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Neurology & Neurosurgery

This subject guide aims to link you to the resources available for neurology, neurosurgery and neuroscience at UCL. 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.

Book collections

The main printed book collection for neurology, neurosurgery and neuroscience 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. A list of e-books at UCL is also available. For help locating books ask a member of library staff.

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

  • UCL's medical libraries - most of the UCL medical libraries arrange their book collections using a classification scheme called NLM (from the 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 UCL Science Library, neuroscience books are mostly kept in the Medical Sciences section. Refer to the list of subject locations for other topics.

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' using the drop-down menu. Most books are available on the shelves within the library collections though some, especially older ones, may be kept in closed access areas and may need to be requested.
  • If Explore shows the location 'Stores', the item is kept in UCL Stores and you will need to place a store request. Some libraries have local stores, for example the location 'Neurology' with a 'STORE' collection code means that the book is kept in the Neurology Store in Queen Square (you may place a request in person, by phone or by email). 

Journal collections

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

Thousands of e-journals are also available, via the UCL e-journals service. Remember that some journals are not available online and you may need to use print collections.

  • Online - many of the journals you need are available to you through the UCL e-journals collection. You can search for a particular title, or browse the collection. When browsing you can view a neurology subset by clicking the Subject tab, selecting the category Health Sciences and 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.
  • If Explore shows the location 'Stores', the item is kept in UCL Stores and you will need to place a store request. Some libraries have local stores, for example the location 'Neurology' with a 'STORE' collection code means that the book is kept in the Neurology Store in Queen Square (you may place a request in person, by phone or by email).

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, behavioural, 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.
  • Scopus - coverage of scientific literature from 1996 onwards.
  • 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.

General Resources

UCL libraries

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

Also see the full list of UCL libraries, which includes other specialist medical libraries.

Libraries outside UCL

The area around the main UCL campus in Bloomsbury hosts many libraries, including a wide range of medical and nursing libraries and the British Library. View more information about using other libraries, including links to other library catalogues and libraries where UCL has special arrangements. You should check with individual libraries about their access arrangements before visiting them.

UCL Library Services offers training and support to all users. You may also contact the UCL Institute of Neurology Queen Square Library directly using the contact details on the right.

UCL Library Services offers research support to all users. You may also contact the UCL Institute of Neurology Queen Square Library directly using the contact details on the right.

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