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Subject guides: Neurology & Neuroscience

Introduction

Neurology & neuroscience are key themes within UCL, with a range of research & taught programmes in neuroscience, as well as taught courses in clinical neurology, neuroimaging, brain & mind sciences and other related topics. Researchers and students are based at a number of UCL sites. A dedicated website, UCL Neuroscience, gives an overview of the researchers, departments & Institutes and the research themes across the College.

UCL Library Services supports these themes, by providing an extensive range of online resources & library collections that will be of interest to students, researchers and clinicians. The specialist collections at the Queen Square Library, based at the UCL Institute of Neurology, will be of particular interest.

This subject guide aims to link you to the resources available for neuroscience, neurology & related topics at UCL. We have included information about:

Printed collections

The principal collection for neuroscience & neurology is in the Queen Square Library, based at the UCL Institute of Neurology, while other relevant printed materials can also be found throughout the biomedicine and health collections at UCL Library Services.

How to find a journal:

  • Online - many of the journals you need are available to you through the UCL electronic journals service. You can search for a particular title, or browse the collection. E.g. to browse by subject, click the Subject tab, select the category Health Sciences and then the sub-category Neurology.
  • Print - for some journals you may need to use the printed collections. To find out where a print journal is located, search Explore and limit your search to 'UCL Journals'. Some print journals are available on open shelves within the library collections while others, especially older volumes, may be kept in closed stores.
  • Stores: If the location of a journal is 'Stores' that journal is in the main UCL Store and you will need to place a store request. If the location of a journal is 'Neurology', with a store collection code 'ST-23' that journal is kept in the Neurology Store in Queen Square and you may place a request in person, by phone or by email.

How to find a book:

Browse - books on the same topic will be shelved together within each library, making browsing quite simple.

  • UCL's medical libraries - most of the UCL medical libraries arrange their book collections using a classification scheme called NLM (National Library of Medicine). Under the NLM system, books about the nervous system are located in the WL section. Visit the NLM website for information about other topics.
  • UCL Science Library - in the Science Library, neuroscience books are mostly kept in the Medical Sciences section. Refer to the list of subject locations for other topics.

Search - if you have a specific book in mind, it is more efficient to search the library catalogue.

  • To find a book, search Explore and limit your search to 'Library catalogue'. Most books are available on the shelves within the library collections though some, especially older ones, may be kept in closed stores.
  • Stores: If the location is 'Stores' the book is in the main UCL Store and you will need to place a store request. If the location of a book is 'Neurology', with a store collection code 'ST-7' that book is kept in the Neurology Store in Queen Square and you may place a request in person, by phone or by email.

Additional help

For help locating books ask a member of library staff. Also see the guide to searching Explore.

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Electronic collections

Databases

UCL Library Services has provided a wide range of online databases. Use databases to search for articles on a particular topic.

Databases of particular interest to those researching neuro-related topics are listed below, or you can visit the databases list to see more:

  • Embase - international coverage of drug-related literature back to 1974. Covering the fields of drugs and toxicology, clinical medicine, biotechnology and bioengineering, health affairs, psychiatry, forensic medicine. No login is required when working within the UCL network. Off-site access is available using a UCL account.
  • Medline - worldwide coverage of medical literature since the mid-1960s. Covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care system and pre-clinical sciences. No login is required when working within the UCL network. Off-site access is available using a UCL account.
    The Medline database can also be searched via PubMed.
  • PsycInfo - psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences from 1987 to the present with a substantial number of records covering books published back to 1872. Covers articles, book chapters and dissertations. No login is required when working within the UCL network. Off-site access is available using a UCL account.
  • Web of Science - coverage of scientific literature from 1945 onwards. Covering over 150 scientific disciplines, including biochemistry, biology, medicine, neuroscience, oncology, pharmacology, psychiatry; includes conference proceedings from 1990 onwards.
  • Remember to check the full list of UCL databases for additional databases.

Electronic journals

Thousands of full text articles are available from the UCL electronic journals service. Remember that some journals are not available online and you may need to use print collections, especially for older articles. To view a sub-set of UCL's electronic journals, use the Subject tab; e.g. select the category Health Sciences and then the sub-category Neurology.

Electronic books

A list of biomedical e-books available to staff and students at UCL is available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ebooks/ebooks_list.shtml.

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Other libraries

UCL libraries

UCL libraries of particular interest to those working in neuro-related areas are:

Other UCL libraries, including some specialist medical libraries, are listed at: www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/sites.shtml.

Libraries outside UCL

The area around the main UCL campus in Bloomsbury also hosts many other libraries which may be of interest. Lists can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/library/otherlib.shtml and www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/library/otherlibs.html. Please check with individual libraries about their access arrangements.

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Contact details

Making an enquiry: if you need any assistance or encounter any problems while using UCL libraries, please visit an Enquiry Desk or use the contact details below.

Online help: a Moodle course, WISE for Life and Medical Sciences, has been developed which aims to help both new and experienced users to search for & make the best use of information (you will need a UCL account to log in).

Keeping up to date: new resources & services from UCL Library Services that are relevant to neuroscience are announced on the bioscience blog and the eresources blog.

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Last modified 27 May 2010

 
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