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Electronic Resources

Electronic Resources

This section contains information about the range of electronic resources that are available to UCL Qatar students and staff via UCL Library Services, such as e-journals, e-books and databases, as well as instructions about how to search for and locate these resources using the UCL Library Services search tool, Explore.

How to Find Electronic Resources

UCL Qatar students and staff have access to all of UCL's electronic resources, including electronic journals, electronic books, full-text databases, and digitised theses. The preferred means of access is Explore, UCL Library Services' search tool. Whether you're looking for an item on your reading list or information for a project or research, Explore will grant you access to any full-text item that UCL subscribes to.

Explore also provides links to tools for finding individual e-journals and databases. Using this route guarantees that you get free access to all the 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 user id and password automatically.

If you reach an electronic resource to which UCL subscribes, by another route, you can follow the instructions in the section "Logging in on a resource's homepage".

Further information about and access to these resources is available from the main UCL Library website.

Keep up to date with developments in, and additions to, UCL's electronic resources by signing up to the Electronic Resources Blog mailing list.


UCL Qatar Library provides access to a variety of bibliographical databases and full-text resources, available for free self-service use by UCL Qatar students and staff. These databases can be searched individually by clicking on the relevant database title from the A-Z list or by searching for a database by name in the Explore search box.

Databases such as Arts and Humanities Citation Index, SCOPUS, and JSTOR enable you to find references for a particular topic, or look up material by a specific author, for example.  This means you don't have to search through relevant journals separately. Most databases index journal articles: some also include books, book chapters, conference papers and theses.  Databases contain citation information - author, article title, journal (publication) title and so on, and often an abstract (summary). Many database citations also contain links to full-text.

For more information about searching databases please email UCL Qatar Library or speak to a member of UCL Qatar Library staff about booking a database tutorial session.


UCL Library Services provides access to a wide variety of electronic books available to UCL Qatar students and staff. Information on finding, accessing and using them is available from E-Books @ UCL.

Other E-Book Collections

In addition to the e-book collections mentioned above, which are provided through purchases or subscriptions made by UCL Library Services subscriptions, a number of freely available e-book collections are also available on the Internet.  Some of the most useful are highlighted below.

  • UC Press E-Book Collection, 1982-2004
    Free access to over 2,000 University of California Press titles published between 1982 and 2004 across a wide range of subject areas.
  • Google Books
    Searches the full text of books made available by publishers and libraries, and displays facsimile pages, although in some cases a Google account is required to view these. For books still in copyright full text may be unavailable.
  • The On-line Books Page
    Index of over 20000 on-line books, with links to many other repositories.
  • Project Gutenberg
    The official Project Gutenberg web site; includes lists of texts by author and title, with a search facility and information about the Project.
  • National Academies Press
    Free public access to over 3000 titles in a wide variety of subjects, mainly science, engineering and health.
  • Oxford Text Archive
    Over 2000 titles; electronic versions of literary works by major authors in many languages, and texts prepared by individual scholars and research projects. Not all publicly accessible.

UCL Library Services provides access to a significant number of electronic journals (e-journals) across a broad range of subject areas, including all subjects that match the teaching and research interests of UCL Qatar.

These e-journals are all available for free self-service use by UCL Qatar students and staff from any computer on campus and off campus.  Please note that your UCL log-in details (username and password) will be needed if you wish to access and view e-journals via an off campus computer.

Access UCL's e-journals service

A list of major e-journal collections, and a separate list of e-journals by publisher, are available in the publisher tab of the e-journals service.

Access Problems

Most problems with access to e-journals, and other e-resources, relate to a specific user's access entitlements, or to a particular e-journal. The e-journals team investigates these problems on a case-by-case basis, and aims to reply to messages within one working day. Please contact us, including details of:

  1. the nature of the fault
  2. the URL, title and name of the article you are having problems accessing
  3. the error message and URL of the page on which it appeared

Very occasionally system-wide problems occur. These are investigated and solved by the ejournals team and UCL Information Systems as a priority. Updates are posted on the eresources blog (you can register to receive e-mail alerts when new posts are added). The blog is also used to inform users of planned outages to the normal eresources service, and alternative access routes.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions of use

UCL Research Publications

UCL Qatar students and staff are able to access and view a wide cross-section of UCL's research publications, giving access to journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, digital web resources, theses and much more, from all UCL disciplines.

Where copyright permissions allow, a full copy of each research publication is directly available from the UCL Discovery resource.

You can search or browse UCL Discovery, see the most-downloaded publications, and keep up to date with the latest UCL research on Twitter.
UCL Discovery supports UCL's Publications Policy.

Finding Research

There are two ways to search UCL Discovery, by searching or by browsing:

1. Search

There are two search options - simple search and detailed search.

Simple search

A simple search box is available on the UCL Discovery home page - enter search terms and click 'Go'. Search terms will be matched against publications metadata (author, title, etc.) and, in cases where a copy of the publication has been deposited in UCL Discovery, the full text of the document.

Detailed search

Detailed search allows you to specify search fields and apply additional filters, for instance to restrict the search to certain languages or types of publication.

You can sort search results by year of publication (ascending or descending), by author and by title.

2. Browse

You can also browse UCL research by UCL Department and by year of publication. As you browse through the listings, the numbers in brackets indicate how many records exist for each choice.

Publication lists may be sorted by author, by year or by publication type.

You can also browse the most recently added publications.

UCL authors may also create a personal publications list.

Viewing Research Publications

Publication records sometimes have abstracts and other details. To see these, click the hyperlink in the record title. Where file icons appear, these may be clicked to download a copy of the research from UCL Discovery.

UCL Discovery records often contain a link to the publisher's copy of the research. Note that a subscription is sometimes necessary to access these resources.

Copyright and Citing

The copyright owner, usually the publisher or the author, retains the copyright of publications held in UCL Discovery. You may download and print a single copy of any item held in UCL Discovery for your personal, non-commercial use without prior permission or charge, provided that you correctly refer to this paper when making use of the content either as a direct quotation or as a source of information. If the material is required for any purpose other than personal, non-commercial use, you should contact the author or publisher directly for permission.

To cite items found in UCL Discovery, please cite the published work.


Wardle, J., Guthrie C.A, Sanderson, S. and Rapoport, L. (2001) Development of the Children's Eating Behaviour Questionnaire. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 42(7), pp.963-970. 10.1017/S0021963001007727. Available at http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1445/

Card, D., Dustmann, C. and Preston, I. (2009) Immigration, wages, and compositional amenities. CReAM Discussion Papers (CDP 29/09). Centre for the Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), London, UK. Available at http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/18906/

Exporting Records

Search results and departmental publication lists may be exported for re-use in bibliographic management software. Use the 'Export' button on results pages to choose and export format and download records. More details…

Other UCL Electronic Resources

Other useful electronic resources provided by UCL Library Services include the following:

Please click here for a complete list of all electronic resources provided by UCL Library Services.