Essential maintenance to Westlaw, LexisLibrary, Nexis and other databases from Monday 23rd November

We will be updating the login for some of our online library resources in the week commencing 23rd November.

How will this affect me?

This work will affect the way you login to the following online library resources which use the OpenAthens or Institutional login.

  • Westlaw UK
  • Westlaw Books
  • Practical Law
  • Lawtel
  • LexisLibrary
  • Nexis UK
  • JustisOne

What should I do?

All users are asked to back up any important research data in these databases by Wednesday the 25th November.

Please be aware there may be intermittent access issues for some resources during the week of 23rd to 30th November while publishers systems update.

We aim to make the process as seamless as possible.  However, whilst we are working with publishers to try and maintain our users’ personal settings, we cannot guarantee changes to users’ settings will not occur.

As a precaution, please can you save any personal settings, files and folders on online library resources websites that you have associated with your City account details before the 25th Nov.  This is to minimise any risk to your research data.

From 23rd November onwards, you will start to see changes to login screens when you follow options to sign in via institution or sign in via OpenAthens.

OpenAthens Login Screen

Things to be aware of

  • If you have a personal account you may need to re-associate it with your login the next time you access a database (e.g. ThomsonReuters OnePass)
  • If you have saved searches and alerts you may need to set them up again.
  • If you have bookmarked resources you may need to re-bookmark them.
  • Please contact us via e-access@city.ac.uk if you need any help.
  • This will only affect online library resources that use an OpenAthens or institutional sign in as below.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Contact our E-Access Team via e-access@city.ac.uk if you have questions or need any help at all.

 

Financial databases on site access

We are pleased to announce that Financial resources on site are now available to students.

For those of you able to come to campus, 12 terminals are currently available in the Business School at Bunhill Row, and 6 terminals at Northampton Square Library will be available from Monday 5th October. Continue reading Financial databases on site access

5 videos for Business students

Attention Business students! Whether you are new to the Business School or you just want to brush up on your academic skills, you can quickly learn about which resources you can use and how to access them with our new Business Library Online Resources videos.

They average about 10 minutes in length each and consist of the following:

Video: Business Library Online Resources: getting started

  1. Business Libary Online Resources: get started -This video gives you a quick introduction to finding and using our wealth of online resources through our website and our library guides. We have specialist resources available for financial data, company information, market research, academic research, news and current awareness, and citing and referencing.

Continue reading 5 videos for Business students

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.