Category: Research

Unlocking the knowledge contained in doctoral theses

In most cases, it takes anywhere between three and five years to write a doctoral thesis and a lot of the content is original research. But until recently, once finished, bound, and the degree has been awarded, the doctoral theses would end up inaccessible to most potential readers. So where are all the theses? At…Continue Reading Unlocking the knowledge contained in doctoral theses

Creative Commons licenses made easy

Creative Commons licenses enable sharing of and access to creative works, such as images, scholarly literature or music. Creative Commons in numbers The American non-profit organisation providing Creative Commons licenses was founded in 2001 1.4 billion works were available under a Creative Commons license in 2017 56% of all works available under a Creative Commons license…Continue Reading Creative Commons licenses made easy

The benefits of Open Access

The principle benefits of open access were first enshrined within the visionary Budapest Open Access Initiative statement released on 14 February 2002, and are still very much alive 16 years later. The convergence of research sharing with technological distribution via the internet, it declared, would create an “unprecedented public good” by facilitating free, unrestricted, access…Continue Reading The benefits of Open Access

Need to use another library for your research? Here’s how you can do it!

As a research student or member of staff at City, you can benefit from a wide range of collections held by academic and specialist libraries. So not only can you visit many other university libraries, you can also access the library collections of art galleries and professional bodies, as well as important archive collections. We…Continue Reading Need to use another library for your research? Here’s how you can do it!

ACT on ACCEPTANCE: make the REF 2021

What is Act on Acceptance? From 1st April 2018, changes to HEFCE’s open access policy require researchers to submit their work to City Research Online within 3 months of acceptance to be eligible for the next REF. As soon as you know your research will be published in a peer-reviewed journal, or conference proceedings, Act…Continue Reading ACT on ACCEPTANCE: make the REF 2021

Research resource of the month: Westlaw UK

This month we are focusing on Westlaw UK, which is one of the major legal databases we subscribe to at City.  It is a great resource for researching UK and EU case law and legislation, and for reading legal journal articles and selected practitioner texts. Here are some key benefits and highlights: Westlaw Insight (available from the…Continue Reading Research resource of the month: Westlaw UK

Communicating through research

I have recently  had the opportunity to conduct some research-based practice by undertaking an MA in Academic Practice  dissertation in the Learning Enhancement and Development Department at City, University of London. This gave me the opportunity to combine two of my interests which are teaching/ training and conducting research. I chose a topic which is related to my…Continue Reading Communicating through research

Choosing a dissertation topic

I have recently completed an MA in Academic Practice degree run by the Learning Enhancement and Development Team at City, University London. The Academic Practice course is a mixture of theory, practice and reflection aimed at internal and external academic staff, professional staff, library staff and some research students who teach. My particular highlight of…Continue Reading Choosing a dissertation topic

Designing surveys for research

During a research project, it may be decided to conduct a survey if it is considered that it will add value to the attempt to answer the research question.  This should only really be done after completing the literature review part of the project to identify if a survey is appropriate as a research tool….Continue Reading Designing surveys for research

Researcher case study resource

Over the past few months, I have been collecting some case studies from City University London research students and staff and have been collating them on a case study resource. This showcases the work of City research students and staff and also the breadth of approaches and Library resources available. The purpose of this resource is to give…Continue Reading Researcher case study resource