Society Digimap

DMU Library has set up trial access to a new online collection via its subscription to EDINA’s Digimap service. The new collection is called Society Digimap.

Society Digimap allows you to explore a range of demographic data, providing a wealth of census and socio-economic information for Great Britain. The processing required to visualise census and other demographic datasets can be a barrier to use for many people interested in the value of the datasets. By providing these datasets as layers to visualise along with high quality Ordnance Survey (OS) data, the rich information can offer valuable insights without the need to learn how to use a GIS.

Today, the mapping facility, Society Roam is available. A full data download application is under development, which will offer the ability to download both the census data and the corresponding boundaries together.

Access to Society Digimap is available until 31st July 2019.

Trial access to Society Digimap is available until 31st July 2019.

Society Digimap can be accessed via the following access URL You will be asked to verify access using your DMU Single Sign On account and then accept terms and conditions on the Digimap platform.

DMU Library provides subscription access to the following Digimap collections: Ordnance Survey (OS), Aerial and Lidar.

DMU Library provides trial access to the Global and Society Digimap collections. Coverage to these two collections will end on 31st July 2019.

New to Library Search – Citation Trails

A brand new feature has been added to our Library Search service for February 2019.

Citation Trails allow you to explore a topic and collect material by following a chain of articles that cite each other. This new search feature enhances serendipitous discovery and will hopefully help you to better understand the academic context of your sources.

Citation trails work in two directions:

  • Cites – Articles that this article cites.
  • Cited by – Articles that cite this article.

Citation trails can be found by clicking on the Cites or Cited by links that appear below individual Library Search item records:

Citation trails can be accessed via Library Search item records.

Selecting a citation link in the item record opens up a page that lists the records that match the type of citation your have selected: Cites or Cited by. The following example below lists the articles that “The genetic theory of adaptation: a brief history” record cites:

Citation trails list potentially useful reading material linked to your original search term.

As you connect to other item records’ citations, you can view the trail by clicking on the View your citation path link. A pop-up box showing the number of citations in the current trail appears next to the link:

Previous linked citations can be viewed by selecting “View your citation path”.

From the citation path, you can return to a previous citation in the trail by selecting its individual record. To display your original search results, select the Search tab.

We hope that this additional citation tool will be useful when searching for academic content and enhance your experience of our online Library Search service.

Literature Online (LION) site migration

The electronic resource Literature Online (LION) has recently migrated publisher websites. The database is now part of the portfolio of online databases that are accessed from the main ProQuest publishing platform.

Literature Online now appears on the main ProQuest platform

Literature Online provides coverage to online articles from over 400 scholarly journals, as well as content from critical guides such as Cambridge Companions to Literature and New Essays on the American Novel. Database coverage is also extended by the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), one of the most important bibliographical sources for English studies.

You will now be able to cross-search Literature Online content with other electronic collections provided by ProQuest on its main platform. These online resources include ProQuest’s Arts and Humanities Database, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (The Guardian archive) and Early European Books.

You can access Literature Online on and off campus using a DMU Single Sign On account via

Library Search – new features!

Two new features have recently been added to our online Library Search system.

Saving Library Search searches between sessions

You can now permanently save searches and filters you run, between Library Search sessions, to the cloud by using either a Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive account. Previously Library Search would only allow you to temporarily save items from a results page during a single session, although RefWorks can be used to export citation results from the service.

You can save a search, including any filters or facets you have selected to refine your search, by clicking on the small star icon as shown below:

The small star icon is located in the Library Search box itself:

You will then be given the option to permanently save the search by using a Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive account (you can also rename your search should you wish to do so at this point):

You will have to select one of the software options (either Microsoft or Google), sign in to your preferred provider and allow Library Search to connect to your personal drive account.

Once your Google or Microsoft account is linked to our Library Search tool, and you are correctly signed in to either of the drive accounts, you will be able to view permanently saved searches whenever you use Library Search.

