Do want to keep up with the news but don’t know where to start? Are you interested in politics, business or international relations? Then City Library can help you! You can access the best in international news, analysis and comment from our subscriptions to the Financial Times (FT) and The Economist.
Every student at City gets their very own FT account, which gives access to the entire site, including apps for phones and tablets, up-to-date news and information and all the FT’s articles. All you need to do is register. Don’t worry if you’re not interested in finance – the FT also includes commentary on politics, economics and the arts.
Step 2: Enter your City email address and select Next
Step 3: Select SSO Sign in and enter City username and password e.g. abcd123
Step 4: Complete the registration form. Make sure you use your City email address. Accept the terms and conditions and select continue.
Step 5: You will receive an email at your City account from the FT. To complete setting up your account, you need to set up a password. Follow the prompt in the email to do this.
The Economist’s primary focus is world events, politics and business, but it also runs regular sections on science and technology, as well as books and the arts. City Library’s subscription to The Economist.com includes access to the current print edition online and previous editions going back to 1997.
Access The Economist.com via the Databases A-Z list. Once on the webpage ignore any links asking you to log in or subscribe – you have access to the full site courtesy of City Library!
If you have any questions about either the FT or The Economist you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
British Periodicals I and II offers facsimile page images and searchable full text for periodicals published from the seventeenth century through to the twentieth century. Topics covered include literature, music, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences. You can browse the full list of over 300 periodicals here. You can also create an account to save searches and documents.
Using the Advanced Search and you can filter results by article type, document feature or place of publication. Once you find an article you need you can download it as a PDF or email/print it.
The Sunday Times has provided comment and analysis since 1822 both on weekly news and on societal issues in general. Library Services subscribes to The Sunday Times Digital Archive which provides a complete searchable run of the newspaper from 1822 to 2006.
The nineteenth century content has previously not been very accessible and has been largely unexplored but the archive now provides researchers with a large range of social, historic and cultural content and insights.
The twentieth and twenty-first century content is well known for its investigative approach to journalism and in-depth and well researched stories.
It is a great resource which is of general interest and is especially useful for humanities and social sciences courses such as History, Journalism, Politics and Cultural Studies.
The British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs newspapers specially selected 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.
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.
City has a long tradition of its student publications featuring strong and politically charged editorials stretching right back to its founding as the Northampton Institute in the 1890s.
Take this edition of Beacon from May, 1968 as an example:
The front cover features a quote from a Royal Shakespeare Company production of a play called ‘US’, used to help illustrate the publication’s anti-Vietnam War stance: and there is a two-page spread inside on pages 6 and 7 which deals with some of the issues involved in the conflict, including examining some of the facts behind the headlines.
But arguably it’s the Editorial which is most interesting. It talks about the dehumanising aspect of war and how it can be easy to forget that it’s not organisations or countries fighting or being bombed, but people- human beings affecting the lives of others. It also talks about the impact of geography on how we understand and interpret events, suggesting that because a country like Vietnam is so far away people don’t see it as having much impact on their lives and so care less about the war and more about what are, by contrast, trivial matters local to them, commenting that “sometimes we should perhaps remember that there is a world outside.”
The piece concludes with a rather stark assessment of the political climate and a hint at the dangers of apathy which often prevails on such matters:
“Thus we look at the gathering storm of protest. The songs, the speeches, the banners. We try and stir the conscience. Not just because a baby was burnt to a cinder by napalm yesterday, but because we let it happen.”
This powerful statement demonstrates the importance of giving voice to people and facilitating freedom of speech and expression, even during the most challenging of times: and how local journalism, including student newspapers, have often provided such an opportunity.
In the classic tradition of tabloid newspapers and The One Show though, the Beacon did like to offer its readers a lively mix of politics, Union society updates and photos of students being silly. In addition, there was regular content such as these film reviews featuring the Charlton Heston classic Planet of the Apes, although evidently the concept of ‘Spoiler Alert’ wasn’t a thing back then:
Finally, from this edition, there’s some handy guidance on how to write a letter to your local MP to complain about the cost of going to university and advocate to back the proposals of the NUS campaign for better student grants- although it’s not clear if the Secretariat covered the costs of stamps as well…
PressReader is a resource which lets you access over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from 97 countries in 54 languages in full colour, full page format. This month PressReader has added a number of new publications to its catalogue.
