Open Access and REF: from 1 April


From 1 April 2016, HEFCE will require that any peer-reviewed research article or conference proceeding with an ISSN must – to be eligible for REF2021 – be deposited into an institutional repository (i.e. Goldsmiths Research Online, GRO) and made Open Access.

In order that we send out useful, consistent and ultimately compliant information, Goldsmiths requires from now that all research active staff add their manuscripts (peer-reviewed research article/conference proceeding with ISSN) to GRO within 3 months of the final acceptance date
What needs to be deposited into GRO?

·      Article details: title, authors, journal
·      Full text: the author accepted manuscript, the final version after peer review and edits but without publisher formatting/pagination

What assistance is there to help staff?

·      The GRO team (James Bulley, Ozden Sahin and Jeremiah Spillane) are managed by Andrew Gray, Academic Services Librarian (, 020 7919 7161)
·      They will check publisher permissions, apply relevant embargoes, input additional publication details and metadata, record issues and ‘exceptions’
·      Advice, training and assistance are available in person, via email or over the phone (020 7919 7166)
·      Detailed information on the policy will be added to the Research & Enterprise website in the next month. Current information is available at 
·      Tracy Banton, Head of Research Office, will be able to answer any REF queries that are not GRO-related (, 020 7919 7772)


Books on Writing Essays and Dissertations

This week (30th November – 4th December), we are running a series of drop-in sessions in the library where students can prepare for writing essays by learning about how to search for information more effectively and how to reference their work. We’re also letting you know which other libraries you can use, how our Special Collections and Archives can help with your research and offering advice on presenting with confidence.

To help you further, there are a range of books in the library that will supplement what you could learn in these sessions. If you’re not sure how to structure an essay or how to avoid plagiarism, then these books can really help. The 808.02 section on the second floor has a number of books on academic and study skills. Here are just a handful which are worth reading.

Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students by Stephen Bailey (2011), 808.02 BAI

Academic Writing and Grammar for Students by Alex Osmond (2016), 808.02 OSM

Cite Them Right : the Essential Referencing Guide by Richard Pears and Graham Shields (2013), 808.02 PEA (also available online at Log in with your IT username/password)

50 Steps To Improving Your Academic Writing by Chris Sowton (2014), 808.02 SOW

How To Cite, Reference and Avoid Plagiarism at University by Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers (2011), 808.02 MACM

How To Use Your Reading in Your Essays by Jeanne Godfrey (2013), 808.02 GOD

How To Write Better Essays by Bryan Greetham (2013), 808.02 GRE

How To Write for University by Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers (2014), 808.02 MACM

Success in Academic Writing by Trevor Day (2013), 808.02 DAY

Writing : Learn To Write Better Academic Essays by Els van Geyte (2013), 808.02 GEY

Brand Republic

brandrepublic_2012_1_webGoldsmiths’ subscription to Brand Republic provides access to the following websites, all essential for students of advertising, branding, marketing, PR and the media:

Each website has a mix of news, opinions, features, job adverts, events and more. Browse between sections or use the search to find something specific that interests you.

To access these websites, you must first register using the ‘sign in’ option. Create an account using your Goldsmiths email address (a personal email address won’t work).

Once you’ve registered, you’ll need to follow the instructions in the verification email Brand Republic sends you.

Changing between websites is easy – scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and choose another website in the Brand Republic network.

Information Skills Sessions

The Library is running information skills sessions across the academic year, designed to support your studies and help you prepare for assignments and exams.

If you want to learn how to use online software to make referencing simple, how to search for peer-reviewed journal articles, how to access other libraries in London and the UK, how to use our Special Collections and Archives, how to find online newspapers or video, how to use our online reading lists system or even how to confidently present your work, then we’ve something for you and you’re more than welcome to attend.

No need to sign up in advance. If there’s a session you like the sound of, just turn up. Please check the dates, times and rooms of sessions – most are in IT labs in the Rutherford Building (ground and first floor), but some are in Special Collections (ground floor) or the Prokofiev Room (second floor). Each session lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Referencing and Zotero


Learn about using Zotero (free and open-source online reference management software)


Wednesday 28th October, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Tuesday 1st December, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Thursday 3rd December, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 13th January, 13.00-13.45 (RB102)

Tuesday 9th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Thursday 11th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB103)

Wednesday 9th March, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 4th May, 13.00-13.45 (RB102)


Searching for information


Advanced tips for searching the catalogue

Effective database searching

Searching alternative formats


Monday 30th November, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 2nd December, 13.00-13.45 (RB102)

Friday 4th December, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Monday 8th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 10th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)


Using other libraries


Goldsmiths students can use many other libraries in London and beyond – discover how to find them and access them


Wednesday 2nd December, 14.00-14.45 (RB102)

Wednesday 10th February, 14.00-14.45 (RB008)

Finding & Using Special Collections & Archives


What is a ‘special collection’ or an archive?

