Category Archives: Doncaster College

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.


Your Office 365 & Free Software!

Hello Everyone!

We hope you are all having a great 2017 so far and are enjoying getting stuck into your studies once again. We’re reaching out to you today to remind you of some of the great software you can have for FREE because you are a student with Doncaster College which will help you with studies both on campus and at home.

As you may be aware, all of the students here at Doncaster College have access to your own student email which runs through Office 365. One of the major benefits of using Office 365 is that you all have access to Microsoft Office software which you can download and use on your personal PC or Mac.

You have access to Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, One Drive, Calendar and much much more!

You can use the programs online as well if you do not want to download them. You can find out all about how to do this by reading the short guide which you can access here.

If you experience any trouble with this you can contact the IT Service Desk on 01302 553579 or email and someone will be happy to guide you through the process. For any other information on your Office 365 email please click here.

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!


Your LRC Newsletter Issue 2.

Welcome to the second issue of your LRC newsletter! Please enjoy and let us know what you think.

We hope you find the information helpful.

From all of us here in the LRC.

Thank you!


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.



Black History Month Part 2

This week we’re celebrating Black Musicians in honour of Black History Month and the amazing contributions to various styles of music that hav been made.

Over the years there have been some incredibly influential songs, voices and lyrics crafted by many talented Black Artists. We’re going to briefly look at some of our favourites in this blog as well as pass some recommendations on at the end. You can find all of the following CDs pictured, in your LRC at University Centre, High Melton. We’ve included a few details for each artist


Artist: Howlin’ Wolf

Genre: Blues         

Most Famous Song: Smokestack Lightnin’


Artist: Bob Marley

Genre: Reggae

Most Famous Song: Everything’s Gonna Be Alright


Artist: Ella Fitzgerald

Genre: Jazz

Most Famous Song: It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing


Artist: Miles Davis

Genre: Jazz

Most Famous Song: So What


Artist: John Lee Hooker

Genre: Blues

Most Famous Song: Boom Boom


Artist: Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Most Famous Song: The Very Thought of You


Artist: Marvin Gaye

Genre: Soul

Most Famous Song: Let’s Get It On


Artist: Robert Johnson

Genre: Blues

Most Famous Song: Crossroad

Artists we recommend:

Kele, the lead singer of Bloc Party released a solo album called ‘Trick’ in 2014 which we highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Bloc Party. Kele has a unique voice which boasts incredible emotional depth and echoes throughout his Electro-Soul sound.

Leon Bridges has recently earned more favour after the release of his album ‘Coming Home’ in 2015. His latest album has won the hearts of many listeners as his gospel like sound accompanied by Leon’s soulful voice makes for a very enjoyable listen.

Corinne Bailey Rae is  a household name these days and continues to release successful albums. Although you have probably heard of Corine already we thought we’d give her a mention so you can revisit some of her hits or have a gander at her new album. Corinne’s music is perfect if you’re missing the summer and want to relive that dreamy hot day feeling. Plus she’s from Leeds and we’re all for promoting Yorkshire pride! 🙂

Emeli Sande has recently released a new highly successful song which will be followed by an album later on this year. This will be her second album and yet this talented woman has achieved major success in such a short music career. If you haven’t heard her first album, ‘Our Version of Event’s’ then we recommend that you go listen right now!

Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK and so we’re celebrating the people who have contributed to the legacy of Black History so far as we all shape the future.

We’ve chosen to celebrate  writers, actors, directors, musicians and important public figures who are not only incredibly talented but who have also achieved amazing things and contributed immensely to Black History as well as to culture on an international scale. These influential and creative artists, revolutionaries and icons continue to inspire regardless of their era or subject.

To start our celebration of Black History Month we are looking at exceptional Black Writers.

You can find the following books in your LRC at University Centre, High Melton and we’ve chosen these particular writers because of their extraordinary talent and contribution to the field of literature, to say the least.


Maya Angelou, was an American writer, poet, actor, activist and producer. This amazing woman has influenced and inspired many people with her autobiographical writing and the part she has played in the civil-rights movement. She received many awards for her various contributions to this world and was recently honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Angelou died in 2014 but her legacy lives on. The musician Beyonce has sampled Maya Angelou’s work in her own music, specifically the song ***Flawless which features a feminist speech by Angelou. A great advocate and spokesperson for black people and women.

To find out more about Maya Angelou you can visit her official website here.


James Baldwin was an iconic playwright, novelist, poet and activist. His major topics in his writing covered not only the pressures he felt as a black man but also as a gay man. He highlighted these issues and faced a lot of controversy but ultimately he prevailed and gave a voice and understanding to so many people who were struggling with the same or similar issues. Baldwin is rightly recognised as a great writer and his lifetime of accomplishments is something he can be incredibly proud of. His work is powerful and poignant and relevant throughout the decades that have passed since he wrote them.

For a more detailed insight into James Baldwin’s life you can read his biography here.


Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author. Her work focusses on African-Americans and their history, culture and struggles. She was the first African-American woman to be selected for the Nobel Prize award for her contribution to literature. An amazing talent and a very hard working woman, Morrison has achieved a great deal throughout her career and continues to publish work even now she is her 80’s. Morrison has also branched out into children’s literature and so you can enjoy her work in many ways as well as introducing the younger generation to her powerful voice.

You can read more about Toni Morrison here.

Other black writers we recommend you read: Walter Mosely, Zadie Smith, Andrea Levy, Taiye Selasi, Colson Whitehead, Amiri, Baraka and Alex Haley to mention but a few.