Three new UCL SSEES Library guides provide guidance on reliable resources evaluated by specialist library staff.
We commissioned SSEES library staff, together with two PhD student Research Assistants, to curate three new resource guides. They focus on primary sources from governments, international organisations, NGOs, research institutions and the media, and further documentary evidence on issues which generate a great deal of secondary information, news reporting and opinion, but where facts are harder to find.
- One guide focuses on LGBTQ issues in Eastern Europe. Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in sources of academic research engaging with the topics of queer histories, queer culture, geographies of sexualities, gender identity, homophobia, LGBTQ citizenship, migration and asylum. The UCL SSEES Library guide to resources on LGBTQ in Eastern Europe is supports out LGBTQ Migration and Asylum strand by providing guidance on reliable resources evaluated by specialist library staff. The content is curated by UCL SSEES Library and covers a wide range of resources including recent publications, academic repositories, reports, periodicals, oral histories archives, news portals, audio and video resources, as well as organisations.
- Another guide focuses on the recent migration from the Central and East European countries (EU8, EU2 and Croatia) to the UK. It covers academic research and publications on the subject, literature, audio-visual material (film, TV, radio), statistical information, migrant media outlets and portals in the UK and cultural institutions. The guide is divided by countries. The amount of information available for each country largely reflects both the size of the migrant community in the UK and the year in which the country joined the EU.
- A third guide, the UCL SSEES Library guide to TV news in Eastern Europe, is not a thematic but a resource-focused guide and collates TV news channels and information programmes from the region. The content of the guide was carefully selected by specialist Library staff. The guide enables access to very extensive news channels both to current news and extensive online archive. The guide is important and a useful research tool to analyse news and political narratives in the era of populism and “fake news”. The guide also replaces a previous page, provided by the UCL SSEES Library for a number of years, when it recorded news from selected countries for teaching and research purposes.
The UCL SSES Library creates and hosts research guides to publicly available documents in the School’s area of interest in Slavonic and East European Studies. These are available to differing degrees for all the individual countries, and some cover particular issues and events of current importance that cross national borders within the region.