Library Loves… Feedback: 19th – 23rd November 2018

Library Staff will be popping-up across City this week to find out what you think about Library Services. We want to know what you love and why you love it: plus, your ideas for how we can improve things too.

Your feedback really does make a difference: it helps us plan and make changes for the benefit of everyone who uses the Library’s services, resources and spaces.

As well as our in-person pop-ups we’ll also have our popular Feedback Walls at all sites so that you can post your comments anonymously, read other people’s thoughts and see responses from Library Staff.

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And as a thank you for giving us your feedback we’ll have some fabulous freebies and prizes to giveaway!

Details of our pop-ups are:

Northampton Square:

Monday 19th Nov


Drysdale Building 1st floor walkway – opposite Careers 12:30-13:00

Tuesday 20th Nov


University Building Reception Area 13:00-13:30

Wednesday 21st Nov


University Building Stalls – Level 1 Walkway 12:15-12:45

Thursday 22nd Nov


College Building Entrance Area 13:00-13:30

Friday 24th Nov


Drysdale Building 1st floor walkway – opposite Careers 13:00-13:30

City Law School, Gray’s Inn Place:

Tuesday 20th Nov


Common Room, Atkin Building, Gray’s Inn Place 11:45-12:15

Cass Business School, Bunhill Row:

Wednesday 21st Nov


Outside the Cass Learning Resource Centre 14:15-14:45

Don’t forget, there are lots of other ways to contact us too including via email, Online Chat, and Social Media: let us know what you think!


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Do you know your citing from your referencing?

The terms ‘citing’ and ‘referencing’ are sometimes used to mean the same thing but in Harvard Referencing style, they mean:

  • A note in the body of your assignment at each point where you use someone else’s work or ideas (citing)
  • The full details of each source provided in alphabetical order in a Reference List at the end of your work which includes all the works you have referred to in your text (referencing).

In Harvard, the author-date style is used for citing.  In its simplest form you put the author’s surname and the date in brackets, e.g. (Smith, 2014).  There are different ways you can use the author’s surname and date in your writing, as long as both are there and near each other.

Reference lists should only include the things you actually cited in your work – if you read it but didn’t use it, don’t include it in the Reference List.  Each type of source (e.g. book, journal article etc.) has a pre-defined format.

You can use Cite Them Right Online to check the correct format for the sources you are using.

Want to know more? Come to our introductory workshop on using Harvard to cite and reference:

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World Radiography Day – 8th November

8th November has been chosen as World Radiography Day1, the date when Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays in 1895. The celebration is to recognise and pay tribute to the great work of radiographers around the world.

The theme for this year World Radiography Day is Cardiac Imaging, to highlight the important role of medical imaging professionals such as radiographers in the management of heart-related diseases including detecting, diagnosing, monitoring and treatment of the disease.

Cardiac Imaging focuses on the heart and upper part of the  stomach2. The heart is one of the most important parts of the body: it is vital to have a healthy heart to support our life. When considering the best treatment for people suffering from heart disease, it is essential to find out what exactly is going wrong inside this part of the body.

Cardiac cycle3: you need to use City login to view the clip

Radiographers are part of the healthcare team who have significant responsibility in carrying out the scanning process using the right modalities4 to produce medical images which will be interpreted and used for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. They make a careful decision on what type of imaging modalities to use (CT, MRI, Ultrasound, X-Rays or a combination of these), what contrast media to apply etc. and all of these actions sometimes have to be carried out under time pressure.


                               X-Rays scanning                   MRI scanning

Patients can often be scared seeing scanning equipment that they may not have seen before, and can be anxious about what news they are going to receive. Radiographers also have responsibilities to take care of patients as well as to ensure that the process is properly done and present correct images.

Their involvement can result in a very positive impact on the better management of heart diseases. Let’s thank all radiographers! for their part in helping us to attain better and healthier hearts.


  1. Society of Radiographers, 2018, (Accessed: 6 November 2018)
  2. Oxford University Press, 2018, (Accessed: 6 November 2018)
  3. Anatomy TV, 2018,  (Accesses: 6 November 2018)
  4. World Health Organization, 2018,  (Accessed: 6 November 2018)
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Resource of the month: British Library Newspapers

The British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs newspapers specially BL Newspaper searchselected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain.

The collection includes national and regional newspapers with special attention paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.

Newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others.

What can I search for?

  • News Articles – read about national events, as well as issues of local and regional importance. 

    Essex Newspaper

    “Another Horrible Murder in Whitechapel.” Essex Newsman, Tuesday, July 23, 1889, Issue 5150, p.3

  • Family Notices – search for birth, marriage and death notices.
  • Letters – read letters to the editor written by the newspaper’s readers, including illuminating contemporary debates, aspirations and anxieties.
  • Obituaries – view a wealth of contemporary information on the lives of notable individuals.
  • Advertisements – these include classifieds, shipping notices and appointments.
  • Illustrations – see photographs, engravings, graphics, maps and editorial cartoons.

How do I access British Library Newspapers?

Access British Library Newspapers via the Databases A-Z list or the Newspapers Library Guide

You can also access British Library Newspaper content via Gale Primary Sources. Gale Primary Sources allows you to cross-search many of the digitised newspaper collections City subscribes to, including The Times, Sunday Times and the Daily Mail.

Newspaper Clipping

“Grand Opening of the Great Exhibition.” Chelmsford Chronicle, 2 May 1851, p. 4.

If you have any questions about British Library Newspapers please contact Alex Asman (

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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 City, the theses would be catalogued and then taken to the library store. The theses would be locked away in this store, which is in the university’s basement, and it would be necessary for them to be requested in advance and brought up to the library by  library staff in order for them to be read. Obviously, the potential readers would have to make a trip to the library.

But then, in 2011, with the launch of City Research Online, our institutional repository, things changed. The bound theses are still stored in the basement, but electronic copies of the theses are made available through City Research Online.

Has it made any difference?

A quick scan of the available data shows that in the past 10 years, the most popular print thesis was requested 37 times. This is in stark contrast to the most popular electronic thesis, which was downloaded over 7000 times in just over 5 year period. Our theses have been downloaded by readers across the globe, and I am doubtful that a reader from Estonia or Zimbabwe would take a trip to City to access the print copy.



The figures also show that only 48% of our print theses have been requested to be read, whereas all our electronic theses have been downloaded at least once. Even if we assume that those downloaded once only were viewed by a librarian, this figure is still below 2% of all City theses available online.

To browse theses in City Research Online, by school or by year, click on the theses icon and discover the amazing knowledge they contain.

Theses button in CRO


Lenka Shipton


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