Introducing BrowZine

BrowZine is new way to browse and search thousands of electronic journals available to you as a member of Aberystwyth University.

BrowZine homepage

Using BrowZine you can:

  • Browse or search by subject area to find ejournals of interest
  • Search for a specific title
  • Create your own bookshelf of favourite ejournals and organise them how you want
  • Follow your favourite titles and receive alerts when a new issue is published
  • Save articles in your personal library which will sync across your devices

BrowZine can be used on your computer, or you can download the app for use on an Android or Apple device. The BrowZine app will sync across multiple devices so you can keep up with your ejournal reading on the move.

Find it on Primo, the library catalogue, by clicking on the eJournal Search button on the top of the homepage or download the app from your app store.

How to get to BrowZine from Primo, the library catalogue

Libraries Week 2022 – Lifelong Learning

The theme of this year’s Libraries Week is the central role that libraries play in supporting life-long learning.

Today our focus is on our Lifelong Learning students and external users.

Lifelong Learning

LibGuides Our Lifelong Learning LibGuide is your complete guide to library and learning resources for your subjects. Here you’ll find details on key resources and guidance on how to use the library and who to contact for help.

The Lifelong Learning LibGuide homepage

Effective Study Collection The Effective Study Collection is designed to help you develop your study skills. It covers topics including how to research, writing skills, academic writing, time management, communications skills and some general guides to help you research and study in the arts. If you are returning to education after a break, have a look.

Study spaces and IT facilities at the library Don’t forget that Lifelong Learning students can also make use of the library’s facilities, such as quiet study spaces, computers, excellent WIFI and printing and copying facilities. Browse our A to Z of library services here.

The Celtic Collection The Celtic Collection contains approximately 25,000 books relating to Brittany, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The collection contains material on all subjects relating to Celtic countries, and is a wonderful resource for all researchers and enthusiasts.

Learning Welsh or looking to improve your skills? You’ll find everything you need to help you practise and develop your reading and speaking skills – from graded novels with vocabulary to grammar books.

Find the Celtic Collection of Level F of the Hugh Owen library:

Some of the Welsh-language resources in the Celtic Collection

Digimap Digimap offers full and comprehensive Ordnance Survey map data and historic maps as well as geological data. It is a fascinating resource and very useful for local history researchers as well as Earth Sciences. You just need to have an Aberystwyth University email account to register to access it.

Linkedin Learning All AU students and staff have free and unlimited access to the wealth of expert-led courses available online 24/7 through Linkedin Learning.

Here’s a small selection of courses chosen by our Student Digital Champion, Urvashi Verma, that may be of interest to Lifelong Learning students.

Lifelong Learning Collection A collection of courses and short videos to help you develop your study skills and improve your time management skills.

Urvashi Verma

External Users

Our libraries welcome different categories of external users, from Aber Alumni and retired staff members who are keen to maintain their access to library resources, students at other institutions who are visiting Aber and need a place to study or local residents.

Take a look at the categories and registration details online here: Information for Visitors and External Users

Special Collections External users can apply to use the library’s IT facilities and study spaces, and can also arrange to view items in our beautiful special collections.

Libraries Week 2022 – Students

The theme of this year’s Libraries Week is the central role that libraries play in supporting life-long learning.

Today, we are focusing on the ways the library offers a range of learning opportunities for Aberystwyth University students, beyond their courses and outside of the teaching rooms.

Library tours If you’re new to Aberystwyth University, firstly, welcome! Secondly, come on a library tour! Our friendly staff are here to show you around and introduce you to your library. There’s no need to book in advance and everyone is welcome – times and other information here.

You’ll see our virtual tour of the Hugh Owen Library below and here’s our handy A to Z of Library services to get you up to speed.

Software and IT services Take a look at our webpages for some of the IT Services and resources available. If you need help or advice, you can contact the Service Desk team online or by phone.

Fiction and reading for pleasure There’s no shortage of books in our libraries and if you’re looking for something to read – that’s not a course textbook – we can help! Browse Primo the library catalogue online to find books and ebooks, take a look at our Contemporary Fiction collection by the Enquiries Desk on Level F, browse the shelves from classmark PN or in the Celtic Collection. We also have graphic novels and lots of non-fiction and poetry.

Visit Primo, the library catalogue to have a look.

Contemporary fiction collection in the Hugh Owen Library

Linkedin Learning All AU students have free, unlimited access to thousands of expert-led online courses from Linkedin Learning. Here’s a small selection of courses that might spark some new hobbies or interests and help you develop new skills put together by Laurie Stevenson, Student Digital Champion:

Extra-curricular activities for students collection This is a collection of courses containing a variety of skills and creative activities you might be interested in learning alongside your studies, as a break from assignments or to fill a moment of boredom!

