University of London Online Library Newsletter Issue 8 Autumn/Winter 2018

In this issue

  • Introduction to the Online Library
  • Resource News
  • Website updates

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome new and returning students. In this newsletter we give some advice on how to get started using the Online Library. This is great if you are a new student or if you just need a refresher. We also highlight some interesting new resources and updates to our support guides.

Introduction to the Online Library

We understand that as a new student you can be overwhelmed with information at the beginning of your course. This short introduction will give you enough information to get you started using the Library. We have also provided useful links if you want to find out more.

The Online Library contains all the resources and services you would expect from a physical library. As a student you get 24/7 access to the online journal databases, newspapers, E-books and support materials. Our journal databases contain information from trusted academic sources. We work with tutors to ensure we provide essential reading articles and E-books. During core opening hours you can contact professional librarians to help with your enquiries.

Online Library Homepage

Here is a link to our homepage http://onlinelibrary.london.ac.uk/

The homepage contains the Summon search box.

Summon Search
  • If you use Google you will probably find results where the full text is not available. Using the Summon search will ensure that you quickly find materials that are in the Online Library subscription.
  • Materials in the Online Library are from trusted sources such as peer reviewed journals.
  • Use Summon as a starting point to find your essential reading journal articles and E-books, simply search by the title of the article or book.
  • The Online Library subscribes to many individual databases, save time by using Summon to search on your topic as it will retrieve material from all databases.


Summon is a great starting point but is also useful to get an overview of the databases for your course.

We provide a mixture of multidisciplinary databases such as JSTOR and Academic Search Complete and also more specialist databases for particular courses. For example if you are taking a Law course you have access to legal research databases including LexisLibrary, HeinOnline and Westlaw. ACM Digital Library is provided for computing courses.

Check out the databases for your course by selecting Study Programme from the top menu. Then select your course from the drop down menu.

You can access most databases with your portal username and password. However for some databases you will need an Athens account.

If you are confused about the terminology used above we have created a glossary of library terms.

if you need further help...

You can contact us by email or phone.

Contact us: Tel: +44(0)2078628478

Email: Onlinelibrary@london.ac.uk

  • Ask a Librarian Live Chat Available Monday - Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm London time. (The Chat with us! tab in the bottom left corner of the Online Library website will turn green when this service is live.)
  • The recently updated Student Support section of our website contains links to all library support guides including answers to our most common enquiries in the FAQ’s and database log in guides. This will help you outside of enquiry service hours.

Resource News

Emerald Insight

We now have a subscription to Emerald Insight. Emerald is one of the leading providers of management E-journals and we have subscribed to the 'Business, Management & Strategy' and 'Accounting, Finance & Economics' collections. This database is most relevant to students studying Business and Management, Accountancy, and Organizational Psychology.

Content you have access to includes E-journals, book chapters and case studies. The case studies cover the specific experience and results of an organization so are invaluable for research projects.

Another beneficial feature is access to the most recent issues of journals. See the Database Information page to find out how to access. To get the most out of using this database please see the quick start guide as this shows you how to access the content we have subscribed to.

British Periodicals

For the Humanities courses English, Philosophy and History we have a new database British Periodicals.

The database contains facsimile page images and searchable full text for nearly 500 British periodicals published from the 17th century through to the early 21st century. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture. This database shows the development of the British periodical press. For further details see the database information page.

Remember you can find resources from Emerald Insight and British Periodicals by searching Summon.

We are pleased to announce that students can now access to a new database JustisOne. JustisOne combines the full text content of Justis and the powerful case citator JustCite into a single sophisticated database. Like JustCite, JustisOne shows you the citations and sources for cases and links to the full text in the legal databases, such as LexisLibrary and Westlaw. It is therefore a good place to start your legal research. To learn more about JustisOne see our recent Hot Topic.

Recently added to our website

Technical help

If you are perplexed by passwords and dazzled by databases you may find the answers to your issues in our Technical FAQs


Access to Databases, Journals, E-books and other digital resources provided via the Online Library is subject to both copyright and the terms of publishers’ licences. In order to help you understand copyright affects you we have added a Copyright guide to the student support section of our website. To make it easy to find the advice most relevant to you we have provided seperate guidance for students and faculty.

View the Copyright Guide

We hope that this newsletter has been helpful and informative. If you have any feedback or ideas for the next issue please let us know!