Six things you might have missed

As we launch into a new year, we thought now would be a good time to highlight six things you might have missed from Library Services (but we definitely wouldn’t want you to) over the last few months: Continue reading Six things you might have missed

Stay up-to-date with The and The Economist

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.

Financial Times

Registering for the

Step 1: Go to and select Sign In

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

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 includes access to the current print edition online and previous editions going back to 1997.

The Economist

Access The 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




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, 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

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.

A SUFFRAGETTE IN THE MAKING Williams, Ailsie Hamilton The Idler ; an illustrated monthly magazine; Jan 1909; 34, 76; British Periodicals

How do I access British Periodicals?

Access British Periodicals I and II via the Databases A-Z list or CityLibrary Search.

You can cross-search British Periodicals I and II content with our other Proquest subscriptions, these include The Guardian and Observer Archive, The New York Times Archive and The British Library Newspapers.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding British Peroidicals I and II please contact 

Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006

Screenshot of the Sunday Times Digital Archive search page

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.

You can access the Sunday Times Digital Archive directly from the Databases A-Z on the CityLibrary homepage by using your City username and password.

See also our Newspaper guide for both current and historic newspaper content.

Resource of the month: British Library Newspapers

The British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs newspapers specially BL Newspaper searchselected 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. 

    Essex Newspaper
    “Another Horrible Murder in Whitechapel.” Essex Newsman, Tuesday, July 23, 1889, Issue 5150, p.3
  • 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.

How do I access British Library Newspapers?

Access British Library Newspapers via the Databases A-Z list or the Newspapers Library Guide

You can also access British Library Newspaper content via Gale Primary Sources. Gale Primary Sources allows you to cross-search many of the digitised newspaper collections City subscribes to, including The Times, Sunday Times and the Daily Mail.

Newspaper Clipping
“Grand Opening of the Great Exhibition.” Chelmsford Chronicle, 2 May 1851, p. 4.

If you have any questions about British Library Newspapers please contact Alex Asman (

Charlton Heston, Vietnam and the NUS Grants Campaign

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:

Black and white front cover of The Beacon, May 1968, featuring the headline 'Vietnam No'
Beacon Front Cover, May 1968

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:


Film reviews from Beacon including for the film Planet of the Apes, May 1968
Beacon Film Reviews, May 1968


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…


A letter template from Beacon in May 1968
Guide to Writing to Your Local MP, Beacon May 1968

New publications added to PressReader

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.

New titles include:

Existing  magazine titles include:

Magazines for a healthy body, healthy mind…

To access PressReader you must login with your City ID. If you have questions about PressReader or any of it’s content please email

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:

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:

Do you still need to sign up for your free subscription to the 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 > login with the details you initially set up.

Get the PressReader app for your phone or tablet

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 1:  Log on to PressReader via the Library website using the following link: The website normally takes around 60s to load, so don’t worry if it seems slow. 

Step 2: Once loaded click 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. 

If you have any questions about PressReader or the app please contact or