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New Course, Fresh Start


Welcome to all our new students and welcome back to familiar faces! It’s a bright new year and we at the Information Store want to let you know the support you can find here.

The Information Store is just across the lobby reception area from the Advice Shop. We’ve got lots of resources you can access, including books, DVDs, ebooks, CDs, computers and laptops. The fantastic video below shows you how to find your way round the Information Store, but here are a few suggestions to get started:

  • Confused? Find your way around with staff members Jim and Blake as they give you a guided tour or check out our introductory blogpost .
  • Have some spare time between sessions? Come and sit in our soft seating area and catch up on the latest happenings with our range of newspapers, magazines and journals, or if you want to lose yourself in a book for a while, we have a great selection of Quick Reads and Express Fiction.
  • Need to check your e-mails or quickly access the Internet? Once you have your login details, grab a computer or a laptop. If you want a laptop, though, remember to bring your campus card with you, and make sure you don’t have any fines on your account or we can’t lend them out!
  • Researching your next career move or looking for advice on job interviews, CVs, courses or just student life? Check out our Careers section, in the Book Zone.
  • Why not celebrate starting a new course with a film evening? You can borrow up to 10 DVDs from our DVD Lobby. Look out for new releases, classics, animation and films in many different languages.
  • Need a bit more guidance? Ask at the Issue Desk or get in contact with a Library Officer – just check out our helpful website, ring us up or e-mail
  • We have a wide range of subject resources like journals, databases and websites, and they’re all handily listed on the Information Store subject resources page, so have a browse.
  • With all the excitement, you might not want to even think about studying quite yet, but if you do, we have some useful guides in the Book Zone. Recommendations below!

study skills handbook

The Study Skills Handbook (4th Edition) by Stella Cottrell (BOOK ZONE 371.30281) comes highly recommended by lecturers everywhere. Cottrell covers the journey from applying to courses right through to working out what to do once it’s over. An easy-to-follow illustrated guide to the skills that will get you through your course and plenty of activities to organise your time, this is a great read. But be quick – these fly off the shelves!


good study guide

The Good Study Guide by Andrew Northedge (BOOK ZONE 371.30281) is the Open University’s study guide which aims to teach you not just about the best techniques for studying, but also the challenges that make studying harder and the ways different people approach studying. It emphasises helping students to find an individual approach that works for them and talks seriously about matters beyond studying, like stress and balancing study and life. The Open University has been helping students learn in classes and with distance learning for over forty years, so take advantage of their experience and learn about your own studying style.

guide to learning and study skills

The Guide to Learning and Study Skills for Higher Education and at Work by Sue Drew and Rosie Bingham (BOOK ZONE 371.30281) takes study skills beyond the classroom and shows how they can be applied to the world of work. If you ever wondered whether your course had any relevance outside college, take a look at this and learn all about transferable skills. It has guides to writing and learning at all stages and sees study as part of forming a bigger skill set that can be useful in the workplace. A vital guide to life skills that everyone, no matter how experienced, can benefit from.

cite them right


Cite Them Right (9th Edition) by Richard Pears and Graham Shields (BOOK ZONE 371.30281) is the best guide out there for the Harvard Referencing system used at City College.  Cite Them Right gives a clear guide to referencing for essays, projects and dissertations, and has great online support. If you have any questions not answered in the book or on the website, ask our Officers. Most of our copies of Cite Them Right can’t be borrowed because they’re so popular, but we also have access to a great version on the website, which any student can use, as long as they log in with Athens:


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