The Practising Midwife: online access

The Practising Midwife, a key peer reviewed journal for students and staff working in maternity services, is now available to read online via the Library website.

Screenshot of the front cover of the latest edition of The Practising Midwife
The Practising Midwife

Individual full-text articles can be discovered using CityLibrary Search, or you can browse to a specific issue via our Journals A-Z: simply log-in using your City Username and Password and then select ‘Our Journals’ from the top menu of the journal’s website.

Access is provided from 2013 onwards, with the latest edition for July/August 2018 available now.

Online access to this journal comes in addition to the print version which continues to be kept on Level 5 at the Northampton Square Library, with more volumes dating back to 1998 available on request from the Library Store.

And don’t forget, if you see a title which you think we should have access to, please contact us with your suggestion: email library@city.ac.uk or contact your Subject Librarian to make a recommendation.

Oxford Legal Research Library

Library services now gives you access to the Oxford Legal Research Library online platform, where you can read over 90 books on four different areas: International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law, Financial Banking, and Private International Law.

What titles are available?

A few titles are relevant, whether you’re a postgraduate student, an undergraduate or a distance learner.

For example, if you are taking a module on International Commercial Law, you have access to key texts such as Goode’s “Transnational Commercial Law: Texts, Cases and Materials”; or “The International Sale of Goods” and “The Sale of Goods” both written by Michael Bridge. All these titles used to only be available in print, while now you can access them from wherever you are. A book on the topic which we didn’t use to have access to, is “Schlechtriem & Schwenzer: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods”, the most authoritative commentary on the CISG.

If you are studying Financial and Banking Law, you will be happy to know that we have access to “Mann on the Legal Aspect of Money”, which analyses both private and public law of money. You also have access to “McKnight, Paterson, and Zakrzewski on The Law of International Finance” which analyses English law relating to international finance transactions

The UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: A Commentary” is a great resource if you’re studying International Commercial Arbitration, as it explains the UNCITRAL Rules recommended for use in 1976 by the United Nations.

How do I get a list of all the titles?

Once you’re logged in, look at the menu on the right hand-side and click on “Title List”: in this way you can browse all the available books, even if you don’t know the title!

How do I access the Oxford Legal Research Library?

To access it, search for “Oxford Legal Research Library” in our catalogue (www.city.ac.uk/library). Log in using your City username and password.

Library Services also provides access to Oxford Competition Law.

New books at City Library

We regularly add new books and e-books to our collection. Use the carousel below to browse a selection of the new titles added in the last few months. Click on any cover to see where the book is located or to place a request.

Want to recommend a book? Tell us what’s missing from our collections via our More Books Scheme.

Library Staff Love #17: City Novel / City Crime

Our students studying for an MA in Creative Writing are a super talented bunch and benefit from a sector leading course which has led to graduates becoming successful and award-winning published authors.

You can get a flavour of their creativity by reading City Novel and City Crime: brilliant collections of their stories available in the Library, so brilliant in fact that they’re the subject of our latest Staff Pick submitted by an enthusiastic, anonymous colleague:

“They’ve only gone and done it again! City’s talented writers have knuckled down and created some fresh, raw and revealing fiction. I just love to read new books and these collected excerpts are all brilliant. They really whet the appetite for more.

The City Crime books are all full of spooky whodunnits and the City Novel books are all just full of great novels. It’s like a little bonsai library. Just perfect.”

Librarians are known for knowing their fiction so you can’t go wrong with a recommendation from one, including from our very own mystery author. You can pick up copies of City Novel and City Crime from Level 5 of the Northampton Square Library today.

(We’d love to hear your reviews or recommendations: @CityUniLibrary)

Reading Well

Shelf help aminated gif
Shelf help aminated gif

Today is World Mental Health Day. Library Services and the Student Counselling and Mental Health Service have worked collaboratively to bring students and staff a selection of self-help resources which have been displayed together in this new self-help resource page (select the book jacket to find availability in the Library).

This resource includes a large selection of books recommended by Reading Well, books on prescription, a scheme supported by research and endorsed by health professionals.  Titles address common issues and mental health conditions and are designed to help you understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing.  Resources are intended to be used either as stand-alone self-help or to compliment counselling or mental health support.

If you have any personal or academic matters that are causing you distress or a diagnosed mental health condition, contact the Student Counselling & Mental Health Service for emotional and practical support.

If you are a member of staff the Staff Counselling Service can be accessed through the Occupational Health Service.


Library Staff Love #10: Read For Research

This month’s choice comes from Research Librarian Diane Bell who loves supporting research here at City (which is handy) almost as much as she loves leopards.

Diane said:

“It’s awesome to work in partnership with our research staff & students to build research collections and create resources. Read for Research allows City research students and staff to recommend titles for purchase by Library Services. The wide range of titles shows the diversity of the research done at City and we have had lovely feedback about it.”

Read For Research was set up to help postgraduate researchers get hold of print material specifically related to their topic of interest: you’ll know if you borrow a book purchased via the scheme because it will have a bright shiny sticker on the front proudly telling you so.

Read For Research
Shiny Read For Research sticker

The form to submit a Read For Research request can be found on our website and there is some helpful information provided about how the scheme works- you can even place a hold on the item being purchased, guaranteeing that you’ll be the first person to borrow it when it becomes available.

Diane also asked if she could give a quick plug for her own new resource too: Citylibresearchcasestudies.

“The purpose of this is to give a practical insight into researching different subjects from the point of view of a research student or staff member who has either recently researched the topic(s) or who is a new or experienced researcher. It concentrates on areas such as: Library resources such as databases and journals, useful textbooks, literature searching experiences and keywords and any publications, articles blog posts etc. and tips for new researchers.”

There’s some really interesting stuff on the site and it’s great to see so many of City’s researchers engage with the project.

Thanks for your suggestions Diane!