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British Library Presentation
Transcript of British Library Presentation
Taking the Tour
- What makes a good question?
The British Library is the busiest
research library in the world.
It has 2000 staff and 11 reading rooms,
with over 1500 reader's desks.
It is one of the 4 largest libraries in the world,
with over 200 million items in the collection.
The Library keeps a copy of everything formally published in the UK.
It has documents in every human language that has ever gone into print.
It has 8000 new acquisitions every day.
It's biggest book is the 'Klenke Atlas' at nearly 2 metres high,
and it's smallest is a version of the poem 'Old King Cole' which is 1mm square.
The British Library keeps over 7,000,000 items
at a special complex in Boston Spa in Yorkshire.
Fact and Fiction
The Ritblat Gallery
Useful resources and tools:
Webpage Info / code
Visual Trace Route tools
Read and Write Gold
The British Library!
John Cabot - A Great Explorer
All About Explorers
The Union Carbide Corporation
Maps & Views
Being a researcher in the digital age
1. Defining ‘good’ research questions
2. Finding and selecting information
3. Communicating your findings
When and where was John Cabot born?
How many sons did Cabot have?
When did John Cabot die?
Format of the book or document?
Form of language? Literature, report, diary, fact, fiction?
Keep cuttings next to your PC and highlight keywords
Keep notes on an open Word doc to create an instant bibliography
Be aware of plagiarism!
Take grabs and paste into Word - save site and images
Use favourites to your best advantage – open a folder for each new research area and make sure you save useful pages
Use 'view source' (and other similar tools) and see what information you can find in the code
The Bhopal Disaster