Research Case Study: Journalism and Crime: Mass Murder in the United Kingdom

Athina Caraba is a PhD student in the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City,  University of London


Her thesis title is : ‘Reports are coming in: A multidisciplinary study of the exceptional crime of mass murder in the United Kingdom’.  The thesis is concerned with three mass shooting events that have occurred in the UK in the past thirty years.

City University London Library

CityLibrary Search is a resource discovery tool which searches across a wide range of resources such as print and electronic books, databases, electronic journals and much more. Rebecca’s topic is cross-disciplinary. There are Library Guides for Professional Law and UG and PG academic study of Law  and Journalism and a comprehensive researcher guide.

Athina has used the Nexis newspaper database very frequently for research.There is a guide to Newspaper and news resources. Other useful news resources include Factiva and PressDisplay. The off-air recording and media archive streaming service Box of Broadcasts is also useful. See also the City Library guide to finding audio and film.

Athina has found the Read for Research,  researcher book recommendation scheme at City extremely useful. You can read about Read for Research and other research related topics on the Citylibresearchers blog

Other libraries

The British Library

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

The British Library at St Pancras has news and media collections and also has a Newsroom. The newsroom has a  blog

Register for a British Library Reader Pass which allows access to facilities such as the Newsroom.

Athina has also used Senate House Library, LSE Library.

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

Research tools

Athina has used RefWorks to manage her research references. 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


Athina had an article called A view from the gallery published in Counsel (the Bar’s journal). It can be found here:

Social media resources

Athina has used the research blog The Thesis whisperer and uses Twitter.

Advice to new researchers

“I would advise new researchers to spend some time to familiarise themselves with all the resources at their disposal within the University, as well as across other institutions and bodies to which they may have access via the University -that will save a lot of time in the future.”

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