Student Guide to Social Media

By Kieron L Jones, on 2 December 2014

“This guide is designed to help you to use some common social media tools in the context of your academic work. You can use it in two way: either select a particular tool and find out how it can support your studies, or select a goal and find out what the best tools are to help you to achive it.

Social media can be used personally, and also in your academic and professional life. This guide will give you the information you need to strike a balance that works for you.”


UN Comtrade Statistics now available via the UK Data Service

By Kieron L Jones, on 21 November 2014

“We are delighted to announce that UK FE/HE users can now access the UN Comtrade Statistics premium service via the UK Data Service.

The United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade) contains more than 3 billion trade records starting from 1962 to present day. These are detailed import and export statistics reported by the statistical authorities of over 200 countries or areas. UN Comtrade is considered the most comprehensive trade database available and is continuously updated. The UK Data Service provides access to the premium service which allows staff and students from UK Higher or Further education institutions to bulk download millions of records with no limit on the number of queries.”

E-books on demand@UCL

By Kieron L Jones, on 20 November 2014

UCL Library Services is now running three pilot projects involving users in the acquisition of e-book content.

For a trial period, UCL students and staff can read and download 1000s of extra e-books across a wide range of subjects. UCL Library Services will buy those used most often and add them to our existing collection of over 300,000 e-books.

Like existing UCL e-books, these additional e-books can be found using Explore – search All Resources then filter by Online resource and Books. Alternatively you can go directly to one of the three websites where the additional e-books are hosted:

Go to our Ebooks on demand@UCL webpage to find out more.



By Kieron L Jones, on 19 November 2014

UCL has trial access to Statista until 31st Jan. 2015.  Further information can be found on the Electronic Resource Blog post.

BBC Monitoring Library

By Kieron L Jones, on 17 November 2014

UCL has trial access to the BBC Monitoring Library until 13th Dec.  Further information can be found on the Electronic Resource Blog post.

Christmas library opening

By Kieron L Jones, on 17 November 2014

The UCL Bloomsbury libraries will close on 23rd December and re-open for normal weekend opening on 03rd January.

The two Graduate Hubs and the Student Social Hub on the Japanese Garden will all be open 24/7 to provide secure learning spaces for students throughout UCL closure; and of course our digital services will also be available in this period.  

The opening hours web pages have been extended to show the availability of the Library-managed central learning spaces.  These pages also show the opening hours of those of our joint NHS libraries which are normally open during the UCL closure period.

New books

By Kieron L Jones, on 11 November 2014

Roth, Timothy P. author Economists and the state : what went wrong / Timothy P. Roth.

Dixon, Adam D. author. The new geography of capitalism : firms, finance, and society / Adam D. Dixon.

Europe and the governance of global finance / edited by Daniel Mügge.

Gibson-Graham, J. K. author. Take back the economy : an ethical guide for transforming our communities / J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenn

Tickner, J. Ann author. A feminist voyage through international relations / J. Ann Tickner.

Colander, David C. author. Complexity and the art of public policy : solving society’s problems from the bottom up / David Cola

Gould, Carol C. author. Interactive democracy : the social roots of global justice / Carol C. Gould.

López-Guerra, Claudio author. Democracy and disfranchisement : the morality of electoral exclusions / Claudio López-Guerra.

BFI InView

By Kieron L Jones, on 10 October 2014

UCL now has access to BFI InView

BFI InView is an audio-visual database covering over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th century to the early 21st. InView is easily searchable, and clearly organised under six main Themes, each with an introductory essay by an academic historian.

The themes are:

  • Education
  • UK Industry & Economy
  • Health; Law & Order
  • Environment
  • Immigration, Race and Equality

Trial access to The Commonwealth iLibrary

By Kieron L Jones, on 1 October 2014

UCL has trial access to The Commonwealth iLibrary until 30th October 2014. For off-site access to this trial, please use web WTS or Desktop@UCL Anywhere.

“Each year, The Commonwealth publishes around 30 new titles on a range of topics in which it has particular insight and expertise, especially concerning small states, including;

globalisation and multilateral trade issues

export and enterprise […]

For further details, please view:


Restrictions to LSE Library

By Kieron L Jones, on 1 October 2014

“As the new academic year begins we will be concentrating our Library staff resources on newly registered LSE staff and students throughout October.

Regretfully, this means that access to the LSE Library will be restricted for new non-LSE taught course students from Monday 29 September 2014 to Monday 3 November 2014 inclusive.

Membership applications for new undergraduates and Masters students from University of London and SCONUL institutions will not be processed during this time. New applicants are still welcome to apply for Library membership through our online form, but will not be able to complete their registration at the Library’s Membership Desk until Tuesday 4 November.

Staff and research degree students (MPhil, PhD) who have applied through our existing reciprocal schemes (University of London, SCONUL Access, and M25) will not be affected and can continue to access the Library as usual, as can those using our Archives and Special Collections in the Women’s Library Reading Room.

I am grateful for your understanding during this busy period, and my colleagues look forward to welcoming your students who need to use this Library from 4 November 2014.”

Liz Chapman
Director of Library Services
London School of Economics and Political Science