Alternative formats

Remote video URL



Video is a good alternative to reading. See the Library's Video, Image and Sound page to search a wide range of audio-visual resources.

  • Box of Broadcasts is a collection of TV programmes available to all UK based students and staff. You can also request programmes to be recorded.
  • TED advertises itself as 'a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers'. Watch TED talks on a huge range of topics.
  • Khan Academy started out doing maths videos but their list now includes science, history, computer programming, grammar, art history and finance.
  • And, of course, don't forget YouTube, which has plenty of useful content, as well as cat videos.

Talis Resource Lists

In the Talis Resource List for your module you will find recommended video, e-books and digitised chapters. Chapters have been scanned with OCR, so you can use text-to-speech software.

Talis Resource Lists can be found linked to your Learning Space module (Falmouth) or your ELE module (Exeter).


Online Journals

The library provides thousands of online journals. Most journal articles can be downloaded as PDF files, so that you can reformat or use text-to speech software. Some are on webpages and occasionally audio files are available. There is more information on journals on the Study Hub.

PressReader gives you access to thousands of newspapers and magazines. See the PressReader app help for how to get started.

Print Journals

If the journal is only available in print, you could use the Library Reader to magnify the text or convert to an audio file.

Inter-library loans

Journal articles that are provided by inter-library loan are encrypted and not very accessible. For help with getting an accessible version please email

Audio Books


Podcasts are a great way to learn things without reading. See the Guardian's 27 podcasts to make you smarter or 50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out for some suggestions.