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Very Short Introductions

The much-loved series Very Short Introductions (VSI) is the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly, combining facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable.

For the first time, we have 10 topics available online:

  • Twentieth Century Britain
  • British Politics
  • Drugs
  • Contemporary Art
  • History
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Nutrition
  • The Earth
  • The Planets

Very Short Introductions will change the way you think about the things that interest you, and are the perfect route into subjects you previously knew nothing about.


Access from Gateshead Libraries To access the site from within the library, click on the link above


Access from home If you are a Gateshead Library member, you can now access this resource from any PC. Go to Very Short Introductions (VSI) and click on ’library card barcode login’. This will take you to a page where you can enter your full library card number - press enter and you’re in!





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Discover more about 10 interesting and diverse topics from Maths, Politics and The Planets to Contemporary Art, History and Nutrition...

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