The Library coming to Foster Court…. well almost

By Giulia Garoli, on 20 November 2015

Thanks to some strategic room-booking and my trusty laptop, this academic year I am bringing an  extension of the Library to Foster Court and more specifically to Room 351. I am running  weekly Drop-in session for all things library:

Tuesdays from 1pm to 2pm until Tuesday 15 December.

The sessions don’t have a specific topic so you can come with questions like, how do I find this book in the Library? You are probably thinking:  ‘I know how to find books in the library already; how very dare you?!’ But I also work at the Enquiry Desk and you’d be surprised. Anyway,  I digress, other questions you might have for example: which are the most relevant databases for SELCS subjects?  Can you explain what databases are? Is JSTOR the Google of  academic  databases? How do I  use EndNote? How do I set up alerts? So many questions to be answered and they will be answered. Just come to the sessions!


SELCS drop-in poster



Garnier: Dictionnaires des 16e et 17e siècles

By Giulia Garoli, on 17 April 2015

The Libray now subscribes to  Garnier’s  Dictionaries of the 16th and 17th Centuries:

 French garnier 2

This Dictionaries included are:

• Dictionnaire françois-latin de Robert Estienne, Paris, 1549
• Thresor de la langue françoyse, tant ancienne que moderne de Jean Nicot, Paris, 1606
• A Dictionarie of the french and english tongues de Randle Cotgrave, London, 1611
• Les Origines de la langue françoise de Gilles Ménage, Paris, 1650
• Dictionnaire françois de Pierre Richelet, Genève, 1680
• Essai d’un dictionaire universel d’Antoine Furetière, Amsterdam, 1687
• Dictionaire universel d’Antoine Furetière, La Haye et Rotterdam, 1690
• Dictionnaire étymologique ou Origines de la langue françoise de Gilles Ménage, Paris, 1694
• Le Dictionnaire de l’Académie françoise dedié au Roy, Paris, 1694
• Le Dictionnaire des Arts et des Sciences de Thomas Corneille, Paris, 1694


This is an impressive full-text collection, one that  French scholars will surely appreciate. Accessible remotely, logging in with the usual UCL username and password, this platform  offers  an incredible detailed Advanced search mode, the individual dictionary can be browsed as well so to find that serendipitous word, which will start a lifelong quest into the mysteries of language…

French garnier 1

Portuguese Cine Club: Macunaíma & Capitães de Abril

By Giulia Garoli, on 12 March 2015

Macunaima16 March 2015



Joaquim Pedro de Andrade


Foster Court 307 (Common room)

Free admission








26 March 2015Capitaes

Capitães de Abril


Maria de Medeiros


Foster Court 307 (Common room)

Free admission

Would you like to know more about these two films? Here are the links to the original posters:

Macunaima poster

Capitaes de Abril poster

For more information please visit the Portuguese Cine club @ SPLAS pages

Borges Center

By Giulia Garoli, on 13 February 2015

A ‘new’ resource has been added to the Spanish Subject in Metalib: the Borges Center

Spanish Metalib
The Borges Center offers a large collection of  Criticism, which comprises freely accessible, full-text  articles, books and dissertations,  hopefully Borges scholars will find this resource interesting and useful.

The Center is not exactly new as it was founded in 1994 at the University of Aarhus, in 2005 it  moved from Denmark to the University of Iowa and finally in 2008 to its current location: the University of Pittsburgh.

Each year of Borges’ life can be browsedBorges 2, using a timeline slider: from his birth to his death in 1986 and beyond. Each year on the timeline lists material published by or about Borges;  known bibliographical materials can be crossed-referenced and new materials discovered ….of course the Main library at UCL holds just under 300 books  written by and about Borges,  I am wondering what Borges, as Librarian,  would have made of e-books…



Portuguese Cine Club: Central do Brasil – Tomorrow 22 January

By Giulia Garoli, on 21 January 2015

Central do Brasil

Walter Salles’ Central do Brasil is screened tomorrow Thursday 22 January,  as usual,  more details on times and venue can be found on the  Portuguese Cine club @ SPLAS. pages.

Another free screening! Blindness by Meirelles

By Giulia Garoli, on 14 November 2014

November is indeed a New Bitmap Image bounty month for free screenings.

The latest offering comes courtesy of the Portuguese Cine club @ SPLAS.

Blindness by Fernando Meirelles will be screened on 27 November.

If you’d like to explore more films  by Meirelles, check out the DVDs collection at the Main library. The collection has been moved back to the newly refurbished issue desk  area.


Film screenings – Italian and German films

By Giulia Garoli, on 5 November 2014

Looks like November is a good month for film screenings: some of them free.

UCL’s Italian Film Club has just announced a a free screening of Leopardi. Il giovane favoloso (2014), which has just been shown at the London Film Festival, yours truly went to see it and was very impressed. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mario Martone and co-screenwriter Ippolita Di Majo and it’s chaired by Dr Beatrice Sica (UCL).

Here the details: The film screening will take place on Wednesday 19 November at 6pm in the Christopher Ingold XLG1 Chemistry LT (https://goo.gl/maps/53vxS). Please note that although the event is free of charge, ticketing is mandatory through Eventbrite (http://tinyurl.com/nklcv69)

For information, please email to c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk.

More screenings for this month:

Films by Helke Sander, F W Murnau,  Fatih Akin and Wolfgang Staudte,  will be screened at the British Museum . The films are shown as part of the new exhibition:   Germany – Memories of a Nation exhibition that runs from 9th to 30th November. The screenings are not free but they are definitely cheaper than your average ticket in the West End.

These screenings have been organised by the British Museum In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network , for more details please visit the liked pages.



E-resources – New trials and BFI InView

By Giulia Garoli, on 24 October 2014

There are a few new E-resources trials available from now until November or December, and while not all new trials might be relevant to the modern languages scholar they might still be of interest.  Find out more from the Electronic Resources blog.

Perhaps more relevant is the BFI InView , why not check out the 1924 silent short-film  Cosmopolitan London that shows  an Italian butcher’s shop in Soho,  French bookshop, chemist’s, wine shop and cafe bar,  and even the  Scandinavian Temperance Home, admittedly it contains some dubious expressions, which also shows how much attitudes have changed. For something more topical watch a 1989 After Dark two-parter:  Britain: out on a Limb? a ‘coffee table’ discussion on Britain’s role in Europe.





The videos can be streamed and downloaded 







Remember that if you are logging in off-campus you’ll be ask to use your UCL username and password via Single log on.

Logging in BFIInView


Low Countries History Seminars

By Vanessa Freedman, on 16 September 2014

The Institute of Historical Research will be holding a series of seminars on Low Countries History throughout the academic year, with Ulrich Tiedau and Benjamin Kaplan from UCL and Anne Goldgar from King’s College London.

Cairn and Thompson Herny e-resources – Trial

By Giulia Garoli, on 24 July 2014

Until the end of August we have a 6 weeks access to the Cairn’s General Bouquet Journal collection.

Cairn publishes e-journals,  e-books and reference works  in French, their collections cover Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences subjects such as Linguistics, Arts, Philosophy, Psychology and History.

Although content is in French,  Cairn is looking into the possibility of having articles translated from French into English and to have both versions on their platform; however this function is currently only available for selected articles.

The platform, available in French www.cairn.info and in English www.cairn-int.info,  has been designed to have a clean interface and very easy to use, but you’ll be the judge.


 Let us know what you think of this resource.