New JSTOR e-books

As part of our continuous process of acquiring and trialing new resources for your studies, we have recently added over 4,500 new JSTOR e-books to our catalogue.

This is especially good news for those who are currently working on their assignments or dissertations. If you are looking for new resources to use for your project, head over to CityLibrary Search, enter your keywords and take a look at the results – there might be new additions that you could find useful.

Remember, if you are exclusively looking for online resources, you might find applying the “Full Text Online” filter helpful once you get to the results page.

As a quick taster, have a look at some of the recent additions to our catalogue:

March spotlight: Women’s History Month

As we celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, and Women’s History Month throughout the month, we thought it’d be a brilliant opportunity to highlight some of the resources available in the Library.

The purpose of this day and month is to uphold women’s achievements, recognise challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality, as well as discover previously neglected heritage. If you are interested in these topics, the most current research is almost always featured in academic journals. If you are not sure what exactly you are looking for, a good idea is to browse through journals related to women’s studies, women’s history, or women’s health on Browzine. Another specialised resource is History of Feminism database, where you can access a wide range of sources, with a special focus on the period between 1776 and 1928.

If you are not looking for the most recent developments in research and would rather read a more in-depth exploration of a topic, have a look at a selection of e-books available to you via CityLibrary:

Of course, as always, bear in mind that this is just a small drop in the ocean that is CityLibrary Search: type in your keywords and apply the “Full text online” filter to your results if you wish to see resources available remotely.

As the celebration continues throughout the month, you may also wish to have a look at some of the events on City calendar, like the seminar “Voice and Voices: Feminist oral histories of the Women’s Liberation Movement” on the 22nd of March, or, if the current issues women are facing are of more interest to you, the lecture “The police response to domestic abuse during and after Covid-19” on the 24th of March. Or simply have a look at some of the extraordinary women of City community.

Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

February is when we celebrate the LGBT+ History Month, to coincide with the abolition of Section 28 in the UK.

Although we’re currently living in the era of social distancing to protect each other during the pandemic, there are plenty of events and activities to get involved in to celebrate and remember the history, contributions and resilience of our lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, gender-nonconforming and other peers who have been unfairly treated by the society and yet prevailed and contributed immensely to our culture and understanding of what it is to be human.

Stream the discussion of CityLIS alum Isadore Auerbach George’s work to promote reading by and for LGBTQI+ people, or watch CitySport’s conversation with TV & Radio Presenter and LGBTQI+ advocate, Helen Scott, about this year’s theme ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ and her journey to fitness and wellbeing. Join a guided meditation with artist Ric Stott to ‘feed your spirit’ as part of LGBT+ History Month 2021’s theme, or discover more events organised by City and other organisations to celebrate, remember, learn, and be together.

Otherwise, have a look at a selection of e-books related to the LGBT+ issues available via CityLibrary, below, or, if you are in the UK, immerse yourself in the playlist of programmes and films exploring the topic, put together by CityLibrary staff.

More books? – More Books!

It’s a new year, a new term… but did you know that you can request new books, too?

More Books is a scheme that allows our undergraduates and postgraduates suggest books that would be useful for their studies. It might be for a project you’re working on, an area you wish to explore in your research, or anything else that would help you get ahead – just fill in the More Books form to let us know.

If you are a research student or a member of staff, have a look at our Read for Research scheme instead. Or, if you would like to help us expand our collections by recommending a title by or about LGBTQI+ people or which recognise overlapping identities and experiences such as gender, class, sexuality and disability, check out our Liberating CityLibrary scheme.

Browse the book display below to see some of the e-books previously chosen by Library users via More Books:

Three things to help you unwind over the festive break

It’s been a tough year for most of us, but now it’s almost over. Although some of you might have assignments coming up, we really hope you might find a little bit of time to sit down comfortably, relax, and recharge for a bit during the winter break. So, here you will find some of our virtual treats:

1) If you are staying in the UK, check out the festive playlist of films put together by CityLibrary staff to help you unwind. From well-known Christmas feel-good classics, to comedies and beyond, find it on Box of Broadcasts.

2) If you are eager to set your eyes on some fiction and forget all else, have a look at this selection of e-books available though the Library:

3) This winter break will be very different for many of us, not being able to see our families and friends, and dealing with the craziness around us. If that’s the case for you, please remember that you are not alone. Speak to somebody, if you can. And have a look at our wellbeing e-books below, if that can be of help:

Please take care and stay safe this Christmas and New Year.

With love (and Love Actually),

Your CityLibrary.

Getting stuck with your assignments?

Do you sometimes feel confused and unsure where to start when an assignment deadline is approaching? Do you think your writing or argumentation skills could benefit from a little push? Fret not, there are various teams at the University that are here to give you all the support you need. Continue reading Getting stuck with your assignments?

Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the United Kingdom, when we pay special attention to the often untold history, experiences, and contributions of black people to this country and to the wider world. The Black Lives Matter events have brought to the forefront the issues of systemic racism and social inequalities. Whatever our skin colour, it is important to understand the background of these events, and to listen to the experiences of people who have suffered and continue to experience discrimination in many areas of their lives for no other reason than the colour of their skin.

Due to current circumstances we can’t have a book and information display in the physical space of the Library, but there is genuinely a wealth of resources and opportunities out there to learn, listen, and be together. Continue reading Black History Month

Time for fiction?

If you are lucky enough to have some time off during the summer, your thoughts might turn to books you’ve wished to read for a long time, or maybe to simply losing yourself in some attention-grabbing fiction to forget about all else and completely recharge.

The Library now offers a Click & Collect service for items that are located at either Northampton Square Library or Law Library (Northampton Square). However, if you can’t make it to the campus, don’t forget we have many e-books available, too. Like any other resource, you can find them using CityLibrary Search. Just type in the title and select the Full text online filter on the left hand side (you might need to click on the menu icon if using a mobile device). Here is a selection of what we’ve found:

If you find it too hot for fiction, why not browse a magazine via PressReader, or check Box of Broadcasts for a film or a TV show? Either way, we hope you manage to take some time off for yourself before it’s time for the next chapter.

Finding your dream job

Now that the summer’s here and you have less on your plate studies-wise, it can be a good time not only to have a breather, but also to take a moment and focus on the bigger picture. What is the job you would like to land after your studies? What are the tips and tricks of getting through the selection process? How can you prepare yourself and get ahead in your chosen career?

Continue reading Finding your dream job

Taking the time to look after yourself

Being in the midst of a global pandemic is not easy for anybody. Having to study or work from home, not seeing friends and family in person, and worrying about our loved ones and our own health makes this a difficult time for all of us.

Continue reading Taking the time to look after yourself