certainly not be allowed in.


3.   Do as much work ahead as possible

You want to make the most out of the limited time you have to access archival material, so get prepared in advance. Make sure all of your research is up-to-date, and have a clear idea of what you want to get from the archive (although be prepared to be flexible!). Ask your supervisor for advice on this, or try to identify the specific type of evidence you need.

I knew that I wanted material on T.S. Eliot’s use of non-English languages, for instance, so I checked the archival catalogue beforehand and made a note of each relevant item plus its shelfmark and the reason I thought it would be useful. Find out what the copyright status of the items are, and whether you are allowed to take photographs of them or copy them.

Before your trip, do a quick review of literature to see what else people have written about these items, including useful details – how the material is organised, for example, or whether there is anything missing. Archival librarians are very friendly and eager to help so if you have any queries ahead of your visit please do get in touch with the relevant person.

On the day, bring an empty notebook and make a note on the front cover detailing the date of the archive trip and the material consulted. During the visit or shortly after, make a heading on each page with the date, the item consulted and the shelf mark/reference so that you know what you’re looking at when you come to reference the archive sources.

4.  Time management is everything

I made a rather monumental mistake during my first trip to the archive. I found myself with thirty minutes before the archive closed (for the summer) to read and transcribe possibly the most relevant document. This document was the holy grail for my research – it was previously unpublished and it outlined Eliot’s views on Europe and European languages, which is basically the topic of my thesis. Unfortunately, I left it until the end of the day to read this document because I had decided to approach Eliot’s archive chronologically.

Furthermore, I couldn’t even get a copy of this document because it was still under a messy publisher’s copyright. Therefore – and I cannot stress this enough – prioritise. Of course it is impossible to tell which documents will be useful and which will be useless from their shelf mark and description alone, but you can make an educated guess. Be willing to abandon a document as soon as you see that it is not immediately relevant to your research, even if it is the most interesting document you have ever read.

Remember to leave a short amount of time at the end of each box or book for reading over what you’ve written, so you can check any details while you still have the materials in front of you.


More tips for identifying and using archives

Can’t work out which archive holds the material you need? Try looking at the acknowledgements or bibliography of the ‘big’ texts for the particular subject area – in my case, Eliot’s letters and the edited scholarly edition of Eliot’s poems. Word of mouth can also help.

Alternatively, try Archives Hub, an online search tool for identifying archive materials and collections. You can search by keyword or browse by topic.


Library life hacks: tips to help you get the most out of the library

Whether you’re new here or a returning student, it’s always good to know how to get the most out of the library. Follow these simple tips to help you get organised and make library life easier!

Get to know the library website

You can now access the library website directly from anywhere at

If you’re off campus, all you need is your username and password to log in. It’s the same username you use for Moodle, university PCs, etc but in the form of an email address, e.g., followed by your usual password.

The library website has all the information you need, including:

  • Books search box – look up books, DVDs and classroom resources and find out where they live in the library. You can also find e-books to read online wherever you are.
  • Journals search box – find and download journal articles for your essays and assignments. We have loads of extra content that you won’t find on Google.
  • Your library account – see which books you have checked out and when they are due back.
  • Referencing guides – everything you need to know about using Harvard or APA style referencing, with bonus online tutorials if you need extra help.


Get what you need: the three Rs

Reserve – if a book you need is out on loan, you can reserve it. Just find the book on the library catalogue and click on “I want to reserve”. When a copy of the book becomes available, we’ll let you know by email and keep it at the helpdesk for you to pick up.

Little known fact: it’s always worth placing a reservation even if the book isn’t due back for a while, because a high number of reservations will alert librarians that there is a lot of demand for the book.

Renew – if you have a book on loan and you want to keep hold of it, you can keep renewing it unless it has been reserved by somebody else. You can renew online via the library website, or over the phone if you give us a ring.

There’s no limit to the number of times you can renew a book, but we will want it back before you graduate!

Request – if the book or article you need isn’t available in the library, fill in the Request form on the library website. Staff will decide whether to buy a copy for the library or borrow it from elsewhere.

You can also use the Request form to let us know about any books which are in the library but you’d like us to get more copies.

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Get in touch

Can’t find what you need? Problem with your library account? Just want to borrow a stapler? Staff at the library helpdesk are always happy to answer your questions. Visit the helpdesk in person at the library entrance, call us on 0113 783244 or email us at

If your question is a bit more complicated, you can get in touch with your Liaison Librarian. There’s one for every subject and they can help you with anything from literature searching to referencing. Find out who your Librarian is here, or check in your module handbook.

A screenshot of the contact details for Sarah Munks, the Liaison Library for Education

You can also follow the library on social media for news and updates. Follow us on Twitter @ltulibrary1 or like us on Facebook (Leeds Trinity Library).


A new start

Hi there! Welcome to Leeds Trinity if you are a new student – and welcome back to all those returning from summer breaks. We would like to welcome you to the Library’s new blog.

Hi there! Welcome to Leeds Trinity if you have started here as a new student recently – and welcome back to all those returning from summer breaks. We are really looking forward to seeing you lovely bunch in the Library and helping you on your way to being brilliant!

