Library Services


Language and Speech Sciences

Book collections

Most books at LASS Library are available for standard (8-week) loan, but core texts are kept on reference, short loan and one-week loan. The Reference and Short (3 hour) Loan collections are held behind the issue desk, but all loan copies are on open shelves in the reading room.
The books are arranged by Dewey Decimal classification, a simple system of numbers representing subjects, subdivided with a decimal point, e.g. 150 = Psychology, 153.4 = Cognitive psychology, etc. The classmark is followed by the first 3 letters of the author's surname, e.g. 153.4 EYS for books on cognitive psychology by Michael Eysenck. 

Journal collections

LASS Library subscribes to over 100 current periodicals in linguistics, speech, language and communication sciences; back runs are also held onsite if they are not available online. These are for use in the library only and may not be taken away. Periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title, e.g. the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology is to be found under J for Journal. The location on the library catalogue is given as LANGUAGE SPEECH Pers.

Most of these titles, plus thousands more, are also available online; see the e-journals web pages for details.

Test collection

The LaSS Library holds a unique collection of approximately 750 tests for the assessment of speech and language development and disorders. These tests can only be used by either qualified clinicians, or by students under strict clinical supervision, and for this reason their use is restricted to Language Sciences students and staff, and members of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. (RCSLT members must pay an annual fee to borrow any items from the Library). Tests are either borrowable for one week at a time or reference which can be used in the library.
Most of the tests are on open access in cabinets at the back of the Library reading room, but certain psychology tests, such as the Wechsler scales and the British Ability Scales, are held on restricted access at the Issue Desk. Tests are usually known by their acronym, e.g. the TROG: Test for the Reception of Grammar. They can be found by looking them up in Explore, in the same way as books, and are arranged in the cabinets by Dewey decimal classmark order followed by the acronym, e.g. 401.93 TROG.


The Library keeps former Language Sciences students' final year dissertations, or "projects". Projects from 2008 to 2012 are held in the LASS Library and are available on request, for consultation on the premises. Older projects are kept in storage off campus and may be requested, and usually delivered within 1 working day. Please see the UCL Library Services' Stores pages to find out how to request items from Stores. Later years may also be available on request, please email lib-lass@ucl.ac.uk for details. A Thesis Declaration Form must be signed for every project you wish to consult, and the projects must not be removed from the library. All dissertations can be found on the Explore catalogue.

For Linguistics dissertations, please contact the departmental administrator Stefanie Anyadi (s.anyadi@ucl.ac.uk)

Online resources

UCL staff and students have access to a vast range of electronic resources, which you can access with your UCL Information Systems userid (the same login you use for UCL email etc). These include full-text journals, bibliographic databases of specialist literature, subject specific web resources, reading lists and past exam papers.

The most useful resources for speech, language and phonetic sciences are listed here.


There are thousands of full-text journals available online to UCL members, covering subjects in medical and clinical sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.
Of particular importance in Linguistics is the range of titles available in JSTOR - a project to store long back runs of selected journals in electronic form, e.g.The Modern Language Journal 1916-2012. Web access is available at: www.jstor.org.


Bibliographic databases are essential tools for literature searches. Use them to find journal articles, conference papers, theses and other academic and clinical research writings. In many cases, if UCL has an online subscription, you can link directly from the database to the full text of a journal article. Training in searching techniques is provided by Library staff, who have also developed WISE self-directed tutorials online via Moodle (Language & speech science subjects are to be found in the Biomedical and Life Sciences section).

Databases useful for speech, language and phonetic sciences include:

  • PSYCINFO: for all psychology literature;
  • AMED and CINAHL: for allied health material, including speech and language therapy;
  • MEDLINE and PUBMED: the specialist medical databases;
  • British Education Index, ERIC and Education Online: for literature on education and special education;
  • LLBA: for Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts, 1973 onwards;
  • Linguistics Abstracts Online, 1985 onwards.
  • MLA: Modern Languages Abstracts 
  • Web ofScience (Core Collection - Cross search) Current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, with coverage to 1900. (Citation searching.)
  • SCOPUS: Elsevier's abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. (Citation searching.)
  • IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences), which indexes the contents of journals, book collections, etc. from 1951 onwards.

A complete list of online databases is also available.


AV material

Details coming soon.

Other Internet resources

The following Internet resources will be of interest to students of speech, language, linguistics and phonetic sciences:

Linguistics and Phonetics Organisations:

General Resources

UCL Language and Speech Science Library is the library serving the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. You can find more about this organisation on their website. In this capacity, the library is also the National Information Centre of Speech-Language Therapy.

The Library is based in Bloomsbury and so is in easy reach of a number of important and useful academic libraries. The British Library is also short walk away.

All UCL Students and Staff are eligible to join Senate House Library which houses the British Psychological Society's collection. In addition UCL has reciprocal arrangements with other member colleges of the University of London - please check with each institution for details of how to join.

UCL staff and PhD students can also apply for a Sconul card, which gives them access and borrowing rights at most academic libraries in the UK.

Group training

  • Literature searching (finding journal articles)
  • Managing references
  • Explore (using the Library catalogue)

These sessions are organised by individual course tutors and run at various times of the year for different courses. Please consult your course handbooks / Moodle pages, or academic tutors for more information.

Individual training and support

LaSS Library staff offer individual and small group training on the following areas:

  • Literature searching (finding journal articles)
  • Managing references
  • Explore (using the Library catalogue)

We also offer support to small groups and individuals on any aspect of using the Library and finding both physical and electronic resources. Sessions can be arranged with LaSS Library staff at a time that suits you, so if you find you are having problems or need any assistance please feel free to contact us using the details below.

UCL Library training

More information on further training offered by UCL Library Services.


Breege Whiten
020 7679 4207

Alternatively, please email lib-lass@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Library Services offer assistance for a variety of services which are important for researchers. These include how to access resources, support for undertaking research (such as literature searching), and disseminating, evaluating and preserving research. We have further information on the research support services we can offer.

Please contact LaSS Library staff if you would like to know more:


Breege Whiten

020 7679 4207 (extension 24207)

Alternatively, please contact lib-lass@ucl.ac.uk