Happy New Year – Moving to new blog platform

New year, new address:  https://blogs.city.ac.uk/citylibresearchers/

Happy New Year!   Just to let you know that we are moving this blog to a new City, University of London platform and giving it a brand new look.

We would be delighted if you would like to continue reading the blog in the new format and you can subscribe via email by visiting https://blogs.city.ac.uk/citylibresearchers/ and you can subscribe via email at the bottom right hand side of the screen.

This site will continue to run in parallel for the new few months.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Project Euclid



Project Euclid is an online publishing service driven by libraries, publishers and academics in the fields of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. It offers access to a growing platform of high-quality, peer-reviewed journals, books and conference proceedings.

New features include:

Improved searching, citation exports, publisher landing pages, mobile optimisation, e-mail alerts, and access indicators for all content.


All users have access to table of contents pages and article abstract pages. Project Euclid has made 70% of its journal articles openly available with over 1.2 million pages of open-access content.

You can browse titles such as the Journal of Applied Mathematics available via CityLibrary’s subscription.

Email alerts and RSS feeds

Users can register to follow publications by receiving an emailed table of contents when a new issue is published. They can also sign up to new issues or articles of any publication in their RSS feeds. There is a list of feeds for books and journals.


Follow Project Euclid on Twitter.

Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006

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The Sunday Times has provided comment and analysis since 1822 both on weekly news and on societal issues in general.  City 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 IT username and password.

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

Research Resource of the Month: LexisLibrary

LexisLibrary provides a very useful starting off point for those carrying out research into UK law, and it also offers selected sources of material for researching the law of other countries.

We are often asked how LexisLibrary differs from Westlaw, and whether legal researchers need to use both LexisLibrary and Westlaw. In short, each database is owned by a different publisher and – whilst there is some overlap in content – each of LexisLibrary and Westlaw contain significant amounts of unique content (e.g. practitioner texts and journals) and it is important that legal researchers consult both databases.

Here is how the LexisLibrary database can help you with legal research:

  • It provides access to a large number of full-text UK law reports, including the All England Law Reports. Court judgments are uploaded to LexisLibrary very quickly after they are handed down, and a handy ‘Appeal Tracker’ feature allows you to track the appeal status of significant cases.
  • LexisLibrary allows you to view both current and historical versions of UK Acts of Parliament. You can also track the progress of public Bills using LexisLibrary’s ‘Bill Tracker’ option.
  • Our subscription to LexisLibrary gives City students and staff access to many practitioner works and legal texts. Some LexisLibrary highlights are: Halsbury’s Laws of England (an invaluable starting point for research into both broad-based queries and also more esoteric points of law!); Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment law; Clarke Hall & Morrison on Children; Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice; and Tolley’s Insolvency Law Service.
  • LexisLibrary allows you to access selected international sources, e.g. cases, legislation and journals from overseas jurisdictions. Lexis have produced a handy guide to help with this.

If you are at City and would like to know more about how to get the most from LexisLibrary, you can make an appointment with one of our Law Librarians, and we would be very happy to help!

Finding open access content

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With an ever increasing focus on open access within the academic community, a continually evolving range of online services are available providing unrestricted access to current research articles.

These include directories of open access journals and repositories, pre-print server collections of both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed manuscripts, and aggregating services harvesting open access resources from online platforms across the globe.

How do I recognise if it is open access?


The open padlock symbol is a universal icon indicating whether an article is open access. Whenever you see this symbol online, you will have free access to the content in which it is embedded.

As well as being visible on open access platforms, this icon commonly appears in paid for subscription journals where author have made their article openly accessible:

Where can I find open access articles?

The platforms listed below are a sample of the online platforms giving unfettered access to scholarly research.

CITY RESEARCH ONLINE Repository of City, University of London research papers.
CORE Search engine for articles in Open Access repositories and journals worldwide.
OPEN ACCESS BUTTON Search engine for articles in Open Access repositories and journals worldwide.
UNPAYWALL An open database of 20 million free scholarly articles.
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals Directory of Open Access journals worldwide.
OpenDOAR Directory of Open Access repositories worldwide.
PLOS Open Access journal platform covering Science, Technology and Medicine.
arXiv Repository of pre-peer reviewed articles covering Science
and Economics.
bioRxiv Repository of pre-peer reviewed articles for Biology.
Preprints A multidisciplinary platform hosting pre-peer reviewed articles.
EThOS (British Library) Repository for PhD Theses from UK Universities – Create account for free.


Unlocking the knowledge contained in doctoral theses

In most cases, it takes anywhere between three and five years to write a doctoral thesis and a lot of the content is original research. But until recently, once finished, bound, and the degree has been awarded, the doctoral theses would end up inaccessible to most potential readers.


So where are all the theses?

At City, the theses would be catalogued and then taken to the library store. The theses would be locked away in this store, which is in the university’s basement, and it would be necessary for them to be requested in advance and brought up to the library by  library staff in order for them to be read. Obviously, the potential readers would have to make a trip to the library.

But then, in 2011, with the launch of City Research Online, our institutional repository, things changed. The bound theses are still stored in the basement, but electronic copies of the theses are made available through City Research Online.

Has it made any difference?

A quick scan of the available data shows that in the past 10 years, the most popular print thesis was requested 37 times. This is in stark contrast to the most popular electronic thesis, which was downloaded over 7000 times in just over 5 year period. Our theses have been downloaded by readers across the globe, and I am doubtful that a reader from Estonia or Zimbabwe would take a trip to City to access the print copy.



