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Dr Richard Pears

Faculty Librarian (Arts)

BA (Hons); PG Diploma, PhD, FHEA, FSA

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Faculty Librarian (Arts) in the University Library and Collections  
Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  



Richard is the Faculty Librarian for Arts and Humanities. He advises departments in the Faculty on the acquisition and management of print and electronic information and teaches research skills to postgraduates and undergraduates.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London

President of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne 2016-19

Member of the Great North Museum library committee


Authored book

  • Pears, Richard & Shields, Graham (2019). Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide. Red Globe Press.
  • Pears, Richard & Purdue, A.W. (2017). The Custom House, Newcastle upon Tyne. Robson Print Ltd.
  • Pears, Richard & Saunders, Bill (2016). Looking Back at Whickham. Summerhill Books.
  • Pears, Richard. & Shields, Graham. (2016). Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapter in book

  • Pears, Richard (2016). 'Auckland and Durham Castles in the Eighteenth Century'. In Princes of the Church and Their Palaces. Rollason, David Society for Medieval Archaeology. 615-641.

Conference Paper

  • Pears, Richard (2015), 'Auckland and Durham Castles in the Eighteenth Century', Princes of the Church and Their Palaces. Auckland Castle, Durham, Auckland Castle, Durham.
  • Pears, Richard (2014), 'Rebooting Referencing: Tools, Tech and Twinkle.', CILIP ARLG Symposium. Cambridge University, Cambridge University.
  • Pears, Richard (2014), ‘The Architecture of Eighteenth-Century Newcastle’, North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies. Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne, Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Pears, Richard (2010), It's not about the commas: why referencing really matters, UCRG Northern Group Workshop. Durham, England, Durham.
  • Pears, Richard (2006), 'Cite them right': Developing students' citation skills, BOBCATSSS Symposium: Information, Innovation, Responsibility: Information professional in the Network Society. Tallinn University, Estonia, Tallinn University.
  • Balfour, Maimie & Pears, Richard (2006), Student evaluation of two information literacy packages: Skills Plus and MOSAIC, LILAC. University of Leeds, University of Leeds.

Journal Article


  • Pears, Richard (2018), Architectural Standards at Alnwick Castle: an incident in the creation of a profession, Northern Architectural History Society. Newcastle University.