Biological and Medical Science collections in the UCL Science Library are managed by the Biosciences Subject Librarian (right) to support the needs of the Division of Biosciences, as well as preclinical medical students. Guide to UCL Library Services support for Medical Students.
- Biology (UCL Science Library, 1st floor) - Biological studies (general), mathematical and statistical biology, ecology and biogeography, microbiology, genetics and evolutionary biology.
- Botany (UCL Science Library, 1st floor) - Specialist areas include plant pathology, conservation and fungi.
- Medical Sciences (UCL Science Library, 2nd floor) - The main Medical Sciences collection consists of all areas of studies including human anatomy and physiology, cellular biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, immunology and history of medicine.
- Zoology (UCL Science Library, 1st floor) - Animal ecology, conservation, physiology, biochemistry, developmental biology and animal behaviour. Specialist areas include entomology, vertebrates and marine and freshwater biology.
UCL Biomedical and Health Libraries also offer key collections and services
- Clinical Medicine - UCL Cruciform Library
- Neurology and Neurosurgery - UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square Library
- Speech sciences - UCL Language & Speech Science Library
- UCL School of Pharmacy Library
- Anthropology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Science & Technology Studies, Physics, Psychology
- A-Z of all Subject Guides
To find a book:
Search Explore, selecting Library catalogue from the drop down menu
- View an A-Z list of e-journals available
- Print journals may be available to browse on library shelves, for example in the Science, Cruciform and Language and Speech Science Libraries. Others are held off-site in Stores and may be requested.
To find a journal:
- Use Explore to search for a journal title, selecting the drop down menu for UCL Journals.
- For electronic access, follow the View Online or findit@UCL links
For print items, check the Classmark as for books. (Pers stands for Periodicals, a term used for journals.) Volumes will be arranged alphabetically by journal title.
Tips for using e-resources
- When using databases off campus, always start from our lists of resources and Sign On with your UCL userid and password.
- findit@UCL links help you find the full text of a citation more quickly and findit@UCL buttons and links will display in Explore and many databases.
- findit@UCL links can be set up in Google Scholar
Indexing and abstracting databases are important for identifying literature by topic.
Which databases to search?
- Key databases for Biosciences include BIOSIS, EMBASE and MEDLINE / PubMed. Web of Science and SCOPUS are also important interdisciplinary databases.
- For more about Databases for Biosciences and finding information see our online literature searching course WISE for Life and Medical Sciences.
- Use bibliographic software to manage your references, create bibliographies and remove duplicates from your combined search results.
- EndNote support is available from UCL Library Services staff and ISD. Other packages are available including Mendeley and Zotero.
- UCL students and staff wishing to use ChemDraw (molecule editing software) can gain access through the ChemBioOffice software suite, which is listed in UCL ISD's software database. Search for ChemBioOffice and click the red link to see the entry detail.
- First, register on the official web site and obtain an individual serial number (via email) to activate the software. Installation instructions are available in the "Resources" tab of the software database, under the heading "Documentation". Technical queries can be directed to ISD Service Desk.
- General Reference Resources
- Reading lists
- Exam papers
- Interlending and document supply
- Stores service
- UCL Discovery
UCL Biomedical and Health Libraries offer key collections and services in the area of Biological and Medical Sciences. Principle collections and sites of relevance are indicated in the Resources tab.
Useful libraries in London
- British Library
- British Medical Association (BMA) library - also see the BMA library catalogue
- Institute of Psychiatry Library
- A list of medical and nursing libraries that may be of interest is available courtesy of the Institute of Neurology Library
- Natural History Museum Library and Archives
- NHS libraries - search within the libraries of London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire using the Regional Documents Database (RDD) & Union list of series (includes the Bloomsbury Healthcare Library).
- Royal College of Nurses (RCN) libraries
- Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Library - also see the RSM library catalogue
- Senate House Library (University of London's central library in Malet Street) - includes the British Psychological Society book and journal collection. UCL staff and students can join and borrow books, and may access e-resources
- UCLH Library and Information Services provide a range of services to support UCLH staff, usually holding general multidisciplinary material along with more specialist and focused material. Please contact individual Libraries for further details.
- Wellcome Library
- Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Library
A wide range of training and support is available for staff and students. Contact your Subject Librarian (details on the right) with queries or for an appointment.
- Guides and leaflets - using the library, finding information and managing references
- Our Moodle module WISE for Life and Medical Sciences is one of a number of 'WISE' training modules on Information Skills by Library Services. Particularly useful for students carrying out literature searches, all students are encouraged to enroll. (No enrollment key is required.)
- Forthcoming training sessions - a list of library run training sessions you may be to attend
- Help is also available through our Enquiry Service: firstname.lastname@example.org
News and updates
- News is published on our library homepage and through our news feed.
- Relevant blogs include the Library Biosciences Blog and the Cruciform iskills blog
- We're also on twitter; @UCLLibraries @uclsciencelib, @ucl_crucitwit and Facebook; Science Library, UCL Cruciform Medical Library.
Beyond Library Services
- The ISD help-desk is located on the ground floor of the Science Library for queries relating to your email or computer accounts.
- ISD also provide IT training and resources, and an email address for bibliographic software queries: email@example.com
- Training is available for graduate research students via the UCL Doctoral School, including information skills sessions run by library staff.
Friday, 09 January 2015
The new year sees a temporary change of library contact for the Faculty of Biosciences and the Department of Psychology. I have recently moved to the UCL Language & Speech Science Library as Acting Site Librarian on a temporary basis. I am pleased to introduce Jacqui Smith, who has joined the UCL Library Biomedical Team […]
Monday, 05 January 2015
Are you getting organised for the year ahead? Did you know that reference management software Mendeley is now available on Desktop@UCL? For more information about Mendeley, see my colleague’s post on the Cruciform Library iSkills Blog, “E-resource of the month: Mendeley“. A web account and desktop software can be downloaded for use on personal computers, […]
Friday, 02 January 2015
The exciting news that the Institute of Education (IOE) became part of UCL in December, means that UCL and IOE students may use library services of both institutions. To visit IOE’s Newsam Library and Archives UCL students will need to present their UCL ID card at IOE Library and register. As announced in our November news […]
Friday, 02 January 2015
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve had a relaxing vacation. We’ll be opening the Science Library this weekend for the following times: Saturday 3rd January Library open 11:00-21:00 (Assistance Desk 11:00-17:45) Sunday 4th January Library open 11:00-21:00 (Assistance Desk closed) Opening dates and hours vary for other sites (smaller sites may not […]
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Hello! I’m the Subject Librarian for Biosciences & Psychology and my colleagues and I are here to help you find information for your studies and research! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t yet attended a library orientation, I’m running a Science library tour covering […]