Wodehouse Library

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Blogging like this is new for us here in the Wodehouse Library and one of the reasons behind it is to let you know more about what the Library is for and how you can make best use of it.

Firstly, the Wodehouse Library is here to support literacy and learning.

We have the 42 and 66 reading lists to which all Middle and Upper School boys are introduced at the start of Michaelmas term each academic year. Both lists offer a range of books to challenge, stimulate and encourage boys to enjoy reading as a leisure activity. New fiction titles are added throughout the year and we’re happy to take requests from boys and staff so that you can always find something you’ll enjoy.

As well as the packed fiction shelves the Wodehouse Library offers non-fiction in support of every subject taught at DC. Subject reading lists are available and library staff are always on hand to help with discovering texts that will provide not only the key information needed for exam success but also those which extend the curious, offering that little something extra that might impress at a university interview.

With the internet available so readily it can be easy to overlook the reference titles that are on hand but our reference books offer a swift option for gathering facts and figures without fuss. We keep back issues of key journals too, whilst all the current editions are on the shelves in the Periodicals Room, you can retrieve interesting articles from the back issues very easily.

Having mentioned the internet above it’s worth knowing too that through the Wodehouse Library DC boys and staff have access to some wonderful online resources, such as Britannica Online and JSTOR, as well as online access to many of the print titles in the Periodicals Room. The beauty of using these e-resources is that they offer a taste of the independent learning that many DC boys will experience at university, including gaining familiarity with citation and bibliography styles.

We’ll delve deeper in to more of what the Wodehouse Library has to offer in subsequent posts on this blog but we hope we’ve whetted your appetite here.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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On Thursday 6th November, the College was extremely privileged to host an afternoon talk by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Visiting on the launch date of his new book “Cold”, Sir Ranulph spoke in great detail about his experiences in brutally cold environments, offering advice for aspiring explorers. Described as “the world’s greatest living explorer” by the Guinness Book of World Records, Sir Ranulph was first to reach both the North and South Poles and first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis. In 2003 he completed the first 7x7x7 (seven marathons in seven consecutive days on all seven continents), illustrating his versatility in a number of different environments.

BBC Radio 4 presenter Justin Webb and Sixth Former Michael Godson interviewed Sir Ranulph and questions were taken from the floor. Some of the most interesting questions included; “what has been your most dangerous experience?” to which Sir Ranulph recounted his loss of several fingers to frostbite on a solo expedition. Overall, the interview went very smoothly and with an approximate attendance of around 400 people, it was a very successful evening for the promotion of the Geography Society as well as giving the boys the opportunity to meet Sir Ranulph Fiennes in person and have a book signed by him.

Many thanks to Mr Fletcher and Miss Woolley for organising the event in conjunction with Dulwich Books and the publisher Simon and Schuster.

John Reed

Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

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Lucy Hughes-Hallet was announced as the winner of the £20,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction on Monday 4th November, 2013.

You’ll find a copy of The Pike here in the Wodehouse Library and remember, if it’s already on loan by the time you reach us we can reserve it for you at the issue desk. Use this link to check LibCat: http://goo.gl/5OvFC8

Thinking about plagiarism

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Back in the Wodehouse Library after half-term we’ve been looking at the issue of plagiarism with the Year 11 boys.
Academic integrity is important and it has been encouraging to hear that many DC boys already have a pretty good grasp of what plagiarism is and how they can avoid it. However, two things have really stood out during the sessions we’ve run so far:

  1. the different types of plagiarism that we all need to be wary of committing, and
  2. how often plagiarism makes it into the news.

Our sessions have started off with a short DVD from the Study Skills range. Whilst many boys were aware they should not copy other people’s work and claim it as their own, many were surprised to learn that they could also plagiarise their own work!

We’ve gone on to look at a few scenarios which get the boys discussing how their school work, and later their university assignments, can represent only their own best efforts at synthesising information from different sources. We’ve also researched plagiarism in the news and learned about some of the consequences – such as expensive law suits and reputational damage – that have hit people who have not been as careful about attributing the work of others when they’ve chosen to include it in articles, speeches, films and art.

Top 10

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Half term is already here!

The first half of Michaelmas term has been busy for us all but you’ve still found time to do lots of reading and here are the Top 10 novels you’ve chosen:

  1. 1984 – George Orwell
  2. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  3. I am Legend – Richard Matheson
  4. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  5. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  6. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  7. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  8. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  10. Dissolution – C. J. Sansom

All of these titles are from the popular 42 reading list and you can find other books by the same authors by searching our library catalogue

2013 Man Booker Prize winner announced

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Eleanor Catton is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize


Recently the pre-Christmas flurry of memoirs and biographies hit the bookshop shelves but another item on the ‘to read’ list for many will be the winner of the Man Booker Prize.

The Wodehouse Library has a copy of the winning novel – The Luminaries – click on the link below to check availability