Learning Resources

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The Library

The Library Service will act as a gateway to academic resources, and provides a wealth of resources and services. They have their own introduction video, or you can go straight to the general Induction video for information about the whole of student services and learning services. DMU library services holds material for research and learning support specific to the area of Photographic History. This includes the Journals of the Kodak Research Library, core and secondary texts plus key academic research and peer reviewed journals pertaining to these disciplines, including

  • History of photography
  • Photohistorica : literature index of the European Society for the History of Photography

In the academic year 2009/2010 during the transition of the gift to De Montfort, the Kodak Research Library will be made partly available to you in the MA seminar room, 1.24 Portland. The entire resource is available in Special Collections. Within the Photographic History research unit are held a number of volumes for research in the Graduate reading room including the photocopies of the entire Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot, a complete run of History of Photography, Études Photographiques, Handbuch der Photographie and Kelley Wilder's research library. You may access the seminar room by using your swipe card. Laptops may be used in the seminar room, and DMU wireless is available. Books and journals held in Portland 1.24 may not be loaned.

Remote access to resources and services

The Library recognises the importance of facilitating your access to its resources and services, wherever you are based, and has a lot of experience working with off campus students and people who may be returning to study.

  • @ccess anywhere. Starting from the library website you will find a range of services and resources available 24/7 wherever you are based. These include electronic databases offering both research and criticism, covering literature, newspapers and more than 17,000 electronic journals. There are also links to software programs like Endnote, specialist web links, study skills material and contact information for your library specialists and general enquiries.
  • Interlibrary loans. If you need a copy of a book or journal article from material not available from DMU, use the interlibrary loans service. We are not able to mail out books to you, but normally copies of original material can be supplied, subject to copyright restrictions.

  • SCONUL access. If you would like to use another UK university library, then consider registering for the SCONUL access scheme. The process starts with an application through De Montfort University Library and you will be able to register to borrow books (and possibly some computer access) at other participating Universities. Full details of the scheme are available [[1]] or details and links are on the library web pages.

  • Just Ask! Just Ask is the library’s electronic enquiry service. You can send an email to this service and the library will endeavour to provide you with an answer within 24 hours. A telephone enquiry service is also available on 0116 257 7042. A link to Just Ask appears at the bottom of every page on the library’s website [just ask]

The Kimberlin library at Leicester’s city campus has a comprehensive collection of material for research and learning support. This will include the Kodak Research Library and a rich stock of core and secondary texts plus key academic research and peer reviewed journals. Library staff will be happy to answer your queries. In term time the library is open every day, with 24-hour access from Sunday noon until 2200 on Friday. (Saturday opening hours are 0900 – 1800).

You are strongly encouraged to make direct contact with the relevant library staff. Neil Skinner is the subject specialist for Photographic History and Practice nskinner@dmu.ac.uk, +44 (0)116 207 8900.

The Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS)

Library Services offers academic guidance via CLaSS, helping you to achieve the best possible results in your academic work. Workshops, ‘Focus on Successful Learning and Development’, are run throughout the academic year and can assist you in these study skills areas:

Analysis of Questions

Time Management

Research (skills, sources)

Effective Reading

Note Taking

Essay Writing (style, structure, referencing)

Report Writing

Review Writing

Dissertations Writing

General Written English (grammar, punctuation)

Verbal Presentations

Revision and Exams

In addition CLaSS provides individual study support tutorials every week through term time for students from all levels, including support via email and telephone. To see the workshop programme and to find out more about study support tutorials click here

Learning Diversity Support

The University Learning Support Centre provides a wide range of services for all students, including a confidential Learning Diversity Support centre who can be contacted on 0116 257 7595. The Programme team are committed to providing high quality accessible learning experience and will work closely with the Learning Diversity Support team to provide a range of programme materials in different formats including the ability to record lectures, provide handout notes of lectures where necessary in advance and on-line. If you feel Learning Diversity support may help you contact Rob Cummings 0116 250 6160 or email rcummings@dmu.ac.uk or the Learning Diversity Support Centre on 0116 257 7595.

Careers DMU

Careers DMU is available online. For vacancies in graduate, part-time, vacation, voluntary and placement work, check here.

