UCL Library Services


Security and Crime Science

Book collections

Donaldson reading room

Crime science: Main Library, The Donaldson Reading Room, under LAW H

Relevant collections and libraries

Finding the location of a book

Full text services

These are accessible via our A-Z list of databases.

  • DawsonEra provides access to ebooks from various publishers covering a wide variety of subjects areas.
  • Nexis UK (LexisNexis Business and News) Contains the contents of selected British and foreign newspapers, plus company information, industry news, country-specific information and biographies.
  • All full text services are included in the database lists generated by MetaLib. 
  • Subject Guides may also indicate full-text services for subject areas.

Journal collections


Print journals:

Classified as Pers (for periodicals) and arranged on the shelf alphabetically by title.  Search Explore for details.

  • LAW Pers: Donaldson reading room, Main Library. 
  • STORES Pers: Print volumes pre-2000 are usually held in Store. These can be requested.
  • Guide to other Subject Locations.

Can't find what you're looking for?  Contact your Subject Librarian with queries or to suggest a purchase, fill out a book suggestion form, try another library or consider an Inter Library Loan request.  

Online resources

    Indexing and abstracting databases

    Important for identifying literature by topic. 

    • SCOPUS
    • Web of Science
    Subject resources:

    Relevant lists of databases by subject can be generated using MetaLib:

    If you're using Psychology or Biomedical resources, you may benefit from learning more about systematic searching techniques.  See WISE for Biomedical team for information about thesaurus searching.

    • Recent copies of The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times are available in the Donaldson Reading Room (Main Library).
    • For a list of online Newspapers, see our A-Z list
    • NexisUK allows you to search regional, national and international titles which go back to the mid-1980s (accessible via our A-Z list of databases).
    • Guide to Newspapers
    To access electronic resources and journals



    Bibliographic software

    • Use to manage your references, create bibliographies and remove duplicates from your combined search results. 
    • EndNote training is available from Library Services and ISD. Other packages are available.

    Other Internet resources

    General Resources

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

    The Senate House Library in Malet Street has some relevant collections. Any registered member of UCL can join the Library and borrow from there. Find out more about reader registration on their website.

    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. 

    A wide range of training and support is available for staff and students.


    • Contact your Subject Librarian for one to one or small group training
    • Our Moodle module WISE: Information Skills from Library Services covers information skills includes literature searching, referencing and use of reference management tools, specific electronic resources etc. 
    • Subject Librarians can provide information skills training such as how to carry out a literature search, as part of your course.  If you haven't heard about any training and would find a session helpful, please speak to your tutors or contact your Subject Librarian.
    • More about Getting Help

    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 questions about bibliographic software: biblio-support@ucl.ac.uk.
    • Training for postgraduate students is available via the UCL Graduate School including training in reference management software, abstracting and indexing databases and Bilbliometrics provided by library staff, and a range of other courses.

    We offer a range of services and training to support researchers.  Please contact your Subject Librarian with individual queries.