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

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

General resources

Indexing and abstracting databases

You can use these to research a particular topic to find journal articles, conference proceedings and other resources.
They don't usually include the full article but may include links to 'find it at UCL', where you can link to Explore to search our journal subscriptions. See below for some suggested resources that you can find in the electronic database list.

  • Web of Science

Both these resources cover a wide range of academic subject areas and include high quality, peer reviewed articles. Strong coverage of science and techology but includes humanities disciplines too.

Subject resources:

Law, crime and public policy

  • Criminal Justice Database (ProQuest): Covers criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security in the US and UK.
  • IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (ProQuest): Political science and social science.
    Office for National statistics: Find UK statistics, including crime statistics.

Find more Law databases
Find more Public Policy and Politics databases


  • PsycInfo: Useful for research about the psychological aspects of crime.

Find more Psychology databases.

Computer Science and Engineering: 
Helpful for finding information about cybercrime, crime analysis and other technological crime prevention techniques.

  • ACM Digital Library
  • Engineering Village


  • 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).


Bibliographic software

  • Use to save and keep track of your references and create bibliographies and citations in your work. 
  • EndNote and Mendeley training is available from Library Services. Other packages are available.

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.

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.