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



Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

This month we have an exciting guest contribution to our blog!  Glyn Middleton, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Media writes about the Library’s featured resource for April: BoB National…

I’ve spent my whole working life as a journalist, TV researcher, producer, director and now as a Lecturer – so you’d think my ability to explain, describe and capture the magic of Television at its best would be pretty good.

You’d be wrong.

Nothing that I can write, or say, comes close to the power of the moving picture.

I find it almost impossible to describe the sensation you get as a viewer when you watch a high-quality documentary, a hard-hitting current affairs investigation or a beautiful piece of film-making, which moves you, shocks you, or makes your blood boil.

You need to see it, to feel it and experience it to understand it.

And that’s why BoB, the Box of Broadcasts is – for me – more like a Box of Magic Tricks, which I can use to enthuse and inspire.


It’s a remarkable resource, which allows me – as a Lecturer specialising in primarily visual subjects like documentary, location filming and the casting of strong, colourful characters – to pluck inspiring clips from some of the world’s best programmes (whether it’s Blackfish, The King in the Car Park, The Murder Detectives, Exodus or Amy) and to show them to students at the click of a mouse.

It means I can:

Choose from thousands of programmes in all genres – observational documentary, current affairs, history, arts, children’s, wildlife, religion and daytime – from a huge variety of broadcasters;
Select shows from several years ago, from last week – or, with the help of the BoB Guide – from next week’s schedule;
Create excerpts of programmes (whatever length I need), to showcase a fantastic Intro, a spell-binding interview, a mind-blowing title sequence, a memorable piece of camerawork, a beautifully-judged use of music or archive or a tear-jerking conclusion;
Devise Playlists to keep themed clips together – and I can download them onto my Desktop or onto a Drive, so I can embed them into PowerPoints.
Most of all, it allows me to use the clips to inspire my students and to instil in them a sense of ambition. To make them want to emulate – or even improve upon – the programme-makers they’ve been privileged to view.

And as a student, why wouldn’t you love it? Here’s a resource, which means you can view the best TV shows around when you want to watch them. Where you can see the most extraordinary, mind-blowing shows – or just relax with a soap, an FA Cup match or a bit of light entertainment on a Saturday night – all totally free.

Glyn Middleton
Senior Lecturer, Broadcast Media
Leeds Trinity University

If you’d like to find out more or try it for yourself, you can use BoB by visiting the library website here.

There are also some handy video guides to help you find your way around here.

And if you need any help or further information about BoB or any of our other fantastic resources, please come and ask us in the Library!




Featured Resource: Punch Historical Archive

What exactly is Punch magazine?

Fair point, you’re probably too young to remember it. Punch was a satirical British magazine which ran from 1841-1992. It was briefly revived again from 1996-2002, after which it closed permanently.

Punch was set up with capital of just £25 (although this was probably worth a bit more in 1841). Its aim was to make fun of current events, politicians and the Establishment generally. Punch was particularly famous for its cartoons, and in fact invented the cartoon as we know it today.

Really? How do you know all this?

See more information about the history of Punch here, and about its cartoons in particular here. (We wouldn’t be librarians if we didn’t give you references).

Touché. So what is the Punch Historical Archive?

Well, if you’ve ever ventured up to the second floor of the library, you might have spotted our old copies of Punch in the periodicals area at 941.05 PUN.

The trouble with the print copies is that a) they’re a bit old and fragile these days and b) there’s rather a lot of them to browse through if you don’t know the exact date of the issue you need.

This is where the Punch Historical Archive comes in. With online coverage of Punch from 1841-1992, you can search through back issues at the click of a button and view the results online.

Sounds good. How do I get access to it?

Start off from the library website at

Under the Quick Links menu, you will see a link to Databases A-Z. Click this link to see a full list of Leeds Trinity databases, and select Punch Historical Archive from the list.

Alternatively, if you’re a History or Victorian Studies student, you can go via your subject page. Go to the My Subject tab on the library website and select your subject. A variety of historical databases are linked from there including Punch.

Use the Click here to access link to get into the database. You should now see a screen like this:


OK, I’m logged in. Now what do I search for?

That depends what you’re trying to find out!

