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.

Take a break, win a prize

Here at CityLibrary we think it’s important to remind all of our students and staff about the importance of self-care during the exams and assessment period. Working hard to achieve excellent results can be tough, both mentally and physically. That’s why we like to encourage everyone to #TakeABreak.

Whether you go for a walk, get some fresh air, switch off your smartphone for half an hour, or go home to get some sleep, it’s crucial to look after yourself and to find of ways of managing the stress you’ll experience as best as you can.

If you want, you can distract yourself for a while with one of our puzzling puzzles or our colourful colouring-in sheets:

Sudoku puzzle sheet.
Samurai Sudoku

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Codebreaker puzzle sheet.
Codebreaker 

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George Daniels clock colouring-in sheet.
Colour-in the George Daniels Clock

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City of London skyline colouring in sheet.
Colour-in the City

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This year we’re running weekly prize draws, so tweet us your artistic achievements or hand-in your completed copies at one of our Help Desks (remembering to include your name and City email) and you could win £10 print credit for your efforts.

We’d also recommend you take advantage of the range of support services and resources available to you:

And please remember: friends, colleagues, staff, there are loads of people around wanting to help you through the process as best they can; try not to let everything overwhelm you, talk to someone, get support, seek advice – you will get there in the end.

Good luck everyone.

Counseling and Therapy in Video

Counseling and Therapy in Video is an online database which may be of interest to students, researchers and academics from the health and social sciences.

The database provides access to videos (in the form of instructions, lectures/presentations and documentaries) which demonstrate the realities and challenges of working with clients and the challenges of putting theoretical concepts into practice.

Screenshot of Counseling and Therapy in video

Subjects covered include behaviour, child development, crime, communication, culture, mental health and psychology.

 

Take a closer look at e-books

You’ve probably noticed that many of the items on your reading lists come as e-books. E-books are great in several ways:

    • They’re available 24/7
    • They can be accessed on and off campus
    • They’re often great for readers using assistive software
    • You won’t ever have to worry about forgetting to renew them on time
    • You can search within the text of an e-book to find the thing you want really quickly.

You’ve probably also noticed that different e-books look and function differently.

That’s because we purchase titles from different publishers and providers and so the rules about access and use can vary.

To help answer questions you might have about using e-books, we have created an online guide which you can access via the Library website. As well as some general information about using e-books, the guide has detailed sections on each of our main suppliers, offering tips on the different features available, troubleshooting advice, plus links to more information if you need it.

All of our e-books can be accessed via CityLibrary Search – just click on the ‘Full Text Online’ link when it appears in the search results.

Screenshot of CityLibrary search results screen showing titles with an e-book available.
Example search for a title with an e-book available.

We have thousands of titles available online and we’re acquiring new ones all the time (for example, the clickable images scrolling above) so whatever your research or personal interests, there should always be something for you, available when you need it.

Subscribe and use CityLibrary News

To keep up to date with what’s happening across Library Services why not subscribe to CityLibrary News?

Screenshot of a news story on CityLibrary News
CityLibrary News

We regularly post stories on topics such as brand new online resources, the latest textbooks purchased, campaigns like Take a Break and service updates, e.g. on our opening hours or bookable study spaces during the exam period.

Plus we’re always interested to know what you think, so you can send us your comments and questions on any of the news items we publish, or suggestions on any topics you want to read more about.

Happy reading!

 

Food, fitness, fiction and fun: four top tips for surviving the exam period

We’re always impressed with the dedication displayed by City students, especially during the exam period when our libraries are full of focused individuals from morning until midnight. But we’re also keen to make sure you’re all taking of yourself, and of each other, during what can be a stressful time for many: having regular study breaks, getting some rest, even distracting yourself entirely for a few minutes can help to ensure you avoid burn-out.

Here are 4 things we think might help you survive the exam period in tip-top shape:

1: Borrow a book for fun

Research has shown that reading can help to reduce stress levels and we have a rapidly growing fiction collection just waiting to be explored. Books aren’t just a gateway to knowledge and exam success, they’re also a great way to escape into other worlds, leave your cares behind, daydream and wonder. Even if just for a few minutes on the Tube ride home. Ask at one of our Help Desks for more information (and maybe the odd recommendation too).

Image of CityWolf looking at books on Wolf-themed topics, e.g. Wolf Hall
CityWolf loves borrowing books from the Northampton Square Library

2: Stay classy

CitySport have an expanded range of classes on offer on everything from intense fitness to yoga. The old cliché ‘a healthy body equals a healthy mind’ is a cliché for a reason.

Screenshot of the CitySport website
CitySport website

CitySport are offering five free spaces in each of the following classes between 7th-18th January. This is part of Study Well. Sign up via the CitySport website (please note, you will need to register in order to login).