We hope you’ve all had a great summer and are feeling ready to start the new academic year.  If not, don’t worry – university can be daunting and staying motivated is a struggle at times, but we will do our best to help you get to grips with the Library and ultimately help you get better marks.

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We’ve had a very busy summer here in the Library and for those returning students, you may notice a few changes about the place…  the biggest & most important improvement is our brand new extension, which was officially opened in September!  The extension includes state-of-the-art teaching rooms, new group study rooms (meaning we now have 17 in total), a wealth of informal study areas, as well as a new and improved café for you to get your morning caffeine fix. We hope you’ve already been in and experienced the benefits for yourself but if not we hope to see you soon.  We are so excited about this fantastic new space!  It’s been a long process to get to this point, and we thank you for your patience throughout any disruption – but we really hope you’ll agree – the end results are worth it!


In other news…

Following our successful trial of 24 hour opening last year, we’re pleased to be able to offer it again, at key times – see our opening hours pages on the Library website for further details!

We’ve been busy making some other changes behind the scenes too – look out for our Request service, an easy way to tell us if you need any additional resources.  If you can’t get hold of a book, journal or other resource, or you’d like to make a recommendation, complete the form online. The Library team will try to make the resources available by purchasing them for the Library or borrowing them from another library.

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We’ve also improved our website, making our home page simpler and more intuitive, as well as streamlining our search boxes.  Additionally, you’ll find the catalogue easier to search now as we have improved the way search results display, meaning that search terms are highlighted in the detailed record, making it easier for you to identify relevant content.

And last (but not least!) you can now loan our DVDs for 2 weeks – plenty of time to binge-watch that boxset!

As always, if you need any help or support with accessing any library resources then please feel free to pop in, email us at, call us on 0113 783244 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch. We know starting a new course or module can be daunting but we are here to help you Be Brilliant!

🎶 Summer readin’, had me a blast… 🎶

Looking for something to read over the summer? Why not try a re-telling of a classic work of fiction or drama?


Some of the best stories out there are based on classic fiction. Did you know, for example, that the 1995 teen movie Clueless is based on Jane Austen’s novel Emma? Or that 10 Things I Hate About You was inspired by the plot of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew? It’s even been suggested that The Lion King is based on Hamlet (really – Google it!) but we think that might be stretching it slightly.


Back in book world, two recent publishing initiatives have set out to re-tell the collected works of both Jane Austen and Shakespeare. The Austen Project paired up six contemporary bestselling writers with Austen’s six novels, challenging them to re-write the stories from a modern perspective. The latest book in the series is Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, in which present-day Lizzie Bennet (now a New York writer) and Jane (a yoga instructor) move back in with their family and navigate relationships in the gossipy suburbs.

Crime writer Val McDermid took on Northanger Abbey in 2014, recasting the original Catherine Morland as Cat, a Twilight-obsessed teenager who begins to wonder if the new friends she meets at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have something supernatural about them. Other books in the series are Joanna Trollope’s Sense and Sensibility and Alexander McCall Smith’s Emma, with two titles still to be published.

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The second project is The Hogarth Shakespeare, in which popular novelists relocate Shakespeare’s plays to the present day. Works covered so far include A Winter’s Tale (Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time) and The Merchant of Venice (Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name). Also in the series is Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed, about an exiled theatre director staging The Tempest in a prison; read her explanation of the creative process behind the book in this Guardian article.


Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl is another recent title, reimagining The Taming of the Shrew’s Kate as a single woman coaxed into a green card marriage with her father’s lab assistant. With so much source material, there are plenty still to come in this collection, including Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s take on Hamlet… pencilled in for 2021, so be patient. “If it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all.”

If you like this sort of thing, you could also check out:

Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres (1991): this Pulitzer-winning novel reworked King Lear into a 1970s-set tale of an Iowa farmer dividing his land between three daughters.

Longbourn (2013) by Jo Baker: the plot of Pride and Prejudice re-imagined from the servants’ perspective.

The Wide Sargasso Sea (1966): Jean Rhys fills in the back story of Mr Rochester’s first wife from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

You might be wondering, “Can I even borrow library books over the summer?” The answer is yes – unless you’re about to graduate. If your course is finishing this summer, you need to return your library books and pay off any outstanding fines before your course end date (ask if your unsure when this is!). For everybody else, you can keep your books over the summer.  Just remember to renew your items after 1st July to keep them, fine-free, until the new term starts in September.

If you’ve been inspired by this and want to get your hands on some of these texts – check out our display in the library!

