City University London Library: Everything under one ‘roof’

Some research tips:

paperclip houseExplore the Library website

Search for some articles on City Library Search

Find book and journal titles on the Library Catalogue

See our brand new Library Services: a guide for research

Explore our subject guides and our researcher and social media guides.

Find some new databases and electronic journals

Work smarter: do research on the way home  on your smartphone, iPad/ device and use apps to conduct research store outputs Pocket, EvernoteDropbox, Feedly,

Download our great new journal browsing app BrowZine

Make friends with a reference management tool

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Visit the Library and meet our staff

Listen to a research podcast in the Square.

Explore  impact and bibliometrics

Enhance your copyright awareness.

Find articles and etheses from City staff and students and see what research our departments are conducting on the University research database City Research Online

Enhance your skills by attending a Library training workshop  such as:  Introduction to Library Services, literature searching, systematic reviews, employability and much more..

Refresh your citing and referencing skills and avoid plagiarism with Cite Them Right Online

Join the British Library and other University Libraries (SCONUL Access) 

BLRead blogs for your subject such as the Thesis whisperer;  create your own blog using WordPress

Ask the Library to order some  books with  More Books  or  Read for Research  and mention us on Twitter  #readforresearch

Follow us on Twitter  @Citylibresearch @CityUniLibrary



Social bookmarks

I’m collating some social bookmarks for researchers, these can be found in the Useful websites tab at the top of the blog home page and ones so far are below.

See Diigo researcher blogs and website bookmarks at:

Reference management bookmarks at:

Social bookmarking bookmarks at:

Open Educational Resources (OERs)



The Web of Science database is very useful for citation or cited reference searching. Citation searching is a specialised type of searching which allows searching for articles or chapters which cite a particular work. This indicates relationships between works and also to some extent the impact a work has made on others in the field. This only includes items indexed by Web of Science and has an English language bias. The Journal Citation Reports allow searching for impact factors which measure the impact of a journal and allows comparisons.

Ths Scopus database allows searching for citations and for journal rankings and impact factors (search under Analytics).

Google Scholar is useful for journal articles and Google Books for book citations. The sources indexed by Google are not clear, they may produce results such as a blog post, a lesson plan, a reading list etc. These may not be appropriate for pure bibliometrics.

Publish or Perish is a free piece of software that retrieves and analyses academic citations. It uses Google Scholar then analyzes these and presents the following statistics. You can see not just the number of times an article is cited but how many times per year it has been cited.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank uses algorithms which are similar to Google Page Ranking and is based on data in the Scopus database. It covers some arts and humanities subjects.