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Subject guides: Gender studies


Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about electronic resources including:

Printed collections

Materials for gender studies are distributed amongst several collections in UCL's libraries. Holdings and location are given on the catalogue eUCLid.

Senate House Library, Malet Street allows access and borrowing rights to UCL staff and students; a separate Library card will be issued.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Library, Malet Street, allows access and borrowing rights to UCL students registered on the MA Gender Studies course at UCL.

Other academic libraries have significant amounts of relevant material and allow reference use only, at any time, to UCL taught-course students. These are Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths College, Institute of Education, King's College, LSE, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, School of Advanced Study, and University of Westminster. The Women's Library at London Metropolitan University allows public access. Academic library catalogues for the London area can be searched globally at the M25 Libraries website.

Book collections

Most of UCL's Libraries use the Garside classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves. A typical classmark for an open-access book will consist of the name of a collection (indicating a section of the library) followed by letters and numbers denoting its classified position on the shelves in that collection;

e.g. LITERATURE A 23 WYA for a book on aging and gender in literature by an author whose last name begins 'Wya..'

Full details

Film collection

Videorecordings and DVDs are shelved in acquisition order in the foyer adjacent to the Main Library Issue Desk. They can be searched on the Library catalogue eUCLid. The home page has a search option 'Audiovisual'. Most films can be borrowed, and most are on 2-day loan status. DVD cases are on display but discs have to be requested at the Issue Desk in service hours. Videos are on open access. Video/DVD players are available in a viewing suite off the Main Library Reference Room. Headsets and remote controls may be borrowed from the Issue Desk during service hours.

Journal collection

Many titles include material on gender studies. Journals (also referred to as 'periodicals') are shelved by subject, near the corresponding book collection. The exception is the HUMANITIES PERIODICALS collection, which covers several subjects, and is shelved in the Main Library, upper level..

Articles in journals that cannot be borrowed may be photocopied in the Library, subject to the requirements of the Copyright Act. Runs of ceased titles and back runs of some titles on current subscription, are kept in Stores at Wickford (closed access). eUCLid will tell you exactly where any volume of any title is held.

Titles of journals (but not contents) can be searched on the catalogue. Contents of journals can be searched using printed indexes issued with individual titles, or by using one of several databases to which the Library provides access, or by accessing the electronic version of the journal, where available (see below). Relevant titles include Feminist Review, Gender & History, Men & Masculinities, Nora: Nordic Journal of Women's Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Women's Studies International Forum.

Titles available in other institutional libraries nearby include Feminist Studies (LSE, Birkbeck, Senate House, SOAS), Feminist Theory (LSE), Journal of Gender Studies (LSE, Senate House), Women: a Cultural Review (Birkbeck, KCL, Senate House). You can search for titles in a Union Catalogue of the serials holdings of libraries within the University of London group.

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Electronic collections

Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL: for most resources you will need your UCL ID/password for computing services in order to gain access. Most of our electronic resources are available within our electronic gateway, Metalib. To use e-resources from home, enter Metalib from UCL Library Services home page, and login. A leaflet on Metalib's facilities is available in print and electronically.

Note: eUCLid and Metalib are separate systems.
To log into your record on eUCLid you need your library barcode number (on your UCL ID card) plus your 4-character PIN.
To log into Metalib you need your UCL ID plus your password.

Indexes and Abstracts

Full list of library databases

Among the databases which the Library offers are these which contain a significant amount of material relevant to gender studies. See the Complete list for brief details of content.

Art Full Text
Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Current Contents Connect
Dictionary of National Biography
International Bibliography of Social Sciences
FIAF, International FilmArchive Database
MLA International Bibliography
Web of Science - Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Web of Science - Social Sciences Citation Index

Electronic journals

Electronic journals web page

Several thousand e-journals are available. Start from the list on the Library’s web page where you will find access arrangements for each title. Electronic journals for which we also have a print subscription are indicated on eUCLid. Others are not, so you must use the e-journals list to see the full range. They are listed alphabetically and by subject. There is no single index to the contents of all the e-journals available at UCL.

From Autumn 2008, e-journal titles will be listed within Metalib, our e-resources gateway. This will enable you to access them online from outside UCL, and to add titles to your own virtual list of favourite resources.

Other internet resources

Association of Research Libraries - Women's Studies Section - US-based website, selected resources
Bulletin Board for Libraries - UK-based website, selected resources
Goteburg University Library - selected databases
Institute for Communication Studies, University of Leeds - popular culture and social theory
'The Men's Bibliography' - online compilation
University of California at Berkeley - bibliographies on women's studies in international and area studies
Voice of the Shuttle - selected resources

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Other libraries

Information about other libraries and links to their library catalogues.

Please check other libraries' access requirements before visiting. Apart from University of London college libraries, most academic libraries do not permit access to UCL students during term-time (except University of Westminster).

Please note that libraries other than the home institution usually do not lend short loan materials to reference-only visitors, even for use on-site. Films may come into that category.

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Contact details

For further assistance in using UCL Libraries, visit the Main Library Enquiry Desk, which is in the room near the Issue Desk. It is staffed from 9:30-17:30 during Mon-Fri during term-time (shorter hours during vacations. The subject librarian for Gender Studies is Diana Herman, Room 103 in the Main Library, telephone extension 32612 or 020 7679 2612. Other site libraries also provide assistance in use of their collections.

UCL MA Gender Studies programme website

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Last modified 20 August 2008

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