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Guide to Resources on History: Resources on History - Overview

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General Resources


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The Library purchases books, journals and e-resources that reflect the School’s teaching, learning and research interests in the area of History


Unlike many libraries UCL SSEES Library does not have one section designated as a history collection. Instead the primary division for arranging books is by country and then within that section by topic. For example, a book on Russian history would be found in a sequence of other books relating to various aspects of Russian studies. The first element of the classification is an alphabetical mnemonic for the country – for Russia this is the letter “R”. This is followed by Roman numerals – the classification for history is “IX” and will be followed by further subdivisions to describe different historical periods. The pattern is similar for other countries – P.IX… is the section for Polish history, H.IX… for Hungarian history, and so on.

Journals (print, e-journals)

UCL SSEES Library subscribes to both print and electronic versions of newspapers and journals.  Some journals will only be available in print form, some only electronically and some in both forms.  To discover which versions are available check the library catalogue on Explore by inputting the journal title. 

Print versions of current newspapers and journals are kept on the Lower Ground Floor in an alphabetical sequence by title of journal. They are not available for loan. Previous years’ holdings of more heavily-used journals are retained in the rolling stacks on the Lower Ground Floor, but some less intensively-used journals and newspapers may be held in other locations. Check the library catalogue on Explore for details of location and holdings.

Journals with a STORES location can be requested either via Explore or from the Stores Service. For help and useful tips on how to search, see the guide to using Explore. For information about finding and requesting books, pamphlets, rare books or store items see our FAQ.

 E-journals: Search e-journals and journal articles in MetaLib or in specialist databases available to members of UCL.

1) Select ‘Find Resource’ on the top menu

2) Click on the ‘Subject’ tab

3) Select category ‘History’  and then click Go.

If you are on-site using a computer running on the UCL network, your access to the journals will usually be automatically authenticated and you should not need to enter a username and password. If you are off-site you will be prompted for your UCL computing username and password when you try to access an e-journal title.For further help, see the Library Services E-journal FAQs.

Databases: Not all databases are equal.  Some provide access to Primary resources (i.e. data-rich source material, factual, raw data with little or no commentary or interpretation), others to Secondary resources (predominantly commentary and analysis of raw data, news and current affairs) and still others to Search aids, indexes and bibliographies

Databases can be accessed via Metalib and Explore. For help and useful tips on how to search, see the guide to using Explore and the guide to Metalib


Internet resources