Audiology is ‘the study of hearing disorders and the rehabilitation of people with hearing impairments’.
The principle collection for audiology is at the RNID Library, housed at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) with the UCL Ear Institute. The RNID Library is a co-operative venture between UCL and Action on Hearing Loss.
Relevant printed materials can also be found throughout all of the biomedical and life sciences collections at UCL Library Services.
The printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:
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The principal collection for audiology is in the RNID Library at the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital. There may also be relevant material in the Science Library, the Institute of Child Health Library, or in the Human Communication Sciences Library. See separate
pages for maps
and opening hours.
The library catalogue (eUCLid) details books held by UCL Library Services. Help on using the online catalogue can be found from the UCL Library Services Printed Guides page or by asking a member of library staff. eUCLid contains holdings information for all UCL libraries; resources located at the RNID Library are marked RNID and it is possible to filter eUCLid records to retrieve just those.
The RNID Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves; a typical classmark looks like this:
RNID QFS AQ
This is the classmark for ‘Hearing aids’ by Harvey Dillon, where:
- RNID is the book collection.
- QFS AQ is the classification.
Audiology and hearing science books will always be found at the classmarks P and Q under the RNID Library classification.
The following is a simple guide to subject locations at the RNID Library:
D – Acoustics
P – Audiology
Q – Hearing Science
SGT – Psychoacoustics / Psychology of hearing
UTB – Signed languages
Y – Deaf history and culture
Materials relating to audiology can be found at a wide range of classmarks in other libraries, as the subject incorporates medicine, biology, physics, psychology and social sciences. The main classmarks to note are WV 270 in the NLM classification used by most UK medical libraries, and 617.8 in the Dewey classification used at the UCL Language and Speech Sciences Library.
Periodicals are shelved separately from the books in the journals room at the RNID Library.
All RNID periodicals are reference only.
The Library's online catalogue (eUCLid) can be used either on the dedicated terminals in the Library, or from any other workstation with a suitable web browser. Results lists can be filtered by library site.
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Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL: you will usually need your UCL Information Systems username and password in order to gain access to them. You may also need to set an Athens cookie to access certain resources.
An a-z title index of full-text electonic journals available online to UCL staff and students can be found here.
An a-z title index of full-text electonic journals available online to NHS staff and medical students can be found here. Information about access arrangements can be found here.
A bibliographic database is an index to published literature. A detailed guide to bibliographic databases for biomedicine can be found here. Most biomedical bibliographic databases consist of records for articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. These records will usually include the citation and the abstract of an article.
Audiology journals are indexed in several databases. Relevant databases available to UCL staff and students include:
- MEDLINE – is the largest database for clinical medicine.
- EMBASE – another large database focusing on clinical medicine.
- CINAHL – a smaller database with a focus on nursing, but also covering medicine and allied health.
- AMED – a smaller database focused on alternative and complementary medicine.
- BIOSIS Previews – the major database for literature in life sciences and biological research.
- Web of Knowledge – a service that includes the ISI Citation indexes, three databases with a broader mulitdisciplinary coverage of Arts and Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences. It also includes a conference proceedings database and the Citations Report database – home of journal impact factors.
- PsycINFO – the major database for literature in psychology.
- LLBA - Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts for language acquisition and development
- ERIC & British Education Index – two databases focused on eduction
- Cochrane Library - home of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the Cochrance Central Register of Controlled Trials, important resources for evidence about the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.
It is not possible to recommend a single database for research in audiology, given the variation in information required by clinical and educational audiologists for example. Any search for audiology literature should include an appropriate combination of the above databases.
For a complete list of databases available at UCL, see www.ucl.ac.uk/library/database. All the above databases can be accessed from this page. You can either browse resources alphabetically, or display a list by subject.
Information about access to electronic resources for NHS staff from trusts associated with UCL can be found here
For advice on accessing and using databases and e-journals, or to book an information skills training session, please contact the libraries.
UCL Discovery showcases UCL's research publications, giving access to journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, digital web resources, theses and much more, from all UCL disciplines. Where copyright permissions allow, a full copy of each research publication is directly available from UCL Discovery.
A list of UCL Ear Institute research listed in UCL Discovery can be found here.
For a complete list of biomedical e-books available at UCL, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ebooks/ebooks_list.shtml.
Copies of UCL examination papers are available electronically on the intranet. Archives of printed copies of UCL Ear Institute exam papers are also held at the UCL Ear Institute Library.
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Audiology Improvement - NHS Improvement is a national improvement programme working with clinical networks and NHS organisations to transform, deliver and sustain improvements across the entire pathway of care. Audiology Improvement is a core part of this project. The site contains details of projects and pilots to develop audiology services in England, examples of successful practice, a resources links page, and news and events listings. The site also has links to:
- e-Audiology - part of the e-Learning for Healthcare project, a-Audiology is an online training and professional development resource. It contains four online modules with several 20 minute interactive sessions in each, aimed at supporting assistant and associate audiologists, audiologists, GPs, GP practice staff, other healthcare professionals and volunteers. Sample sessions are available to try, registration is needed to access the full service.
- Audiology Quality Enhancement Tool (QET) - an assessment tool for audiology departments to measure service quality and share best practice
NHS Evidence - the NHS web-portal for access to authoritative evidence for health. The service has recently been revamped, and the content of the former specialist collections has now been subsumed into the overall service. Resources can be browsed by topic. Content includes annual updates of evidence, guidelines and protocols, research, and patient information. Topics most relevant to audiology include:
The service can be personalised by creating a My Evidence account.
Access to databases and electronic journals for NHS staff and audiology students remains a part of NHS Evidence. An NHS Athens password is required to access those resources. Details about the NHS Athens password and the registration process can be found here.
Contact us if you have any questions, would like some help, or to arrange a formal training session.
Please see the Otorhinolaryngology and Deaf Studies subject guides for details of resources for ENT medicine and deafness.
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If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject
librarian for Audiology:
Telephone: 020 7915 1445
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Last modified 23 December 2008