Research Case study: Scandal in the News and Sociology

Jon Eilenberg is a PhD research student at  the Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism City University London.


Jon’s thesis title is: Scandalising the NHS: Scandal, Storytelling and Power in the BBC and ITV’s coverage of Mid Staffs. Jon’s research analyses recent developments in the relationship between news media and deviance.

Jon co-runs the SASS Research Students’ Society  which  is a  professional development & networking society for Arts and Social Science PhD researchers at City University London.

City University London Library

CityLibrary Search is a resource discovery tool which searches across a wide range of resources including print and electronic books, journals, articles, theses and more.

City subscribes to a wide range of electronic databases and journals.

For multi-disciplinary subjects, City Library staff have prepared a range of subject guides. There is also a comprehensive researcher guide.

 Jon uses books and electronic journals for his research. City also subscribes to   newspaper/ news resources and multimedia film and audio resources.  The streaming service Box of Broadcasts is very useful for watching TV programmes and documentaries etc.

 Other libraries

The SCONUL Access scheme is very useful for staff and students to use University and other libraries throughout the country. Senate House, University of London is a large humanities and social science library.

The British Library is the national library and is based at St Pancras, all research staff and students should join the British Library.

Useful research tools eg. RefWorks

 Jon finds RefWorks extremely useful for managing research references. City subscribes to the online reference management software RefWorks  and staff and students and City alumni can use this to store, manage and cite references. RefWorks accounts can be set up at

Social media resources and blogs

 Jon is on Twitter.

Useful blogs are the LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog and the Thesis Whisperer.

 Advice to new researchers

“Make sure to engage with your peers, both professionally and socially. It makes the process easier and you get a network for after the PhD.”

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