Library Services


Database FAQs

UCL Library Services provides access to bibliographical and full-text databases which can be used by UCL staff and students both on- and off-site.

Content must be used within the terms and conditions of our licences.

Quick answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning databases can be found below. 

If you have any questions or problems using databases then please contact us.

How do I access databases?

UCL provides access to a variety of databases and full-text resources via the Databases webpage which includes A-Z listings and subject specific databases. In addition all databases are indexed in Explore.

  • On-site users will be recognized as a UCL user and will be able to access the database without logging in
  • Off-site users, accessing from a computer outside the UCL network, will be prompted automatically to log in via the UCL Single sign-on using their UCL username and password. Some resources are freely available and these do not require login.
How do I get additional help?

For additional help please contact your Subject Librarian, the Library Reference Desks or complete the E-resource Contact us form. 

What is findit@UCL and why can't I always see the button?

findit@ucl icon

findit@UCL is the name of a linking service which give you direct access from a reference, in a database or catalogue, to the full text of an electronic resource.

findit@UCL is available wherever you see the findit@UCL button. Click on the button and a menu of possible links will appear.

Some databases don't provide the data relevant to findit@UCL links. On these resources, the findit@UCL button is suppressed.

Can I export my search results into Reference Manager / EndNote?

Yes. This will often be an option in the individual database. Also where full citation information is provided by the source database, you can click on findit@UCL and select the RefWorks or EndNote options in the 'Send to' menu.

Can I use findit@UCL links in PubMed?

Yes. See our findit@UCL in PubMed guide for details.

How does findit@UCL work in Google Scholar?
Please see our findit@UCL in Google Scholar guide.