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.


Resource of the month: Proquest Dissertations and Theses

Looking for inspiration for your research project? Hoping to find some literature beyond the standard books and journal articles? Our resource of the month might be just what you’re looking for.

What’s this resource all about then?

Proquest Dissertations and Theses is a searchable database of Masters and PhD-level dissertations and theses from universities around the world.

OK, so what’s it useful for?

Well, here are a few suggestions…

Inspiration – find out what in-depth research has already been done on or around your chosen topic. You may come across a gap in the research or an interesting angle you hadn’t considered before.

Information – most dissertations post-1997 (and some older than this) have the full text available to download, so you can read through the whole thing and look for any useful references to follow up.

Presentation – particularly if you’re doing your first major research project, it can be useful to look at past students’ work. The layout, structure and use of language can help you get an idea of the standard of writing you should be aiming for.

Variation – some dissertations and theses are eventually published as books or journal articles, but many aren’t. Looking through unpublished research can give you a broader view of a topic, and there may be some hidden gems you wouldn’t otherwise come across.

You’ve convinced me. How do I get my hands on this resource?

First, go to the library website at Under the Quick Links, you will see a link to Databases A-Z. This will take you to a full list of databases where you can select Proquest Dissertations and Theses. Look for the Click here to access link on the right hand side to get in.

I’m logged in – now what?


The Proquest search screen is really simple – just type your keywords into the search box to find results. If you select the Full Text option on the left below the search box, you can limit your results to just the ones with a full PDF version available.

The Advanced Search screen gives you more options, including searching by university, limiting results to a specific language(s) or finding results within a particular date range.

What if I need more help?

For assistance with using Proquest, 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?

If you found a useful dissertation or thesis through Proquest and need help referencing it, check out the Harvard and APA referencing guides on the library website (see the Referencing tab).

If you’re carrying out your own research project, you may want some help with research methods too. Our other featured resource this month is SAGE Research Methods, a great source of information on both qualitative and quantitative methods. Keep an eye out for our next blog post, focusing exclusively on SAGE Research Methods, coming soon.

January blues?

Our how-to guide to getting back on the grindstone!

Christmas and New Year have recently blessed us with time off from university and work. The songs have been sung, the drinks have been drunk and the food has most certainly been eaten. And now it’s back to the books. But have no fear! Don’t cry, don’t wail, you must prevail! We have five simple steps to get your brain back in gear and ready to study again.



  1. Remember your goals. Short term or long term. Whether that be making your parents or yourself proud with glorious grades, or achieving that dream job which you need your degree to get. Picture yourself accomplishing that goal and you will remember why you need to work hard and put a good shift in on the essays and exams.
  2. There’s not much time left. There’s only a few months left ‘til you break up for summer. Bam! Another year gone, just like that. Especially if it’s your final. You’d better get cracking on so you have that bit of extra time before your deadlines. Then you can get your work checked and edited in good time, to make sure it’s the best it can be. Push yourself, that extra effort could be an extra grade higher.
  3. Sooner you start, more help you can get, less you will stress. Simple. And yes, we know you “work well under pressure”, but pleeease get started and figure out where you may need help. Lecturers will be much more willing and able to give you their time now, rather than a week before the deadline, expecting one-to-ones and being told what to do (R U havin’ a larf??!)
  4. Create a work/play timetable. Although the festivities are over, we’re not saying that January is the end of all the fun. You still need a break from doing some hard work. It’s important to have some you time and time with friends, or you may explode (not literally). So make a plan: decide when you’ll be working and when it’s okay to chill and unwind.
  5. Don’t stress! “It’s all going to be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay – it’s not the end.” You have all the facilities and staff members you need around you to support you, so don’t suffer in silence in a bundle of stress if you don’t quite understand something or could do with some advice. Just take a deep breath and find the solution. We’re all here to help and you CAN do it!!