You can view your saved searches in Library Search by clicking on the large star icon as shown below:

The number of saved searches is noted in small text next to the large star icon:

If you are not signed in to your Google or Microsoft drive account whilst using Library Search, you will only be allowed to temporarily store results in a single search session or export results to RefWorks (as before).


When wanting to copy a Library Search result link, you can now take advantage of shorter URLs (provided by TinyURL) generated by the online service. These shorter URLs have replaced the long, encrypted Permalinks Library Search formerly created.

To save a Library Search result record, you click on the Permanent Link icon as shown below:

The Permanent Link icon is one of the actions available for you to select for each individual Library Search result. Once you have selected the Permanent Link option, Library Search generates a TinyURL which you can copy to create a permanent link to the citation record.

We hope that this new functionality will improve Library Search’s usability for DMU students and staff searching for electronic journal articles, e-books and other online library content.

Cambridge Companions to Literature

Over the past year, the online database Literature Online (LION) from ProQuest has added more than 300 full text volumes of encyclopedias, dictionaries and companions to contextualise LION’s primary works and their authors.


Browse the Cambridge Companions to Literature via the LION interface


DMU students and staff can access the Literature Online (LION) online database via the following access link Students and staff will be asked to log into the resource by using their DMU Single Sign On username and password.

Once logged into Literature Online (LION) platform, the Cambridge Companions to Literature can be browsed by clicking on the Criticism tab.


Click on the Criticism tab on the LION site to access the literature companions

The Literature Online (LION) resource will be migrating to the main ProQuest platform during December 2018, so please look out for more information about this move when it occurs in the coming weeks. Watch this space!



New DMU Library online resource: Mass Observation Online

DMU Library has added a major new online resource to its portfolio of e-resources. DMU students and staff can now access the Mass Observation Online resource on and off campus. This product is managed by the publisher Adam Matthew.

Mass Observation Online provides electronic access to thousands of documents generated by the Mass Observation social research organisation. This organisation was founded in 1937 (by anthropologist Tom Harrisson, film-maker Humphrey Jennings and poet Charles Madge) and ran until the late 1960s. Mass Observation Online provides “a unique insight into life in Britain spanning four decades” – the organisation’s aim was to create an “anthropology of ourselves”. The organisation studied the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain by employing a team of observers and a panel of volunteer writers. The online archive provides a diverse range of content created and collected by the Mass Observation research organisation, including diary entries, day surveys and questionnaires.

How do I access Mass Observation Online?

DMU students and staff can access Mass Observation Online using the following web address

Students and staff will be asked to verify access on and off campus by using their DMU Single Sign On credentials.

How do I search for content? 

Mass Observation Online provides different ways to search and access content available within the archive. The main toolbar on the archive homepage is a good place to start a content search and highlights the different search options available to utilise.

For this blog post, I created a “test” assignment scenario to display how you could search/use Mass Observation Online to support your studies. The theme I selected was “life in Leicestershire during World War II”, so I will concentrate on finding relevant diary entries hosted on the Mass Observation Online platform.


The Mass Observation Online’s Chronology feature presents a timeline of important events that occurred between 1937 and the late 1960s (when the Mass Observation research work ceased). For my assignment scenario, I used this timeline function as a starting point to help me gain a wider view of national and international events happening between 1939-1945:

You can look for particular events or themes using the Chronology search box in the upper left of the screen, or select from a number of predefined categories listed by the site. One of these categories is called World War II. When clicking on this category box, the timeline refines the results to highlight events during this key period in British history. You can also use the movable date filter at the top of the screen to scroll between different years listed in the archive.


To narrow down a search for diary entries linked to a specific location, the Map option is a suitable choice. This a visual tool that plots the locations of all the British diarists that feature in Mass Observation Online:

You can scroll around the online map of Britain and use the zoom in (+) or zoom out () icons to find the locations of diarists that may interest them. In my assignment scenario, I was interested in finding out more information about people in Leicester who were writing diary entries during World War II. Using the zoom in function, I narrowed my search to Leicester on the online map, and found several 1940 diary entries from an individual born in 1913 and living in Leicester at the onset of World War II.


