Services and Resources Status Updates

Have you ever wondered why a library resource is not working or wanted to check if there is any upcoming system maintenance? You can now quickly do so, by checking our Current status of library services and resources page!

We knew that having a centralised place to check would make your life easier, so we worked hard to produce a tool that would clearly show you the status of Library Services’ core systems and services. So now, in one place, we are able to highlight to you known issues and periods of service disruption, and provide you with information on alternatives where necessary.

On that page you will be able to check the status of our online resources, services and spaces. Specific major issues are highlighted at the top, but you can click on each category to get more details on what is happening (an alert shows next to a category when there is an issue related to it), and learn about other potential issues:

  • In Online resources are listed current issues with library resources and news items about upcoming maintenance, as well as workarounds for known issues. If you have found an issue with a resource, this page may tell you why. If not, you can report the issue to e-access@city.ac.uk
  • By checking the status of our Services, you will know if any of them is disrupted – did you know that all but one are available at the moment?
  • Currently all our physical Spaces are closed, of course, but this will be a useful page to remember checking when we reopen.  

Give it a quick try at https://libanswers.city.ac.uk/systems –  see what’s happening and what will be happening soon!

Library systems downtime

We are upgrading our library systems overnight Monday 16th – Tuesday 17th December.  As a result you may experience intermittent periods of downtime during which you will be unable to:

  • login to online resources
  • see book availability through CityLibrary Search
  • request items, or
  • login to your CityLibrary Account to renew items.

Please plan ahead to conduct research and manage your account ahead of this time.

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

 

New and updated Library Guides for Health Sciences

We are excited to announce Governmental, news and statistical resources, a new Library Guide for School of Health Sciences students, researchers and academics. It provides access to:

The guide formally known as Doing a systematic review has been updated and renamed Doing postgraduate research to cover all advanced dissertations and research projects, including systematic reviews.

Some new sections have also been added, including a Database Search Checklist which can be used after an initial database search to ensure the correct search strategies have been followed.

All of our guides for Health Sciences can be found here https://libguides.city.ac.uk/health.

Introducing Bloomberg Query Language

 

 

Attention Bloomberg users: Bloomberg has delivered a new API that you can use to download and save data from Bloomberg through the Bloomberg Excel Add-in. Introducing: Bloomberg Query Language (BQL). It works by:

  • Consolidating fields
  • Reducing the number of tickers you have to list
  • Aggregating data

Why use it?

  1. You can do more in Bloomberg without hitting Bloomberg’s download limit. This is because BQL uses much less data than the traditional way of using data in Bloomberg. Rather than taking the raw data and doing the calculations in Excel or another application, Bloomberg does the calculations for you on their end and then gives you the aggregate figures.
  2. You’ll save time because you won’t have to list tickers and work out the formula by trial and error. Bloomberg works with lists of tickers and aggregates sums.
  3. Knowing how to use BQL is a marketable skill. BQL requires that you know how to use complex Excel formulas, and the functionality of those formulas is not dissimilar to Python, another skill employers look for.

How can I use it?

  1. To get started, login to a Bloomberg terminal, sign into Bloomberg and open the Excel Add-in.
  2. Select the BQL Builder tool.
  3. Begin building your query. Refer to the BQL guide on Bloomberg for guidance – type BQLX <GO>

What resources can I use to get support?

  • BQL Cheatsheet, available on the Cass Library Moodle page
  • BQLX <GO> lists the complete guide to using BQL.
  • FLDS <GO> lists available fields that exist in Bloomberg

New to Bloomberg? Check out the Library Guide for Financial Information to learn about where to find it, how to sign up for access, and how to get help.

Access the Times Higher Education (THE) online

All City staff and students have access to the Times Higher Education (THE) online via Library Services’s subscription.

THE contains global higher education coverage including world university rankings, news, opinions and features. You can read online articles, digital editions and download the app to your own personal device.

THE Logo

To set up your THE account, go to www.timeshighereducation.com, select the person icon in the top right corner and register using your City email address. The THE app is available to download from your app store provider on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire.

THE is just one of a number of publications which you can access for free. For news sources check our Newspapers and Magazines, for Journal articles you can browse our Journals A-Z list or, if you’re not sure where to start, have a look at your subject specific Library Guide for expert suggestions and links.

If you have any questions/comments about access to online resources, contact us. Happy reading!

New database: Activistmonitor

We’re excited to introduce a new database Activistmonitor to our collection at Cass.

Shareholder activism has become a growing concern for publicly traded companies after many businesses have had to change their strategies in response to the demands of shareholder activists, rather than the usual demands of the market. Recent reports of shareholder activism in the media make it a hot topic for further study.

Activistmonitor covers activist campaigns including past campaigns, strategies and potential targets. It aims to give users an idea of how a given shareholder campaign might play out based on the behaviour of past targets and activists.

Activistmonitor can only be accessed at Cass Learning Resource Centre on specific terminals. If you are interested in using it, please visit the Helpdesk in the LRC.

New database: Acuris Intelligence Risk

We are pleased to introduce a new database to our collection at Cass. Acuris Intelligence Risk covers financial crime and politically exposed businesses. It includes sanctions search, adverse news and country reports. It can be searched by business or individual.

Acuris Intelligence Risk is an excellent tool for those interested in investigating people and businesses for risk because unlike other business databases, which provide data that comes from a third-party on their platform, Acuris Intelligence Risk gathers the information and analyses it themselves. Its sources include legal, government and news; documentation is linked back to the original source. This means that users get a clear and outside perspective on a business or an individual on often sensitive topics, making it ideal to assess risk.

Acuris Intelligence Risk can only be accessed at Cass Learning Resource Centre on specific terminals. If you are interested in using it, please visit the Helpdesk in the LRC.

Thomson Reuters Room at Cass Library, Bunhill Row, closed between 1st and 8th of April

The Thomson Reuters Room (R1010) is going to be closed for a week from 1st April. The room is being refurnished, so when it opens up again on 8th April, you’ll have new and better furniture to make using the room more comfortable. Eikon PCs in the room will be unavailable during this period. You can find 5 more Eikon PCs in Cass Library, which you can book online for up to two hours at a time, and 2 at our Northampton Square campus, which you can also book.

You can find locations of alternative PCs for general use around Cass on IT Services’ website.

Room 1010, Bunhill Row

Library system downtime: March 11th-12th

We are upgrading our library systems overnight Monday 11th – Tuesday 12th March.  As a result you may experience intermittent periods of downtime during which you will be unable to:

  • login to online resources
  • see book availability through CityLibrary Search
  • request items, or
  • login to your CityLibrary Account to renew items.

Please plan ahead to conduct research and manage your account ahead of this time.