As an Imperial student you have access to plenty of useful resources which can help you study, learn new skills and get organised. Here are a few examples to get you started:

Case Study - The Economist

Have you been buying a copy? No need, you can access it for free!

By using The Economist you’ll be in good company as Bill Gates confessed to reading it "from cover to cover every week", whilst a guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

  • The Library offers access to both the online and print editions, with archival access to 1997 (online) and 2006 (print) respectively
  • The Economist Online is available to all College staff, students and researchers on desktops and mobile devices
  • The online version includes all the content from the print edition with additional blogs and commentary, audio and video content
How might this be useful?

A first year medical student might be interested in getting an overview on issues relating to drug resistance, especially those relating to antibiotics. 

The Library Search will take you straight to The Economist subscription, here you can find a wealth of easy-to-read, audio and video on the subject of drug resistance and antibiotics. This includes:

  • Infographic citing the number of pipeline and newly licenced antibiotics drugs created in 2015, part of ‘The Daily Chart’ series which can be found in the Economics – Markets & Data Tab
  • Audio expert interviews predicting 10 million deaths per annum by 2050 (up from ca. 700,000 now, with drug resistant TB accounting for 200,000), part of the Babbage Weekly Science and technology series which can be found in the Multimedia Library Tab

These articles provide some useful background to the subject and a starting point for further research. Having an online archive dating back to 1997 helps track how the issue has developed and been reported for over almost three decades.