New databases

By Kieron L Jones, on 4 July 2014

Please note that we now have access to the following e-resources:

Economist Historical Archive

Financial Times Historical Archive

The Making of the Modern World

TRAC: Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium

By Kieron L Jones, on 13 June 2014

UCL has trial access to TRAC until 11 July 2014. For off-site access to this trial, please use web WTS or Desktop@UCL Anywhere.

For further details please view the Electronic Resources Blog.

New Library books

By Kieron L Jones, on 8 May 2014

The theoretical evolution of international political economy : a reader / edited by Darel E. Paul an New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.

Eriksen, Erik Oddvar, 1955- The normativity of the European Union / Erik O. Eriksen. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Cirincione, Joseph. Nuclear nightmares : securing the world before it is too late / Joseph Cirincione. New York : Columbia University Press, c2013.

Routledge handbook of civil wars / edited by Edward Newman and Karl DeRouen, Jr. London : Routledge, 2014.

Cooper, George. Money, blood and revolution : how Darwin and the doctor of King Charles I could turn economics into Petersfield, Hampshire : Harriman House, 2014.

Best, Jacqueline, 1970- Governing failure : provisional expertise and the transformation of global development finance / Jac Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Deductive irrationality : a commonsense critique of economic rationalism / edited by Stephen McCarth Lanham, MD ; Plymouth : Lexington Books, c2008.

Münch, Richard, 1945- Academic capitalism : universities in the global struggle for excellence / Richard Münch. New York ; London : Routledge, 2014.

The UK Data Service – an introduction to data and resources for social scientists

By Kieron L Jones, on 7 May 2014

16 June 2014
Sussex University

This half-day workshop will introduce participants to the data available from the UK Data Service.

The workshop is aimed primarily at research postgraduates but will be of relevance to other social scientists, research methods teachers and librarians who wish to learn more about the resources and support offered by the UK Data Service.

It will involve a mixture of presentation, group work and hands-on computing sessions using the UK Data Service website to:

  • explore the range of datasets available for reuse including quantitative and qualitative data
  • demonstrate how data can be searched, accessed, browsed and analysed online using a variety of resource discovery and data analysis tools
  • showcase the wide variety of data support materials available, for example video tutorial guides and methodological guides
  • provide information on managing and sharing research data and available help and guidance
  • highlight further training events



By Kieron L Jones, on 2 May 2014

UCL now has a full subscription to BoB, the online TV and Radio resource:  http://bobnational.net

UCL students and staff can record and share broadcast material; they can also create clips to use in teaching.  The programmes are saved indefinitely on BoB and you can access the archived clips and programmes from other users.  There are some video tutorials on the BoB homepage, and De Montfort University have some BoB guidance that might be helpful (http://libguides.library.dmu.ac.uk/content.php?pid=479023&sid=3924522 ).

You can also link across to the programmes/clips from online reading lists.

Oxford Constitutions of the World

By Kieron L Jones, on 16 April 2014

UCL has a trial to Oxford Constitutions of the World until 8th May 2014. 

You may view the UCL Library Electronic Resources Blog post here: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/library-ejournal/2014/04/10/oxford-constitutions-of-the-world-trial/

ICRG Researcher’s Dataset – Table 3B

By Kieron L Jones, on 16 April 2014

We now have access to the ICRG Researcher’s Dataset – Table 3B: http://metalib-a.lib.ucl.ac.uk/V/?func=find-db-1-title&mode=titles&scan_start=i&search_type=start&restricted=all.  It provides annual averages of the 12 components of ICRG’s Political Risk Ratings (Table 3B), as published in the International Country Risk Guide.  Average ratings are provided for all countries covered by ICRG from 1984 through to the last full calendar year.  Components include: government stability, socioeconomic conditions, corruption, ethnic tensions, democratic accountability, religion in politics, etc.

The BL Newsroom to open at St Pancras, Monday 7 April

By Kieron L Jones, on 7 April 2014

Refurbishment work on the British Library Newsroom is progressing well and the new facility will open on Monday 7 April. Readers will once again have access to microfilm and digital newspaper collections as well as broadcast, multimedia and archived websites.

