The academic year of 2018/19 is about to start and thousands of students are crossing the world by plane, train and taxi. Some of them are coming to us in Norwich.
We hope they will have a nice time here!
British people have been complaining about Americanisms – words or phrases from the United States that have become common in Britain – since the eighteenth century.
For example, nowadays you often hear train station instead of railway station, fries instead of chips and movie instead of film.
Ben Yagoda’s blog Not One-Off Britishisms is about movement in the other direction:
Over the last decade or so, an alarming number of traditionally British expressions have found their way into the American vocabulary.
Some Britishisms are advert, DIY, ginger (a person with red hair), gobsmacked, Hoover (verb), kerfuffle, mobile (i.e. a mobile phone), on holiday, queue, sell-by date, short-listed, snog, straight away, take a decision, twee.
The latest blog post is on cheesed off.
Could they be robot librarians?
Our four-week FutureLearn course, Study Skills for International Students, is running again – until 26 September.
With clearly wins.
From Google Ngram Viewer.
A clear victory for from:
From Google Ngram Viewer.
The current top 10 English-language publications are:
You can also see the top journals in particular fields – for example, Business, Economics & Management.
If there is something strange with your wifi, internet access, email, Office, UEA website, Blackboard, etc. etc., check the UEA IT Service Status web page.
Sketch Engine is an online tool for analysing text corpora in various languages. You can use it to find collocations, compare words, generate word lists, etc.
For example, you can find objects of the verb undergo:
British universities have free access only until the effective date of Brexit, i.e. 29 March 2019.
This week a new film arrives in Indian cinemas: Jatt vs IELTS. This Punjabi comedy tells the story of a small town boy struggling to get a high enough IELTS score to move to Canada.
There is singing and dancing, possibly on IELTS-related themes.
The results for 2017 are summarized here.
For example, the average bands in the Academic test for speakers of these first languages:
Credo Reference is a collection of online reference books. It can be browsed and searched like an encyclopedia.
For example, if you search for global warming, you are shown the topic page on climate change (“the now commonly used term, having replaced “global warming”), extracts from many books, a list of related topics (Climate change, Greenhouse gas, Kyoto Protocol, etc.), images, and a mind map.
It might be a good place to start research for your long essay or project.
HSTalks are video lectures and case studies. UEA has access to the Business & Management Collection.
The lectures are accompanied by slides and some have transcripts.
A big welcome to everyone on the presessional course.
Have a wonderful time.
Don’t work too hard!
The textbook Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students by Stephen Bailey is now in its 5th edition. Some of our students will have copies of the printed book.
The ebook is available through UEA Library.
Nexis is a database of newspapers and other news sources. It contains full-text articles.
For example, you can search for UEA in the headlines of UK national newspapers:
I bet you never knew this university had its own fighter jet.
Statista provides statistics, reports and infographics on a range of subjects: for example, social media, e-commerce, smartphones, China, the United States, the food industry, cosmetics, gaming.
UEA has online access to every issue of the American Vogue, from 17 December 1892 to the present day. You can read the magazine exactly as it was printed, including the pictures and advertisements.
To leaf through the magazine, choose an issue and click on any item on the contents page. Then click on Browse this issue at the top of the page:
A Vision of Britain through Time combines maps and population census data from 1801 to 2011. You can look up statistics for particular areas of the country. For example, here are some of the key findings about Norwich:
A 4-week course called Exploring English: Language and Culture starts today at Futurelearn.
It is for non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level. It’s made by the British Council and it’s free!
Do you know the meaning of these interjections?
I’m thinking or unsure what to say next.
Sometimes written as “er”.
What did you just say? What do you mean?
– Amy, Question 5?
– Please pay attention. What’s the answer to Question 5?
– I’m going to marry your sister.
– Have you seen Bill?
Yes or I understand/agree/am listening.
– Then we went on to the party…
– … and Sarah was there – you remember Sarah?
– … and she goes up to Tom and you know what Tom’s like.
There’s a problem.
– Hey, the red light is flashing.
– Isn’t that your teacher?
COBUILD Grammar Patterns is a guide to how adjectives, nouns, verbs and other words fit together.
For example: it + link verb + adjective + for + noun + to-infinitive:
|It||was||fashionable||for||the rich||to eat white flour.|
A series of videos explains how it works.
BrowZine is a collection of academic journals, arranged in subject categories.
BrowZine makes it easy to browse journals and articles, when you’re not looking for anything in particular. UEA has access to the full-text of the journals, though sometimes recent articles cannot be viewed.
Apparently there’s some kind of international ball-kicking contest starting soon.
The British Council’s Premier Skills English website has a competition in which you can predict the results (and improve your English at the same time).
When searching the internet, you can limit your search to a particular website or type of website. Put the word site: (with the colon) in front of a domain name such as uea.ac.uk or ac.uk.
For example, you could use these search terms to find information on Chinese societies at different universities:
|Limit search to these websites||Search terms|
|UEA||chinese society site:uea.ac.uk|
|Edinburgh University||chinese society site:ed.ac.uk|
|any British university||chinese society site:ac.uk|
|any American university||chinese society site:edu|
Some other examples of searches:
For more information, see our Researching page.
ProQuest bought MyiLibrary three years ago, but only recently have the ebook links changed.
All the MyiLibrary links on this website have been updated and now point to ebooks on ProQuest Ebook Central.
If you’re seeing 404 Not Found at the main BoB page, it’s because the TV recording website is “currently undergoing essential maintenance”.
It should be back by 10pm on Wednesday 13 June.
UEA’s Library Search and EBSCO databases will be unavailable from 9am on Tuesday 19 June 0900 to 9am the next day.