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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 service.desk@don.ac.uk.

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 service.desk@don.ac.uk and someone will be happy to guide you through the process. For any other information on your Office 365 email please click here.

Your LRC Newsletter

Every half-term we will be publishing a new LRC newsletter to provide you with helpful information and reminders about what’s going on in your Learning Resource Centre.

The first issue is available to view here or you can find printed copies at both Learning Resource Centres.

We hope you enjoy our very first issue! Let us know what you think either in person or through our social media accounts.newsletter_no-1


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?



Summer is Here & The Academic Year is Ending

As this academic year comes to a close we’d like to wish all of the students who are graduating the best of luck for the future and thank you for being a part of Doncaster College! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed helping you all in the LRC and appreciate you coming to visit us and paying attention to all of the resources we have to offer.

To those of you coming back next year, we look forward to seeing you all again in September and congratulations on completing this year. We’ll be busy all summer making sure the LRC’s are in great condition for your return and we want to remind you that if you need us over this holiday we are open!

Pop into either LRC over the Summer vacation and we will be there to help. Information of our opening times can be found on the picture above, on our Twitter  and Facebook pages, displayed in the LRCs and on the Doncaster College website. Or you can call us and ask!

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Make memories, take pictures, read books, explore new places and never stop learning!

See you in September… 

Classic Albums at Your LRC

At the University Centre Learning Resource Centre we have an extensive range of music available to loan out to you, including some of the greatest albums ever created and some of history’s most famous artists! There’s plenty of great titles for you to get your teeth into and discover some truly inspiring music.


We stock fantastic artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Robert Johnson, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and the Beatles. Whether its Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues or Classical that you’re into we have something for everyone!

Literature plays a huge part in our lives but so does music. Music helps us to gear ourselves up for that workout,  get over our heartbreaks and it allows us to hold on to memories of people and moments we thought were buried or lost. When you really think about it, is there ever a day when you go without listening to music? (I know there sure isn’t for me!)

We want to celebrate creativity in all of its wonderful forms and encourage all of our staff and students to broaden their musical horizons! You may have heard of Jimi Hendrix but have you properly soaked in his psychedelic sound? You may recognise the album cover but can you sing a Beatles song all the way through?

Pop into the Learning Resource Centre at High Melton and discover some oldies but goodies and enjoy music to the full! We’ll happily discuss our own favourites with you and even recommend an artist or two. If you have any recommendations for us then we’re all ears as well!

We’d love for you to experience the music that has helped shape culture, history and relationships the world over. To find out more about the albums we stock you can visit our Pinterest board here:https://uk.pinterest.com/doncasterlrc/music-in-the-lrc/

We Are Geek, Hear Us Roar!

Happy Geek Pride Day!

The day where we all celebrate Geek culture in its many forms. Whether it’s video games, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Cosplay, Anime, Manga, comics and graphic novels etc that you’re into, today is the day to share that with your fellow Geeks.

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Geek culture covers a vast  platform of creative media and has been shaped throughout the generations as technologies have evolved, TV shows have boomed and new and old ideas have been shared through the art of film and literature. Comic books and fantasy literature  have been revived and  have shaped many of the TV shows we watch today, such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones and True Blood.

We keep a lot of these great TV shows, films, soundtracks and graphic novels in both our Learning Resource Centres at the Hub and University Centre. Here are some of the great titles we stock for you to borrow:

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We’ve had a great time making our Star Wars poster at the LRC University Centre and you can see the finished product here:


It Features Darth Vader, Boba Fett, R2-D2, Yoda, Chewbacca, BB-8, an Ewok and a lightsaber. We couldn’t be happier with the end result and want to thank everyone that contributed over the past few weeks.

We’ve also created a geek quiz for you to take & find out where you rank in geekiness!


We hope that you enjoy Geek Pride Day & we’d love to hear some of the ways that you’re all celebrating!

Live long & prosper

You Tube image courtesy of Really Random Rants (2015). Really Random Rants Episode 13: Dedicated to Mr. Spock [online image]