Celebrating Ebooks Week

Cardiff University Libraries are beginning a week long promotion of their electronic book collections from 6-12 March 2014.  This coincides with World Book Day on 6th March.

Alongside this, for a limited period, is an “Ebooks on Demand” trial, presenting an opportunity for library users to rent and potentially purchase new ebooks.

Cardiff University Library currently has access to nearly 9,000 ebooks, available on and off-campus.  These range from titles in reference databases, subject specific collections, and individually purchased textbooks.

Recent additions to the library collection include:

Longmore, Murray, Wilkinson, Ian, B.,  Baldwin, Andrew & Wallin, Elizabeth (2014) Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. 9th ed. (now updated to the latest  edition)

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Benner, Erica (2014) Machiavelli’s Prince: a new reading
ISBN: 9780191769405
(Amongst 23 new titles recently added to the Political Science Module on Oxford Scholarship Online)

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Brock, George (2013) Out of print: newspapers, journalism and the business of news in the digital age
ISBN: 9780749466527

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Titles from Cardiff authors

Over summer the library added several books to its collections that were written, or contributed to, by Cardiff authors, here is a selection:

PlotTarbatt, Jonathan (2012) The plot : designing diversity in the built environment : a manual for architects and urban designers. London: RIBA Publishing.
ISBN: 9781859464434
Classmark: 724.7 PLO (Bute (ARCHI)

Jonathan Tarbatt is a former Cardiff University student who is now a practicing architect.  This books is a professional manual for making more sustainable places.



BelongingHurdley, Rachel (2013) Home, materiality, memory and belonging : keeping culture. Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan.
ISBN: 9780230230286
Classmark: HM753.H8 (Bute (SOCSI)

Rachel Hurdley is a Research Fellow in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences whose research focuses on everyday relations between people, things, space and time.



channelsOviedo-Orta, Ernesto, Kwak, Brenda R. & Evans, W. Howard (2013, eds.) Connexin cell communication channels : roles in the immune system and immunopathology. London: CRC Press.
ISBN: 9781439862575
Classmark: 571.96364 CON (Health)

W. Howard Evans is the Professor of Medical Biochemistry in the Institute of Infection & Immunity, Cardiff University.



ByzantiTougher, Shaun.  Bearding Byzantium : Masculinity, Eunuchs and the Byzantine Life Course In, Neil, Bronwen & Garland, Lynda (2013, eds.) Questions of gender in Byzantine society. Farnham: Ashgate.
ISBN: 9781409447795
Classmark: HQ1075.5.B97.Q8 (ASSL)

Shaun Tougher is the Senior Lecturer in Ancient History in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, and the co-director of the Centre for Late Antique Religion and Cutlure at Cardiff.



lawEgede, Edwin & Sutch, Peter (2013) The politics of international law and international justice. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
ISBN: 9780748634729
Classmark: JC578.E4 (ASSL)

Edwin Egede is a Senior Lecturer in International Law and International Relations at Cardiff, and Peter Sutch is the Professor of Political and International Theory at Cardiff.

Books by Cardiff University Staff

In the last few months the following books have been added to stock, all are written, or contributed to by Cardiff authors.

FrenchrightPassmore, Kevin (2013) The right in France from the Third Republic to Vichy.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

“This book provides a new history of parliamentary conservatism and the extreme right in France during the successive crises of the years from 1870 to 1945. In it, Kevin Passmore charts royalist opposition to the newly established Republic, the emergence of the nationalist extreme right in the 1890s, and the parallel development of republican conservatism. He moves on to the hitherto unstudied story of conservatism in during the Great War, and then to the Right’s victory in the 1919 elections. Passmore charts the crisis of parliamentary conservatism in the interwar years, and explores the Right’s response to the rise of Fascism and Communism. He concludes by placing the Vichy regime, which governed France under the German Occupation, in the context of the history of conservative politics. This history is related to the struggle of those who saw themselves as ‘elites’ to preserve their leadership in the ‘age of the masses’.” (from the publishers)

The author is a reader in history at Cardiff University; this book was added to ASSL (DC331.P2)

outerhebridesSharples, Niall M. (2012, ed.) A late Iron Age farmstead in the Outer Hebrides : excavations at mound 1, Bornais, South Uist. Oxford: Oxbow.

Part of the Cardiff studies in archaeology series, as well as the editor, nine other contributors work in SHARE; this book was added to ASSL (Folio DA880.H4.L2)

crime bookAndrew, Lucy & Phelps, Catherine (2013, eds.) Crime fiction in the city : capital crimes. Cardifff: University of Wales Press.

Edited by doctoral candidates and postgraduate tutors at Cardiff, according to the acknowledgements the collection had its origins in the 2009 Crime Narratives in Context Colloquium held at Cardiff University; entitled ‘Capital crimes: reading and writing crime and cities’ this colloquium was supported by The British Academy.  This item was also added to ASSL (PN3448.D4.C7)

Renton, Tara & Hill, C. M. (2013) Clinical guide to oral surgery. Book 1. London: British Dental Association.

C. Micahel Hill is the consultant oral and maxifacial surgeon at the Cardiff Dental Hospital.  D. W. Thomas, a contributor to the book, is a professior and honorary consultant in oral surgery at Cardiff University.  The book was added to the Dental Library (Ca REN).

Books by Cardiff University staff in recent months

womenwritingIn the last few months the following books have been added to stock, all are written, or contributed to by Cardiff authors.

Watson, Kate (2012) Women writing crime fiction, 1860-1880 : fourteen American, British and Australian authors. London: McFarland.

This item was added to ASSL (PN3448.D4.W2) and Senghennydd (809.3872 WAT) and was based on the author’s Ph.D. thesis, which was submitted at Cardiff University in 2010.

bruce leeBowman, Paul (2013) Beyond Bruce Lee : chasing the dragon through film, philosophy, and popular culture. London: Wallflower.

This item was added to Bute (PN2287.L3.B6), the author is a lecturer for JOMEC.



Edbury, Peter W. (2012, ed.)The military orders.  Vol. 5, Politics and power. Farnham: Ashgate.

Military bookThis item was added to ASSL (CR4701.M4). Peter Edbury is the Professior of Medieval History at Cardiff University.  The book contains papers from the fifth conference on the military orders which was held on 3-6 September 2009 at the Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University; it also contains contributions from four other Cardiff authors, Helen J. Nicholson, Denys Pringle, Paul Webster, and Juliette Wood.

Murder at Cardiff University?

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This recently catalogued Welsh novel features a murder at Cardiff University. A history lecturer discovers the body of his head of department in his office (presumably in the newly renamed John Percival Building, aka the Humanities Building). It’s a thriller with a historical theme, revolving around the whereabouts of the relic of the true cross which was taken from the body of the last native Prince of Wales, Llywelyn , after he was killed at Cilmeri in 1282. The trail leads the lecturer “beyond the safe confines of academia”, according to the publisher’s blurb (not very safe, if murders are already taking place in the history department!)

We’ve been wondering if there are any other novels which use Cardiff University as a setting. Let us know if you can think of any!

You can find this book in the Salisbury Collection on the top floor of the Arts & Social Studies Library (in the newly reclassified sequence at the end of the collection).

  • Jones, Lyn & Hopkins, Mel (2012) Y groes naidd
  • Llandysul: Gomer
  • ISBN: 9781848515390
  • Classmark: Celt PB2299.J669.G7 (ASSL, Salisbury Collection)