Find the collection you need, in London and beyond

Work hands-on with items from our collections

Discover how special collections and archives can contribute to your research


All sessions held in Special Collections and Archives


Wednesday 11th November, 17.00-18.30

Tuesday 1st December, 14.30-15.15 (Finding SC&A)

Thursday 3rd December, 14.30-15.15 (Using SC&A)

Tuesday 19th January, 17.00-18.30

Tuesday 9th February, 14.30-15.15 (Finding SC&A)

Thursday 11th February, 14.30-15.15 (Using SC&A)

Thursday 17th March, 14.00-15.30

Wednesday 13th April, 14.00-15.30

Finding newspapers and news online


Where to find primary source news reports and newspapers online


Wednesday 18th November, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 16rd March, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Searching for audio-visual resources


Learn more about Goldsmiths’ audio and video collections and more that are publicly available and suitable for research


Wednesday 25th November, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Wednesday 23th March, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Using online reading lists


The Goldsmiths online reading lists system shows the real-time availability of items in the library; as well as linking directly to online resources such as ebooks and journal articles.

This session will show students how to access the reading lists system and online resources both on/off campus, and the functionality of the reading lists system.


Friday 20th November, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Friday 12th February, 13.00-13.45 (RB008)

Presenting with confidence


Come and learn tips on how to speak to different audiences with confidence. We will examine clips of public figures like Obama, Clinton, and well known academics, and discuss useful strategies that will leave you more prepared to face the world!

Tuesday 3rd November, 14.00-15.00 (Prokofiev Room)

Tuesday 1st December, 14.00-15.00 (Prokofiev Room)

Wednesday 20th January 14.00-15.00 (Prokofiev Room)

Tuesday 9th February, 14.00-15.00 (Prokofiev Room)

National Poetry Month

NPM15_ForSite_FINAL_FINALNational Poetry Month is a celebration of the importance of poetry in our culture and lives. Founded by the Academy of American Poets, it aims to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,
  • encourage the reading of poems,
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry.

You can see which events are taking place or what people on saying on Twitter using #npm15.

Although an American event, if you want to learn more about how poetry is celebrated in the UK, have a look on the Poetry Society’s website.

Furthermore, why not check out the vast range of poetry we have available in the library, including:

  • American poetry at 811
  • English poetry at 821
  • German poetry at 831
  • French poetry at 841
  • Italian poetry at 851

We also have databases that have a comprehensive amount of poetry, including LION, where you can search or browse by author or text to find the full text of poems.

You can also see clips of poets reading their own works and the works of others. Goldsmiths’ own Blake Morrison reads his own poetry here. There’s also an audio archive of poets reading their works too.

Why not take a short break from your studies and discover some new poetry?

Dissertation Week

Dissertation week2This week (9th-13th Feb) we have a series of lunchtime and afternoon sessions designed to help students who are about to start their dissertations, although anyone can attend, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re a first year undergraduate student or a postgraduate. There’s no need to sign up in advance; just come along to the session you’re interested in.

Each session is 45 minutes long but packed with content. They are designed and run by subject librarians. See the timetable below:

Searching for information

For advanced tips for searching the library catalogue, effective database searching and searching alternative formats.

Monday 9th Feb, Wednesday 11th Feb, Friday 13th Feb (1-1.45pm, Prokofiev Room, 2nd floor)

Referencing with Zotero

An introduction to Zotero (free, open source online referencing software). Bring a laptop if you can!

Tuesday 10th Feb, Thursday 12th Feb (1-1.45pm, Prokofiev Room, 2nd floor)

Finding Special Collections and Archives

What are Special Collections? How to find the collections and archives you need.

Tuesday 10th Feb (2.30-3.15pm, Special Collections and Archives, ground floor)

Using other libraries

Goldsmiths students are eligible to use other libraries in London and the UK. Find out how.

Wednesday 11th Feb (2.30-3.15pm. Prokofiev Room, 2nd floor)

Using Special Collections and Archives

How can these contribute to your research? This is a hands-on workshop with items from our collections.

Thursday 12th Feb (2.30-3.15pm, Special Collections and Archives, ground floor)

Reading Lists

readinglistsDo you know about the Goldsmiths’ online Reading Lists System? The online Reading Lists System was launched in September 2014. Currently we have around 300 reading lists available online. The system website is and it can also be accessed via, the library catalogue and the library web pages.

The online Reading Lists System enables students to access their reading lists online. It shows the real-time availability of items in the library; as well as linking directly to online resources such as e-books, journal articles, audiovisual items such as DVDs, blogs and even Youtube clips etc. It provides simple access to course reading materials, and students can easily identify essential readings, recommending readings materials for each topic/week/course.

Students can add notes to each item or add their reading intention to a list as well as create their own reading lists once they’ve signed in using their campus username/password. Further information and guidelines for the system can be found at

If you don’t find a list on the system for your course, it is possible that your lecturer has not set one up; ask them in the first instance. Not all lecturers will choose to place their lists here.