 Laurie Stevenson

Learn Welsh Fancy learning or improving your Welsh whilst you’re at Aber? Look no further than the Celtic Collection! The collection contains hundreds of books to help you learn and develop your Welsh language skills, from complete language courses and grammar books to fiction with helpful vocabulary.

Find it on Level F:

Welsh-language learning resources in the Celtic Collection

Library Guides Familiarise yourself with the library’s range of LibGuides. Not only will you find your specialist subject guide to help you find resources for your subject, but also a range of guides to help you make the most of the library, develop your information literacy skills and enhance your employability.

These guides have been compiled by your Subject Librarians who are here to help you with academic and specialist resources for your studies. They can help you to find and evaluate the information that you need and help you to reference it correctly. Find the contact details for your subject on the Subject Librarians page

Borrow DVDs You can borrow DVDs for free from our large DVD collection on Level F. Take a look through what we have on Primo, the library catalogue

DVD collection

Read Well – Wellbeing collection The library’s Wellbeing Collection is here to help you understand and manage many common mental health conditions or difficult feelings and experiences. You can have a look at the list of titles included in the collection on the Read Well reading list which is organised by topic areas to help you find what you need.

Watch this short video to learn more:

Graduation 2022 Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th & Friday 15th July

Graduates at Aberystwyth University

Congratulations to these students who are graduating on the following days

You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

Wednesday 13th July

Physics

Llyr Humphries ‘Studies in chromospheric and transition region events and their relationship with the corona using IRIS and AIA’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/b85c1f59-36fb-4d1b-a351-4bce858102e2


Thursday 14th July

Law & Criminology

Roger Owen ‘Dealing with child offenders: An examination of some aspects of juvenile justice systems and a proposal for reform based on the needs of the individual child’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/19f33534-0de6-4df8-9b9a-1d21651f9174

Megan Talbot ‘A comparative examination of methods of legal recognition of non-binary gender and intersex identity’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/b8b9844d-6814-4455-9af1-2794f4d8f161

Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Nick Dimonaco ‘ORFs, StORFs and Pseudogenes: Uncovering Novel Genomic Knowledge in Prokaryotic and Viral Genomes’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7ec11bc9-57b4-4acc-94ff-ef99986e8a31


Friday 15th July

Geography & Earth Sciences

Rachel Lilley ‘Rethinking Government Capacities to Tackle Wicked Problems: Mind, Emotion, Bias and Decision-Making. An Experimental Trial using Mindfulness and Behavioural Economics’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/c119949d-43de-43eb-ab85-6ca2a3aba425

Graduation 2022 Tuesday 12th July

Graduates in the Great Hall

Congratulations to the following students who graduate today!

You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

Physics

Benjamen Reed ‘Developments in the Catalytic Graphitisation of Diamond and Silicon Carbide Surfaces’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/43e778c7-99d1-420b-903b-8f426bef7d9a

English and Creative Writing

Kittie Belltree ‘Photograph albums of the dead: Imagining the unsayable through poetry’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/12005

Simon Jones ‘My Rosalind: A Novel and Critical Commentary’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/94c9ec09-e0e4-49f6-aa6e-cf66cc758181

International Politics

Emma Kast ‘Capitalism and the Logic of Deservingness: Understanding Meritocracy through Political Economy’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/eee80e95-6d8b-4e26-9ec1-72eb5af24d4b

Thomas Vaughan ‘South Africa and Nuclear Order: Between ‘Local’ Technopolitics and ‘global’ Hegemony’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/073ddb26-50db-4ee8-8e11-449c90c2c271

Graduation 2022 Monday 11th July

Graduating students
Graduating students

Congratulations to the following students who graduate today!


You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

Computer Science

Edore Akpokodje ‘Effective mobile query systems for rural farmers’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/d8193099-77c7-4c43-8afa-9a83e96b2cd7

Emmanuel Isibor ‘Exploring the Concept of Navigability for Virtual Learning Environments’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/eedfaa52-0c74-4f46-ad60-ac06e9d8eb40

Suresh Kumar ‘Learning with play behaviour in artificial agents’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/a53c855c-e6b2-4a93-886e-914d11bf1528

Mathematics

Tirion Roberts ‘Modelling foam flow through vein-like geometries’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/cba4f24d-c09b-4a15-a678-7ffe7d333ee4

Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Cameron Garty ‘Oxidative Heterodimerisation Of 4’- Hydroxycinnamate Esters With 4’-Hydroxycinnamic Acids As Potential HIV-1 Integrase Inhibitors And Identification Of Two Novel Homoisoflavonoids With Anti-cancer Potential’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6f2a9a52-4d49-4af7-8155-f4ac7d92d781

Sam Harvey ‘Assessing the Feasibility of an Over 60’s One-Day Health and Functional Fitness Workshop’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/d1afbc7e-a55a-48ce-8660-da11585f1039

Robert Jacques ‘Vermicomposting manure: ecology and horticultural use’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/cecb9239-6b6c-478d-837b-f0b15fb028a0

Rachel Stafford ‘Investigating Metabolic Changes Associated with Human Oncology’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/328dd80a-0c58-44d4-9933-6afec6df973f

Nathan Allen ‘Molecular approaches to uncover the fundamental biology of Calicophoron daubneyi’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/54faf6be-b293-497a-99d7-b91d1725f0d5

Sumana Bhowmick ‘Exploiting Traditional Chinese Medicine for Potential Anti-Microbial Drug Leads’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3fe3a15c-1bb8-46c4-b2df-206a5319e11d

Clare Collett ‘Towards the penside detection of triclabendazole efficacy against Fasciola hepatica parasites of livestock’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/ed4005f0-5186-439f-ae71-9f1bd080f6c6

Christina Cox ‘Cocksfoot breeding for the emerging sector of by product biorefining’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/caf17688-4a5b-4746-b4af-679176ecd345

Holly Craven ‘Analysis of quadrupliex DNA structures in Schistosoma mansoni and their potential as therapetic targets’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/d05ee9e6-5759-44c7-8dc2-4c45afd8349a

David Cutress ‘Towards validation of the sigma class GSTs from the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica as chemotherapeutic targets’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/a6347525-bbd9-4269-be09-2eca9315307a

Rebecca Entwistle ‘Targeting endophytic bacteria for plant growth promotion and heavy metal tolerance’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6de2bd1d-a386-42d0-86fa-b07fbb26328c

Jessica Friedersdorff ‘Studying the Understudied: Hyper Ammonia Producing Bacteria And Bacteriophages in the Rumen Microbiome’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/29a04747-63d5-414a-b83b-d668e34f81fd

Gina Martinez ‘Understanding the phenotypic and genetic mechanisms of plant-plant interactions’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6e4edefe-a2df-4558-bcdd-8561e45824f0

Nicholas Gregory ‘Evaluating the efficacy of a GP led pre diabetes intervention targeting lifestyle modification’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/b7773d30-1393-4b7a-9e56-0f4bfbbed9fd

Amy Healey ‘Understanding the phenotypic and genetic mechanisms of plant-plant interactions’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6e4edefe-a2df-4558-bcdd-8561e45824f0

Rebecca Hindhaugh ‘The effect of mechanical perturbation on the growth and development of wheat’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/f02d9825-efac-4064-a8a5-5e793d886d09

Rosario Iacono ‘Miscanthus biomass quality for conversion: exploring the effect of genetic background and nutrient limitation on the cell wall’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/92c1700d-7190-493d-8dce-9bf2a8b66ee3

Gilda Padalino ‘Identification of new compounds targeting the Schistosoma mansoni protein methylation machinery’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3518109d-506b-4caa-a442-f1e18356e803

Manod Williams ‘Machine Learning for Dairy Cow Behaviour Classification’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/0198dc84-48b6-48f4-b4bc-23c860bf825e

Graduation 2022 Saturday 9th July

Graduation on the Piazza, Penglais Campus

Congratulations to the following students who graduate today!

You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

History and Welsh History

Laura Evans ‘An Investigation of the Middling Sort of Bridgnorth in the Later Middle Ages’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/249a4051-693f-43e9-90bc-cd12e140d1bf

Law and Criminology

Gethin Jones ‘The Recovery Experience of Service Users in Substance Use Treatment with Co-occurring Anxiety and Depression’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/4dd2935a-e624-4fc8-8498-13469b9affcd

Angharad James ‘An exploration of the legal minefield of retention of title clauses’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1404c07b-45f3-46ff-a110-e84077b86f3f

Geography and Earth Sciences

Martin Burgess ‘The Implementation of Personal Carbon Accounts’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/28807ebf-9903-4a95-b54b-5b2b725a40a0

Sioned Llywelyn ‘Archwilio’r posibiliadau o fewnblannu dealltwriaeth geomorffolegol wrth hyrwyddo a gwarchod geodreftadaeth Cymru’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7fe1f02c-3caf-4b7a-93b7-8f007f995bdd

Siobhan Maderson ‘The Traditional Environmental Knowledge of Beekeepers: A Charter for Sustainability?’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/986a1b5c-cb30-4733-964d-c420b6bc9de6

Svenja Riedesel ‘Exploring variability in the luminescence properties of feldspars’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/c36efd1e-594b-493d-b2c1-a0ce8f432cec

Nina Sharp ‘Mobility and philanthropy: embodied practices, fundraising and charity sport events’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/a8765e8a-97a0-46e3-a686-bd0cb6b301e8

Graduation 2022 Friday 8th July

Graduation in the Great Hall

Graduation ceremony

Congratulations to the following students who graduate today!

