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Library information for the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences, Division of Bioscience


A farewell from me…..

By Lisa K Flint, on 22 January 2014

Sadly, this will probably be my last blog entry and I’ll be leaving UCL at the end of this month, crikey thats next week! librarian-cartoon I hope that the blog has been useful and hopefully it will carry on in some shape or form when the new owner is in post.

A big thanks to all the staff in Biosciences and best of luck to all students, I wish you all well!!

Lisa x

Spotlight: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

By Lisa K Flint, on 1 November 2013

els-logoeLS features over 5,000 specially commissioned, peer-reviewed and citable articles in the life sciences and is an essential resource for students. Articles are written by leaders in the field to provide comprehensive and authoritative coverage of each subject area. It is published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Subject areas include

And themes include..

Follow the links from Explore or the Library e-resources pages. Give it a try!

Need any help with computers and software?

By Lisa K Flint, on 14 October 2013


 The new programme for student IT training has been released by ISD. Please find the timetable for the Autumn term here.

Whether its SPSS, EndNote, Excel or Unix, training covers these and many other computer software packages. Note that some of the session are open only to Postgraduates.

For more information check out the webpage at


UCL Open Access Forum – Ensuring an Open Future. 25 October, 2-4pm

By Lisa K Flint, on 30 September 2013

oa-red-lockOpen to all UCL researchers and research support staff, this Open Forum is an opportunity to hear about national and international developments in open access, publisher and funder approaches, and UCL’s support for authors. A recent Report from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills suggests that the UK policy position on open access still requires considerable development. Nonetheless, UCL has developed a service to support researchers who wish to publish Gold open access articles and monographs. This Forum will highlight all of these issues and provide practical guidance for UCL researchers going forward.


Speakers include Phil Sykes, Liz Lyon, Catriona MacCallum and Dr Paul Ayris will host the forum and chair a panel discussion.


The Wilkins Old Refectory is on the ground floor of the Wilkins Building –

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT


Check out the following for more details including the chance to win an iPad with Retina display!!

Welcome to all new students and hello to those returning!

By Lisa K Flint, on 26 September 2013

welcomeWelcome to the Biosciences blog! Its been a pretty hectic week all round this week so hope that things are going well. Its great to see the campus buzzing with life again.

For new students there is plenty of help available, to get you started. We’ve created a new library webpage especially called Getting started which will help you with the basics. For new research students and academics there is a useful page on Research support, do have a look at that!

For those returning students we’ve been quite busy over the summer and you’ll notice a few changes. In the Science Library the Psychology/Biology/Botany/Zoology room has had a switch around with a new layout. Now there is a bit more space for books and journals so we’ve spread things out a bit. Other changes have been happening upstairs, on the 3rd and 4th floors, so go and have a look!

Also the Cruciform Library is currently based on the 2nd floor, alongside the Medical Sciences book room. They will be based there whilst the Cruciform building works are continuing and they will be moving to their new hub back in the Cruciform building some time next year.

I hope to update this blog on a regular basis so watch this space! 


Lisa – your Subject Librarian for Biosciences

[Image courtesy of morgueFile]


Confused about Open Access? Help is available!

By Lisa K Flint, on 10 September 2013

oa-red-lockThe Open Access Team in the Library can help you to make your research open access. This will increase the visibility of your work, and your citations. It needn’t be difficult: the Team’s goal is to make open access as straightforward as possible for researchers.

UCL has a new open access fund that can be used to pay open access fees on behalf of all UCL authors, and a growing number of publisher memberships to simplify the payment process. RCUK and Wellcome authors may already be aware that there are specific funds available for their articles.

There’s web guidance at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/open-access/

Please contact the friendly Open Access Team with any and all open access queries. The team are also available on Twitter now @UCLOAfunding

Psychology / Biology / Botany / Zoology Reading room

By Lisa K Flint, on 6 September 2013

We are currently just rearranging this room in terms of the book collections, so please bear with us whilst things aren’t quite in their usual place! Hopefully all the books will be back on the shelves soon, in a slightly different order, and not so squished as before!!

New features on Explore

By Lisa K Flint, on 29 July 2013

Explore has now been upgraded with many new features.  These include:

–          Browse the catalogue by author, title, subject and classmark

–          New options in Advanced Search

–          Personalised relevance ranking option

–          Link to citing articles in Web of Science

The online help has been updated at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/explore-help-top.shtml. Do familiarise yourselves with the new features.

Just a reminder that we will say goodbye to eUCLid on the 1st August, please use our Explore service instead.


Paper Journals – where have they gone?

By Lisa K Flint, on 23 July 2013

Those eagle eyed library users will have noticed that the journal shelves have emptied out over the last week or so. This is because all journals published before 2000 have now been moved to Store. This will include the Biological Sciences journals and Psychology. Medical Sciences are the odd ones out as due to the Cruciform Library moving in there is only the last two years worth of paper journals on the shelves.

To request any books or journals from Store, please use the Store request link which can be found at the bottom of the Explore homepage or follow the link http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/storeform.shtml

Once you have requested the journal, it will be available from UCL Science Library Assistance Desk (Bloomsbury Campus, Malet Place) after 3:00pm the following working day.

Going.. going.. to Store!

By Lisa K Flint, on 5 June 2013

From next week, 10th June,  the pre-2012 Medical Sciences journals will all be moving from the second floor of the Science Library to the library Store. This is to make way for the Cruciform Library collections which are temporarily moving in.

Once they are in Store they can be requested using the Store request link which can be found at the bottom of the Explore homepage or follow the link http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/storeform.shtml

Once you have requested the journal, it will be available from UCL Science Library Assistance Desk (Bloomsbury Campus, Malet Place) after 3:00pm the following day.

Current parts from 2012-2013 will stay in the room, but will be unavailable until the beginning of July whilst the moves are taking place.

Apologies for any inconvenience this will cause.

More news on the moves to follow…