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Subject guides: Security and Crime Science


Welcome to the UCL Library Services subject guide page for Security and Crime Science. This guide provides links to and information about resources relating to Security and Crime Science subjects and covers both our printed and electronic collections. Francine Wood looks after the Security and Crime Science collections and her contact details can be found at the bottom of the page. The content on this page is regularly revised and feedback or suggestions are welcomed.

Please click on the links below to find out more about:

Training sessions
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.

WISE is a comprehensive, step-by-step online guide to finding and using information effectively. Go to moodle and log in with your UCL user ID and password. Click on WISE and select to start a course. (If WISE does not appear in your list of courses click on "All courses" in the top left menu then select WISE and register yourself on the course.) All the WISE modules cover the preparation of search strategies as well as working with and evaluating information, but as security and crime science ranges across disciplines (engineering, information and computer science, law, politics and policy and psychology), you may want to dip into more than one module in the list in order to familiarise yourself with resources reflecting these different perspectives. Help with WISE.

For further information or to arrange an individual training session contact the Library Science Team.

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Printed collections

As security and crime science ranges across a number of disciplines, subject collections relevant to your studies are likely to be spread across multiple library sites. The following is a brief guide to where you can locate material specific to your subject:

The Law collection is in the Donaldson Reading Room in the Main Library (Crime Science is held at LAW H)

The Public Policy collection is on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library.

The Computer Science collection is on the 3rd Floor of the Science Library.

The Engineering collection is on the 4th Floor of the Science Library.

The Psychology collection is on the 2nd Floor of the Science Library.

The Town Planning collection is in the Bartlett Library on the 5th Floor of Wates House.

Book collections
The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves. A typical classmark for a book will consist of the name of the subject (indicating a section of the Library) followed by letters and numbers indicating its classified position on the shelves within that section. For instance:

LAW E 65 GOO for CCTV and policing : public area surveillance and police practices in Britain (where Law is the collection, E 65 the classified position within this collection and GOO the first three letters of the author's surname).

The LAW collection, for example, is divided into several sections. Some important ones are as follows:

  • LAW A - general introductions to the subject
  • LAW E - public law, including a section on policing at E 65
  • LAW H - criminal law

likewise, COMPUTER SCIENCE, for example:

  • COMPUTER SCIENCE H - information systems
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE E – data structures, including sections on steganography and code-breaking at E 23 and E 26 respectively

Use Explore to find the exact class mark (shelf location) of a book.

To obtain details of where the different library sites are located, click here. For a map of the area click here.

Journal collections
Journals – or periodicals (abbreviated to 'Pers' on the catalogue) – are kept separately from books. Journals which are kept on site are arranged alphabetically by title within the relevant subject sections. Journals previous to 1991 and those which are also available electronically are held offsite in the library Store. Store journals, as with other items held in Stores, can be requested via the library catalogue or via the Store Request Form.

Some journals are borrowable, but the journals held in the Science Library are not: extracts from journals, however, can be photocopied in the library. For information about photocopying, including information about copyright law, click here.

For further information and a printable guide to finding printed and electronic journals and journal articles see the Library leaflet Finding Journals. Most journals are available electronically. For information about electronic journals, see below.

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Electronic collections

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 user ID and password. For more information about this, visit Information for electronic library resource users.

Electronic journals
A wide range of journal titles are available electronically. To look for a specific title, go to the alphabetical list on the library's web pages. You will also find details there of the access arrangements for each title.

Titles covering specific subject areas can also be browsed 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 further information you can consult the Library leaflet on Finding Journals.

There is a useful guide to journal title abbreviations here.