Alternatively, all the books listed above can be found at the following class numbers (but don’t forget to double-check the catalogue first before heading to the shelves, as they may be on loan!):

Hogarth Shakespeare

  • Margaret Atwood, Hag-seed 813.54 ATW
  • Anne Tyler, Vinegar Girl 813.54 TYL
  • Howard Jacobson, Shylock is my Name 823.92 JAC
  • Jeanette Winterson, The gap of time 823.92 WIN

Austen Project

  • Joanna Trollope, Sense and Sensibility 823.914 TRO
  • Val McDermid, Northanger Abbey 823.92 MCD
  • Alexander McCall Smith, Emma 823.92 MCC
  • Curtis Sittenfeld, Eligible 813.6 SIT


  • Jo Baker, Longbourn 823.92 BAK
  • Jane Smiley, A thousand acres 813.54 SMI
  • Josephine Tey, Daughter of time 823.912 TEY
  • Angela Carter, Wise children 823.914 CAR
  • Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea 823.91 RHY
  • Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary 823.914 FIE
  • PD James, Death comes to Pemberley 823.914 JAM

The General Election – June 8th 2017

The General Election – June 8th 2017

Have your say!

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Monday 22nd May 2017.


To be able to register to vote, you will need your National Insurance number or your passport if you are a British citizen living abroad.  It usually takes about 5 minutes!

You can register to vote at home or on campus, however, you can only vote once by law. You can register to vote at:


How do I find out who is standing for election in my area?


If you’re not sure who to vote for, or who your local candidates are, you can visit to find links to your local council, including who is standing in your area for the election.


Catch up on the latest election news

You can catch up on reliable election news stories at:

You can access sources of information on polling and public opinion at either:


Who shall I vote for?


Educate yourself about each main political party’s (excluding NI) manifestos here:

For a quick comparison of manifestos go to:


Use your vote and have your say on June 8th 2017


There are many people around the globe that do not get a chance to vote. The right to vote is a precious and hard-won right.

Nowadays younger voters tend to vote less often, but it is vital that their voice is heard in parliament.

The more young people that vote, the more attention politicians will pay to some of their key concerns, such as: education, jobs, housing and the environment.

Please don’t take democracy for granted – have your say on the things that matter to you!


Mental Health Awareness week

Mental Health Awareness Week 8th-14th May 2017


What is it? 

A calendar week dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness, health and wellbeing in society.

What does it mean to me? 

Today there is greater encouragement to break the stigma that surround mental health issues. There is more focus in today’s society on encouraging a different opinion towards mental health, as well as the promotion of better mental health, understanding and resilience. People are being encouraged to reach out and talk about their problems more than ever.


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As a student at university the stress and anxiety of sitting exams and approaching deadlines can begin to have a detrimental effect on mental health and seem very overwhelming to some.


There are a number of ways to reduce the risks of mental ill-health during these demanding times. It is vital that you reach out to family and friends or anybody who plays a supportive role in your life.



Top tips on looking after yourself


  1. Talk about your feelings. It does not show weakness to say “ I am not coping well” just having another person there that can listen to you as you offload can be a real help if you are troubled.


  1. Exercise regularly. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.


  1. Eat a healthy diet. What you eat has an effect on your mental health, as with any other organ in the human body your brain needs to be able to function well and stay healthy.


  1. Reduce your alcohol intake. When feeling low or stressed it is very easy to reach for the bottle, however, this is only a short term solution. Withdrawal from alcohol will affect the way you think and feel mentally and psychically. Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week, and that this is spread across the week as opposed to a short period of time.


  1. Ask for help. Everybody finds life difficult sometimes and it is essential that you approach a family member or friend who is able to offer a shoulder to cry on or assist with practical help rather than trying to cope alone.


 Struggling with exam stress?

There are a number of online resources available if you feel you are struggling to cope with exams/ deadlines or any other aspects of mental health.

You may find these links helpful:

NHS Choices


BBC Advice – Exam stress


What’s available in the library? 

We also have a variety of self help and mental health awareness books and Ebooks available in our library catalogue.



study skills handbook

The study Skills Handbook. An essential handbook every student needs to survive university.

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Exercise for Mood and Anxiety. Proven strategies for overcoming depression and enhancing well being. Management of low mood & stress, step by step guide how to start & maintain an exercise program geared towards improving mood.

Ebook- Electronic access from the library website.




The Food and Mood  Handbook. Find relief at last from depression, anxiety, PMS, cravings and mood swings.

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Overcoming anxiety, stress and panic. A five areas approach.

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Leeds Trinity Counselling Service

Living With A Dementia Patient

Leeds Trinity University counselling service provides the opportunity to talk in confidence about any issues causing concern. Your views and opinions will be respected and you will not be judged.


Once you’re here, it’s easy to request an appointment for short-term counselling. Sessions are available through the week during term-time and there is some provision throughout holidays.


You can make an enquiry with our full-time Counsellor, Sue Jack, on +44 (0) 113 283 7192, or by coming along to one of the scheduled daily drop-in sessions.


#mentalhealthawarenessweek Library Giveaway



As it’s #mentalhealthawarenessweek, we are giving away a copy of this fabulous zine, called ‘Do What You Want’, edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard. It’s beautifully illustrated & wonderfully insightful, and reminds us that mental well-being is for everyone!

How to enter




… and don’t worry if you don’t win, we also have a copy of this available in the library at: Mainstock – 362.2 PRI


***competition ends 4pm Friday 12th May 2017