On the Internet, it’s incredibly easy to research a topic with a few simple keystrokes. But it’s also incredibly easy to end up with unreliable and non-credible information that makes research efforts fruitless. With an overwhelming abundance of options after doing an Internet search, how can one tell which results are reliable? Viewers learn strategies for narrowing down results and honing in on credible sources of information online. A special section on one of today’s most popular research sites, Wikipedia, investigates whether it’s trustworthy or not for academic or professional use.
Digital technology has transformed communication. But in formal situations like work or school, which forms of communications are appropriate, and when? Viewers may be surprised to discover that communicating isn’t just about sharing information, but it’s also about creating it. Experts provide important points on what one should do when it comes to emailing, texting, video-conferencing, and using the phone for business calls or voice mail.
Seeking to better understand Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," author and anatomist Professor Alice Roberts returns to the original manuscript and traces the story of Shelley's life. She finds someone concerned with the very act of creation itself, discovers clues of another writer's influence, and examines the influence of Shelley's parents. Professor Roberts shows that the ideas informing "Frankenstein" make the novel much more than a simple horror story. Shelley's account does deal in death, but ultimately it provokes questions about how to live. Part of "The Secret Life of Books" series.
Award-winning writer Alexandra Harris shows how Virginia Woolf's classic "Mrs. Dalloway" completely re-imagined what a novel might be and pioneers a flowing stream of consciousness style. Using original manuscripts, diaries, and notebooks, Harris argues that the novel also allowed Woolf to creatively channel her own mental illness into the character of Septimus Smith, and in so doing, helped keep herself sane. Part of "The Secret Life of Books" series.
Television scriptwriter Tony Jordan examines Charles Dickens's novel "Great Expectations." He visits the Kent marshes of Dickens's childhood and the museum that houses Dickens's original manuscript. During his travels, he discusses the edited ending of "Great Expectations" with Dr. Holly Furneaux. At Gad's Hill Place where Dickens lived in 1856, they discuss the hidden affair that may have influenced the tragic tone and edited ending of his famous novel. Part of "The Secret Life of Books" series.