If, for example, you wanted to find Punch coverage of the Chartist movement, you could search for words like Chartist or Chartism, or the names of key people in the movement such as William Lovett or Feargus O’Connor.

In the Advanced Search option, you can search for specific types of article, limit your search to a specific date range, and narrow down your results in various other ways.

When looking at your list of results, it may not be immediately obvious why certain articles have come up. Try clicking on the title to see the full article (or cartoon), and the words you searched for should be highlighted in green – this helps to explain why the result matches your search.

What kind of things can I expect to find in Punch Historical Archive?

You are likely to find articles, adverts and cartoons which can all help to shed light on historical events of the time. It’s particularly interesting to view these from a modern perspective. For example, after graduation you might aspire to be like this jolly fellow in a cartoon by H.M. Bateman:

punch cartoon

H.M. Bateman, ‘The man who paid off his overdraft’.
Punch, 26 May 1930.

However, this apparently cheerful image takes on a different tone when you consider the context of its publication in 1930: the early days of the Great Depression, when the UK was still recovering from the economic effects of WWI and unemployment was on the rise.

Makes sense. Anything else I should check out while I’m here?

For broader historical context, and help with interpreting the content of Punch, have a look at the section of the Punch Historical Archive titled Essays and Resources. This is a really useful collection of supplementary information on topics such as Punch’s influence in the Victorian era, case studies of Punch coverage of particular historical topics, and a guide to understanding Punch cartoons.

You’ve convinced me… but what if I need more help?

For assistance with using the Punch archive, or any other in-depth library questions, you can drop in at the library Enquiry Point, open 11am-3pm Monday to Friday in term-time.

Alternatively, get in touch with your Liaison Librarian – there’s one for every subject! Find contact details for your librarian on the Contact Us page on the library website.

Valentine’s or Palentine’s?

It’s that time of year again, when love is in the air (or not).  Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s or Palentine’s this year, we have a great stock of DVDs for the perfect smushy-mushy, lovey-dovey day.  Either snuggle up with your loved one, or get comfy with your mates in unity of single life and have a laugh at these…


50 First Dates – light-hearted and funny, you’ll be sure to enjoy this film with Adam Sandler leading the jokes as usual! 791.4372 FIF


Wuthering Heights – a classic, adapted from the novel by Emily Bronte, a tale of love and revenge, set on our very own, atmospheric Yorkshire moors. 791.4372 WUT  

Chocolat – a British/American rom-com starring Johnny Depp, a story of a lady’s chocolate that tempts and turns a Lent-driven French town to its taste, is the most sensational concoction! 791.4372 CHO

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Audrey Hepburn stars in this classic rom-com. With the story ranging from Tiffany & Co. to prison, it has something to appeal to everyone. 791.4372 BRE – or read the book by Truman Capote  813.5 CAP


Love Actually – although it’s Christmas themed, the theme of how love conquers and connects us all is a prime example of a Valentine’s flick! 791.4372 LOV

Pride and Prejudice – adapted from the novel of Jane Austen, this tale of love through a class battle is a classic and definitely worth a watch. Find the film at 791.4572 PRI or read the book, available at 823.7 AUS

Boy Meets Girl – falling in love doesn’t have to be assigned to genders and this film demonstrates this in a light-hearted and fun film 791.4372 BOY

Enchanted – a Disney film with all the right components for a tragic (at times) yet exciting romance. It has drabs of funniness and silliness throughout and will be sure to have you giggling and maybe even shedding a tear (of happiness) at the end 791.4372 ENC

Emma – Another of Austen’s classics, Gwyneth Paltrow sauces up the drama in this nineteenth century match-making romantic comedy. Find the film at 791.4572 EMM or read the book at 823.7 AUS


Jane Eyre – the original story was written by another Bronte sister, Charlotte. A tale of a governess falling in love with her master, however, it’s his dark secret that could ruin all! A great story especially for Valentine’s day! 791.4372 JAN. For a much darker twist on the tale, check out Jean Rhys’ prequel to Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, available at 823.91 RHY. 

Valentine’s is just another day, no reason to get upset if you haven’t got a date. Just think of it an excuse to celebrate love of all kinds, no matter who it’s with, let’s take it and indulge! And don’t forget the popcorn!

