UCL Library Services provides access to bibliographical and full-text databases which can be used by UCL staff and students both on- and off-site. Content must be used within the terms and conditions of our licences.
Quick answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning databases can be found below.
If you have any questions or problems using databases then please contact us.
- How do I access databases?
UCL provides access to a variety of databases and full-text resources via the Databases webpage which includes A-Z listings and subject specific databases. In addition all databases are indexed in Explore.
- On-site users will be recognized as a UCL user and will be able to access the database without logging in
- Off-site users, acessing from a computer outside the UCL network, will be prompted automatically to log in via the UCL Single sign-on using their UCL username and password. Some resources are freely available and these do not require login.
- How do I get additional help?
- What is SFX@UCL and why can't I always see the button?
SFX@UCL is the name of a linking service which give you direct access from a reference, in a database or catalogue, to the full text of an electronic resource.
SFX is available wherever you see the SFX@UCL button. Click on the button and a menu of possible links will appear.
Some resources in MetaLib don't provide the data relevant to SFX links. On these resources, the SFX button is suppressed. Often, these resources provide their own links to fulltext instead, in the "External" field of the record in MetaLib.
- Can I export my search results into Reference Manager / EndNote?
Yes. Where full citation information is provided by the source database, you will see an option at the bottom of the SFX menu to "Download Citation to Reference Manager/EndNote". Clicking on this link will automatically open Reference Manager, EndNote, or other similar citation management software, if you have it on your computer, and give you the option to load the citation into the software.
- Can I use SFX links in PubMed?
Yes. The easiest way to see UCL SFX links in PubMed is to access PubMed using the following URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?otool=iukucllib, or via the entry for PubMed in the databases list. Alternatively, you can create or modify a MyNCBI account in PubMed with UCL preferences, as described below.
- To set your MyNCBI preferences, sign in to MyNCBI (or register as a new user)
- Select NCBI Site Preferences at the top right
- Under PubMed Preferences, click on Outside Tool
- Click the radio button next to UCL (University College London) - SFX
If you encounter any problems using SFX, please use the E-resource Contact us form. In your report, include as much information as possible about the actions which led to the problem and the text of any error messages you see.
- How does SFX work in Google Scholar?
UCL has activated SFX links in Google Scholar. These can only appear as text links rather than showing the SFX@UCL button.
- If you are using a UCL computer, you should see these links automatically
- If you are outside the UCL network and want to display UCL SFX links, you will need to set UCL in 'Library Links' within the Settings menu
A large link, labelled "SFX@UCL - Fulltext" will appear if UCL has the item in full text via SFX.
A smaller link, labelled simply "SFX@UCL", below the citation, indicates that UCL may have the item in print and the SFX menu will allow you to search the library catalogue.