 

Days

Time

Activity

Monday 7th and 14th

12:30-13:30 Yoga

Tuesday  8th and 15th

17:45-18:45

Afrobeats

Wednesday 9th and 16th

12:45-13:45

Yoga

Thursday 10th and 17th

18:00-19:00

Yoga by candlelight

Friday 11th and 18th 12:15-13:15

Pilates

 

3: Chow down

As well as free breakfasts available at the Student’s Union Hub, the EATC1TY food outlets across campus will be extending their opening hours to make sure everyone can grab a snack. Re-fueling is important and skipping meals is actually bad for you in the long run.

4: Chillax

CityBar’s longer opening hours provide a great opportunity to spend a few minutes relaxing at the end of a long hard day. Even if it’s just a few minutes catching up with classmates, having an opportunity to unwind can be just the reward for all that achieving.

Take a break

It’s that time of the year again when exam revision and coursework deadlines leap to the top of your to-do list. It’s also that time of year when Library Services launches our #TakeABreak campaign.

#TakeABreak is about highlighting how taking proper care of yourself can help you achieve better results. That might mean making sure you take regular rest breaks, go for a walk, have a snack, distract yourself for 10 minutes, or leave early to get a good night’s sleep. Pushing yourself to achieve outstanding results shouldn’t mean compromising your health and wellbeing.

Image of puzzles and sudokus
Pick up a puzzle

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be highlighting a few tips and ideas to help you cope with what can often be a busy and stressful time of year, from reminders about our extended opening times to how you can book a study space; and watch out for our popular sudokus, puzzles, plus some fabulous freebies we’ll be giving away too.

Image of red CityLibrary reusable mug
We’re giving away free mugs during 24/7

And remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, there are lots of ways to get support here at City via the Student Union, Chaplaincy, Health Service and of course Library Staff.

(When you do take a break from your studies, share your results on Instagram & Twitter #CityLibraryExams / #TakeABreak and let us know how you’re getting on).

Good luck everyone!

 

New Library resource: London Review of Books

We’re pleased to announce that Library Services now subscribes to the online edition of the London Review of Books. 

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.

Our subscription includes access to every piece ever published via the digital archive and to the blogpodcasts and short documentaries available on the website. 

Browse the archive by issue/category or search via keyword. Once you find the article you need you’ll see options to print, cite and email content at the top of each page. 

A selection of articles to get you started:

Acess the London Review of Books via CityLibrary Search or our Databases A-Z.

If you have any questions about the London Review of Books please contact alexandra.asman.1@city.ac.uk 

Take a break

You’re busy revising for your exams. You’re spending a lot of time in the library.

And, now that we’re open 24/7 until Friday June 8th you’re able to spend even more time here if you want to.

You’re working hard. You’re committed. You’re going to succeed.

But it’s important to remember that your health and wellbeing are crucial to achieving exam success too: taking rest breaks, eating and sleeping are extremely important. If you walk into the exam room tired, hungry and stressed, your performance might suffer.

That’s why we’re running our Take a break campaign again, to help make sure you’re feeling at your best when it matters. Here are a few suggestions to help you get through the next few weeks feeling fantastic and ready to go:

Picutre of colouring book, pencils a sudoku and wordsearch
Take a break with our colouring books and puzzles

“Colour me calm” notebooks & pencils

Research has shown spending some time doing something creative is relaxing and encourages the brain to function better. Why not pick up one of our fab notebooks, a pack of pencils and spend a few minutes away from your screen scribbling?

Word search & Sudoku

If colouring is not your thing, pick up one of the word searches created by library staff: there are several to choose from, each with a different theme.

Or, if you’re overwhelmed with words, try our Sudokus: fiendish and fun, they’ll keep your mind off of revision for a good few minutes.

Fiction collection

We have a growing fiction collection in print and online which you can escape into whilst having a cup of tea or afternoon snack. Reading is calming and an excellent de-stresser.

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When you do take a break from your studies, don’t forget to share your results on Instagram & Twitter with us: and watch out for more suggestions being posted online #CityLibraryExams. Lastly, please remember, however you’re feeling, library staff are here and available if you need help, advice or a friendly chat.

Good luck everyone!

Psyched about DPsychs

If you’re in the process of studying to become a practitioner psychologist and preparing to carry out a research project, you will probably want to have at look at past theses submitted by previous City students.

You can of course search for theses using CityLibrary Search and/or browse City Research Online, but our Subject Librarian Antonella has also created a handy list of DPsychs published over the last few years on Reading Lists Online– plus she’s helpfully highlighted the methodology used too.

Image of the list of DPsychs on Reading Lists Online
List of DPsychs on Reading Lists Online

There are many theses available in full-text via City Research Online as well as print copies available on request from our basement store, so hopefully you’ll find some great examples to help you get started.