We provide a range of services in line with our status as a college of Further and Higher Education. This includes being able to source any items that we do not have in stock.
If an item is relevant to a course here, we will usually order it for our stock. If it is needed urgently, out of print, or relating to a specialism we would not stock, we have the facility to borrow from the British Library.
The British Library keeps a copy of all books and journals published in the UK and many internationally. As a lending partner of the British Library, we are able to use their service, and offer it to students at a subsidised rate.
The normal loan period for books borrowed via British Library is two weeks. (Photocopying charges and/or renewal fees are made in addition to this.)
Both the college and awarding bodies take Academic Offences very seriously. Such offences include amongst others plagiarism, collusion, commissioning and duplication.
Students may be penalised if found to have committed these or other listed offences.
Further guidance is available as follows:
The Library offers tutorials on referencing and academic offence avoidance. These will be booked by teaching staff for in-class delivery.
Any assignment needs to include proper references to any material (books, articles, websites etc.) referred to or quoted from. If this is not done, then students may be accused of plagiarism. Harvard Referencing is the format used by the college. Please click on the links below for further help on using the Harvard Referencing system.
There is an online course on the virtual learning environment available to cover the basics of referencing. To join the course, click on the link and work your way through the modules. You will get a Certificate on completion.
The college currently validates many of its higher education courses via the Open University (OU) and Bath Spa University. The OU has been able to share some of its resources for the benefit of our students. These are available via the links below.
Online access to some of [not all] OU’s library resources can be found here.
Open research online, with over 23,500 free research publications, click here.
The OU on iTunes U, with a wealth of learning materials, including 79 courses that are free to download.
OpenLearn, with around 11,000 hours of learning materials, including 8,000 hours taken from OU undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
The OU on YouTube, with bite sized extracts from courses, plus videos of research, experiments and student life.