The library subscribes to a number of bibliographic databases. Bibliographic databases are essential tools for literature searches; you can use them to find journal articles, conference papers, theses and other academic and research writing. As a rule, if UCL has an online subscription to the database, you can link directly from there to the full text of a journal article.The following databases might be particularly useful:

  • ACM Digital Library offers full text of articles published by ACM in the area of computing and information technology.
  • Department of Communities and Local Government is the website of the Department of Communities and Local Government, the UK government department responsible for community development.
  • Digimap has online digital mapping and data extraction facilities using Ordnance Survey data of Great Britain. Login and choose "Ordnance Survey maps and data".
  • Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports and Profiles offers full text links covering country's economic and political statuses and background, revised annually (access is from the SSEES Library only).
  • EMBASE is a comprehensive pharmacological and biomedical database renowned for extensive indexing of drug information ranging from (but not limited to) drug research, health policy and management, to forensic medicine and biomedical engineering and instrumentation.A number of online tutorials are available on their website by clicking on the 'help' option in the top right of the homepage. You will need Internet Explorer 7 or above, or Mozilla Firefox 3 or above to view these.
  • Global Legal Information Network indexes legal documents for jurisdictions spanning the globe, covering laws, judicial decisions, legislative records and legal literature. Includes some full text. (Covers issues of national security and (counter)terrorism.)
  • IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) indexes journal articles, books, chapters and reviews. Comprehensive coverage of economics, politics and sociology, plus complementary subjects.
  • Inspec indexes journals and conference proceedings in electrical engineering, electronics, physics, control engineering, information technology, communications, computers, computing, and manufacturing and production engineering.
  • Paperboy is a directory of links to newspaper websites throughout the world.
  • psycINFO indexes literature in psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.
  • SCOPUS is a multi-disciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources. For further information, work through our tutorial, or see the online tutorials at SCOPUS.
  • Synthesis Digital Library of Computer Science and Engineering is a collection of more than 200 e-books in several series on important research and development topics in computer science and engineering.
  • United Kingdom Parliament the official website containing a wealth of information including bills, appeals and their judgments, and an archive of parliamentary publications.
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index) indexes over 6000 science and social science journals from 1981 onwards. For further information see our online tutorial, or you can follow a number of online tutorials in various languages on the Web of Knowledge website by clicking here. You will need a browser running Flash Version 8 or higher to view these tutorials.
  • Zetoc indexes approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published per year, across all subject areas (science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, law, finance, the arts and humanities). It is an indexing and abstracting database. The site provides numerous online tutorials.

For a complete list of databases available via UCL click here.

MetaLib can display a full list of indexing & abstracting services. It's a tool which enables you to cross-search databases. For further information see our online guide. Or, if you prefer to work through an interactive tutorial on cross-searching databases using MetaLib, click here.

Resources on the web
For other relevant web-based material for your subject, see:

Exam papers
For information about exam papers, and access to all postgraduate papers available within the last 5 years up to 2010, click here. A list of online papers including those covering all Crime Science disciplines can be found by clicking on 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 Stores. These can be requested by clicking here.

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Other libraries

The Senate House Library in Malet Street has some relevant collections. Any registered member of UCL can join the Library and borrow from there. Click here to find out more about reader registration.

The British Library is a useful resource and all UCL staff and students can apply directly for reference access. You will need to take indentification showing proof of address (e.g. a utility bill), proof of signature (e.g. a driving licence) and proof of student or research status (your UCL ID card) in order to obtain a reader's pass. Click here to find out more about reader registration.

Click here for more information about using other libraries, and for links to other library catalogues..

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Contact details

For further assistance in using the Library, visit or ring the Enquiry Desks. During term-time these are staffed from 09:30 -18:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays and 10.00 - 18.00 on Fridays, and from 09:30 -17:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and shorter hours during vacations). Those situated in the Science Library (ground floor) and the Main Library (first floor) will be able to provide the most relevant information for your subject. The Science Library Enquiry Desk telephone number is 020 7679 7789 or extension 37789 if you are ringing internally. The Main Library Enquiry Desk telephone number is 020 7679 7793 or 37793 internally.

Francine Wood is based in room 314 of the Science Library, and may also be contacted on extension 32558 or 020 7679 2558.

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Last modified 11 November 2009

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