Periodical collections formerly held at Colindale are already available to order again, following an embargo that ran from June last year to 17 February. The majority of periodicals, amounting to some 24,000 titles, have been moved to Boston Spa and are available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 48 hours. A small number of high-use periodicals have been moved to St Pancras and will be available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 70 minutes.

Readers can choose to order these journals online in advance of their visit using Explore the British Library which has improved information about the titles and volumes held by the Library. Readers can also track the progress of their requests via My Reading Room Requests. Records for microfilm and print newspapers that are currently being moved are also visible. Although these items remain unavailable for the time being, the records will link to digital versions where these are available and will help Readers to plan future research.

Print newspapers will become available again in autumn 2014, where there are no microfilm or digital alternatives available in our collection.

For full details, please see the March Collection Moves Bulletin. (PDF)

Get answers to frequently asked questions about changes to access to newspapers. (PDF)

Find out how to upgrade your Newspaper Reader Pass to a full British Library Reader Pass. (PDF)

Find out what you should do if you still have credit on your Colindale self-help copying account. (PDF)

Law, Gender and Sexuality: sources and methods in socio-legal research

By Kieron L Jones, on 28 March 2014

19 May 2014

Organised by:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Event Type:
Research Training
Venue Details:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square


This event, organised collaboratively by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the British Library, aims is to draw attention to archives and their content that newcomers to the field may not be aware of and to consider the methodological and practical issues involved in analysing sources.

For a copy of the programme, please click here


Feminism and the Law:

  • Feminist Judgments  –   Professor Rosemary Hunter (University of Kent Law School)
  • Feminist approaches to sexuality and law scholarship  -  Professor Rosemary Auchmuty (University of Reading School of Law) 

Multi Collection Repositories:

  • Sisterhood and after: an archive of social and legislative change?  –  Dr Polly Russell (British Library) 
  • British Library collection highlights for research on  law, gender and sexuality  –  Jon Sims (British Library)
  • Highlights from LSE  library including Hall Carpenter Archives and specialist collections of the Women’s Library@lse  -  Heather Dawson  (London School of Economics Library)

Law and Same Sex Partnerships

  • Queering Genealogy through Wills  -  Daniel Monk (Reader in Law, Birkbeck, University of London )
  • Popular culture as sources for research on law in lesbian and gay lives  -  Dr Rosie Harding (Birmingham Law School) 

Legal Professions and Education

  • The IALS Archives of Legal Education –  Elizabeth Dawson (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)
  • Researching the UK’s first female law professor: thinking about gender, method and sources  –  Professor Fiona Cownie (Keele University School of Law) 
  • On Researching Men, Masculinities and Law: The Examples of Fatherhood and the Legal profession  –  Professor Richard Collier (Professor of Law and Social Theory, Newcastle University)

Visual Sources & Methods in Law, Gender and Sexuality scholarship

  • Images and archives: law , gender and sexuality  –  Professor Leslie Moran (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • The scene of the crime: police photographs, visual culture and sexuality  –  Dr Dominic Janes (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Legal treasures: on the shelf and online   –  Professor Amanda Perry-Kessaris (University of Kent Law School

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENTS:   For on-line booking and payments, please click here

  • Registration fees:
  • Full Rate: £70.00. 
  • Members of the SLSA: £60.00.  
  • Reduced rate for IALS students only: £30.00

 For further information and queries, please email IALS.Events@sas.ac.uk

The Research Ethics Guidebook

By Kieron L Jones, on 28 March 2014

The Research Ethics Guidebook is designed as a resource for social science researchers – those early in their careers, as well as more experienced colleagues.  It aims to help you find your way through the variety of regulatory processes and procedures that can apply to social science research – signposting you to more detailed information along the way, and acting as a prompt for reflection and questioning at all stages of the research process. You might use it for:

  • Your own research…  To help you write a research proposal, apply for ethics approval, or deal with ethics dilemmas that arise during a project.
  • Undergraduate studies…  As a resource for students, for research methods assignments or as a basis for tutorial discussions, or in carrying out undergraduate research projects.
  • Research supervision …  To help your student negotiate ethics at different stages of the research process, and as a tool for reflecting on your responsibilities in relation to ethics in student research.
  • Staff development…   For training of ethics committee members or research supervisors.