We house a growing body of work by former undergraduate, masters and
doctoral students. These collections, which are available to you to
borrow, are recorded on database, accessible via the tree icons on the
Resource Centre computer desktops and searchable by multiple criteria
(author's name, year, subject or methodology keyword). If you have any
problems locating or using the databases, please ask.
The collections are very precious to the Department. We want to
continue to make them freely available to you to borrow, so please
return them safely.
Undergraduate and Masters dissertations
We house work by former students, including copies of all
undergraduate dissertations graded 2.1 or above and all Masters
dissertations that have been completed in the department since the 1960s
when the University first opened.
These are kept in the filing cabinets along the window wall of the
Centre (note, those dating from 1965-1990 are kept in storage but can be
accessed on request).
Up to three dissertations may be borrowed for up to a fortnight and
must be signed out in the Red Book. They should be returned to the
plastic box underneath the TV/video unit and must be signed back in the
Red Book. Please do not return them directly to the filing cabinets
We have a collection of over 250 PhDs completed in the Department
since 1964. One PhD can be borrowed for up to one month and must be
signed out in the Red Book.
Before the advent of digital media, we recorded films and
documentaries directly from the television each week covering a wide
range of issues in the fields of sociology, criminology, anthropology
and the environment.
This archive material is still available to you. Videos may either be
borrowed or you can watch them in the Centre (a TV and video unit is
available), providing the volume is kept low and other users are not
A maximum of three videos may be borrowed at any one time for up to a
fortnight, and must be signed out at the back of the Red Book
(dissertations at the front). They should be returned to the plastic box
underneath the TV/video unit and signed back in the Red Book. Please do
not return them directly to the filing cabinets.
Although the Albert Sloman library is the main University resource
for your study-related research, the Resource Centre has a small but
wide-ranging collection of donated books and journals, such as The
and Sociology Today, that are a useful starting place,
particularly if you are a first-year student. Books and journals may not
be removed from the Resource Centre.
Some members of staff keep module boxes in the Resource Centre as a
means of ensuring that specific study materials are available to you
between classes, such as photocopied texts that are recommended or
required reading, at times when demands on library books are high.
Materials kept in the module boxes must not be removed from the
Resource Centre, unless the relevant lecturer or tutor has specified so,
and then only provided there are a sufficient number of copies (one copy
should always remain). Module box material may however be photocopied in
the centre and those copies taken away.
Three computers are available in the Centre for you to use. These
provide access via desktop icons to the Centre databases, and also to
referencing software (Reference Manager and Endnote), in addition to the
usual word-processing, Access, Excel, Internet and email facilities.
We run academic skills workshops throughout the year covering a wide
range of topics including essay writing, citation and referencing, presentation
skills, exam preparation, and support for international students.
Where possible, workshops aimed at first-year students are organised
to support the particular stage of term and your coursework needs.
We are also happy to respond to your requests for workshops on other
skills areas, or for repeat workshops - many workshops are repeated over
the annual cycle in any event.
You can drop in or make an appointment for one-to-one skills advice
and support at any time.
Volunteers are the life force of the centre. As students themselves,
volunteers are valuable intermediaries between teaching staff and the
student body. With the benefit of personal experience their advice can
often be the most useful.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the life of the
Department. Your familiarity with the reference facilities and academic
support services offered gives you a head start in your own studies.
When you graduate, your work in the Centre will give you many
transferable skills, making you attractive to employers.
Two hours a week is all it takes. It helps if you are able to keep to
a regular weekly slot so that the Centre's opening hours are as
consistent as possible.
Your role is principally to keep the Centre open and to be available
to guide and advise other centre users, both about the centre’s
facilities and on any other issues, as they arise. Occasionally there
are also tasks and projects to be completed. When things are quiet, you
are welcome to bring your own work and make use of the room's facilities
whilst you are here.
If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with us,
contact Rowena Macaulay, at