Library Services


Statistical Science

Online resources

Material in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL. Users are advised to access these resources via the links from the UCL Library website. If you are off-site, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password.

Indexes and abstracts

The following are relevant to statistics, and can be accessed via our complete A-Z list of databases available at UCL.

  • Current Index to Statistics : indexes publications in statistics and related fields going back to 1975.
  • MathSciNet : produced by the American Mathematical Society and covers mathematical literature worldwide since 1940.
  • Zentralblatt MATH : a European database with international coverage back to 1868.
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index) : indexes over 6000 science journals from 1981 onwards. The Web of Science help pages offer useful tips on effective search strategies.

Preprint Collections

  • arXiv - open access e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.

Journal collections

The library holds both print and electronic journals (periodicals). Journals cannot be borrowed but may be photocopied, subject to copyright. Most printed statistics journals are kept in the MATHEMATICS 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 the library has access to (select UCL journals in the resource list). Explore also allows you to search for articles within some journals (select Journals articles). Contents of journals can also be searched via also be searched via indexes and abstracts.

To look for a specific title, go to the A-Z journal list. E journals can also be searched on Explore.

For further information see Finding journals.

Book collections

The Statistical Science collection is on the 3rd floor of the Science Library, in the Mathematics collection. There may be relevant material elsewhere in the Library.

Statistical Science books are shelved at MATHEMATICS L. This section is divided into further sections according to topic. Some important ones are as follows:

  • MATHEMATICS L 5 - introductions to probability and statistics
  • MATHEMATICS L 30 - probability and stochastic processes
  • MATHEMATICS L 60 - mathematical statistics
  • MATHEMATICS L 80 - mathematical programming, operations research
  • MATHEMATICS L 100 - applied statistics
Some of the other sections of the Library you might need are:

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


ISD offers software available to students (e.g. SAS, SPSS, Mathematica, Matlab, etc.).

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

This is 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.