Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tom's Archive Work Placement Blog

My name is Tom Williams, I’m a second year History student here at Keele, and currently undertaking a work placement in the University’s Special Collections and Archives. Just recently, a Second World War-era NAAFI cup was received by the Archives, having been discovered beneath Keele campus in the midst of works to install district heating pipework along Central Drive. I’ve been researching this remnant of Keele’s history and learning more about Keele’s wartime past.

Keele Hall and the surrounding estate were requisitioned by the military during World War II, with a temporary camp being built for British (and sometimes American) troops, notably those recently evacuated from Dunkirk. According to one Philip Higson, a man who spent much of his childhood in Keele, war had never seemed such a genuine reality until the arrival of a host of ‘gum-chewing’ and ‘cigar-smoking’ American soldiers into the Keele area in 1944.

During the war, the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) provided canteens, shops and other facilities for the British Armed Forces on military bases across the country, including the camp at Keele. NAAFI crockery was mass produced during wartime and this cup was possibly manufactured by local company ‘Wood & Sons’ of Burslem.

When the Stoke-on-Trent Corporation purchased Keele Hall and its surrounding estate in 1948, it was faced with the task of finding uses for the multitude of buildings and huts left by its wartime occupants. With the establishment of the University College, many of the huts were converted into student accommodation, whilst other buildings were repurposed as the Students’ Union, Refectory and Chapel. The superior American barracks huts remained in active use on campus for four decades.

It is amazing to see reminders of our unique history still being discovered around campus to this day, who knows what else could be hidden!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Repo the Rewards of Open Access

You can search for over 4000 open access journal articles through Keele's Research Repository that have been submitted by researchers here at Keele.  And there are more articles being submitted all the time in preparation for the next Research Excellence Framework.

Making your research open access allows more people to view, access, share and build on your work, so if you've made a discovery like Frederick here and it's going to be published in a journal, please make sure you also self-archive it to the Publications Database as soon as you've had the article accepted (or at least within 12 weeks after!) and it will be part of the next REF.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Continuing our celebration of British Science Week, we're looking at Reaxys, which is a great resource for putting together your own chemical reactions.

You can retrieve precise and accurate property, reaction and synthesis data from a collection of peer-reviewed literature, patents and substance databases.

Take a look at the video tutorials or the Quick Start Guide to help you get started in creating chemical compounds.

Friday, March 9, 2018

It's British Science Week!

British Science Week is underway and between Friday 9th and Sunday 18th March, we'll be showcasing some of the great science resources available from the Library. Starting today with GeoBase

This is an ideal resource if you're studying the Earth Sciences and is a multidisciplinary database providing journal articles on areas such as: human and physical geography, geology, environmental sciences, ecology, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation.

Take a look at our Quick Guide to GeoBase to get you started with searching.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Construction work outside the Library

Work is underway outside the Campus Library to construct a pipeline to the new Central Science Laboratories, which are currently under construction. It is expected that this phase of the work will be completed later in March and the work will then progress along Central Drive towards the site of the CSL and will also be taking place at the Horwood Energy Centre.

Estates are working with the contractor to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and 24/7 opening in the Library should not be affected. However, if you do find that the project is affecting your access to the building, please let us know and we will liaise with Estates.

Friday, January 26, 2018

ProQuest scheduled maintenance on January 28th 2018 3am-11am

Our eresource supplier, ProQuest, has informed us there will be a scheduled maintenance window between 3am and 11am on Sunday 28th January, designed "to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of various ProQuest products."

During this 8-hour window, some ProQuest products will be unavailable, including the following resources:

Research databases - all ProQuest Databases (, including:

  • British Periodicals‎ 
  • European Newsstream‎
  • GeoRef‎
  • Humanities Index‎
  • MLA International Bibliography‎
  • Periodicals Archive Online‎ 
  • Social Science Premium Collection‎ 
  • The Vogue Archive‎ 

Reference management tools:

  • RefWorks

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause, for more information please go to: