Research Case Study: Library and Information Science


Current research interest: Library & Information Science . Other related research interest include: comics scholarship, digital humanities, open access publishing, research data management, scholarly communications.

Resources at City, University of London Library 

CityLibrary Search  is a resource discovery tool which searches across a wide range of resources including books, ebooks,  ejournals, databases.

Ernesto recommends the City University London library subject guides too for different subjects such as Information Science.  Education, Social Sciences.  The comprehensive City University London Researcher guide covering research resources, reference management, sharing research etc.

You can also find databases and electronic journals on the Library Guides page.

There are also library related databases such as LISA and LISTA. Other useful databases include: Taylor & Francis, Ebscohost, Emerald Insight and Wiley.

Recommended research tools 

Ernesto’s profile on  Mendeley   There is a City University London Library guide for Mendeley. Mendeley is a free tool enabling you to capture, organise, annotate, store and share your references.

Zotero  is a tool  used with the Firefox browser to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.  You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages etc .

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

He also recommends the Directory of Open Access Journals to discover open access articles in a variety of disciplines.


Some of Ernesto’s  publications can be found on:

The City, University of London Academic Experts profile page.

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City Research online, the institutional repository or research database of City, University of London  also contains some of Ernesto’s  publications and datasets.

 Social media

Ernesto uses social media very much in his research and has a WordPress blog. He also edits the #citylis news blog.

He subscribes to lots of blog feeds and then disseminates information via and Twitter for example. Ernesto uses Twitter as a means to keep up with scholarship worldwide, past, present (and future!) colleagues and to share the work he does and the work of others. A useful blog is the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog.

Useful libraries 

Ernesto has found these libraries useful for his research: British Library, Senate House Library, SOAS Library, Cartoon Library.

Research staff and students should definitely  join the British Library  which is the national library and has very extensive collections.

See our guide for information about using other libraries and joining the SCONUL Access scheme.

Advice to new researchers

“Don’t be afraid to innovate. Those who do things differently will stand out. ‘I’ve always done it like this’ is not a good excuse; research and learning are about discovery and pushing your own limits and areas of comfort.

Go out and explore. Share, collaborate, keep up, look up, look out, put yourself out there, professionally, ethically. Be generous, ask around, be patient but disciplined and persistent. Make sure you read before broadcasting an opinion and back up your opinions with evidence from quality sources. Above all follow your passion— even though there is always a painful element to learning, it is by doing what we enjoy that we succeed.”


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