The Queen Square Library offers researchers access to a wealth of printed and online material, including:
- specialist print collections
- rare & unique historical collections
- access to online content, including UCL's online journals & databases (NHS staff may access many of the university's resources, using the dedicated 'walk-in' computers located within the library). NHS online journals & databases (access is for NHS staff only, using an NHS Athens account)
Library staff can offer support for researchers at every stage of the research process, including:
- Literature searching - we can help you develop search strategies for initial searches when exploring a new topic and to help ensure comprehensive retrieval of published information on your topic; please contact the library for advice.
- Keeping up to date - to ensure that you keep up to date with new publications relevant to your topic of interest we can help you to set up current awareness alerts or we can manage them for you and send an email alert to you once a month.
- Obtaining publications of interest - as well as helping you to access the printed and online resources available locally within the UCL/UCLH library systems, library staff can offer advice about accessing other libraries and using the interlibrary loan service to access material that is not available locally (this service incurs a small fee).
- Reference management and citing references - library staff can offer advice about managing your references using tools such as Endnote. Training and support is available for these tools, please see our training pages for details.
- Copyright and intellection property rights - UCL Library Services offers a webpage full of advice on these issues, including creative commons and model licenses for publishing, ad the re-use of copyright material in your own work.
- Open Access publishing - many researchers are funded by organisations who require them to publish in Open Access (OA) journals; UCL also has an OA mandate with the aim of sharing research outputs with as wide an audience as possible. Library staff can offer advice and has provided a webpage of information about Open Access publishing to help you. UCL Library Services also has an OA repository called UCL Discovery, which can help you to comply with your funders' requirements.
- Assessing impact - bibliometrics are increasingly being used to assess the impact of research so developing your understanding of the units of measurement (such as h-index, average times cited & journal impact factors) is ever more important. Library staff can provide training & support: visit our Impact webpage and also consider booking onto our Impact course (view the training calendar). These will introduce you to the relevant tools, including the Web of Science, Scopus & Journal Citation Reports.
- UCL's Research Publications Service (RPS) - all active researchers at UCL are required to add details of their publications to the UCL RPS so that they can be included in the university's publications profile, used to make statistical returns, reports to funders, etc. The Library can provide training & support: visit our RPS help page and consider booking onto our RPS course (view the training calendar).
- Publication data - library staff can provide support in identifying and using data identifiers, including author identifiers such as ORCID and researcherid and article identifiers such as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).
The library provides a range of online database guides covering the major search tools. We also provide an ongoing programme of training courses, covering a range of topics. For more information about the training on offer, please visit our training pages. Please note that students attending library training may add points for this training to the Grad Skills website. Simply login and then add details of the session you attended under the section: My department training.