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Paid business experience with Gale, a global publisher

By Sarah Gilmore, on 13 June 2023

Gale are recruiting for a student ambassador at UCL to undertake awareness-building activities, so that more students can find out about, understand and use their digital archives and other library resources such as eBooks.

Gale’s primary sources include full archives of newspapers like The Times, The Telegraph, the Daily Mail and The Economist, as well as period and topical archives like Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Archives of Sexuality and Gender.

About the role: 

The role lasts for the 2023-24 academic year and requires set activities for which Gale Ambassadors are paid £700. Plus, the role is great for your CV…

  • Business experience – work directly with a global publisher.
  • Run your own marketing activities – refine ‘marketing copy’ and images to make successful use of social media.
  • Public speaking – run presentations and training sessions with your fellow students, obtaining valuable public speaking skills.
  • Have your work published on a company blog – great, shareable evidence of your work.
  • Network – connect with staff and students at the university, other students internationally, and numerous colleagues at Gale.
  • Improve your own research skills and discover primary sources for your own essays – potentially improving your grades!

Students from all year groups can apply. The deadline is 1 July 2023.

For more information on what the role might involve, read A student’s perspective of using Gale written by Rob Youngs Do Patrocinio, a former Gale Student Ambassador.

Go to the Gale website for more information on the role and how to apply.

UCL access to UpToDate to cease

By Sarah Gilmore, on 23 November 2022

UCL’s access to UpToDate will cease on 30th November 2022. All registered users should login before this date to redeem any accrued CPD points

Please send feedback on this resource to your subject librarian.

E-resources with temporary access during COVID-19

By Sarah Gilmore, on 27 March 2020

During the current COVID-19 pandemic many publishers have opened up their collections and extended their access to e-resources to support remote learning and working. Please see the list of  E-Resources with temporary access during COVID-19 which are available either to UCL students and staff or to all. Please note that this is a working list and is being added to as access to the resources is enabled.

Undergraduates can now register for WRDS accounts

By Sarah Gilmore, on 15 November 2019

Due to recent licence changes UCL undergraduates can now register for WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) accounts. Once registered, your request may take a few days to be processed.

WRDS includes Compustat data and also data from Bureau van Dijk (BvD) and SNL.

Accessing articles in EBSCO databases

By Anna Sansome, on 21 December 2018

We are currently experiencing problems with accessing articles in EBSCO databases via Explore and Findit@UCL. If you see an error message telling you that the page has not been configured for access:

  1. go back to the View It menu in Explore and make a note of the name of the EBSCO database
  2. use our A-Z list to access the database you need and search for your article

Note that e.g. EBSCOhost Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source will be listed under D for Dentistry.

EBSCO proxy error message

Example View It menu


UCL Single Sign-On – Tuesday 14th February – NOW CANCELLED

By Sarah Gilmore, on 9 February 2017


UCL Single Sign-on maintenance, 14th February

Please note that the UCL Single Sign-on, which is used to login to a number of our services and electronic resources, will be unavailable on Tuesday 14th February between 09:00 – 13:00.

Areas which will be affected by the outage include:

  • All off-site access to electronic resources
  • On-site access to some electronic resources including Dawsonera, EBL/E-Book Central, Digimap, Westlaw and BBC Monitoring
  • Login to certain services such as Metalib and Digital Collections

Unfortunately, as this is part of a large-scale datacentre migration project in ISD, a term-time outage is unavoidable but we do apologise for any inconvenience the work may cause.


Essential maintenance of UCL Single Sign-on

By Sarah Gilmore, on 3 February 2017

Please note that the UCL Single Sign-on, which is used to login to a number of our services and electronic resources, will undergo essential maintenance on Tuesday 7th February, 8:00 – 08:30am and Thursday 9th February, 08:00 – 08:30.

There should be no impact during the 7th February maintenance, while an outage of approximately 1 minute for the 9th February work is expected. This outage will have no impact on users who are already logged in, except that they will need to re-authenticate the next time that they access an application which uses the single sign-on mechanism.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Screenshot of Single Sign-on page

ProQuest product downtime Sunday, 21 August 3:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

By utnvmkl, on 9 August 2016

ProQuest have planned downtime for some products on Sunday, 21 August 3:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (BST)

A full list of the affected products can be found here.


Problems with JSTOR journal-level links in Explore

By Sarah Gilmore, on 4 December 2015

We’re currently experiencing problems with JSTOR title-level journal links in Explore and SFX. Instead of resolving to the front page of the journal, a JSTOR page with an error message is displayed.

While we work to resolve this issue, please use any of the following steps to access content:

  • select one of the other platforms displayed on the SFX menu screen if available
  • search for the article title in Explore or Google Scholar – these links are operating as usual
  • search the ejournal a-z list instead: http://metalib.ucl.ac.uk/V?func=find-ej-1

This issue is not affecting JSTOR eBooks, apologies for any inconvenience caused.


By Michael Jones, on 21 September 2015

BrowZine Logo

UCL Library Services has signed up to a new journal browsing service called BrowZine. BrowZine is an app that allows browsing of our journal collection in an easy and intuitive way on mobile devices.

The benefits of BrowZine are a simple entry point to view journal titles, either by title search or by browsing titles by subject category; the ability to create your own bookshelf of regularly read titles; the option to save articles for later offline reading; receive notification of new articles; and options to export content to bibliographic management tools.

BrowZine iPad

The vast majority of our scholarly journal content is available within BrowZine, with an emphasis on current content. Archival access is generally available back to 2005, with ongoing developments to extend this. Initially an app for mobile devices, BrowZine has now been further developed to provide a web version.

The BrowZine app is available for download from the following link: http://thirdiron.com/download-browzine. BrowZine Web will shortly be available via Metalib.

If you require any further information on BrowZine, or assistance in set-up and access, then please contact the E-resources Team: lib-eresource-help@ucl.ac.uk