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Explore: Finding books, journals and more

A guide to searching Explore and managing your UCL library account

What is Explore?

Explore is UCL Library Services' single search tool for finding journals, books, full-text articles, archive material and much more. Whether you're looking for items on your reading list or information for a project or research, you'll find it in Explore and you get instant access to any full-text to which we subscribe.

You can access Explore in several ways:

Introduction to Explore

This video gives an overview of what you can find using Explore, as well as basic instructions on how to carry out a search (3 mins 44 secs).

What content is available on Explore?

Your choice of resources includes:

  • All resources: Search everything in Explore
  • Library catalogue: Printed and electronic book and journal titles from the UCL library catalogue
  • Journal titles: Journal titles to which UCL Library provides access, print and electronic
  • Journal articles: A remotely-held catalogue of millions of electronic journal articles and other full-text e-resources
  • Databases: Electronic databases of bibliographic and related materials
  • Digital collections: UCL Library Services’ digital collections
  • UCL Discovery: Open access documents from UCL’s publications repository
  • UCL Exam papers: Electronic copies of UCL exam papers
  • Archives catalogue: UCL’s archives catalogue
  • UCL Reading Lists: Links to lists of resources by course name or code
  • Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA): Documents published electronically in the areas of education, training and skills
  • UCL Research Data: content from the UCL Research Data Repository