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SSEES Economics and Business

Books and e-books

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The SSEES collection of books and ebooks on economics and business can be found in the library catalogue Explore. A helpful introduction to finding books and other resources can be found in the Introduction to Explore video. To access ebooks go to Explore, enter the title of the book in the search bar and perform your search in “All resources”. Access to ebooks from computers on campus will usually not require a username and password. For access off campus, users will need to enter their username and password. For more information, see E-Books @ UCL guide.

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How can you tell if a book is available online?

On UCL Explore, you can look at the results of your search to quickly discover if a book is available in print or/and online: View Online means that the book is available electronically, while Available means that the book is available in print. In some cases a book is available both in print and online. 

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How to find a book at SSEES Library

Printed books relating to general economics and business topics are shelved on the first floor of the SSEES library in the section labelled Misc. XVI. The shelfmark for this section is further subdivided and ends with a 3 letter code derived from the author surname or the title if it is edited work.
The Misc. section is subdivided as follows:

        XVI.1     Economics, economic history and management in general

        XVI.1.a  International economic co-operation (e.g. European Union)

        XVI.2    Economic theory, statistics.

        XVI.3    Agriculture

        XVI.4    Industry

        XVI.5    Labour, trade unions

        XVI.6    Co-operative movements

        XVI.7    Foreign trade

        XVI.8    Transport and telecommunication

        XVI.9    Finance, banking, taxation, national budgets

For example a book about finance written by Bacon will be shelved in Misc.XVI.9 BAC 
Throughout the library there are sections relating to the economies of individual countries studied by the School. The classification of these sections is similar to the layout above, but instead of Misc. the first element of the shelfmark is a mnemonic for the country – e.g. for Poland it is the letter “P”. A book on trade unions in Poland written by Smith will therefore be shelved at P.XVI.5 SMI. Further details can be found in the SSEES library classification scheme guide.

Please note that in addition to the books on the open shelves the library also holds pamphlets and store items. These materials are not on the open shelves. For information how to find and request them please see our FAQs. Many resources relating to economics and economic history are shelved in other UCL libraries. For more information please consult the Economics subject guide.  

Other collections

  • Economics; extensive collection of economic books and journals located on the 1st floor.
  • Historyincludes books on social and economic history.
  • Law; houses collection of resource on European Union.

Geography; contains material on development and environmental economics.

Management; contains textbooks on accounting, management and company finance.