Lent has been a busy time here in the Wodehouse Library.
Year 11s spent two of their wellbeing lessons with us learning about plagiarism avoidance using the study skills books and the Encyclopedia Britannica online resource.
Year 9 boys also visited the library for two lessons to work on their history projects. During these lessons boys used Ormiston (the Dulwich College Register) and the Dulwich College War Record, Ancestry.com and other online resources to research an OA who was killed during World War 1.
This year’s Free Learning Day for year 10 saw the Library and Archives team up to deliver 5 sessions exploring Christopher Marlowe’s connections to Dulwich College, conspiracy theories, fake news and fact-checking.
As part of the Trinity Schools Group, Dulwich College hosted the TSBA ceremony which saw author Stewart Foster win with his novel Bubble Boy.
We’ve maintained the usual displays of fiction and non-fiction in and around the library, added new stock and been glad of the continued help of prefects and pupil librarians with on-going weeding and tidying projects. We’re looking forward to seeing both boys and staff over the next few days choosing holiday reading!
Have a great Easter break, everyone, and see you in the Summer Term.
The Year 9 History Project is underway in the Wodehouse Library.
Either side of half term we’ll be welcoming Year 9 classes into the Wodehouse Library for the ‘Old Alleynians & the Great War’ Year 9 History Project.
Each Year 9 boy has been allocated an OA to research and their library sessions will offer them a chance to use Dulwich College Archive materials, such as Ormiston (a record which offers a summary of every OA since 1619). Boys will also use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to find memorials and final resting places of the OAs they are learning about with a little family history being added by the 1911 Census on Ancestry Library.
The project also prompts boys to look at more of our online resources, like the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ONDB) and undertake some detective work on sites around the school campus too.
We have 2 e-resource trials running this month so in addition to all the regular goodies you find on the menu, for the next 30 days you will also have access to the entire Philip Allan Review series online archives and Proquest’s UK Newsstand.
Over the past year we’ve seen the PA Reviews become increasingly popular with lots of boys and staff using them. The online archives trial offers unlimited access to all the titles – not only the ones we already subscribe to* – so whole classes will be able to work from the same material simultaneously. The content of these magazines is aimed at A-Level study and includes exam tips. They are well worth a look.
UK Newsstand is a huge, searchable database of daily national and local newspapers and magazines. Helpful search functions like a date-range slider and source exclusion options mean you can make your research efficient and effective. All the major dailies are available from UK Newsstand, including The Guardian and The Times. This is ideal for anyone looking for information on current affairs topics, perhaps for an essay, report or maybe a forthcoming class debate.
You can find the links and login details you need for these resources on the eResources page on MyDulwich. Any questions, just come and see us in the Wodehouse Library.
*Available in the Periodicals Room in the Wodehouse Library: Biological Sciences Review, Chemistry Review, Physics Review, Economics Review, Politics Review, RS Review, Hindsight, Wideworld, Modern History Review, English Review.
As the Wodehouse Library filled up this morning with boys soaked through from the awful and unrelenting rain, I found myself reading an article on the Connell Guides website* about a rainy night in an Italian villa in 1816.
I can call this serendipity because although I was searching quite deliberately for something related to vampires in literature, I wasn’t expecting to learn that inclement weather had caused Lord Byron to suggest that he and his companions (Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley and Byron’s doctor John Polidori) should knuckle down and write ghost stories. Almost 200 years later, how many of us would spend a wet evening in writing a ghost story?
Anyhow, why was I looking for vampire related material? Because I found an abandoned page of notes about Dracula on the photocopier is the answer. If they are your notes, come and collect them and then spend some time reading the (short) Connell Guides article in the Review of January 2015. Then click on the link in that article and read a review from Michael Dirda the Washington Post that highlights why reading is a great way of gleaning information that you weren’t necessarily in search of as you find out about something you were looking for. In summary, reading is good for you.