Welcome to the UCL Library Services subject guide to library, archive and information studies. These pages are maintained by Ruth Russell, subject librarian for the Department of Information Studies. The content is regularly revised and feedback or suggestions are welcomed.
This guide provides links to and information about resources relating to library, archive and information studies, and covers both printed and electronic collections:
More information about Library Services in general, together with a range of links to useful sources elsewhere can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/.
Regular training sessions on electronic library resources are held in the DMS Watson Teaching Cluster. For dates and times see Information Skills Training. Individual training sessions on specific databases and other electronic resources can be arranged on request.
For further information or to arrange an individual training session contact the Library Science Team on email@example.com or see contact details below.
The library is multi-site (18 in all). You are most likely to need two of
them: the Science Library (in the DMS Watson building) and
the Main Library (in the Wilkins building). See separate pages
for maps and opening hours.
The library has its own classification scheme (Garside); a typical classmark
for an open-access book will consist of the name of a subject (indicating a
section of the library) followed by letters and numbers denoting its classified
position on the shelves in that section, e.g.:
LIBRARIANSHIP L 83 ANG for a book on cataloguing rules.
LIBRARIANSHIP K 350 for books on electronic publishing
ARCHIVES K 15 for books on records management
Some of the main sections you are likely to need are:
LIBRARIANSHIP (Science Library, 1st floor); contains most
of the textbooks for library and information studies; also books on publishing, children's
literature, web publishing, book production, digital humanities and historical bibliography.
ARCHIVES (Science Library, 1st floor); contains most of the
textbooks on archives and records management.
PALAEOGRAPHY (Main Library, north, 2nd floor); works about
the manuscript book and mediaeval scripts.
COMPUTER SCIENCE (Science Library, 4th floor).
MANAGEMENT (Science Library, 2nd floor).
PUBLIC POLICY (Main Library, north, 2 nd floor)
LAW (Main Library: Donaldson Reading Room)
A classmark beginning with a number, e.g. 115 L 68 JEN, indicates a book in
store, not on the open shelves. Store books should be requested online via
the online catalogue and search service database Explore, and will normally be available for collection within one working
Periodicals are kept in separate subject sections, usually adjacent to the
relevant book collections:
The LIBRARIANSHIP PERIODICALS are in the Librarianship reading
room (Science Library, 1st floor).
The ARCHIVES PERIODICALS are shelved next to the books (Science
Library, 1st floor).
Science journals are not borrowable, but may be photocopied in the library. For information about photocopying, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/Photocopy.shtml.
to search for journals the library has access to (select UCL journals in the resource list). Explore also allows you to search for articles within some journals (select Journal articles). Contents of journals can also be searched via indexes and abstracts.
Use Explore to search for items, either via the dedicated
terminals at various locations in library sites, or from any other computer with a suitable web browser.
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Material in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL. To access these resources, users are advised to navigate to material using the links from the Library Services website. If you are off-site, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password. For more information about this visit the
Information for electronic Library resource users section of the Library Services website.
Indexes and Abstracts
Among the online bibliographic indexes which the library offers are:
LISA (Library & Information
Science Abstracts) 1969-
Library Literature and Information Science Full Text 1984-
Library Literature and Information Science Retrospective 1905-1983
Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts 1970-
IT and computing) 1969-
International Medieval Bibliography (includes manuscript studies)
SCOPUS multi-disciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources. For further information, see the online tutorials at SCOPUS.
Web of Knowledge for the Arts & Humanities Citation Index
and the Social Science Citation Index.
For further information you can follow a number of online tutorials in various languages on the Web of Knowledge website. You will need a browser running Flash Version 8 or higher to view these tutorials.
INSPEC (includes IT and computing) 1969-
ACM Digital Library provides accesss to the full text of ACM journals and conference proceedings.
International Medieval Bibliography (includes manuscript studies) 1967-
Heritage of the Printed Book Catalogue of European printing in the early modern era (from the 15th century to the 1830s). Formerly known as Hand Press Book Database.
British Standards Full text access to British, European and International Standards, including those relating to library, archive and information studies. For further information on British Standards click here.
Safari Large ebooks collection covering technology, digital media, and business books and videos online.
Synthesis Digital Library ebook series collection in Computer Science and Engineering. Includes series on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services.
A wide range of electronic versions of journal titles are available to registered members of UCL.
from the list on the library's web pages at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ejournal/. Here you will find details of access arrangements for each title.
- Library, Archive and Information Studies titles can be browsed alphabetically by following the link to the e-journals page and clicking on the “Subject” heading. From there, select your subject from the category list.
For information about exam papers, and access to all undergraduate and postgraduate papers for the last 5 years up to 2010, go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/exam.shtml. Online papers for Library, Archive and Information Studies
are available via this link. Paper copies of exam papers for the current year for all Main and Science Library subjects are shelved in the Photocopying Room of the Main Library. Older papers are available in printed format and are kept in store. These can be requested by clicking here.
The MetaLib cross-search and resource-finding tool provides quick access to a range of resources for Information Studies, including:
Click here to see a full list of resources. Among those listed are Archives and Publishing organisations, many of which have free to access publications and industry statistics.
More information about Metalib can be found here.
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Senate House Library
(University of London, in Malet Street) has a strong collection in bibliography,
especially historical bibliography and reference materials. The Palaeography
Room in the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies contains one of this country's
richest collections for manuscript and archive studies. Any registered member
of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.
The British Library (St Pancras) offers a Librarianship
and Information Sciences Service, with extensive collections of books and
periodicals. You can apply for reference access upon production
of a full, valid UCL ID card, a further form of identification (eg. driving
licence, passport) and confirmation of your home address (eg. utility bill, council
The British Library Business and IP Centre offers a range of resources for Publishing Students. The library contains a number of market reports and industry reviews, some of which can be accessed electronically from inside the British Library, in particular, the provide access to Global Publishing, the Publishing Association’s online database of publishing market reports and statistics.
For information about use of other university and national libraries, see the
UCL Library guide to other
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For further assistance in using the Library, visit the Science Enquiry Desk, which is on the ground floor of the Science Library. During term-time it is staffed from 09:30-18:00 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 09:30-17:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays (shorter hours during vacations). You may also telephone the Enquiry Desk on extension 37789 or 020 7679 7789 (for external callers).
The Subject Librarian for Library, Archive & Information Studies is Ruth Russell, who is based in room 314 of the Science Library. For further guidance and information, or to arrange an individual training session, contact Ruth on extension 32634 or 020 7679 2634, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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