Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TRIAL: Very Short Introductions

University of Liverpool staff and students have trial access to ‘Very Short Introductions’ from Oxford University Press until 27th October 2016. Take a look at this resource, and let us know what you think.

Access: Very Short Introduction
 (University login required off campus)

Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

After trying Very Short Introductions, please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments. Do get in touch; we really want to know what you think about this resource.

8 comments:

Roland Clark (History) said...

This is a great resource. Please keep it!

Jonathan Bridge (Engineering) said...

These are absolutely invaluable primers. We use them as part of our 'introduction to...' first-year modules, as well as interesting discussion material in tutorial sessions. Having access to these as e-books greatly enhances their utility, for example by being easily able to link to in VITAL material, and incorporate cited material in lectures.

Edward Roberts (History) said...

These are extremely useful for students and marvellous for encouraging interdisciplinarity. Please subscribe on a permanent basis!

Eann Patterson said...

These are a terrific resource for first year undergraduates. I have been using the introduction to the laws of thermodynamics in my first year teaching to all engineering students for a number of years. I also used it as the recommended book for my MOOC on Energy:Thermodynamics for Everyday Life. I plan to use the introduction to Structural Engineering in new MOOC on Superstructures that will accompany our first year course in Mechanics of Solids and Structures. We have just recommended that all first year engineers read the introduction to engineering as well. So please keep this resource.

Zen Lewis said...

Love these - please keep them! Great for the commute to and from the university.

Dr Leon Rocha (History) said...

The Oxford VSI series is extremely useful for all modules in humanities and social sciences (and I am sure for our STEM colleagues too). I regularly put individual Oxford VSI titles in my module handbook as starred introductory readings. So instead of purchasing individual titles, the University may as well subscribe to the full online thing on a permanent basis and will probably save money in the process.

C McDonald said...

Very, very interesting with a large range of topics. Great to dive into and learn about new topics, please keep!

C McDonald said...

Very, very interesting with a large range of topics. I have found many titles that would be of use to me in my degree but are not necessarily in my subject of study. Great resource, please keep!