Research Case Study: Cultural Policy

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Current research interest: thesis title: Intergovernmental policy coordination in European Union cultural policy: the Open Method of Coordination and the 2011-2014 Work Plan for Culture

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.

Kate recommends the City University London library subject guides  for different subjects and 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.

Kate recommends David Silverman’s Doing qualitative research and the  International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Publications & blog

Kate’s  blog is at: http://kmattocks.wordpress.com/

Conference presentation titles

News article/ analysis on election coverage.

 Social media

Kate finds find Twitter to be very useful; blogs are interesting to hear of others’ experiences http://patthomson.net/ ; http://phdtalk.blogspot.nl/ ; Thesis Whisperer

Academia.edu is a social networking website for academics and researchers. See  Kate’s  Academia.edu profile.

Useful libraries 

Kate has found these libraries useful for her research: British Library, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

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

“Literature reviews can be very overwhelming at the start. What I did was to make a list (two really, one journal articles and one books) and continued to add to it when I found a source and checked things off when I’d read it. It kept me organized. Also, enjoy the freedom and flexibility of your first year and read as much as you can”

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