Or visit: Students Services Centre, Gateway House, 0.1, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH. Tel. +44 (0)116 257 7595


What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is the online learning environment used by staff and students at De Montfort University. Within this online environment, each student has a personal learning space, which contains learning materials and information relevant to his or her particular academic modules. Although this MA uses its own wiki, other course information can be accessed via Blackboard.

As Blackboard is a Web-based application, it can be accessed from any computer that has an Internet connection. This means that students can log in at any time (round the clock) on any day of the week and from your home or elsewhere.

Blackboard is generally very user-friendly. Materials may be presented in a range of formats, for example as Web pages or Word documents or PDF files, which can be downloaded. You will find links to relevant literature, reading lists and assessment details. As part of your programme, you will also be expected to participate in discussion forums with your tutors and other students. You will also be given a DMU email account and you may contact other students and tutors using the messaging feature or Email from within bb. How can I log onto Blackboard?

You can login directly to Blackboard using the address https://blackboard.dmu.ac.uk or in the address field of your browser.

Your username is your p-number (student identity number), e.g. p1234567. You will receive this number after registration and before the start of your programme.

Your password is your date of birth in the format dd/mm/yy (slashes included). For example, if your birthday is 1 July 1980, then your password will be 01/07/80.

During your first few weeks as a student, you will find out more about Blackboard. All modules will link to the wiki via Blackboard.

Where can I find help with Blackboard?

There are several sources of online help:

  1. At the login page of Blackboard you will see a link to the DMU login and introductory Help pages. There is a range of information about Blackboard, including passwords, frequently asked questions and who to go to if you have any difficulties.
  2. Once you have logged in to Blackboard, you can also access a Help page by clicking the Help icon at the top of the screen. In addition a student manual is available by clicking the Tools button within any module.

You can also contact your Module Leader, or access the E- learning/Blackboard help by logging into blackboard.

Technical Requirements

You can access Blackboard from any computer with an internet connection and using any of the main browsers.

  • If you are using Internet Explorer, you need to have version 5.5 or above installed.
  • If you use Netscape, we recommend you use the version 4 series.
  • If you are using a Mac to access Blackboard, we advise that you use any version of the Safari browser or the Camino browser, both of which are installed on all new Macs. NB: you cannot access Blackboard via Safari or Camino on Macs with OS9.

Browser Settings

Blackboard needs to have your browser set to enable Cookies and Java.

If you are unsure of how to do this, you can refer to the information in Technical requirements section of the help page.

Blackboard and accessibility

A Blackboard screen-reader tutorial is available [online].


Turnitin is a web-based plagiarism detection tool, which is being widely implemented in UK universities and schools/colleges. It searches the current and archived internet, subscription services and papers submitted by other students to identify any similarities between text. This tool is available through Blackboard to help detect plagiarism in student text assignments.

Your work may be submitted to Turnitin by your tutors.

Turnitin accepts a number of file types including; Word, Word Perfect, Post Script, PDF, HTML, RTF and Plain Text.

Note that PowerPoint presentations and Microsoft work files are not acceptable.

You will receive Turnitin’s digital receipt (giving you a Paper ID number) as well as the text submitted to Turnitin which you can print off for your records. You will also receive confirmation by email to your p-number@learner.dmu.ac.uk email account containing these same details.

For further details and help please login to blackboard and follow the links to Turnitin.

Managed Learning Environment (MLE)

The MLE provides students with direct access to information that was traditionally only available by visiting departments or student advice centres. To find out what is available on the MLE click here and login using your p-number and date of birth (e.g. 29/05/83). Once you have logged in you should change your password. You can access the MLE from any computer with internet access. Your password for both Blackboard and the MLE are always the same. Once you change your password in the MLE, you will need to use this new password for Blackboard also.

Technical Requirements

For some of the modules for instance Photography Resources in a Digital Age, the programme will use specific specialist software and applications. However, it will not be necessary to purchase specific titles. Where applicable assessment may take place via the DMU Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (see above) which is accessible both off and on campus.

Computer facilities are available in the Kimberlin Library learning zone and Laptop loans are also available more information [here]

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