You can read their theses in the Aberystwyth Research Portal by clicking on the links

English and Creative Writing

Morgan Davies ‘The Burning Bracken: A Novel with Accompanying Critical Commentary’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3cf9e413-70a7-44cd-95c5-af6ec91b2d42

Elizabeth Godwin ‘Poetry and the Architecture of Imagination’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/0531b4b8-49b0-4ce5-95a6-3e95c62667f1

Robert Jones ‘Lain Beside Gold’ Narrative, Metaphor and Energy in Freud and Conan Doyle’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1d588151-6162-4d9a-a3c7-107879f21d5c

George Sandifer-Smith ‘The Stone Bell (Creative Writing Project) & Accompanying Critical Commentary: Temporality, Place & Memory’  http://hdl.handle.net/2160/cca01ed0-4db9-4374-9f9c-8b72cfd809d0

International Politics

Abigail Blyth ‘The British Intelligence Services in the public domain’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/603b6051-5b23-45a3-9194-abeb027e0dd8

Karijn van den Berg ‘Making sense of personal environmental action: A relational reframing through the study of activists’ experiences’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/58323949-e25b-46cf-b69d-bf1e3c4fd0be

Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Paul Jones ‘Heterotopic  Frictions: Visually Problematising Identity, Territory and Language from an Anglo-Welsh Perspective’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/5c7b7515-0230-4723-9084-7208804ac4b6

Jamie Terrill ‘An Investigation of Rural Welsh Cinemas: Their Histories, Memories and Communities’ http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7a6d3f43-ea8c-4478-b485-34b5bcd81691

From Resources to referencing

A book and notepadAssignments: from Resources to Referencing has been prepared by the Subject Librarians at the University to develop key information literacy skills essential for academic study – from finding high quality academic materials to citing resources correctly in your assignments. The module is available to all students on Blackboard.

The module currently contains three sections:

Library and IT Induction
• Provides everything you need to know about getting started with library services and collections.
• A quiz to practice using library resources.

Referencing and Plagiarism Awareness
• Helps you understand the importance of accurate referencing; how to create accurate citations and references; how to manage your citations using referencing software tools and how to interpret your Turnitin Similarity Report.
• This guide includes a quiz which allows you to practice the skills you have learned using the specific referencing style specified by your department

News & Media Literacy
• This guide helps develop critical skills in evaluating the information we consume online. You will learn how to define key concepts such as free speech, misinformation, disinformation and censorship; understand concepts of selection and bias in the media and how to spot fake news.
• This guide includes a quiz which allows you to test the knowledge you have gained.

Further guides and quizzes will be added to the module in future.
If you require guidance in using the module, have any questions on using library collections and services or have any feedback, please contact: librarians@aber.ac.uk / 01970 621896

New Dissertation and News and Media LibGuides

Our Subject Librarians have published not one but two new LibGuides to help you with your studies and what comes after.

Dissertation LibGuide

Whether you’re planning ahead for your dissertation or part way through it and regretting every decision you’ve made, this guide can help you!

In one easy-to-follow and simple guide, you will find all you need to understand and manage the dissertation process from finding information sources and developing your searching techniques to evaluating and referencing the sources you use.

For help and advice for every stage of your dissertation, from concept to conclusion, take a look our our Dissertation LibGuidehttps://libguides.aber.ac.uk/dissertation.

Screenshot from the News and Media LibGuide

News and Media LibGuide

Our News and Media guide is a clear and comprehensive resource to help you navigate the tricky world of news and media throughout your time at University and beyond.

  • Protect your image online
  • Define key concepts such as free speech, misinformation, disinformation and censorship
  • Learn how algorithms are used to target people on social media platforms
  • Understand concepts of selection and bias
  • Explain what fake news is and how to recognise it

Our News and Media LibGuide is here to help you help yourself stay safe and savvy: https://libguides.aber.ac.uk/newsandmedia  

See all of our subject and study support LibGuides here