Category Archives: Books

e-Library Update

Hello Everyone,

You may be aware that our e-Library has recently undergone some maintenance work and as a result we have improved the way you can access our e-resources. We have updated our authentication application to Open Athens and so this means you can access our e-resources seamlessly on campus and have better accessibility off campus.

As a result of this work you will now see a new log in screen when trying to access our e-resources off campus. The new log in box will look like this:



All you need to do is fill in your Doncaster College email address and password and click sign in.

If you have any questions or encounter any issues when access our e-resources then please report this to the Service Desk. You can do this by visitng them in the LRC, calling them on 01302 553579 or emailing them at

Many Thanks from everyone here at Doncaster College Learning Resource Centre.


Christmas Break

It’s here! the Christmas break has arrived and although we’re excited for you all to enjoy your Christmas break we’re also eager for you to be set up with everything you need to work from home whilst the College is closed.

First things first, have you reset your password? Your password expires every 180 days for security reasons.

You can follow this link and do it on or off campus:

Secondly, have you renewed your books? If you’ve checked out your books recently then they’re more than likely due in on Thursday 5th January but if you do have books you need to renew and can’t get into any of the LRCs then you can go to this link and sign in:

All of our resources on our e-Library are available 24/7! You can search individual databases here:

For anything else LRC related you can go to our page here:


Merry Christmas, have a fantastic new year and don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself!

Be safe and we’ll see you in 2017 🙂

From all of the Information Services staff



Shakespeare: Exploring the Mysterious Character

Happy Monday everyone!

As you may know we have our own Goodreads account and we like to keep you up-to-date with the books we’re currently reading here in the LRC. 

Two members of the LRC staff recently finished reading Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as a Stage and we enjoyed it so much we gave it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. You can see our review here as well as our other bookshelves, what we’re reading and our other reviews.


If you have any books that you have loved so much that you just can’t keep them to yourselves then join us on Goodreads or send your reviews through to us to share on our page. We’d be interested to read them whether you want them published or not and any book recommendations are welcomed!

All of the rumours, documentaries, conspiracies and theories surrounding Shakespeare make it difficult to weed out fact from fiction but Bill Bryson’s fantastic wit and clear writing style make it the subject that much easier to digest. We were so intrigued by Bill Bryson’s take on Shakespeare’s life and legacy that we were left wanting to know more and more about this mysterious character. Unfortunatekly, as there is so little factual evidence of Shakespeare’s movements that we’re left with questions that can nvere be answered.

We’ve collected some interesting facts about the British Bard to share with you all:

1. No one knows what Shakespeare did between 1587 and 1592. These are referred to as his ‘Lost-Years’.

2. The original Globe Theatre burned down in 1613. The Globe Theatre was the Theatre Shakespeare built and you can visit the Globe Theatre in London which was re-built in his honour.

3. The First-Folio was published 7 years after Shakespeare’s death. The First-Folio was the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays that were collected by two of Shakespeare’s friends and printed in 1623.

4. William Shakespeare had 3 children with his wife Anne Hathaway but unfortunately there are no direct descendantsShakespeare’s only son died at the age of 11 and his only Grandchild did not have any children.

5. There are no records of Shakespeare’s education. It is assumed that he attended King’s New School but there is no evidence to support this.

You can read more about Shakespeare on the British Library website by clicking here and you can visit the High Melton LRC to browse our extensive collection of Shakespeare publications. 

Happy reading and keep your eyes peeled for more book reviews!


Helpful Resources to Reach Career Goals

Hello everyone!

Today we’d like to share with you some great resources from the new Prospects Higher Education Catalogue. Whether you’re moving onto Higher Education or taking an alternative route to your dream career, you can find some great information that will help you reach your goals.

Click the links below to see each catalogue:

HE Catalogue

Not Going to Uni

We hope you find these helpful!


Black History Month Part 3

To continue our celebrations of Black History Month, this week we’re looking at talented Actors and Directors who have produced outstanding work in recent years.

Chiwetel Ejiofor has appeared in many brilliant films, most notably 12 Years a Slave (2013) where he played the main character, Solomon Northup, a free man who was captured and sold into slavery. You may also remember him from the film Kinky Boots where he played Lola, a drag queen who helps a failing shoe business diversify their products and find success selling high heels made specifically for men. Chiwetel, is a remarkable talent who we will all see flourish into a household name as he continues his acting career.

You can watch the Film 4 interview special below about 12 Years a Slave where you can listen to Chiwetel and the director Steve McQeen talk about the film.

Sophie Okonedo is a British actress known for her fantastic work in films such as The Secret Life of Bees, Hotel Rwanda and After Earth. She has worked with some of the best actors and directors in the world and continues to reign as a national treasure for her impeccable skills as an actress.hotelrwanda.jpeg

You can watch the trailer for Hotel Rwanda below.

Ava DuVernay is a writer, director and producer who has worked on many successful films in her career. She most recently directed the film Selma, which follows Martin Luther King on his campaign for equal rights in 1965. Ava is a successful filmmaker who has contributed to many well received films including i-Robot, Spider-Man 2 and Collateral.

