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Subject guides: Language and Speech Sciences

Introduction
Language and Speech Sciences section

The printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:

Printed collections

Printed Collections

The principal location for printed materials in speech, language and phonetic sciences is the UCL Language & Speech Science (LaSS) Library, to be found in the UCL Language Sciences building at Chandler House. This library holds books, periodicals, dissertations and assessment tests relating to human communication and its disorders.
Some of the older Linguistics and Phonetics books and periodicals (pre-2007/8) are to be found at UCL Main Library, in the mezzanine section of the South Junction Reading Room (part of the Wilkins building; see separate pages for maps and opening hours).
All printed material in these subjects may be located by searching the UCL online library catalogue, eUCLid.

Books
Most books at the LASS Library are available for standard (8-week) loan, but core texts are kept on reference, short loan and one-week loan. The Reference and Short (3 hour) Loan collections are held behind the issue desk, but all loan copies are on open shelves in the reading room.
The books are arranged by Dewey Decimal classification, a simple system of numbers representing subjects, subdivided with a decimal point, e.g. 150 = Psychology, 153.4 = Cognitive psychology, etc. The classmark is followed by the first 3 letters of the author's surname, e.g. 153.4 EYS for books on cognitive psychology by Michael Eysenck.
The Library also has a Historical Collection of over 1500 older books and pamphlets, held in storage and available on request.

The Main Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves; a typical classmark will consist of the name of a subject (indicating a section of the library) followed by letters and numbers denoting its position on the shelves in that section; e.g.
LINGUISTICS B 4 BAR for a study of semantics by Bartsch.

Periodicals
LASS Library subscribes to over 100 current periodicals in speech, language and communication sciences; back runs are also held onsite if they are not available online. These are for use in the library only and may not be taken away. Periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title, e.g. the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is to be found under J for Journal. The location on the library catalogue is given as LANGUAGE SPEECH Pers.
Some non-current Linguistics periodicals are held at the Main Library and their location is given as LINGUISTICS Pers.

Most of these titles, plus thousands more, are also available online; see the e-journals web pages for details.

Assessment Tests
The LaSS Library holds a unique collection of approximately 750 tests for the assessment of speech and language development and disorders. These tests can only be used by either qualified clinicians, or by students under strict clinical supervision, and for this reason their use is restricted to Language Sciences students and staff, and members of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. (RCSLT members must pay an annual fee to borrow any items from the Library - see here for details). Most of the tests are for use in the Library only, but may be borrowed by arrangement for use in clinical placements and research. Students must sign an agreement before borrowing any tests.
Most of the tests are on open access in cabinets at the back of the Library reading room, but certain psychology tests, such as the Wechsler scales and the British Ability Scales, are held on restricted access at the Issue Desk. Tests are usually known by their acronym, e.g. the TROG: Test for the Reception of Grammar. They can be found by looking them up on the Library catalogue in the same way as books, and are arranged in the cabinets by Dewey decimal classmark order followed by the acronym, e.g. 401.93 TROG.

Dissertations
The Library keeps former Language Sciences students’ final year dissertations, or “projects”. The last 5 years of these are held in the LASS Library and are available on request, for consultation on the premises. Older projects are kept in storage off campus and may be requested, and usually delivered within 1 working day. Please see the UCL Library Services' Stores pages to find out how to request items from Stores. A Thesis Declaration Form must be signed for every project you wish to consult, and the projects must not be removed from the library. All dissertations can be found on the eUCLid catalogue. From 2008 onwards, BSc Speech Science dissertations are only available online to UCL members via the departmental intranet.
The LaSS Library holds the following projects for the last 5 years:
BSc in Speech Science
BSc in Speech Communication
MSc in Human Communication (HC) - from 2007, this degree has become MSc in Neuroscience, Language and Communication (NLC);
MSc in Speech & Language Sciences (SLS) - please note that prior to 2003 this degree was named MSc Speech & Language Pathology & Therapy (SLPT);
MSc in Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS)
There is also a small collection of doctoral theses written by Language Sciences staff and MPhil/ PhD students. Projects by intercalating medical students are included with the BSc projects.

Related collections at UCL libraries:
Older Phonetics and Linguistics books and periodicals (pre-2007) can be found at UCL Main Library, as can several Modern Languages collections (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, the Scandinavian languages, Spanish & Portuguese).
Psychology resources can be found at the UCL Science Library.
UCL Ear Institute and RNID libraries, both housed at the Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital on Gray's Inn Road, have specialist collections relating to ENT, voice, hearing, deafness and sign language.
The Friends of the Children of Great Ormond Street Library at the UCL Institute of Child Health has books, periodicals and other items related to child health, and also has a specialist collection of resources on disability.
The Rockefeller Medical Library at the UCL Institute of Neurology is the specialist library for neurology.
The UCL Cruciform Library holds textbooks and periodicals in medicine and clinical sciences.
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) library has linguistics material relating to the languages of those regions.

Beyond UCL
UCL students have full borrowing rights at the nearby University of London Research Library Services at Senate House, which has excellent psychology, arts, humanities and and social science collections.
Next door to Senate House, the School of Oriental and African Studies has linguistics material relating to Asian and African languages.

