Libraries and the Middle East : a swift glance around the world

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|October 13, 2017|Libraries, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|

Libraries have been around for thousands of years in the Middle East and the Islamic World, as  the Library of Ashurbanipal in ancient Mesopotamia, the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Library of Celsus in Anatolia, the Bayt al-Hikmah (the House of Wisdom) in Baghdad, the Zahiriyah Library in Damascus, the Timbuktu Library or the Qarawiyyin Library in Fez can all attest. Here at SOAS Library, you can get a flavour

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Opening up your research: a guide to self-archiving

By David Pearson|September 1, 2014|Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, China and Inner Asia, Development Studies, Financial and Management Studies, Gender, History, Information Literacy, Japan, Korea, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, Religions, South Asia, South East Asia, Unknown|0 comments

Making your research available on open access services increases citation and helps ensure greater impact, argues Deborah Lupton. In this post she has advice for sociologists in particular on different ways to self-archive, formatting and how to overcome barriers such as complex copyright legislation. Read the full article here. Deborah Lupton is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney. She blogs at This Sociological Life and tweets @DALupton and is currently writing

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The Camera Never Lies

By Victoria Bird|August 8, 2014|History, Information Literacy, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The University of London is launching a MOOC (massive open online courses- see The Complete University Guide for a brief synopsis), titled The Camera Never Lies, which might be worth checking out over the summer. This short history course aims to provide: “an introduction to use of images and other media as historical evidence in the twentieth century, issues of authenticity and manipulation, and the place of film and historical

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New look for LexisLibrary

By Bob Burns|October 2, 2013|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Information Literacy, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

    The law database LexisLibrary is relaunching with a new look on Saturday October 5th.  All the current functionality and content will remain and logging in, both on and off campus, will continue to be with your SOAS username & password. The aim of the relaunch is to make the appearance of LexisLibrary cleaner and less cluttered, enabling use to be more intuitive. To find out more about the

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The perils of anonymity: Revenge, ego and the corruption of Wikipedia

By David Pearson|May 21, 2013|Information Literacy|0 comments

Have a look at this brilliant article from Salon’s Andrew Leonard. In it he forensically examines the work of one Wikipedia editor [Qworty] who used Wikipedia’s culture of anonymity to pursue old vendettas. In doing so, Qworty made thousands of edits, many of which have been proven fallacious. A great illustration of the caution that is needed when using Wikipedia and other unverified sources of information. Article link –