High Five a Librarian Day

Friend to Libraries, Neil Gaiman, told us (and the rest of Twitter) a couple of days ago that today is High Five a Librarian Day!  (and that it’s Alan Moore’s Birthday – you can find his book, Watchmen, on Level 5, btw).

Since discovering this, we’ve been thinking about how to mark the occasion.  Should we wear badges with the High Five a Librarian logo and patrol the library seeking High Fives…?  Sounds fun but we like to leave you to study in peace. Though having said that, we did do just a little bit. Sorry.

If you would like to join in, perhaps because you like using CityLibrary, perhaps just because you like to High Five, you are cordially invited to show your appreciation for libraries by High Fiving librarians on the Level 2 Service Desk for rest of the day.

Happy High Five a Librarian Day to all!

Library Loves…Exams

We’re here when you need us the most.

Throughout December and January Library Loves… Exams.  Look for stalls in the library examsat Northampton Square, outside Cass Learning Resource Centre and at the Law Libraries at Innovation Centre and Gray’s Inn Place with special information on how Library Services can support you during the exams period, with resources that provide help with exam prep, essay guidance and opening hours updates.  You might even be able to snag a freebie or two.

If you’re at Northampton Square during the exam period, you can book a space on a quiet floor, so you know you’ll have a quiet space to work.  Check the Library Services website for details. Follow us on Twitter (@CityUniLibrary) for regular updates on which levels have the most availability throughout the day.

Feeling the pressure?

In December and January, we encourage you to take a break with Library Services. Check out our DVD and fiction collection when you need to unwind. Recently added DVDs include Frozen, Jurassic World and American Hustle.

 

Looking for Industry Intelligence? IBISWorld

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IBISWorld provides industry intelligence. With over 400 industries covered and similar coverage of global economies, IBISWorld has the broadest collection of industry research worldwide. Each industry report provides the most detailed performance data and analysis on the market; supply chain information; forecasts; risk scores; operating strengths and weaknesses; analysis of external drivers; major player market strategies; and industry profit and costs benchmarks.

Resource of the month: Cite Them Right Online.

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Your go-to resource for proper citing and referencing. 

It covers how to cite and reference resources in your work using Harvard, the standard style for City, as well as APA, MLA, MHRA, OSCOLA and Vancouver referencing styles.Content includes step-by-step instructions for citing and referencing anything you use in your work including:

  • Book chapters
  • Journal articles 
  • Company reports
  • Websites 
  • Newspaper articles
  • YouTube videos
  • Legal cases
  • Government documents

Cite Them Right also has added content including videos, tips and tricks and guidelines for avoiding plagiarism.

How can I use it? Search for the type of resource you want to reference (e.g. ‘magazine article’) or browse using the categories at the top and choose your preferred style. Use the box next to the reference example to fill in your reference without having to switch between your browser and document.

Where can I find it? Search for ‘Cite Them Right’ in CityLibrary Search.

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!

Book an appointment with a librarian

Subject Librarians at Northampton Square offer 1 to 1 meetings where you can discuss your specialist research needs or get help with literature searching, using e-resources or citing and referencing. 

You can now book an appointment with a librarian online by visiting http://libcal.city.ac.uk/calendar/workshops or accessing your specific Subject Guide. When booking an appointment you will be asked to select a specific date and time and answer a few questions about the research you’ve done so far.

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Each librarian has their own set of expert skills so before making a booking click the i symbol next to their name to make sure they have the right knowledge to help you. 

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Once the appointment is made you will receive a booking confirmation and a reminder via email. If you can’t keep the appointment, please cancel in good time.

What we are not permitted to do

Librarians cannot  proof read or correct your written work. If you need support in essay planning or writing skills please contact Academic Learning Support

New Resource: Artemis Primary Sources


Artemis Primary Sources is a dynamic search platform which allows you to cross-search the full text of City University’s  subscriptions to Gale historical collections and newspapers. 

Content includes:

  • The Times and Sunday Times Archive (1785-2008)Capture
  • The Financial Times Historical Archive  (1888-2010)
  • The Independent Digital Archive  (1986-2012)
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004)
  • 19th Century Newspapers
  • 19th Century UK Periodicals
  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection. 

Features
As well as options to print, email and download your results you can create an account with Artemis to save and tag to your research.

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Search Tips
Try using Term Clusters to see terms that commonly occur in relation to your own search term; this can help uncover hidden connections, or can be a helpful starting point in the early stages of research.

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Use the Term Frequency function to see the frequency of a search term(s) in the content over time.  This shows the importance of particular concepts during given periods.

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Access
You can access Artemis Primary Sources from the A-Z Database List or from CityLibrary Search.

Help
If you require help in using Artemis Primary Sources please contact your Subject Librarian

 

Library Essentials – Getting to know CityLibrary

Library Essentials Logo 1Do you need a reminder about some of the resources and services available at CityLibrary? Did you miss your library induction?

Then this new 30min workshop is perfect for you. The session will cover:

  • Our different libraries and facilities
  • How to use City Library Search to find print and online resources
  • Managing your library account
  • How to access your reading lists
  • Where to go for further help

This workshop is designed to give an overview of CityLibrary services and is suitable to students of all levels. Book your place using our Library Training Calendar 

Love Your Library

Between 1st October and Christmas Library Services will be running a pilot scheme allowing the consumption of food and drink in library spaces. 

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The success of the scheme will be monitored throughout the autumn term and will only become policy if all students work together with Library Services to make it a success.

A fresh fair full of friendly folks

It was great to meet so many of you at the City Library Services stall at Freshers’ Fair set in the University’s brilliant new sports facility, CitySport. We hope you enjoyed meeting us, finding out a bit more about the Library Services and learning how to search for resources.

If you missed our stalls you can always say hello to us via social media. This term we want to know what you love about Library Services. Take a photo on Instagram, tweet or write on our Facebook wall. Whether it’s the studious buzz of the third floor at Northampton Square, the artworks in the Graduate Centre or even just reading a library book on the bus in the morning, we want to know.

All entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a free goody bag. Just remember to use the hashtag #LibraryLoves

If you missed our Freshers’ Fair stall don’t worry you can still say hello to us via social media! #cityunilibrary #libraryloves

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