The Queen Square Library offers researchers access to a wealth of printed and online material, including:
- specialist print collections
- rare & unique historical collections
- access to online content, including UCL's online journals & databases (NHS staff may access many of the university's resources, using the dedicated 'walk-in' computers located within the library). NHS online journals & databases (access is for NHS staff only, using an NHS Athens account)
For more information about research support in other parts of UCL, visit the research support website.
Library staff can offer support for researchers at every stage of the research process, including:
- Literature searching - we can help you develop search strategies for initial searches when exploring a new topic and to help ensure comprehensive retrieval of published information on your topic; please contact the library for advice.
- Keeping up to date - to ensure that you keep up to date with new publications relevant to your topic of interest we can help you to set up current awareness alerts.
- Obtaining publications of interest - as well as helping you to access the printed and online resources available locally within the UCL/UCLH library systems, library staff can offer advice about accessing other libraries and using the interlibrary loan service to access material that is not available locally (this service incurs a small fee).
- Reference management and citing references - library staff can offer advice about managing your references using tools such as Endnote and Mendeley. Training and support is available for these tools, please see our training pages for details.
- Copyright and intellection property rights - UCL Library Services offers a webpage full of advice on these issues, including creative commons and model licenses for publishing, ad the re-use of copyright material in your own work.
- Open Access publishing - many researchers are funded by organisations who require them to publish in Open Access (OA) journals; UCL also has an OA mandate with the aim of sharing research outputs with as wide an audience as possible. Library staff can offer advice and has provided a webpage of information about Open Access publishing to help you. UCL Library Services also has an OA repository called UCL Discovery, which can help you to comply with your funders' requirements.
- Assessing impact - bibliometrics are increasingly being used to assess the impact of research. Developing your understanding of the various types of measurement (including h-index, average times cited & journal impact factors) is ever more important. Visit UCL Library Services' bibliometrics support pages for an introduction to bibliometircs, some useful tools, such as Web of Science, Scopus & Journal Citation Reports. The bibliometrics pages also offer advice on setting up author identifiers, such as ORCID, researcherid (now Publons) and others. Author identifiers can be of paricular help if you have a common name, facilitating better retrieval of your publications and an analysis of their impact.
- UCL's Research Publications Service (RPS) - all active researchers at UCL are required to add details of their publications to the UCL RPS so that they can be included in the university's publications profile, used to make statistical returns, reports to funders, etc. The Library can provide training & support: visit our RPS help page.
The library provides a range of online database guides covering the major search tools. We also provide an ongoing programme of training courses, covering a range of topics. For more information about the training on offer, please visit our training pages. Please note that students attending library training may add points for this training to the Doctoral School Skills website. Simply login and then add details of the session you attended under the section: My department training.