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European Sources Online (ESO)

By Kieron L Jones, on 3 March 2015

European Sources Online (ESO) has been a free access information service since 2014

(Previous to that ESO had been a subscription service from ProQuest (until 2006) and published directly by Cardiff University (since 2006)).

European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database and information service which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on issues of importance to European researchers, citizens and stakeholders.

  • Keep up to date with developments in the European Union and the rest of Europe. ESO is updated daily with the latest information.
  • Search the ESO database to find an expert selection of information on European topics from a very wide range of information sources – primary and official sources of information plus commentary, analysis, summaries, news and academic literature from a wide range of European perspectives – in most cases offering immediate full text access.
  • Browse a unique collection of ESO Information Guides to EU Institutions, EU Policies and fifty European countries
  • You can receive a weekly email of new information added to ESO in topics of relevance (RSS feed also available)


Articles added to the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

By Kieron L Jones, on 11 December 2014

Student Guide to Social Media

By Kieron L Jones, on 2 December 2014

“This guide is designed to help you to use some common social media tools in the context of your academic work. You can use it in two way: either select a particular tool and find out how it can support your studies, or select a goal and find out what the best tools are to help you to achive it.

Social media can be used personally, and also in your academic and professional life. This guide will give you the information you need to strike a balance that works for you.”


BFI InView

By Kieron L Jones, on 10 October 2014

UCL now has access to BFI InView

BFI InView is an audio-visual database covering over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th century to the early 21st. InView is easily searchable, and clearly organised under six main Themes, each with an introductory essay by an academic historian.

The themes are:

  • Education
  • UK Industry & Economy
  • Health; Law & Order
  • Environment
  • Immigration, Race and Equality

New databases

By Kieron L Jones, on 4 July 2014

Please note that we now have access to the following e-resources:

Economist Historical Archive

Financial Times Historical Archive

The Making of the Modern World


By Kieron L Jones, on 2 May 2014

UCL now has a full subscription to BoB, the online TV and Radio resource:  http://bobnational.net

UCL students and staff can record and share broadcast material; they can also create clips to use in teaching.  The programmes are saved indefinitely on BoB and you can access the archived clips and programmes from other users.  There are some video tutorials on the BoB homepage, and De Montfort University have some BoB guidance that might be helpful (http://libguides.library.dmu.ac.uk/content.php?pid=479023&sid=3924522 ).

You can also link across to the programmes/clips from online reading lists.

ICRG Researcher’s Dataset – Table 3B

By Kieron L Jones, on 16 April 2014

We now have access to the ICRG Researcher’s Dataset – Table 3B: http://metalib-a.lib.ucl.ac.uk/V/?func=find-db-1-title&mode=titles&scan_start=i&search_type=start&restricted=all.  It provides annual averages of the 12 components of ICRG’s Political Risk Ratings (Table 3B), as published in the International Country Risk Guide.  Average ratings are provided for all countries covered by ICRG from 1984 through to the last full calendar year.  Components include: government stability, socioeconomic conditions, corruption, ethnic tensions, democratic accountability, religion in politics, etc.

The Research Ethics Guidebook

By Kieron L Jones, on 28 March 2014

The Research Ethics Guidebook is designed as a resource for social science researchers – those early in their careers, as well as more experienced colleagues.  It aims to help you find your way through the variety of regulatory processes and procedures that can apply to social science research – signposting you to more detailed information along the way, and acting as a prompt for reflection and questioning at all stages of the research process. You might use it for:

  • Your own research…  To help you write a research proposal, apply for ethics approval, or deal with ethics dilemmas that arise during a project.
  • Undergraduate studies…  As a resource for students, for research methods assignments or as a basis for tutorial discussions, or in carrying out undergraduate research projects.
  • Research supervision …  To help your student negotiate ethics at different stages of the research process, and as a tool for reflecting on your responsibilities in relation to ethics in student research.
  • Staff development…   For training of ethics committee members or research supervisors.

The Conversation is looking for data-driven academic research

By Kieron L Jones, on 27 February 2014

Researchers from UK universities and research institutes now have a powerful new channel to get visibility for research underpinned by secondary data.

The Conversation is a fast-growing, independent and non-profit source of data-driven news.

It was established in the UK as a charitable organisation with support from academic funders HEFCE, HEFCW and the Scottish Funding Council along with Research Councils UK and several independent research foundations. Twenty UK universities have added their support as founding partners. The site currently features articles from experts at 113 universities and other academic institutions across the UK.

Academic researchers who use data from the UK Data Service may find The Conversation an especially helpful place to:

  • gain visibility for their work
  • share their expert knowledge with those who shape public policy
  • stimulate debates on issues of interest to wider society

Contributing authors receive a photo byline and short bio, along with access to a suite of behind-the-scenes analytics to better understand the volume and diversity of each article’s readers – a handy and visual way to demonstrate impact.

The editorial process is transparent, online, and guided by trained journalists who have worked at leading publications including The Guardian, The Economist, Reuters and The Observer. The editors are also open to working with academic authors on better ways of visualising the data they use.

The Conversation UK website is organised into themes including:

  • business and economy
  • education
  • politics and society
  • science and technology
  • health and medicine

In addition, articles are indexed by individual topics, with the option for readers to subscribe to topics of personal or professional interest. Articles filed under the Hard Evidence topic are specifically written by academics with a body of published work who ‘use research evidence to tackle the trickiest public policy questions’.

There are several ways to get involved:

  • sign up to the newsletter: get a flavour of the kind of articles featured in The Conversation
  • pitch an idea: describe an article you’d like to write in 100 words or less – or suggest a colleague who might have the expertise to contribute
  • become an author: set up an academic account and submit an article

Researchers who write articles based on data from the UK Data Service are encouraged to cite their data to acknowledge the data source, make it easier for others to find, and to encourage more secondary analysis. For more on how (and why) to cite research data, see the ESRC’s guidance Data citation: What you need to know.

To learn more:

EUI Library’s latest edition of their bibliography on the global financial and economic crisis

By Kieron L Jones, on 17 January 2014

A very useful bibliography from EUI of the latest research publications covering the origins of the global financial & economic crisis, empirical and narrative works, finance and banking, risk, derivatives and hedge funds, regulation, central banking and economic governance, the crisis in Europe and the Eurozone labour market and socio-economic aspects, ethical aspects, new comparative and historical literature (since January 2008), prospective and normative works – implications and aftermath, and research and methodological implications.