Resource of the month: British Library Newspapers

The British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs newspapers specially BL Newspaper searchselected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain.

The collection includes national and regional newspapers with special attention paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.

Newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others.

What can I search for?

  • News Articles – read about national events, as well as issues of local and regional importance. 

    Essex Newspaper
    “Another Horrible Murder in Whitechapel.” Essex Newsman, Tuesday, July 23, 1889, Issue 5150, p.3
  • Family Notices – search for birth, marriage and death notices.
  • Letters – read letters to the editor written by the newspaper’s readers, including illuminating contemporary debates, aspirations and anxieties.
  • Obituaries – view a wealth of contemporary information on the lives of notable individuals.
  • Advertisements – these include classifieds, shipping notices and appointments.
  • Illustrations – see photographs, engravings, graphics, maps and editorial cartoons.

How do I access British Library Newspapers?

Access British Library Newspapers via the Databases A-Z list or the Newspapers Library Guide

You can also access British Library Newspaper content via Gale Primary Sources. Gale Primary Sources allows you to cross-search many of the digitised newspaper collections City subscribes to, including The Times, Sunday Times and the Daily Mail.

Newspaper Clipping
“Grand Opening of the Great Exhibition.” Chelmsford Chronicle, 2 May 1851, p. 4.

If you have any questions about British Library Newspapers please contact Alex Asman (

New Resource: New York Times Archive

Library Services now provides access to the  New York Times Archive 1851-2013. The newspaper which has won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other title, covers both US and international news, politics, science, technology and the arts.

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As well as offering full –text page images, the archive is integrated with the New York Times Index which allows searches to be targeted by subject, location, person, and organisation/company.


To access New York Times articles from 2014 onwards use Nexis UK or Factiva.

Browse our other historical newspaper databases on our Newspapers guide.


Logon to the New York Times Archive via the A-Z Database list or City Library Search.


Contact your Subject or Research Librarian if you need any help using this resource.

Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015

Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court is a leading work on the International Court of Justice.  Now in its fifth edition, we have purchased the e-book for our library collection.

The work is divided into four volumes:

  • Volume I – The Court and the United Nations
  • Volume II – Jurisdiction
  • Volume III – Procedure
  • Volume IV – Basic Documents and Indexes

In order to navigate your way around the e-book, you can either browse the individual chapters within each volume, or you can use the search box at the top of the screen.

Alternatively you can use the General Index, Table of Cases or Index of Names in Volume IV.


You can access Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015 via CityLibrary Search.

Please note that our access to Rosenne currently does not work with Internet Explorer, so please use another browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.


If you have any questions about Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015, please contact Hilary Vieitez, Research Librarian (Law) at or Rob Hodgson, Subject Librarian, Law at

Resource of the month: Oxford Competition Law

Oxford Competition Law (OCL) is a database which combines world-renowned commentaries, authoritative peer-reviewed national case reports and analysis from EU member states. It also includes electronic access to “Bellamy and Child: European Union Law of Competition”, “Whish & Bailey: Competition Law” and “Faull & Nikpay: The EU Law of Competition”.

How do I access it?

You can access it through the library homepage. Click on “Databases A-Z”, filter your search using the drop-down menu “All Subjects” by selecting “Law” and then open “Oxford Competition Law”. Sign in using your City IT credentials.

How do I browse Bellamy & Child, Faull & Nikpay and Whish & Bailey?

The easiest way to access these books is through the top menu on the OCL homepage.

Once you have clicked on a title, e.g. Bellamy & Child, you can sort its content according to your needs. If you want to read the chapters in the order published in the book, you can do so by selecting “Sort by – Table of Contents Order” from the drop-down menu. If you know the chapter’s title or the author, you can sort the results by “Title A-Z” or “Author A-Z”.

When you select a title, both the content of the main book and its eventual supplements will be displayed. If you only wish to browse the supplement, you can remove the main book by clicking on the small “X” next to the title.

Are there other books available on OCL?

Yes, there are currently 14 other books, for example: Antitrust and Patent Law by Alan Devlin; Big Data and Competition Policy by Maurice Stucke and Allen Grunes; and Global Antitrust Compliance Handbook by D. Daniel Sokol, Daniel Crane and Ariel Ezrachi.

To access them, select “Content type” from the top menu and then “Book Content” under Commentary and analysis. To get a comprehensive list of all the titles available, select “Book titles” from the left hand side menu. You can now select the title you are interested in and then click “Update” to get access to the full content of the book. As before, you can sort chapters by title or by table of contents order.









What if I’m doing research on a specific subject?

If you are interested in a specific topic, you can refine your search to find chapters related to it from the different books. From the top menu, click on “Subject” and then select the topic you wish to read about.

How do I print, download and save content?

Print and download buttons can be found on the right hand side below the top menu. You can also create a personal profile, using your City email address, in order to save content and searches.

What other material is on OCL?

OCL also contains case reports, and European and international instruments and materials. If you need more help with your research you can contact Rob Hodgson, Subject Librarian, Law at or Hilary Vieitez, Research Librarian (Law) at

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

Resource of the month: Literature Online (LION)

What is Literature Online?

Literature Online is an online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. It combines the texts of over 355,000 literary works with a vast library of criticism and reference resources.

Bob DylanWhat’s Included?

You can use the Complete Contents page to browse through everything included.

Searching Literature Online

Start your search by entering  your keywords into the Quick Search Box. The Quick Search will find all resources in LION related to a particular author, title of a work, or subject matter. Further refinements (e.g. by date or publication) cannot be done in Quick Search.

Literature Online

You can search Authors, Texts, Criticism or Reference by clicking on the options on the blue bar above the single search box.

Our Picks

Cambridge Companions to Literature – LION includes 220 full text volumes of the CambridgeCambridge Companions to Literature. Read full books online or save/print or email chapters.

Poets On Screen – The Poets On Screen Library contains 879 video clips of poets reading their own and other poets’ work.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding Literature Online please contact 

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!

Resource of the month – World Bank eLibrary

What is the World Bank eLibrary?

The World Bank eLibrary offers quick and easy access to nearly 9,000 World Bank books, reports, journals and working papers published since early 1990’s.

The Word Bank eLibrary is a very useful resource to find information on global issues such as development policy, climate change and poverty; it covers a broad range of subjects:  


How can I use it?

You can browse or use the Quick and Advance search option to search for a specific book title or a topic. 

The landing page, always displays the list of the most recent books, journal articles and working papers added to the World Bank eLibrary


You can view if the book has been mentioned on social media, and link to the blog post or tweet, and view a geographical and demographical breakdown of the tweeters.


Looking for data?  The eLibrary’s data collection contains 54 of the most popular World Development Indicators.  You can search for data by regions or by indicators.  You can select the years you require and save them in a spreadsheet.


World Bank eLibary, highligts and features at and video tutorials at

Where can I access it? 

Find the link to the World Bank eLibrary in the A-Z list of databases , then access with your IT username and password

Resource of the month: Amirsys Imaging Reference Centre

What is it?  

A database offering high quality of medical images. It also contains information on pathology, differential diagnosis and different imaging findings such as CT, MR, nuclear medicine , ultrasound and radiographic findings. A selection of references for further reading is also presented in the database.

How do I use it? 

Select a topic from the ‘Topic Categories’ box or conduct a search in the box at the top of the screen.


Images can be used for teaching, presentations, assignments or dissertations. 

How do I access this resource? Search for ‘Amirsys’ in CityLibrary Search

Resource of the month: HeinOnline

What is it?

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.