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Otolaryngology is 'that branch of medicine concerned with medical and surgical treatment of the head and neck, including the ears, nose and throat.' A medical speciality, it is also known as Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) or Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) medicine.

The principle collections for Otorhinolaryngology are at the UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries, housed at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) with the UCL Ear Institute. The UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries are a co-operative venture between UCL Library Services, the NHS and Action on Hearing Loss.

The library catalogue (Explore) details books held by UCL Library Services. Advice and help with using Explore, including video guides, can be found on the Explore help pages, or ask a member of library staff for assistance. Explore contains holdings information for all UCL libraries; resources located at the UCL Ear Institute Library are marked LARYNGOLOGY and it is possible to filter Explore records to retrieve just those.

The UCL Ear Institute Library uses the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification scheme for arranging books on he shelves; a typical classmark looks like this:


This is the classmark for 'Ear, nose and throat and head and neck surgery' by Dhillon and East, where:

  • LARYNGOLOGY is the book collection.
  • WV 100 is the classification (all books at WV 100 are ENT textbooks).
  • DHI is the first three letters of the author's surname.

ENT books will always be found at the classmark WV under the NLM classification, which is used by most British medical libraries. Books dealing with the head and neck as part of the muscloskeletal system will be shelved at WE 700 - 708.

The following is a simple guide to subject locations at the UCL Ear Institute Library:

  • WE 700 - Skull base
  • WE 705 - Facial plastic surgery
  • WI 250 - Dysphagia
  • WN 180 - Radiology
  • WV 100 - ENT textbooks
  • WV 168 - ENT surgery
  • WV 200 - Otology
  • WV 300 - Rhinology
  • WV 500 - Laryngology / Voice

Other Collections

Materials relating to audiology can be found at a wide range of classmarks in other collections, as the subject incorporates medicine, biology, physics, psychology and social sciences:

Journal collections

ENT periodicals are shelved at the UCL Ear Institute Library. All journals (except Advances in Otolaryngology, Otorhinolaryngologic Clinics and Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics) are reference only.

Audiology journals are shelved in the Action on Hearing Loss Library, on the floor above the UCL Ear Institute Library at the RNTNEH. Speech therapy and phonetics journals can be found at the UCL Language & Speech Sciences Library at Chandler House, and at the Action on Hearing Loss Library.


Access to the full-text of several thousand e-journal titles is available via UCL Library Services for UCL staff and students. The titles available include:

  • Acta Otolaryngologica
  • Advances in oto-rhino-laryngology
  • American journal of rhinology & allergy
  • Annals of otology, rhinology & laryngology
  • Clinical otolaryngology
  • European archives of oto-rhino-laryngology
  • Head & Neck
  • International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  • JAMA otolaryngology-- head & neck surgery
  • JARO - Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • Journal of laryngology and otology
  • Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Laryngoscope
  • Operative techniques in otolaryngology--head and neck surgery
  • Otology & Neurotology
  • Rhinology
  • Skull Base

UCL Access

Access the above titles through the UCL e-journal a-z title index, or by looking them up in Explore. If you are using a computer away from UCL, then you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password automatically in order to access the full-text content.

NHS access

RNTNEH [UCLH] staff can access all of the above journals by visiting the libraries at the RNTNE Hospital and using the Explore Access Points. Desktop access to e-journal titles available to UCLH staff is delivered through NICE Evidence Search. An OpenAthens password is required to access the NHS Evidence Search Service. Not all of the journals listed above are available to UCLH staff on the desktop, contact us for more information.

Online resources

UCL Library Services provides a range of electronic content and searching tools for library members. Stay up to date with new resources added to the electonic library by reading the Electronic Resources Blog, and the UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries Blog.


Explore is the UCL Library Services search tool for finding journals, books, full-text articles and archive material. Explore can be used for searching for items on a reading list, or for conducting a simple search for information for a project or essay. Using Explore facilitates access to any full-text we subscribe to.

Explore provides links to tools for finding individual ejournals and databases. Using this route will allow access to all the electronic resources to which you are entitled as a UCL member. If you are on-site you will not need to log in to resources. If you are off-site, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password automatically.

If you reach an electronic resource to which UCL subscribes, by another route, you can follow the instructions in the section "Where can UCL's e-resources be accessed from?".

See our guide "Getting the most from Explore" for more information about the Explore service and how to best make use of it.


For conducting a detailed review of the evidence for any biomedical topic then it is essential to use databases. Bibliographic databases index articles published in journals that have been accepted for inclusion within the database. As they index journals from a range of publishers they don't include the full-text of articles within the database, but do give citation details and abstracts where available.

There are a number of databases that index biomedical literature available, and any search for audiological literature should include an appropriate combination, the most relevant being:

  • MEDLINE - is a database of over 20 million references to articles published in approximately 5,600 current biomedical journals.
  • EMBASE - is a biomedical database which has over 25 million indexed records from thousands of peer-reviewed journals.
  • CINAHL - is an index of nursing and allied health journals which includes millions of records dating back to 1981.
  • BIOSIS Previews - is a bibliographic database that indexes the worldwide literature of research in biological and biomedical sciences.
  • Web of Knowledge - a service that includes the ISI Citation indexes, three databases with a broader mulitdisciplinary coverage of Arts and Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences. It also includes a conference proceedings database and the Citations Report database - home of journal impact factors.
  • SCOPUS - is an abstracting and citation database of peer-reviewed literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities.
  • The Cochrane Library - is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

UCL access

Our a-z list of databases at UCL can be used to access any of the above databases. If you are using a computer away from UCL, then you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password automatically in order to access them.

NHS access

Desktop access to databases including PsychINFO, Medline, and Embase for UCLH staff is delivered through NICE Evidence Search. An OpenAthens password is required to access the NHS Evidence Search Service. It is important that UCLH staff specifiy that they belong to the Trust when registering for the OpenAthens password, as a number of information resources are purchased locally for the Trust. NHS staff transferring to UCLH who have already registered for an OpenAthens password should update their organisation to UCLH through My Account for access to the full range of resources available. RNTNEH [UCLH]staff can access all of the above databases by visiting the libraries at the RNTNE Hospital and using the Explore Access Points.


At present very few otorhinolaryngology books are available electronically. However there are titles on biomedicine, mathematics, physics and statistics available.

Use Explore to search for ebook titles, or browse the lists of ebooks available.

Other Internet resources

Visit the UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries otorhinolaryngology links directory for our comprehensive list of sites of interest.

Visit our Pinterest Board to see the recent additions to the directory, and highlighted links.

General Resources

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The British Library is a useful resource and all UCL staff and students can apply directly for reference access. You will need to bring identification showing proof of address (e.g. utility bill), proof of signature (e.g. driving licence) and proof of student or research status (UCL ID card) in order to obtain a reader's pass.

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