The Computer Science collection is on the 4th floor of the Science Library. There may be relevant material elsewhere in the Science Library, particularly the Engineering collections on the 4th floor, and Mathematics on the 3rd. Books are classified according to UCL's own classification scheme.
All our books our indexed via Explore - use the Library Catalogue filter to search for books and journals by title. Ebooks can also be found on Explore and should be searched in the same way as printed material (you will need your computing user ID and password for off-campus access).
New students should refer to our getting started guide for general information on borrowing, finding books on your reading list etc.
Where held in print, the location of a journal can be found by
searching Explore. Some items are held in Store and can be requested. Journals are not borrowable, but may be photocopied or scanned in the library.
The Library subscribes to a number of databases, of which the
following might be particularly useful:
Indexes, abstracts and ebooks
The Library subscribes to a number of bibliographic databases, of which the following might be particularly useful:
- Inspec covers physics, electronics, computing, control engineering and information technology.
- MathSciNet is produced by the American Mathematical Society and covers mathematical literature worldwide since 1940.
- Web of Science (Science
Citation Index) indexes over 6000 science
journals from 1981 onwards. You can follow a number of online
tutorials in various languages on the Web of Knowledge YouTube channel.
- SCOPUS is a multi-disciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources. For further information, see the online tutorials at SCOPUS.
- Engineering Village: Index of engineering and applied
science publications. Provide coverage from a wide range of trusted engineering
sources. Designed by, and for, the engineering community.
That platform provides access and let you search multiple engineering literature and patent databases including: Compendex, Inspect and Knovel.
- Compendex indexes engineering journals, proceedings and reports back to 1969.
- Knovel is an interactive database and ebook provider containing full-text science and engineering publications and including tables, graphs and equations which can be manipulated and exported. Knovel Searchable science and engineering data taken from leading databooks and databases.
- Inspec indexes journals and conference proceedings in the fields of physics, electrical engineering, electronics, computing, control engineering, manufacturing and production engineering, communications and information technology. Indexing and abstracting database
Full text collections:
- The ACM Digital Library gives the full text of ACM journals and conference proceedings from the earliest volumes in many cases.
- IEEE Xplore gives the full text of IEEE and IET journals and conference proceedings back to 1988, and the current IEEE standards. For further information, see IEEE's online tutorials.
- Safari Large ebooks database covering technology, digital media, and business. Includes O'Reilly publications and other academic publishers. Content published in the last three years is available to members of UCL.
- 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.
A complete list of databases available at UCL is provided.
Bibliographic Software such as Endnote can be used to store and manage your
references, create formatted bibliographies and de-duplicate your search results. For more information on using this software please see the library guide to Endnote
The Senate House Library
in Malet Street has some relevant collections for Computer Science including electronic resources. Any registered member of UCL can join the Library and
borrow from there.
All UCL staff and students can apply directly to the British
Library for reference access. You will need to bring identification showing proof of
address (e.g. utility bill), proof of signature (e.g. driving licence) and proof of student or
research status (UCL ID card) in order to obtain a reader's pass. See the BL website for further details.
In many cases we can borrow books, journal volumes and individual articles and book chapters from other libraries on your behalf via our interlending service (at a cost of £3 per request).
Information Skills training can be arranged by request. If you haven't heard about any training and are interested in arranging a session speak to your tutors or contact your Subject Librarian (details on the right).
Guides to using the Library Services generally and details of forthcoming group training sessions may be found on the Skills training and guidance webpages.
Training for postgraduate students is available via the UCL
Graduate School including training in reference management software, abstracting and indexing databases and bibliometrics.
One to one help is also available via appointment with your subject librarian (details on the right).