BoB - On Demand TV and Radio (Box of Broadcasts) is an archive of UK television and radio from the last several years, provided to UK Higher Education institutions.
You can watch or listen to entire programmes as well as create short clips from them (great for presentation work!). It covers many different channels and is a great source for documentaries.
To access, go to the BoB homepage and select Sign in. You will then need to search for the name of your university to proceed any further.
News sources can be really useful for academic study, particularly if you want your study to reflect current interests and concerns. Remember, your tutors will often want you to use up-to-date sources in your essays and assignments.
Your university provides a range of resources for accessing the news, and there are numerous high-quality news sites as well.
It's also really easy to reference various types of news sources using Cite-Them-Right, of which we have many copies in the library.
You can think of primary sources as the foundational documents upon which your own research is built.
According to Brandt (2009), they "are original materials that have not been interpreted or evaluated in any way. They belong to the time period that is under investigation. Examples include diaries, correspondence such as letters and emails, interviews, documents such as birth certificates, photographs, survey data and reports" (185).
Journal articles that present original research findings are also primary sources, but books are nearly always secondary sources.
Reference: Brandt, C. (2009) Read, research and write: academic skills for ESL students in higher education. London: SAGE.
Check out the social history sites on the Media & Humanities on the web tab for some great examples of primary source materials!
Any essays and assignments that you write will nearly always be secondary sources themselves.
Secondary source materials are "interpretations or evaluations of primary sources...[they] filter the evidence provided by a primary source" (Brandt 2009, 185).
Books are often secondary sources because they highlight, analyse or re-configure information contained in primary sources.
For instance, the author of a book about life in 19th century England (this is the secondary source!) might use the novels of Austen, Dickens, Hardy and Eliot (these are primary sources!) to provide evidence for their argument or interpretation of the research question.
Tertiary sources collect together relevant, related primary and/or secondary sources without really providing any additional interpretation of them. For instance, some of the boxes on this page (e.g. News websites) could be considered as tertiary sources of information.
How can I tell if something is a tertiary source?
All 3 Universities at Medway have access to historical collections of newspapers through Gale NewsVault. See below a list of the sources included:
Select the individual collections e.g. 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers,19th Century British Library Newspapers, 19th Century UK Periodicals) from the Online databases and academic journals page on the Portal.
Select Gale Newsvault from the 'Find Databases A-Z' page on LibrarySearch.