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

 

Research resource of the week @CityUniLibrary = City Research Online

This week’s resource is open access, so everyone can use it.

City Research Online (CRO) is the institutional repository of City University London. It includes research outputs (such as article, etheses and datasets)  created by members of City University London  staff and research students.  Where possible versions of  full text articles and theses etc are made available. City Research Online’s mission is to:

  • Provide open access to full text research, as permitted by publishers and copyright law.
  • Be a reliable source of information on the research publications of City staff.
  • Share openly its information with internal and external services, such as other areas of City’s web presence, Google, Bing, Google Scholar and other web services and search engines.
  • Access City Research Online.

 

Open Access

Open Access is about making research outputs freely available on the Internet at the point of access, as opposed to a traditional publishing model which places research published online behind a subscription or paywall. Open Access takes the results of research that has already been paid for and makes it freely available online. It includes journal articles and other types of research such as theses, conference papers and research reports etc.

How can an author make his/ her research open access?

There are 2 routes to OA: green and gold.

Green OA : This can be done by depositing an article published in a subscription-based journal in an institutional (such as City Research Online) or discipline-specific repository such as the SSRN or RePEc. or ArXiv

Gold OA: Gold open access is also known as the author pays model (usually the author’s institution will pay to deposit the article). A fee is paid to make the content available to everyone not just subscribers on the publisher website. In the case of articles, this is known as an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Many publishers are making open access content available eg. Sage Open, SpringerOpen . Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, among many others, also offer hybrid model, allowing authors to have their articles on open access within subscription journals for a fee. See the City Research Online and open access guide here. You can also check for yourself prior to choosing where to publish, using the Sherpa Romeo database (to check publisher copyright and self-archiving policies).

Benefits of open access?

The author benefits from increased visibility and potential for maximising impact outside of the academic community or internationally, the wider research community benefits from access to research findings regardless of their institution’s capacity to subscribe to a journal, society benefits from access to publicly funded research outputs and the journal in which the article was published will still benefit from citations and increased coverage. There is also central storage and preservation.

Additionally, many funding bodies now mandate or actively encourage research they have funded is deposited in a repository or made open access via another route.

The Sherpa Juliet database contains a summary of policies given by various research funders as part of their grant awards.

How is the Library supporting researchers and open access?

City Research Online is City University London’s institutional research repository. It contains a selection of research outputs created by City University London staff and researchers, mainly journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. Many universities have repositories to store their research output.

Rather than searching a number of repositories to find relevant research, harvesters such as OpenDOAR and ROAR have access to subject-based and institutional repositories, including City Research Online.

City Research Online content is also discoverable via City Library Search.

Hunting down grey literature: finding theses

I was talking to a student recently about locating other peoples’ theses.

Yesterday, I was looking at the OpenDOAR website. Some electronic theses (often more recent ones) can be found in repositories. There is a list of UK repositories mainly from Universities including the City University London one City Research Online (CRO)
There is a Google search box and I searched for a specific item in CRO and it did find it. Searching in CRO itself, there is an option to limit the search by theses.

Another option is the Ethos service from the British Library
This works well when someone has already requested the dissertation and it is available for immediate download.

Index to Theses should indicate where a thesis is held and it may be available in a university repository or via Ethos. Sometimes, it may be necessary to visit the Library concerned.

Proquest Dissertations & Theses
is a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997.

City Research Online

City Research Online (CRO) is the institutional repository of City University London. It includes full text versions and bibliographic records of research outputs created by members of staff and research students at City. City Research Online’s mission is to:

  • Provide open access to full text research, as permitted by publishers and copyright law.
  • Be a reliable source of information on the research publications of City staff.
  • Share openly its information with internal and external services, such as other areas of City’s web presence, Google, Bing, Google Scholar and other web services and search engines.
  • Please see http://libguides.city.ac.uk/openaccess for more information.

This area of the website contains information on CRO for users. If you do not find what you need in these pages, please contact us for further help.