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Electronic Resources in Further Education libraries

Electronic resources

Many of the libraries of East Midlands Further Education Colleges subscribe to electronic resources for access by their staff and registered students. A total of 125 titles were subscribed to at the start of 2012. It should be noted that electronic resources are for staff and students only and are not available for the general public to use.

Judi Millage from the JISC Regional Support Centre East Midlands, originally collated and updated information from across the region; this has now been updated and the latest information is summarised here:  FE e-resources May 2012Acrobat document  

"Top Titles"

The most ‘popular’ titles are listed below for the awareness of library and information professionals. A very diverse range of titles is taken by colleges across the region, from 'Architectural Design', through 'Hospitality &  Tourism Complete' and 'International Zoo Yearbook' to 'Trend Boutique'.

e-Books for FE: core collections of e-books relevant to the FE curriculum across the UK with almost 3,000 e-book titles available. Unlimited, simultaneous user access means that unlike the print world students do not have to wait for the hard copies to be returned by other students or borrow under short loan conditions.

General OneFile and InfoTrac Custom Newspapers: provide access to a wide range of UK and international newspapers and journals. The unique collection of journals and English language newspapers provides one of the largest aggregations of full text periodical content available to Further Education institutions.

Hairdressing Training: provides exemplary step-by-step guidance videos, self-evaluation tests, worksheets and guides relating to an expanding collection of hairdressing styles and techniques; the service is also mapped to the NVQ Hairdressing curriculum. Students can study and revise within the college, at home or even at work allowing greater flexibility. The content from this resource can be easily downloaded and incorporated into learning materials, course packs and student portfolios.  Hairdressing Training for Mobiles was nominated as a finalist in the Handheld Learning Awards 2008.

Issues Online: contemporary social issues e.g. homelessness, poverty, gender, crime. Includes: factsheets, newspaper reports and features,magazine articles, journal and book extracts, extracts from Government reports and statistics, pressure-group literature, statistics, including tables and graphs, cartoons and illustrations.

News Film Online: access to film and television news content to users throughout UK higher and further education.. Selected news from the ITN/Reuters archives. Video playback and downloading are available to staff and students at subscribing UK universities and colleges.

Virtual Reference Library: electronic reference books from Gale and their publishing partners, so researchers can instantly access thousands of eBooks on virtually any subject. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7 through the state-of-the-art Gale Virtual Reference Library platform.