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:
Understanding, organising and retaining information can be challenging. While studying and working we often need to compose and organise our written work, understand complex topics and retain information. Mindmapping can be an excellent tool to help us meet these challenges.
Depending on the task at hand mindmapping can be useful for almost everyone, but can be particularly useful for Neurodiverse profiles such as Dyslexic learners.
Mindmapping is a way of graphically representing a topic, concept or problem, so we can visualise it, making it easier to understand. Mindmapping is a versatile technique which can have many applications. Here are some examples:
Mindmapping is a great way to brainstorm. You can use it to better capture your thoughts or start exploring a topic. You may find that it can help to stimulate and generate more ideas.
Capturing all of your ideas can reduce the load on your working memory. Once you can see your ideas together on one page, you can then edit and arrange them into a more organised structure. This is also useful for group brainstorms, try it on our large screens in the group study rooms and technobooths.
Planning and organising
Bring order to chaos. Before you start a task it’s a good idea to plan how you are going to do it. Mindmapping can help you plan written work such as an essay. With most digital mindmaps, as you build your map you can add more substantial notes to ideas. This means that when you export your finished mindmap into a Word document you have a logical outline structure and some content to get started with.
You could even use a mindmap to plan your research or literature search in an academic database, plotting out which keywords, synonyms and antonyms you are going to use.
Make your revision notes into a map. When trying to recall information it’s easier to remember the spatial layout of a map rather than linear notes. Add additional memory hooks, such as colour and images, which can prompt you to recall the associated concepts.
Breaking down complex ideas
Some topics are complicated such as land law, who is related to who in Wuthering Heights, or potential Brexit scenarios, requiring flow charts and maps to make visual sense. It’s difficult to keep all that information in your head or to understand the connections when going backwards and forwards though linear notes.
So, how can I start mindmapping?
To me, Mindmapping has no strict rules, but there are some basic guiding principles you may wish to follow to keep your map effective:
Put your topic or essay title in the centre this is useful for keeping you on track or remind you to answer the question in hand.
Use single keywords (or very short phrases) so you can see at a glance what the map means when you come back to it. Key words are easier to digest and remember if you are using the map for revision. Keywords are also useful because at the mapping stage our ideas may not be fully formed sentences, but we can still easily capture and build on them.
Using MindGenius software
MindGenius 2019 software is now available on any City student Windows pc.
Staff can download the software onto their City staff desktop computer via the Software Centre. MindGenius is excellent for project management and has some advanced features to facilitate this, such as the ability to create a Gantt chart from your map at the click of a button.
The software is simple to use with “type and return” functionality to build you map. You can also:
Add attachments to keep the documents you are reading for a project or essay organised by linking them to relevant branches within the map.
Add notes: Add more substantial notes to each branch. As mentioned, this feature is excellent when planning an essay.
Export to Word: You can export your finished mind map to Word to create draft written work. In Word you will have a linear structure to work with along with your added notes.
Export to PowerPoint: You can use the software to help plan and create presentations.
The mental connection tool allows you to link ideas on different areas of you map and describe the relationship between them.
Categories and Filter: You can use colours to code or categorise ideas across your map. If your map becomes quite large and complex you can filter by category to concentrate on particular themes.
Templates such as the SWOT and PEST analysis can help encourage exploration of a topic and apply critical thinking to it.
If you’re really not sure where to start there are guided brainstorm tools, such as ‘solution finder’ and ‘question sets’.
A real life example
I find mindmapping incredibly useful for organising complex, but otherwise unordered ideas. To write this article I planned it first in Mind Genius.
I started by brainstorming in an unstructured way, getting every one of my ideas down on the page (which is very cathartic!). This reduced the load on my working memory. I also used the Who? What? Where? When? Question set to stimulate more ideas and identify gaps in my thinking.
Once all my ideas were on the page I could move on to organising and structuring the information using the drag and drop functionality to group ideas which came under the same theme.
Then I could think more critically and reject any of the weaker or less relevant ideas. i.e. in this article I’m not going to talk about other mindmapping software so I have deleted those branches on review.
If you need help or have any questions about Mind Genius contact us. We’d like to hear what you think so please add your comments below or share with fellow students how mind mapping works for you.
We are pleased to introduce two new databases to our collection: EIU Country Data and EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts. These databases have widespread applications across the disciplines, including Economics and Journalism.
EIU Country Data is an economic indicators database covering 200 countries and 45 regional aggregates. Global in coverage, EIU Country Data includes forecasts, external trade and GDP going back as far as 1980. It can be used to research individual counties in detail or to compare criteria across regions.
EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts is an economic database with industry data covering 60 countries dating back to 1990. Global in coverage, EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts also includes economic and industry forecasts for the next five years.
Other databases with detailed economics data can only be accessed on site with a specialist username and password. However, EIU Country Data and EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts can be accessed from anywhere with your City username and password.
We’re excited to introduce a new database Activistmonitor to our collection at Cass.
Shareholder activism has become a growing concern for publicly traded companies after many businesses have had to change their strategies in response to the demands of shareholder activists, rather than the usual demands of the market. Recent reports of shareholder activism in the media make it a hot topic for further study.
Activistmonitor covers activist campaigns including past campaigns, strategies and potential targets. It aims to give users an idea of how a given shareholder campaign might play out based on the behaviour of past targets and activists.
We are pleased to introduce a new database to our collection at Cass. Acuris Intelligence Risk covers financial crime and politically exposed businesses. It includes sanctions search, adverse news and country reports. It can be searched by business or individual.
Acuris Intelligence Risk is an excellent tool for those interested in investigating people and businesses for risk because unlike other business databases, which provide data that comes from a third-party on their platform, Acuris Intelligence Risk gathers the information and analyses it themselves. Its sources includelegal, government and news; documentation is linked back to the original source. This means that users get a clear and outside perspective on a business or an individual on often sensitive topics, making it ideal to assess risk.
Published twice a month, the London Review of Books describes itself as ‘Europe’s leading magazine of culture and ideas’. It features essays by academics, writers, and journalists on a variety of topics, as well as reviews, poetry, and letters.
The database World-Check Country Risk Ranking from Thomson Reuters is now available for use inside the library.
What does it do?
World-Check Country Risk Ranking provides a current ranking of countries based on political, economic and criminal factors from hundreds of independent sources and international organisations, including the World Bank, Financial Action Task Force, OECD and World Economic Forum.
Risk factors include:
• Type of governance
• Political stability
• Armed conflict
• Human Rights
• Credit Sovereign Ratings
• Human trafficking
Ranking is updated when new source material is published. Ratings are transparent and linked directly to their sources.
How can we get access it?
World-Check Country Risk Ranking can be accessed on networked computers at Northampton Square Library or Cass Learning Resource Centre. Users should ask at the helpdesk to get access. Please note only one user at a time can access it at each site.
Questions about World-Check Country Risk Ranking can be directed to Samantha Halford (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Catie Tuttle (email@example.com).
The Oxford DNB includes 60,000 biographies, 11,000 portraits and 250 podcasts. The biographies are concise, up-to-date and written by named, specialist authors. It is overseen by academic editors at Oxford University and published by Oxford University Press. The advanced search functionality lets you search by occupation, gender, and time period and life event and the database is updated regularly throughout the year.
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.
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.