For resources in education and special education, the University of London's Institute of Education is close by on Bedford Way. The IoE library is open to UCL students for reference only, whilst academic staff and researchers have borrowing rights.

Chandler House is also within walking distance of our national treasure, the British Library on Euston Road. Students may be able to obtain a Reader Pass: see the BL Admissions pages for further details.
Also on Euston road is the Welcome Institute, which has a stunning library and collections in the history of medicine, open to all.

 

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Electronic collections

Online resources

UCL staff and students have access to a vast range of electronic resources, which you can access with your UCL Information Systems userid (the same login you use for UCL email etc).These include full-text journals, bibliographic databases of specialist literature, subject specific web resources, and past exam papers. The most useful resources for speech, language and phonetic sciences are listed here.

E-journals
There are thousands of full-text journals available online to UCL members, covering subjects in medical and clinical sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.
Of particular importance in Linguistics is the range of titles available in JSTOR - a project to store long back runs of selected journals in electronic form, e.g.The Modern Language Journal 1916-1998. Web access is available at: www.jstor.ac.uk/.

Databases
Bibliographic databases are essential tools for literature searches. Use them to find journal articles, conference papers, theses and other academic and clinical research writings. In many cases, if UCL has an online subscription, you can link directly from the database to the full text of a journal article. Training in searching techniques is provided by Library staff, who have also developed WISE self-directed tutorials online via Moodle ( Language & speech science subjects are to be found in the Biomedical and Life Sciences section).
Databases useful for speech, language and phonetic sciences include:

PSYCINFO: for all psychology literature;
AMED and CINAHL: for allied health material, including speech and language therapy;
MEDLINE and PUBMED: the specialist medical databases;
British Education Index, ERIC and Education Online: for literature on education and special education;
LLBA: for Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts, 1973 onwards;
Linguistics Abstracts Online, 1985 onwards.
MLA: Modern Languages Abstracts
Web of Knowledge: for Science, Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes.
IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences), which indexes the contents of journals, book collections, etc. from 1951 onwards.

All of the above can be accessed via the UCL Metalib service: select Language & Speech Science from the subject menu.

For a complete list of databases available at UCL, see the list at: www.ucl.ac.uk/library/database/

Web resources

The following Internet resources will be of interest to students of speech, language, linguistics and phonetic sciences:

CHILDES:Child Language Data Exchange System
Communication: the UCL Library blog for speech, language and communication sciences.
EUSTACE: Edinburgh University Speech Timing Archive and Corpus of English.
UCL Speech therapy internet links, arranged by subject.
Intute: a specialist gateway to internet resources, evaluated by experts in the field, including Allied Health and Linguistics sections.
UCL Language Sciences: Incorporating the former Phonetics & Linguistics and Human Communication Science departments.
BSc Speech Science dissertations: from 2007 onwards. NB Available to UCL members only.
Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics now available online to UCL users via Science Direct.
Speech Therapy online dictionary, bibliography and guide to research publications
Online tutorial for searching the UCL library catalogue.
Linguist list: Eastern Michigan University / Wayne State University
Linguistics Abstracts Online: Blackwell Publishers
Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC): University of Pennsylvania
Sil International: formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics
Subject centre for Languages, Linguistics & Area studies: Learning & Teaching Support Network resources
UCREL: University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Languages, Lancaster University
Oxford Psycholinguistic Database: free to download

Linguistics and Phonetics Organisations:

Exam papers
Copies of most past UCL exam papers, from the last 5 years, are available online (UCL userid required for access).

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Other libraries

Related collections at UCL libraries:
UCL Main Library houses the older (pre-2007) Phonetics and Linguistics collections of books, and some periodicals. These are shelved in the South Junction reading room. Psychology resources can be found at the UCL Science Library.
UCL Ear Institute and RNID libraries, both housed at the Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital on Gray's Inn Road, have specialist collections relating to voice, hearing, deafness and sign language.
The Friends of the Children of Great Ormond Street Library at the UCL Institute of Child Health has books, periodicals and other items related to child health, and also has a specialist collection of resources on disability.
The Rockefeller Medical Library at the UCL Institute of Neurology is the specialist library for books and periodicals on neurology.
There are textbooks and periodicals in medicine and clinical sciences at the UCL Cruciform Library.
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) library has linguistics material relating to the languages of those regions.

Beyond UCL
UCL students have full borrowing rights at the nearby University of London Research Library at Senate House, which has excellent psychology and social science collections.
Next door to Senate House, the School of Oriental and African Studies has linguistics material relating to Asian and African languages.

The University of London's Institute of Education is nearby at Bedford Way, WC1 . The library there is open to UCL students for reference only, whilst academic staff and researchers have borrowing rights. You must present your UCL ID when visiting this library.

UCL is also within walking distance of our national resource, the British Library on Euston Road. Students may be able to obtain a Reader Pass: see the BL Admissions pages for further details.

Also on Euston Road is the Wellcome Trust Library, a unique collection of resources on medicine and medical history, open to the public for reference only (registration required).

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Contact details

If you require any assistance or information regarding the Library, contact the subject librarian for Language & Speech Sciences:

Ms Stevie Russell
E-mail: s.russell@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: internal: 24207; external: 020 7679 4207

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Last modified 8 September 2009

 
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