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.”


Research Case Study: Professional Lives and Culture of Self-Employed Barristers

Aralanta Goulandris

Atalanta Goulandris is a PhD student at City University London

Her inter-disciplinary research topic is: Continuity and Change: The Professional Lives and Culture of Self-Employed Barristers in England & Wales, Socio-Legal (Department of Sociology, supervision from Sociology and Law) 4th year

Atalanta is on Twitter

Atalanta has recently had an article published:  Reshaping professionalism: branding, marketing and the new entrepreneurial barrister (2015)

City University London Library

The City University London Library  has many Sociology and Law resources.  There are useful subject guides prepared by Library staff and a comprehensive researcher guide.   There is a Sociology guide and guides for Law and professional Law studies. These guides are a useful starting point for doing research and highlight useful electronic resources such as Westlaw and Lexis Library. There is a list of some of the Law databases.

Some search terms that Atalanta has used for literature searching are: professionalism, organisation studies, the legal profession, professional identity formation, professional culture.

Atalanta has found City Library’s Read for Research  scheme very useful  for ordering research books to be added to the  library’s collection.  Here is a selection of titles ordered by City’s research students.

Other libraries

Students doing research should join the SCONUL Access scheme. This allows staff and students to use University libraries in London and throughout the country. A useful Library for Law research students and staff is the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Research students and staff should definitely join the British Library at St Pancras. The British Library is the national library and has extensive collections and some electronic resources that can be used in the reading rooms.

Data analysis

 Atalanta has used MaxQDA for qualitative data analysis.

Social media resources

 Twitter is useful to keep up to date with legal news, legal journalists, lawyers’ tweets and blogs and for accessing documents and reports.

@lawbore is a useful Twitter feed and the Lawbore website has many tutorials, resources and the Future Lawyer blog.

Advice to new researchers

Atalanta co-founded the Sociology Anonymous Seminar Series with Jon Eilenberg, with a view to creating a PhD Sociology community. “One year on, it has definitely created a core group of regulars who now not only meet every fortnight to listen to a presentation from one member, but also convene at other times, often informally. This is a very good way of getting experience presenting your work but also allows you to meet and exchange ideas with peers. We now often link each other up with relevant things we have spotted on Twitter or blogs etc. My other advice is to keep reading right the way through. There is a temptation to focus on fieldwork after your upgrade, but much of my really material reading happened after that. I love the Read for Research library scheme at City University London Library and have used it extensively.”