Film students! Keep to up date by reading these trade journals

Our featured resources in February are ones for our media students: Film Scripts Online and Rock’s Backpages. To go alongside this, Rebecca Coombes, Liaison Librarian for Media, Film and Culture, has written a blog post to help film students get to grips with trade journals.

A cinema with the lights down
“Movie Theater” by Roey Ahram is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Trade journals are a valuable source of information about the film industry, so if you want to know about what is happening in the real world of film and television, you need to be looking at these on a regular basis to spot trends and pick up hot topics for discussion.

Regular scanning of the online journals and websites gives you access to information on people in the industry, film studios, legal issues, technological developments, supplier information and issues around production and distribution. Here are the trade journals you can access via the Library website:


Broadcast is great for information about the film industry in the UK and we have access to issues from 1973 to today. Search for it in the ‘Find eJournals by title’ search box on the Library home page. You can also browse directly on Broadcast’s website, but you’ll to put in some log in details which you can find on the Library website.

Hollywood Reporter

A good source of news and features about the film industry in LA/Hollywood. Search for it in the ‘Find eJournals by title’ search box on the Library home page. Once you’ve found the journal, you can choose an issue to look at, or use the ‘Search within this publication’ option.

Screen International

Screen International is a UK-based journal covering global film business. Find it in the same way as Broadcast and Hollywood Reporter. You’ll need some log in details to access all the content and if you’re browsing from home you’ll need to go via Remote Access, rather than directly to the website.


Variety has a US focus and you can get full access to content from 1999 onwards. You can find it through the Library website in the same way as our other trade journals.

Interested in historical issues within the film, television and music industries?

The journals listed above will keep you up to date with what is going on right now. If you are interested in historical issues within the film, television, music and other entertainments industries then Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (EIMA) is worth a look. EIMA is an archive collection of US and UK magazines from the earliest issues up to the year 2000. You can go and look at issues of Boxoffice from the 1920s, or, if you’re interested in Victorian theatre, copies of The stage from the 1880s.

You can access EIMA from the Databases A-Z on the Library website


Resource of the month: Sage Research Methods

Writing your dissertation or research project?  Need help and information on which research methods to use, and how to carry them out in practice?  SAGE Research Methods might just be what you’re looking for!  Alongside ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, SAGE is our other featured resource this month.  Rachel Davies, our Liaison Librarian extraordinaire, explains why…


So what’s SAGE Research Methods all about then?

SAGE Research Methods is an online database full of information about all things relating to… well, research methods. If you need a refresher on the pros and cons of case studies, help deciding between qualitative and quantitative methods (or can you mix them?), or advice on how to word your questionnaire, you will find a lot of useful stuff in this resource.

The information you need is available in several different formats. You can watch videos of experts explaining different concepts, read book chapters (or entire e-books), see dictionary definitions of research terminology, and more.

As a bonus, all of the e-books within SAGE Research Methods are searchable in the library catalogue too.

Sounds useful – how do I get there?

Start from the library website at If accessing from off-campus, you will need to go through Remote Access.  Once on the Library website, under the Quick Links menu, click on the link to Databases A-Z. Now select SAGE Research Methods from the list. In the right hand column you will see a description of the resource and a Click here to access link.

When you click on the link, you should see a screen that looks a bit like this:


You can:

  • type your query into the search box in the middle (e.g. mixed methods research)
  • click on Browse at the top of the screen to see a list of topics and subjects
  • use the links at the bottom to explore different types of information

For more information on how to use SAGE Research Methods, check out the interactive online guide at

Looks good! What if I need more help?

For assistance with using this resource, or any other in-depth library questions, you can drop in at the library Enquiry Point, open 11am-3pm Monday to Friday in term-time.

Alternatively, get in touch with your Liaison Librarian – there’s one for every subject! Find contact details for your librarian on the Contact Us page on the library website.

While I’m here, can you recommend any other resources I should check out?

Funny you should mention that! Our other featured resource this month is Proquest Dissertations and Theses – a searchable database of Master’s and PhD-level research projects which you could check out for inspiration. See our blog post on it here.

Also, for Psychology students – if you’re looking for questionnaires and measurement scales to use in your own research, try the PsycTESTS database, available via your subject page or from the Databases A-Z list on the library website.