Research Case Study: Employability and Information Literacy

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Current research interest: employability in higher education, using student experiences and opinions of this and how this can be correlated with information literacy provision in university libraries.


Researching employability and information literacy 

This book is really useful when beginning a research project:  Doing your research project : a guide for first-time researchers by Bell, Judith,  001.42 BEL ISBN: 9780335264469 Publication Date: 2014.

CityLibrary Search   Examples of search terms include: Employability and university libraries   CityLibrary Search has a new RSS feed for searches. Recent careers titles at City University London Library.City University London Employability guide gives an overview of employability and some resources.

As the topic is multidisciplinary, see our library subject guides too for different subjects such as Education, Social Sciences, Information Science.

Databases to use could include: Taylor & Francis, Ebscohost, Emerald Insight and Wiley, there are also library related databases such as LISA and LISTA.

There is a very comprehensive SCONUL employability literature review. 

The  New Review of Academic Librarianship is a useful journal.

Research tools 

City University London subscribes to the reference management tool RefWorks which you can use to store and manage your references while doing your research. You can create an account at

Evernote is useful for storing PDFs and reading them later for example  on a phone,  iPad or tablet.

Dropbox  can be used as a file management system to store documents.

BrowZine is a journal browsing app for a tablet.

Survey Monkey is a tool for designing online surveys and analysing the results.

Slideshare is useful for saving and sharing conference or other presentations

Presentations and blog posts

ALISS conference summer 2015 on Crowdsourcing. 

Engaging with students as co-creators of employability resources, University of Hertforshire 2015.

Developing @ City blog post on LILAC conference.

SCONUL Focus article on Employability.

Employability, Research & Information Literacy resources 


Researcher guide  Our comprehensive City University London research guide covering research resources, reference management, sharing research etc.

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