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!

Open Music Library

The Open Music Library is a new initiative with the aim to  build the world’s most comprehensive open network of digital resources for the study of music.

Curated by a community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians it is free to
access and includes peer-reviewed journals books, music scores, with audio and video coming soon (public domain, linked open data).
There is in-depth cross-searching of both open access and for-fee content (including Alexander Street collections).

Global contributors include: British Library; Royal Library of Denmark; Bibliothéque national de France; Bibioteca Nacional de Espaňa; Biblioteka Narodowa; the Library of Congress – and more to come…

Visit the feedback forum http://forum.openmusiclibrary.org/ so you can get involved in developing the Open Music Library!

Library Staff Love #3: City Research Online

City Research Online
City Research Online

For January we thought we’d share Samantha’s nomination for City Research Online (or CRO for short):

“I love City Research Online because it’s a great showcase of all the amazing research our academics produce. It’s a repository of different versions of our academics’ work, freely available for anyone to download and benefit from.”

Research is shared on CRO as part of our commitment to the principles of Open Access: that results of research, in the form of publications, should be freely available to anyone with access to the internet.

For anyone wanting more information about City Research Online and Open Access, the team have put together a helpful Library Guide available online. You can also follow the latest items being uploaded to CRO via Twitter.

Thanks Samantha!

Resource of the month: HeinOnline

What is it?
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HeinOnline provides full text access to a large number of law and law-related periodicals covering US, UK and international publications. It also includes resources such as:

  • Publications from the European Centre for Minority Issues
  • Pentagon Papers (a collection of papers relating to the US’s involvement in Vietnam from 1945 – 67)
  • US Presidential Library, which contains various documents relating to US Presidents
  • Women and the Law, which includes biographies of famous women, as well as resources on topics such as ‘legal rights & suffrage’ and ‘women & society’
  • World Constitutions and related material, searchable by country.

How can I use it?  Search all collections by using the search box at the top of the HeinOnline menu page, or browse collections by category or name.  An Advanced Search function is also available.

Where can I find it?  Search for ‘HeinOnline’ in CityLibrary Search.  Click on the HeinOnline link and enter your username and password.  Once on the HeinOnline home screen, click on the blue ‘LOG IN’ button in order to access the HeinOnline menu page.

Library Staff Love #1: LISTA

Welcome to our brand new feature, Library Staff Love! Each month, a member of the Library Services team here at City University London will share what they love about the Library and tell you why.

Our first recommendation has come from James, who has nominated LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts) as his choice.

"Fantastic place to find an array of relevant articles!"
“Fantastic place to find an array of relevant articles!”

But why does James love LISTA?

“I have found this an invaluable resource and my first port of call when looking for articles for essays, presentations and now my dissertation. It’s easy to set up a detailed search, as well as save searches and articles for later.”

James is absolutely right- LISTA has full-text access to books, journals, conference proceedings and all kinds of information dating right back to the 1960s, making it a fabulous resource for Library and Information Science researchers.

Thanks James!