The figures also show that only 48% of our print theses have been requested to be read, whereas all our electronic theses have been downloaded at least once. Even if we assume that those downloaded once only were viewed by a librarian, this figure is still below 2% of all City theses available online.

To browse theses in City Research Online, by school or by year, click on the theses icon and discover the amazing knowledge they contain.

Theses button in CRO




Creative Commons licenses made easy

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Creative Commons licenses enable sharing of and access to creative works, such as images, scholarly literature or music.

Creative Commons in numbers

  • The American non-profit organisation providing Creative Commons licenses was founded in 2001
  • 1.4 billion works were available under a Creative Commons license in 2017
  • 56% of all works available under a Creative Commons license in 2014 didn’t restrict commercial use or adaptation

Where can you find works shared using a Creative Commons license?

flickr logo    Youtube logo   vikipedia logo  doaj logoplos logo

Creative Commons symbols, what they mean and what they allow or restrict

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Times Higher Education

Library Services are delighted to bring you access to the Times Higher Education. This allows you to keep up to date with the latest developments and news in the higher education sector.

All  City staff and students can obtain access to the Times Higher Education via the Library. With our institutional subscription, you can read online articles and digital editions and also download the app to your device.

Follow the instructions below to set up your account. Remember to use your university email address when you register to enjoy all the benefits of our subscription.









Read online

  • To set up your Times Higher Education account, go to the magazine’s homepage at www.timeshighereducation.com.
  • Click the person icon in the top right corner.
  • Follow the instructions on screen. Remember to use your university email address when you register.

Access digital editions

  • To access digital editions of Times Higher Education, go to the magazine’s homepage at www.timeshighereducation.com.
  • Click the “Professional” tab, then click “Digital Editions”.
  • Then simply select the issue you want to view.

Download the app

  • The Times Higher Education app is available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. Visit your app store provider to download it to your phone.
  • Select the edition you would like to view (e.g. UK or Global).
  • Log in by clicking on the icon in the top right corner.
  • Select Account, then click “Existing THE account”.
  • Enter your username and password.


The benefits of Open Access

The principle benefits of open access were first enshrined within the visionary Budapest Open Access Initiative statement released on 14 February 2002, and are still very much alive 16 years later.

The convergence of research sharing with technological distribution via the internet, it declared, would create an “unprecedented public good” by facilitating free, unrestricted, access to information for academics, scientists, students and the general public.

“Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge” (Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002).*


As well proving an invaluable asset to society, open access publishing has specific merits for you as an academic researcher.

  • You gain more exposure for your work

The traditional publishing route often means work is locked behind a paywall resulting in knowledge for those who can afford it. When publishing open access, your work will be widely discoverable, and freely available, for anyone regardless of ability to pay.

  • Professionals can apply your findings in their services

Free and unrestricted content enables professionals outside of academia, such as medical practitioners, to obtain access to up-to date research and information they can use for vital decision making processes, and influencing service development.

  • You can achieve higher citation rates

As Open Access scholarship increases the visibility of your work, studies have revealed that open articles can receive as much as 18% more citations in other academic papers. The more your work is cited the more likely it is to be read.**

  • Your work can be access by the general public

Publishing research in openly available format will allow access for anyone with an interest in your subject. This provides the potential for your work to become the foundation for future innovative research that can yield greater societal benefit.

  • You can achieve compliance with funding rules

In light of more and more funders mandating open publishing as a requirement for grant allocation, making your work free at the point of access is an easy way to ensure you are complying with rules associated with your financial support.

  • You can give taxpayers value for their money

With the majority of research being supported by public funded research councils, choosing open access publishing routes ensures you are giving back to the taxpayers who made your research possible in the first place, and have a vested interest in the results.

  • Your work can reach researchers in developing countries

Escalating journal costs underpin a glaring inequality in access to  vital information for developing countries who may have difficulty in affording the subscriptions. Making your work open access is crucial for allowing them to access up to date knowledge for research development, at the same time, whilst increasing global visibility of your research.

* Budapest Open Access Intiative (2002) Available at: https://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/ (Accessed: 16 October 2018).

** Piwowar H. et al. (2018The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ 6:e4375.Available at: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4375 (Accessed: 16 October 2018).




Open Access Week 2018

OA week iconWhat is it about?

Open Access Week is a global event celebrating all things open access. It originally started as a local event in 2007 organised by SPARC on a few campuses in the USA. Today, International Open Access Week is held in hundreds of locations across the globe. As the Week became more established across the institutions, themes were being proposed for each Week ahead of time to allow institutions explore common topics of interest, should they wish to.

This year’s theme of the International Open Access Week:

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As open access becomes the norm in all parts of the world, there is a need to design open systems to deliver open access to enable true inclusivity and equity across the diverse, global community.

What are we doing at City?

Our priority this year is to raise awareness of open access and reach out to our research and student community. We will be posting a series of blog posts focusing on various topics we think our readers will find interesting and informative.


  • Come and see our book display in the library on level 5 and, as you come in to the library, our Open Access Week display board.

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  • Come and watch a documentary focusing on open access, Paywall: The business of scholarship. When? Wednesday 24th October at 12.30 pm in B103 (University Building). Don’t forget to bring your lunch and gain an insight into the profit margins of some academic publishers.
  • Come and find out over lunch about open access at City with speakers from the Library and Research Office. When? Tuesday 23rd October at 12.30 pm in C313 (Tait Building).
  • Sign up for this and other events on the City Events website. 

We will also be tweeting and retweeting interesting posts using hashtags #oaweek and #Cityoaweek.