UCL Library Services


Science & Technology Studies

History reading room

Online resources

Indexes and abstracts

The following are relevant to Science & Technology Studies, and can be accessed via our complete A-Z list of databases which are available at UCL.

History of science:
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index) indexes over 6000 science journals from 1981 onwards.
  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, books and dissertations in the history of science, technology and medicine from 1975 onwards.
  • Historical Abstracts is a bibliography of world history, excluding USA and Canada, from 1450 to the present.
Philosophy of science:
  • Philosopher's Index indexes articles on philosophy from books and over 300 journals from 1940 onwards
  • Web of Knowledge (Arts and Humanities Citation Index) has relevant coverage from 1975 onwards.
Social studies of science:
  • Web of Science (Social Sciences Citation Index) indexes a wide range of social sciences journals from 1981.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences indexes the contents of journals and books from 1951 (access via the LSE website).
  • SCOPUS is a multi-disciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources.
  • Nexis UK offers worldwide newspaper coverage.
Additionally, for biomedical topics, you may wish to use:
  • Embase indexes biomedical and pharmacological journals.
  • PubMed indexes biomedical literature.

Journal collections

The library holds both print and electronic journals (periodicals). Journals cannot be borrowed but may be photocopied, subject to copyright. Science & Technology Studies journals that we keep on site are in the PHYSICAL SCIENCES Pers section on the third floor of the Science Library. Older journals and those which are also available electronically are held in the library store. These can be requested via the Store Request Form and will be available the next day.

Use Explore to search for journals.

For further information see Finding journals.

Book collections

The principal collection for Science & Technology Studies is the HISTORY OF SCIENCE collection on the 3rd floor of the Science Library.

The HISTORY OF SCIENCE collection is divided into several sections:

HISTORY OF SCIENCE A - Introductions to the history of science
HISTORY OF SCIENCE B-J - History of Science by period
HISTORY OF SCIENCE K-U - History of specific scientific disciplines
HISTORY OF SCIENCE W - Philosophy of science
HISTORY OF SCIENCE Y - Science and society

Use Explore to find the exact class mark (shelf location) of a book.

Some of the other sections of the Library you might find useful:
  • PHILOSOPHY (Main Library, Donaldson reading room)
  • CLASSICS (Main Library, North, 1st floor)
  • HISTORY (Main Library, South, 2nd floor)

Note: For some older material and scientific sources see the SCIENCE COLLECTED WORKS (Science Library, ground floor); multi-volume collections of the works of some important scientists.

General Resources

Find out more about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues.

The Institution of Structural Engineers Library is also open to all members of the UCL Engineering Faculty. The Library is located at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1X 8BH.

The London office of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is at 1 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PN. Email the IChemE for details of student membership.

The Energy Institute library is free for members of the Energy Institute. The Energy Institute holds a comprehensive collection of published material on all aspects of the oil and other energy industries. The library is at 61 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7AR

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.

There is also more information about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues. 

  • Regular training sessions on electronic library resources are held in the Library. For details see Information Skills Training. Individual training sessions on specific databases and other electronic resources can be arranged on request.
  • WISE for Built Environment, Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences: an online guide to finding and using information effectively. Go to UCL Moodle, and log in with your UCL userid and password. Click on WISE and select Built Environment, Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences to start the course.
  • Research Support: Services for researchers includes access to resources, undertaking research, disseminating, evaluating & preserving research.
  • Information on Open Access.
  • UCL Discovery showcases UCL's research publications, giving access to journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, digital web resources, theses and much more, from all UCL disciplines.