johnson30-poa-0001-0On World Book Day  enjoy our Great Writers Inspire Resources library and First World War resources.

You can search for and access thousands of literary open education resources such as audio and video podcasts, essays, ebooks, images and more. Explore the virtual shelves by searching by keyword in the title, author, and by media type.

If you don’t know where to begin, you can access our writer collections and themed collections for inspiration.

This collection of freely available literary resources is aimed at students from sixth-form to university, their teachers, and at lifelong learners. It contains lectures, eBooks and contextual essays for reuse by individuals and the educational community. Resources could be included in course packs, browsed for extended project work or in preparation for university study, or set as additional reading around specific central texts. There are thousands of individual items as well as curated thematic and historical collections to help students research and interrogate their literary ideas.

It seems that the more open you can make a resource, the more likely it is to be re-used by scholars outside your organisation.

As we approach the centenary of the First World War we are pleased to see our resources being referenced, and content being reused, in high calibre scholarly works. Making content openly available online has made it more discoverable by the academic and educational communities. Publications that have included content from our collections include:

Undertones of War: Illustrated Edition (forthcoming) Edmund Blunden, Oxford University Press

The Great War and Modern Memory (2014) Paul Fussell. Folio Society

Wilfred Owen: An Illustrated Life (2014) Jane Potter and Jon Stallworthy. Bodleian Libraries

Wilfred Owen (2014) Guy Cuthbertson. Yale University Press.

Hidden Stories of the First World War (2014) Jackie Storer. The British Library

The Cambridge Companion to Poetry of the First World War (2013) Santanu Das. Cambridge University Press

Towards Commemoration (2013) John Horne and Edward Madigan. Royal Irish Academy

Remembrance and Community (2013) Kate Tiller. British Association of Local History

This year resources  have also been used online and in print format by BBC iWonder, IWM North, Poetry by Heart and The British Library, as well as countless local exhibitions and publications.

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