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Subject guides: Energy and Resources (Australia)


Welcome to the UCL Library Services subject guide page for the School of Energy and Resources in Adelaide, Australia. This guide provides links to and information about the library resources available to you. The Energy and Resources collection is looked after by a team based in London and you can address any queries about library resources to them.

The UCL School of Energy and Resources library is located on the ground floor of the Torrens Building. It provides a quiet study space and computing, printing and copying facilities, as well as a small number of key texts, journals and newspapers/magazines. However, the majority of library resources for Energy and Resource students and staff can be accessed online at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library.

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

WISE is a comprehensive, step-by-step online guide to finding and using information effectively. Link through 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. Help with WISE.

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. Off-site users will be prompted for their 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. You can check a title's online availability here. Titles can be browsed alphabetically or by subject category. For further information on finding journals see our guide.

Click here to consult a useful guide to journal title abbreviations.

If you have any problems accessing material see the help page.


A successful search in any database will give you a list of references to relevant papers, with abstracts. From a database you can also link directly to the full text of a journal article if UCL subscribes to that journal. To access a complete list of databases click here. You might find the following particularly useful:

  • Compendex indexes engineering journals and conference proceedings dating from 1970.
  • GEOBASE is a multi-disciplinary database that indexes and abstracts journal articles and book chapters in human and physical geography, ecology, earth sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, environmental sciences and development studies from 1980 onwards.
  • Georef is a geoscience database, indexing journal articles on geology and earth sciences from 1933 onwards.
  • GreenFILE is an index of scholarly, government and general interest publications covering all aspects of the human impact on the environment.
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index) holds over 6000 science and social science journals covering natural, physical and biomedical sciences. For further information 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.
  • Knovel is an interactive database and e-book provider containing full text science and engineering publications. It includes tables, graphs and equations which can be manipulated and exported.
  • Synthesis Digital Library of Computer Science and Engineering is a collection of more than 200 e-books on important research and development topics in engineering and computer science.
  • SCOPUS is a large multidisciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources. For further information see the online tutorials at SCOPUS.
  • Urbadoc is a compilation of European databases covering urban and regional policy and planning.

Other useful resources on the web

  • Engineers International is a gateway for engineering information with useful information and services for students.
  • HelpEngine.org is a student guide to engineering resource centres.
  • Metalib is useful if you want to gain a quick overview of a subject. It enables you to cross-search databases. It can also help you to identify relevant resources in specific subject areas. For further information on this resource click here.
  • TechXtra can help you find articles, key websites, books, the latest industry news, job announcements, ejournals, eprints, technical reports, the latest research, theses & dissertations.

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Other libraries

Energy and Resource students also have access to the libraries of the University of Adelaide located on North Terrace. An induction session at the University of Adelaide is provided to new students during the UCL Energy and Resources Orientation Week.

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Contact details

For further help contact the Science Team.

The content on this page is regularly revised and feedback or suggestions are welcomed.

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Last modified 23 February 2010

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