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Sources of information

Sources of information

The quickest way to find information for your research is to use the online library guides which relate most closely to your topic. Library Guides  provide details of and access to key resources relating to the discipline they cover. Resources available include: bibliographic databases; journals; books and websites.

On this page Library Guides have been listed under the School they represent. We have also highlighted some generally useful research resources.  You can also find research related blog posts on our research blog 

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Books and e-books

Books are useful to give an overview of a particular subject.

Search CityLibrary Search by title, keyword or author to locate books and e-books. 

  • Results for print books in CityLibrary Search will show you the book title, author, and publication date, followed by number of copies, availability, shelfmark, library location and loan period.
  • To find a book in the Library, you will need to make a note of the shelfmark and match this to the spine of the book. Books are arranged in numerical order.
  •  To access e-books on and off campus click the 'Full text online' link and enter your City username and password.

CityLibrary search results page shows an ebook titled Research Methods with a link to Full Text Online.

Journals and journal articles

Journals are very useful for current research as they tend to be published more frequently than books.

Browse the Journals A-Z list, or search with CityLibrary Search.


BrowZine is a really useful resource which allows researchers to browse electronic journals.

Some useful research databases

Some useful research databases are below:

Please also see our library guides page for different subject resources. Our databases are listed on our Databases A-Z

City Research Online

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

It contains some electronic theses written by City graduates.

Use it to find out about research conducted in your department or written by City academic staff and research students.

For further guidance, please see our City Research Online and open access Library Guide.

Grey literature

​See our Grey literature guide  for finding sources of semi or informally published materials such as research reports, theses, conference proceedings working papers, white papers, government, academic, business and industry reports etc. 

Finding theses

Details of PhD theses written by former City students are available via City Library Search

Enter your search terms eg. Counselling Psychology and City, University of London and when the results appear select the Dissertation/ Thesis option at the left hand side of the screen.

For many of the more recent electronic versions of theses, you can search City's repository City Research Online.

Print PhD theses (submitted up to July 2019) are kept in the library store; you will need to select the Request print copy from the library store link. 
There are store collections at 9.30am and 2.30pm each day. You can collect your thesis from the Northampton Square Library Reception Desk after 11am and 4pm respectively.

CityLibrary Search will link to EThoS if a digitised copy is available or City Research Online if an electronic thesis is available.

ETHoS Electronic Thesis Online Service

  • Includes details of theses from Universities in the UK - this service is provided by the British Library.
  • Some full text is available – you can register with the service and order  some theses for free.
  • Details may not be included on other databases or on Google.
  • When the results appear, click on the title link to see more details  of the thesis. An abstract may be available. If the full text is available you will need to register and log in to download

Archives and special collections

Library Services are custodians of the City, University of London Archive and responsible for maintaining, preserving and making the existing heritage collection accessible to staff, students and external researchers.

For more information on our Archive, Special Collections and how to access materials, please visit our Archive and Special Collections Guide.


The Archive contains a wide range of material detailing the history of the institution, including:

  • Annual reports and general administrative records
  • Press cuttings
  • Photographs
  • Audio/Visual resources.

The Northampton Square Library also houses a number of special collections, including:

  • The Athenaeum
  • Sir Robert Birley collection
  • The James Cameron collection

 Aim25  has details of the complete holdings of the City, University of London Archive.


Requests to access the collection should be made to the Archives@City Team.