Each diarist has its own record page on the site (e.g. the Leicester diarist I found is “Diarist 5207”) where their diary entries are uploaded. From the diarist record page, you can choose a number of different options in how they interact with the diary documents:

You may want to save the diarist record to their own storage space on the Mass Observation Online platform. This space is known as My Archive. To be able to save searches and store documents, you will have to create a personal profile on the Mass Observation Online site. The My Archive icon will ask you to register for a new profile when you click on this link for the first time. The My Archive login is not linked to DMU Single Sign On – it is an additional username and password to use on the Mass Observation site to take advantage of the personalised features available:

You may also want to cite the diary record for their coursework or export the citation to a reference management tool. The Citation/Export icon (known as the Citation Tool) displays the diary entry citation and allows you to export the citation to different reference management services, including RefWorks:

Scanned diary documents appear as thumbnail images at the top of the record screen. Clicking on any of these individual thumbnail images will allow you to view document pages in a higher resolution in the site’s Image Viewer:

Individual diary images or diary sections can be downloaded as a PDF file to your own computer/device. Once downloaded and saved, you are then able to view/read the documents offline at a time of your choosing:


The Contents tab on the Mass Observation Online toolbar presents different formats of material for you to look at:

One of the options is called Diaries. The Diaries icon allows you to search through all the online diary entries accessible in the archive. You can browse by date range or gender of the diarist. You can further sort search results by date of birth, place of residence or occupation. In the screenshot below, I sorted all the diary search results in alphabetical order of Place of Residence and scrolled to find the diary entries from the Leicester diarist (you can view the diarist record 5207 that I found using the online Map service earlier in the post):

There are many other forms of content available for you to interact with on the Mass Observation Online site. I have highlighted one format (diary entries) and blogged about how you may potentially use the online archive to find relevant and interesting material that will support your studies at DMU. There are a plethora of surveys, questionnaires and observations written by people living in Britain between 1937-1967 that cover diverse aspects of their lives. This includes many different reactions to education, family life, entertainment and politics.



Celebrating the diversity of photographers past and present

Celebrating the diversity of photographers past and present

Photography helps us to see the world as it really is. Capturing images on film or digital cameras is an opportunity to record unique moments in history. Culture, politics, society and human nature are viewed through the lens. This is highlighted by a new display in the Learning Zone of the Kimberlin Library. Curated by Ann Collick in the Library’s Displays Team, the Photography display is the latest in a series which celebrates diversity in the arts. Previous themes include Bollywood, Harlem Renaissance, BAME fashion designers and BAME figures in history. All the books on display can be browsed and borrowed, so why not come and have a look at this inspiring collection?


photography display


One of the featured photographers is Carrie Mae Weems, whose work focuses on portraits and the family lives of African Americans. Passionate and political, Weems had a baby when she was sixteen – the year after the assassination of Martin Luther King – and shortly afterwards packed a cardboard suitcase to find work in New York. She received a camera as a birthday present at the age of twenty, started taking pictures straight away, went to college to study photography and design, and has never looked back. She’s won many awards for her work. Her projects include ‘Family Pictures and Stories’ (1981-2), ‘Dreaming in Cuba’ (2001), ‘African Jewels’ (2009) and ‘The Obama Project’ (2012).

Other contemporary photographers include Jamel Shabazz, from Brooklyn in New York, who documents African American lives, and Zanele Muholi, a South African artist who focuses on black LGBTQIA+ and gender-non-conforming people. Artists from the past are represented too, such as J A Green, believed to be Nigeria’s first professional photographer, and Howard Bingham who captured iconic shots of Muhammad Ali.

These inspirational photographers have fought adversity and pushed boundaries to achieve their dreams.

They prove that you can be yourself.


photography display