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Some database searching tips

1. Define key concepts: Use dictionaries, online encyclopedias, textbooks, thesauri, some databases have a thesaurus or list of subject terms. 2. Use alternative words: Eg. synonyms Heart attack, cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction Broader/ narrower terms: Eg Linguistics grammar/ word/ sentence/ phrase 3. Search for variants of words, this may assist with UK/ US spellings: Truncation…Continue Reading Some database searching tips

British Library Doctoral Open days

The British Library Doctoral Open Days are a chance for new PhD students to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, collections cover every format and language and span the last 3,000 years. You will learn about BL collections, find out how to access…Continue Reading British Library Doctoral Open days

Read for Research promotion #2

Since 8 November, at City University London Library, we have been working with our researchers to enhance our research book collections A selection of titles currently on order can be found here:…Continue Reading Read for Research promotion #2

Read for Research promotion

Read for research You choose, we buy! Want to share your research expertise? City University Library Services are giving our research students the opportunity to help build up our research book collections. You have the chance to suggest titles that will help your research, are key works in your field or are generally useful for…Continue Reading Read for Research promotion

University of Sussex researcher support

I recently visited University of Sussex Library to explore their researcher support. The Research Support section in the Library Academic Services provides dedicated support to research faculty and research students in the University. The team works in close collaboration with the Learning and Teaching Support team and the Doctoral School delivering high quality, innovative information…Continue Reading University of Sussex researcher support

Database trials Library

We have a Library guide advertising our current database trials at City University Library at Some current trials – June- July 2013 PAIS International Pais International contains references to journal articles, books, government documents, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, etc. Pais International includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. The topics…Continue Reading Database trials Library

What to do with your search results ?

I had an enquiry recently about what can be done with results obtained from a database search on Proquest. There are quite a lot of options, especially if you create a personalised My Research account: Create an alert – Create and schedule alerts to deliver new documents matching your search as they become available in…Continue Reading What to do with your search results ?

100 websites: Capturing the digital universe

“Websites  don’t last forever. Formats change, whole sites disappear and, once lost,  digital content is irretrievable. But from  the 6 April 2013, this will change as the British Library, the National Library  of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge  University Library and Trinity College Dublin, gain powers to archive the entire  UK …Continue Reading 100 websites: Capturing the digital universe


See the new Altmetrics Library guide at: In today’s digital world, researchers share materials online, and the wider public can engage with research outputs via a variety of different media such as twitter, blogs, news reports etc. Often this means impact can be seen more quickly, with research having a broader outreachoutreach Altmetrics aims…Continue Reading Altmetrics