You can watch an interview with Ava and the lead actor from Selma, David Oyelowo talk about the film Selma and what this film and the characters meant to them as artists.

Richard Ayoade is a British film director and actor who has established his career from working in TV series such as The IT Crowd and through his role as the character Moss, has earned a place in the hearts of the British people. Richard has also contributed to the world of film as a director. His work as a director is very original and his contributions to cinema with films such as The Double and Submarine have been held in high regard and received successfully.itcrowd

Watch him and Jesse Eisenberg talk about his most recent film, The Double in the following interview.



BB the LRC Book Bee

Welcome to your latest Doncaster College LRC blog!

Today we’d like to introduce you to our new LRC mascot, BB.


BB is a Book Bee who is here to help guide you to all of the important information you need throughout your studies with us.

You can find BB all around the LRC providing key tips and reminders about how to top up your printing credit, how to reset your password and how to renew the resources you have out on loan. These BB tips can be found all around both LRCs as well as on your LRC newsletter.

Always remember, wherever you find BB you’ll find knowledge!





Welcome to Your Learning Resource Centre!

At the end of a very successful induction week we’re reflecting on how busy the college has been at both campuses and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been in to see us.


The Learning Resource Centre has been a hive of activity and  we’ve thoroughly enjoyed introducing you all to your LRC and all of the resources and facilities we offer. We’ve been glad to see everyone so eager to log on to the college computers and to begin studying. Whether you’re logging in for the first time, need a reminder of how to print a document or want to know where to find your subjects resources, we’ll help you every step of the way. All of the LRC staff are happy to help with your queries and the support that you need to make your time at Doncaster College successful.

Pop by and see us at the Learning Resource Centre at the Hub or University Centre, High Melton and say hello. We have created a great LRC guide so that you are able to keep all of our key information with you wherever you go. You can collect one from the LRCs today!

Watch this space to keep up-to-date with LRC news and follow our other social media accounts to see what the buzz is about.


Yorkshire Day and Yorkshire Heroes

1st August is officially Yorkshire Day where we celebrate all that is wonderful about our beautiful county and the talented people who live here. We take this opportunity to honour the work of many who have helped put Yorkshire on the cultural map.

Here at the Learning Resource Centre we are home to many pieces of amazing literature, music and film which have been written by, starred in and sung/played by talented Yorkshire men and women. Yorkshire Literature

Some of the most famous of these Literary marvels are the Bronte Sisters. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte lived in Haworth and often explored the surrounding moorlands right outside their door for inspiration and escapism. For Emily this was to be a major influence on her writing as the setting for her most famous novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ was in fact on Yorkshire moors. Her striking tale of passion, love, hatred and anger set against this welcoming yet unforgiving landscape gave Emily no end of inspiration and is still a much loved piece to this day (Just ask our Library staff!). There have been many adaptations of the Bronte’s work through TV series, songs, plays and films showing everyone around the world just what these remarkable Yorkshire women are capable of!

Ted Hughes was a poet hailing from Yorkshire who is also another huge name in the literary world. We stock plenty of his work in the LRC’s and they are available for anyone to borrow! Ted Hughes was immensely influenced by the remarkable Yorkshire landscape and wildlife which he encountered in his youth. A truly fantastic writer whose work will never go overlooked and who has made such a massive impact on modern day poets and will continue to do so for years to come.

We’re flying the Yorkshire flag at the LRC at University Centre, High Melton!

There is so much more to say about the awe-inspiring talents of Yorkshire which we haven’t even touched on here! This county is bursting with amazing musicians, actors and athletes as well as the skills of the unsung heroes we encounter everyday.

Our Yorkshire hero is none other than the fabulous Emily Bronte for her contribution to Literature and all the ways she has inspired us throughout our lives and for the generations that she will inspire in the future.

Tell us about your Yorkshire hero and what makes them special in your eyes.


Spend Your Summer With a Good Book

One of the best things about Summer is losing yourself in a good book whilst you’re out amongst nature.Whether its an old favourite or something new, there’s nothing like basking in the suns warmth, hearing the bees whizzing by and beginning your literary adventure in the comfort of the outdoors.

Here at the University Centre in High Melton it’s perfect for doing just that. The soft grass, towering trees and hillside location make it an incredibly charming place to relax. Head over to the Learning Resource Centre to find a story that suits you and pick your place under a tree that fits just right.

We’ve recently added new titles to our fiction section and picked out some of the best page-turners we think are perfect for summer.

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Our new titles can be found in the LRC lobby on the display next to the sofas. We’re also celebrating the genius that is Roald Dahl so you can re-discover some of your childhood favourites and share his magical imagination with loved ones.

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Titles such as ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Fragile Things’ can be found on our new books display amongst some other fantastic reads. If you have already finished any of these books then please feel free to tell us what you thought. We’re always happy to discuss and recommend great literature!







Follow us on goodreads to find out what we’re reading this Summer

What adventure will you choose?