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.
Download the PressReader app to access your favourite news and magazine titles on the move. This includes over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from 97 countries in 54 languages in full colour, full page format.
PressReader offers offsite access to the platform on your mobile device, courtesy of City Library. This means that registered library users can use the PressReader app remotely for 7 days before they have to authenticate again by connecting their device to the City Wi-Fi network.
Step by step instructions for setting up the app – must be completed on site
Step 2: Once loadedclick on the menu bar next to the green coffee cup in the top left hand corner of the screen. Select ‘Sign in’
Then select ‘Sign up now’
Register for a free account using your City email address.
Step 3: Using your phone or tablet go to the App Store to download the most recent PressReader app. Once downloaded sign in with the login details you’ve just created. You should then see the notice that publications are brought to your by the Library –City University of London.
Like all apps, PressReader will use data from your mobile network plan unless you connect over a WI-FI network. Average monthly usage for PressReader is between 200MB and 400BM.
Planning on venturing into the Northampton Square Library for the first time? Here are 10 hush-hush hacks only those in-the-know know….
(1) There’s a lift from the main entrance direct to Level 2
Our Library is accessible which is great if you use a mobility aid, and even greater if you just don’t like stairs. There’s a mirror in it too, so before you exit through automatic doors, heralded by the sound of happy elevator beeps, you can also make sure you look fabulous (or check you haven’t got chocolate smeared across your face, whichever is more likely).
(2) Our Entrance and Exit Gates want to be your friend
Turn left at the Library Service Desk to enter the Library. Our Library Essentials Guide has a great example of how to gain access using your City card.
To exit, use the middle gate marked ‘Exit’. No need to swipe, just walk through calmly and let the magic happen. “Is this really a hack?” I hear you cry. All I’ll say is, you’d be surprised at the amount of people who experience what’s known as MBF (Major Barrier Fail). Don’t be one of them.
(3) The right-hand lift is superior to the left-hand lift
Reason being it has a window, so you can gaze out at the eastern cityscape as you’re whisked to your chosen floor:
Okay, it’s not quite the London Eye, there isn’t any muzak and there’s some sort of mysterious blob hindering the view, but, you know. (Think the left-hand lift is better? Tell us why).
(4) The water fountain is on Level 3
Possibly our greatest acquisition ever (marginally ahead of the purple chairs) the water fountain brings refreshing hydration joy to Library users all year round.
(5) Experience a corporeal mediated experience on Level 3
Engage with the Fourth Estate in the classic format by reading an actual newspaper live: you’ll find them on our dynamic rotational display device, along with supplements including the THE.
(6) Not all the Group Study Rooms on Level 3 are the same
Some rooms have whiteboards (you can borrow marker pens from the Service Desk), some have I.T. and some offer a little more legroom. Take Room 3J for example:
Entrance to Group Study Room 3J
Panorama of 3J
Not only is it roomier, judging by the panorama picture quality it’s also built on top of some sort of temporal vortex. Exciting.
(7) There’s a secret vending machine on Level 3
Well, it was secret. Regularly stocked with all your favourite snackage (including some new and interesting variants) the Level 3 machine is tucked away in the corner near the printers.
(8) The most exciting shelving is on Level 4
Arguably, the first shelving bay on Level 4 is the most exciting in the whole Library:
On the left, we have the Careers Collection with items specially chosen with your professional development in mind. To the right we have reference heaven with a plethora of dictionaries in multiple languages; and then on the end, immediately as you enter the floor, you can see the new titles display shelf which showcases our most interesting and eye-catching acquisitions.
(9) Catch Subject Librarians Live on Level 5, Weekdays 11-5
This means from Monday to Friday you can drop in and chat to a subject specialist about all of your Library and research needs. No appointments necessary (although you can make them too, if you prefer).
(10) There’s a PC Lab on Level 6
Tucked away in the far corner of the room, the Level 6 PC Lab benefits from a quiet location, comfortable amount of desk space and south-facing windows which fill the room with wonderful natural light- plus transformative blinds, for those that prefer a little shade.
(Share your own #CityLibraryHacks by posting a comment below or via Social Media)