Developing your research skills

Library Services offers workshops, appointments and subject specific Library Guides in order to help you develop your research skills.

Whether you are a brand new student just starting out, returning to study after a gap and looking to refresh your skills, or a postgraduate aiming to publish your work for the first time, there are lots of ways in which we can provide support, guidance and advice at a time and a place when you need it.

Dedicated Subject and Research Librarians along with Copyright specialists and our Digital Repository team are available to assist on an individual basis, or by providing embedded information literacy workshops tailored to individual course content and module requirements.

We also provide a range of opportunities for you to access help including: Help Desks staffed 7 days a week, Online Chat, and our Ask Us service: and we’re proud to have recently been awarded Customer Service Excellence accreditation.

All of our online services and resources can be accessed via the Library website, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as long as you have an internet connection and a smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC or other connected device.

And we’re always looking to improve our services and support too, so please do contact us with your feedback, comments and suggestions.

Autumn Specials

Autumn Specials: A series of drop-in sessions at Northampton Square and Cass Libraries
This autumn Library Services will host a series of drop-in sessions and workshops at the Northampton Square and Cass Libraries. These sessions form our Library Services Autumn Specials. They will be an excellent opportunity to meet the people behind these resources and learn about how to get more out of library resources.

See the table below for dates and times of each session. Select the links to find out more information and book your place.

Autumn Specials at Northampton Square

 

Event Date Time Location
Successful Employability with the Financial Times Tuesday 24th September 12-12:30pm A110 College Building
Financial Times Drop-in Tuesday 24th September 1-3pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Euromonitor Passport Drop-in Monday 7th October 12-3pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Gale Cengage Roadshow Wednesday 17th October 11am-2pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
SAGE Research Methods Thursday 7th November 11am-2pm Northampton Square Library Level 2

Autumn Specials at Cass

Event Date Time Location
Successful Employability with the Financial Times Thursday 3rd October 12-12:30pm 2003, Bunhill Row
Financial Times Drop-in Thursday 3rd October 1-3pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Bloomberg Drop-in Tuesday 8th October 1-4pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Bureau van Dijk Drop-in Thursday 17th October 1-4pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Euromonitor Passport Drop-in Wednesday 23rd October 12-3pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1

 

Want help with your citing and referencing?

Are you confused about Harvard citing and referencing, or do you need a refresher on the basics?

Good citing and referencing can help:

  • Structure your written work
  • Follow good academic practice
  • Give your written work credibility
  • Avoid plagiarism by crediting other people’s work.

If you want some help with your citing and referencing, then the library can help.

CityLibrary is running workshops throughout the term at both Northampton Square and Cass Business School on the basics of Harvard citing and referencing. These sessions will help you learn how to include citations in your work, how to reference different types of materials (e.g. book and articles), and how to create a reference list at the end of your written work.

Workshops at Northampton Square Library are running on:

Workshops at Cass Business School are running on:

  • Monday 11th February, 2.10pm – 3pm Book here
  • Tuesday 26th February, 2.10pm – 3pm Book here

Anyone can sign up for these sessions at either Northampton Square or Cass. If you can’t attend, there is also a guide on Harvard citing and referencing here.

Copyright training with a difference!

This session, on 2 November, 12-1.30pm, in AG08 (College Building) provides guidance in an innovative, interactive and fun way, to becoming more confident about copyright, and copying and re-using resources in the context of teaching. It is a team game which has been widely played at universities all over the world (including recently in Uruguay), and it has been known to get very competitive!

The game will cover what sort of material is covered by copyright law, what copyright protects and what use can be made of copyright material, copyright exceptions (what the law allows to be copied for specific purposes), and the role of licences (such as the CLA licence) in making content available to students.

It will be presented by Stephen Penton, who is responsible for copyright at City, and copyright expert and one of the developers of the game, Jane Secker.Copyright Card Game cards

 

If you would like to experience copyright in a totally new light, please come along! We need enough people for at least two teams.

  • Presented by: Stephen Penton (Copyright Librarian, Library Services), Jane Secker (Senior Lecturer, LEaD)
  • Time: 12-1.30pm, 2 November. Please bring your own lunch!
  • Room: AG08, College Building
  • Booking: https://libcal.city.ac.uk/event/3353358

If you are unable to come to this session, please do let Stephen Penton know (Stephen.penton@city.ac.uk) – he is the Copyright Librarian at City and will be happy to arrange further sessions and maintain a waiting list.

Library Services’ Autumn Specials

Autumn Specials: A series of drop-in sessions at Northampton Square and Cass Libraries
This autumn Library Services will host a series of drop-in sessions and workshops at the Northampton Square and Cass Libraries. These sessions form our Library Services Autumn Specials. They will be an excellent opportunity to meet the people behind these resources and learn about how to get more out of library resources.

See the table below for dates and times of each session. Select the links to find out more information and book your place.

Autumn Specials at Northampton Square

Event Date Time Location
Library Essentials Pop-Up Tuesday 25th September 12-2pm Level 1 Walk Way – University Building
Successful Employability with the Financial Times Tuesday 25th September 1.30-2pm University Building BLG07
Financial Times Drop-in Tuesday 25th September 2-4pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Library Essentials Pop-Up Thursday 4th October 1-2pm Level 1 Walk Way – University Building
Using and Navigating Anatomy TV Monday 8th October 1-2pm Northampton Square Library, Teaching Room level 3
The Economist Drop-in Tuesday 9th October 11am-1pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Bloomberg Drop-in Tuesday 16th October 3-4.30pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Gale Primary Sources Drop-in Thursday 18th October 11am-2pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Financial Times Drop-in Thursday 25th October 12-2pm Northampton Square Library Level 2

Autumn Specials at Cass

Event Date Time Location
Successful Employability with the Financial Times Thursday 11th October 1.30-2pm LG003, Bunhill Row
Financial Times Drop-in Thursday 11th October 2-4pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Bloomberg Drop-in Tuesday 16th October 3-5pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Financial Times Drop-in Wednesday 7th November 2-4pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Economist Drop-in Wednesday 14th November 11am-1pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Bureau van Dijk Drop-in Thursday 22nd November 2-5pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1

 

Copyright training with a difference!

