Find your Library Guide

City Library Guides bring together the essential resources in your subject area and connect you quickly and easily to information about Library Services.

Library Guides Homepage

From the Library Guides homepage select your school to see the Subject Guides relevant to you. In each of these guides your Librarians have gathered together the most important resources for you to use in your assignments and research. You’ll also find other helpful information such as details of library workshops or contact information for your Librarian.

As well as Subject Guides you’ll also find links to Help Guides and Library Service Guides which cover topics such as services for students with additional needs, how to access other University of London libraries and help with copyright.

If you have any feedback or comments on the Library Guides please contact your Librarian directly or look for the Report a problem button on the page.

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:

https://libcal.city.ac.uk/event/3356494

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Library Essentials Pop-Ups this term

Our Library Essentials pop-ups are back again throughout this term and, starting from today (Thursday the 1st February), Library Staff will be popping-up on the Level 1 Walkway in the University Building to offer help and support through answering all of your questions about Library Services.

Whether it’s wanting to know our opening times, how to renew your borrowed items online, or which resources will best support your research, we’ve got it covered: so why not come and say hello to us between 1 and 2 pm on Thursdays until the 5th April.

We want to make sure that you feel empowered to get the most out of all of the resources, services and facilities the Library has to offer, so if there’s something you’re not sure about or need advice on, please do ask us and we’ll do our very best to help.

Library Essentials Pop-Ups this November

Our Library Essentials pop-ups are back again in November and, starting from next week (Wednesday the 8th – we have one today to finish off October!), Library Staff will be popping-up on the Level 1 Walkway in the University Building to offer help, support and to answer all of your questions about Library Services.

Whether it’s wanting to know our opening times, how to renew your borrowed items online, or which resources will best support your research, we’ve got it covered: so why not come and say hello to us between 1 and 2 pm on Wednesdays during November (from the 8th).

We want to make sure that you feel empowered to get the most out of all of the resources, services and facilities the Library has to offer, so if there’s something you’re not sure about or need advice on, please do ask us and we’ll do our very best to help.

Library Essentials Pop-Ups this October

Our Library Essentials pop-ups are back and, starting from today, Library Staff will be popping-up on the Level 1 Walkway in the University Building to offer help, support and to answer all of your questions about Library Services.

Whether it’s wanting to know our opening times, how to renew your borrowed items online, or which resources will best support your research, we’ve got it covered: so why not come and say hello to us between 1 and 2 pm on Tuesdays during October (except for the 17th, during Sustainable City Week, when you can learn about being green instead).

We want to make sure that you feel empowered to get the most out of all of the resources, services and facilities the Library has to offer, so if there’s something you’re not sure about or need advice on, please do ask us and we’ll do our very best to help.

Find your Library Guide

Our Library Guides bring together the essential resources in your subject area and connect you quickly and easily to information about Library Services.

Library Guides Homepage

From the Library Guides homepage select your school to see the Subject Guides relevant to you. In each of these guides our Librarians have gathered together the most important resources for you to use in your assignments and research. You’ll also find other helpful information such as details of library workshops or contact information for your Librarian.

As well as Subject Guides you’ll also find links to Help Guides and Library Service Guides which cover topics such as services for students with additional needs, how to access other University of London libraries and help with copyright.

If you have any feedback or comments on the Library Guides please contact your Librarian directly or look for the feedback button on the page.

Start your City journey with a Library win

Congratulations newbie!

Whether you aced those ‘A’ Levels, cruised through clearing or impressed your interviewer, you’ve made it- a place at City to study your dream course. You feel like a winner and so you should. You’re excited, eager to get going, ready to roll.

With that mind, what if I told you there’s a way to start winning at University right now? I know right? Now, this very second.

Two words: Library Essentials.

Think of it as a gateway to the house of knowledge. For when it comes to your weekly readings, research for assignments or projects, or even exam revision, you’re going to want to make full use of the Library: to unlock its doors to information, statistics, argument, critique and more.

And there’s no better place to start than Library Essentials. It will guide you through everything you need to know, from how to access the Library to finding information and getting help when you need it most.

Seriously, a look at Library Essentials before you arrive will not only give you a head start with you studies, but will also mean you can advance your expertise as a researcher faster.

Have a look. Start exploring. Keep winning.

Resource of the month: ProQuest Refworks

Given up on new year’s resolutions and office decluttering projects but still hoarding lots of research references?  Maybe you would like to try a new reference management software.

ProQuest RefWorks  is a new, updated online reference management tool available to staff, students and alumni of City, University of London.  It can be integrated into your research process and allow you to store, manage, edit and share the references you retrieve.

Some features of ProQuest RefWorks are: 

  • Manage and store your research references from projects and dissertations in folders.
  • Export references from CityLibrary Search and many databases and Google Scholar etc.  into ProQuest RefWorks.
  • Create and format bibliographies in different styles and generate in text citations.
  • Save and annotate PDFs and documents directly from your computer.
  • Collaborate and share references with others.

Great, how do I start using it?

You need to create a new  ProQuest RefWorks  account. Use your City email address for this and if you have used Legacy RefWorks before then choose a different password to avoid any confusion with the previous account.  You can also access Proquest RefWorks from CityLibrary Search.

How do I export references into ProQuest Refworks?

See the Adding references section of our Library guide. As an example, do a search on CityLibrary Search for example on something which interests you. I quite like researching topics such as snow leopards, ankle sprains and/ or digital literacy. Click on the grey box with a cross symbol to the right of any result(s) which are useful to you and the box will turn red.  When ready, click on the white folder at the top right of the screen. From the down arrow next to Export to, click RefWorks.

Then select  ProQuest RefWorks. Export to the new RefWorks.

More information?

If you are using RefWorks Legacy with a document in Microsoft Word using the Write N Cite tool, you are strongly advised to continue working on this in RefWorks Legacy.  It is anticipated that ProQuest RefWorks will replace Legacy RefWorks in January 2018.

See our shiny, new ProQuest RefWorks guide or  ProQuest’s guide

Also check out our Library workshop webpage for workshops on ProQuest RefWorks and other topics. 

Any questions please contact: Diane Bell  – Research Librarian

Library Essentials Pop-Ups Coming to a Place Near You

Our Library Essentials pop-ups are back and next week Library Staff will be popping-up across the University to offer help, support and to answer all of your questions about Library Services.

Whether it’s wanting to know our opening times, how to renew your borrowed items online, or which resources will best support your research, we’ve got it covered: so why not come and say hello to us at the following times and locations:

Northampton Square
Monday 13th March Main entrance 9.30 – 10.00
Tuesday 14th March Outside Great Hall 12.30-13.00
Wednesday 15th March Rhind building entrance 10.45-11.15
Thursday 16th March Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre foyer 11.45-12.15
Friday 17th March Drysdale Building (opposite Careers) 14.15-14.45
City Law School
Wednesday 15th March Rhind building entrance 10.45-11.15
Thursday 16th March Gray’s Inn Place Princeton Street IT Room 12.30-1.00
Cass Learning Resource Centre
Tuesday 14th March Entrance to the Library 11.15-11.45
Thursday 16th March See above 14.15 – 14.45

We want to make sure that you feel empowered to get the most out of all of the resources, services and facilities the Library has to offer, so if there’s something you’re not sure about or need advice on, please do ask us and we’ll do our very best to help.