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Opening Times

Monday 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 8:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 8:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 6:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday Closed

Tel: 02038730709

email: library@cul.coventry.ac.uk

NB: during term breaks the library is open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm

New Login Screen

The authentication system that we use to access our databases has changed.  The picture above shows the new login screen.  It asks for your university ID.  Do not input your University email address.  Just use your username@coventry.ac.uk. e.g. smithp@coventry.ac.uk and then your usual password.

Welcome to LibGuides

At CU London you will find a Library with professionally qualified staff to support you throughout your studies. 

The Library is available to all staff and students of CU London, and provides access to print and electronic resources, as well as spaces to study.  The print collection is largely focused on supporting teaching activities, and includes all materials on module reading lists. We also have background and additional reading materials, as well as a selection of resources to support study and language skills. Students and staff are welcome to borrow from the collection.

We also have a wide range of electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals and subscription databases, which are part of Coventry University’s subscriptions. These support all our courses, and are accessed via Locate, our library catalogue.

 

Working well in the Library

We ask that when using the Library you follow a few simple rules:

  • Respect other users.
  • Put rubbish in the bins provided.
  • Switch phones to silent and take long calls outside of the Library.
  • Do not bring food into the Library.

We hope that you find this information useful and look forward to seeing you in the Library.

Books, eBooks and Journal articles can all be found via our library catalogue, called Locate.

Using Locate you can:

  • Find books in the library
  • Access thousands of eBooks
  • Access hundreds of thousands of academic journal articles

Click the image below to access Locate

Library staff will be happy to help you develop the skills needed to find  resources for your studies. 121 study skills sessions can be arranged in CU London Library by asking a member of staff.

Skills sessions include:

  • Using Locate
  • Introduction to using journal articles and/ or e-Books
  • Advanced techniques for journal article searching
  • Evaluating information
  • Referencing

To produce high quality work you need to use accurate,up to date and reliable information.

These five simple steps will help you 

First of all spend time thinking about exactly what it is you are looking for. Does your information need to be specific to a country, what is the earliest date that would be relevant, what different terms might people use to refer to the same thing. eg. marketing, sales, advertising etc.

Secondly, try your search terms in a number of different places, use Google, Locate, a subject specific database, a text book, a blog from an expert. 

Thirdly, ask yourself questions about the resources,   Who has written this?  Why was it written?  Is it factual or an opinion piece? How does it compare to other sources?

Fourth, keep a clear record of your results so that you can find them again.

Fifth, use the best results from your first searches to start a new search, for example by looking fo a specific author or phrase.

 

Books in the library are a good source of information and are great to introduce you to a topic, give you an overview and explain key theories and concepts

Journal articles are short papers, focused on a very specific topic. These are then printed in journals that specialise in particular areas

Journal articles are a great resource to use. They will cover more specific topics and go into more detail than a textbook. They also usually contain more up to date and cutting edge research than books.

Websites when using websites always consider if the author (person or company) is an expert in their field, or if the website is appropriate to use in the context of your work.

Using accurate statistical data  is a useful way of providing evidence and giving credence to your work and argument. 

The Office for National Statistics is the UK's producer of official statistics.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/

Eurostat- statistical information provided by the European Union.

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

Uk Data Service- funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to provided data and statistical information for students, teachers and researchers.

https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/about-us

Find statistics, consumer survey results and industry studies from over 22500 sources on over 60000 topics worldwide

https://www.statista.com/

 

To find more sources of good quality data and statistics, use the subject tabs within LibGuides to view recommended sources for your subject area.

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