Copyright: the Card Game

This session provides guidance in an innovative, interactive and fun way, to becoming more confident about copyright, and copying and re-using resources in the context of teaching. It is a team game which has been widely played at universities all over the world (most recently, to my knowledge, in Uruguay), and it has been known to get very competitive!

The game will cover what sort of material is covered by copyright law, what copyright protects and what use can be made of copyright material, copyright exceptions (what the law allows to be copied for specific purposes), and the role of licences (such as the CLA licence) in making content available to students.

It will be presented by Stephen Penton, who is responsible for copyright at City, and copyright expert and one of the developers of the game, Jane Secker.

If you would like to experience copyright in a totally new light, please come along! We need enough people for at least two teams.

  • Presented by: Stephen Penton (Copyright Librarian, Library Services), Jane Secker (Senior Lecturer, LEaD)
  • Time: 12-1.30pm Please bring your own lunch!
  • Room: AG08, College Building
  • Booking: https://libcal.city.ac.uk/event/3341247

If you are unable to come to this session, please do let Stephen Penton know (Stephen.penton@city.ac.uk) – he is the Copyright Librarian at City and will be happy to arrange further sessions and maintain a waiting list.

Financial Times to visit City in February

The Financial Times will be visiting during International City Week in February. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about key international features of the paper including:

  • How to see what’s on the front page of today’s print edition everywhere in the world
  • International columnists and the coverage.

The Financial Times at Northampton Square

Kylie Gammans of the Financial Times will present a lecture on Successful Employability with the Financial Times.

Tuesday 20th February 1.30-2pm Signup for the lecture here: https://libcal.city.ac.uk/event/3313970

If you can’t make it to the lecture, you can also speak to Kylie during her drop-in at Northampton Square Library level 2 from 11.15-1pm.

The Financial Times at Cass Business School

The Financial Times will be visiting the Learning Resource Centre at Cass Business School on Thursday 15th February and can be seen at the following times:

Drop-in: 2-3pm

Lecture 3.30-4pm Sign up for the lecture online: https://libcal.city.ac.uk/event/3308750

Do you still need to sign up for your free subscription to the FT.com? Login to using the City Library website and use your City email address to register.  After you’ve registered, you can easily access your account through www.ft.com > login with the details you initially set up.

Library Workshops for the School of Health Sciences

During October Subject Librarians from the School of Health Sciences will be running a range of library workshops for students, researchers and academics.

These workshops have been designed to help you get the most out of Library resources and develop effective research skills. Booking is essential for all workshops and can be completed by visiting our Library Workshops Calendar or click on the relevant date/time below.                                                    

Discovering health resources to help with your studies and research

The aim of the session is to make attendees aware of the various resources available which can aid their research and study needs. We will cover how each type of resource can be useful and at what stage of your course / research they are most beneficial to use. The session will be demonstrative rather than ‘hands on’.


Searching for literature for your undergraduate Health Sciences dissertation

This session will cover how to do an effective keyword search using the databases in the Ebscohost and Ovid Online platforms, the search strategies used to construct your search as well as the search tools to help focus your search.


Researchers: Developing a search strategy for your dissertation/systematic review

This session is for Masters and PhD students, researchers and academics who are about to begin working on their dissertation/systematic review.

If you have any questions about the workshops please contact your Subject or Research Librarian

Employability Skills workshops at City Library

Sign-up to one of our Employability Skills workshops to find out how City Library can support your personal development and transition into the workplace. 

1. Researching future employers using library resources

When applying for jobs you’ll need to be able to demonstrate to future employers that you keep up to date with news and current affairs in your chosen field of work. You’ll also need to show that you’ve researched thoroughly the organisation or company which you are hoping to work for.

In this practical workshop we’ll look at a number of resources available via the library that can support this research and help you get the job you want.

In this workshop we’ll cover:

  • How to search the international news database Nexis UK to find company, industry and regional news
  • How to find company information by searching financial databases such as Business Source Complete, Marketline and IBISWorld

 Dates: 

 

2. Your digital footprint and keeping your finger on the pulse

This session will provide tips on how to present yourself online to potential employers and using social media to your advantage.

In this workshop we’ll…

  • Discuss the implications of your ‘digital footprint’
  • Explore the benefits of developing your online presence
  • Highlight the role of social media in developing an online identity
  • Show the range of digital tools and organisations which can support your research

Dates: 

For further resources visit our Employability Guide.

Library Essentials Pop-Ups Next Week

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Did you miss your induction?  Did Welcome Week pass by in a blur?

Then why not drop-in to one of our Library Essentials sessions next week.  Helpful library staff will tell you about the services and resources available at CityLibrary including:

We will be at:

  • Northampton Square Library, on Level 2, from 2-3pm Monday 24th to Friday 28th October
  • Cass Learning Resource Centre, from 2-3pm on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th October
  • Law Library Innovation Centre, from 2-3pm on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th October

Students of all levels are welcome!