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UCL SSEES Library subscribes to a large number of both electronic and print versions of newspapers and journals. They predominantly focus on Eastern Europe as the selection of the journals reflects the research interests of the School. The journals are available in wide range of native languages from across the region. There is also a strong selection of English language journals focusing on Eastern Europe, including "Slavonic and East European Review", published by the School.

Some journals will only be available in print form, some only electronically and some in both forms. Recent years have seen a transition from print to electronic version and as a result of this more and more journals are available electronically. This is particularly true for Russia and the former Soviet Union countries.

The Library also subscribes to a number of databases and aggregators and two of them may be of particular interest to UCL SSEES Library readers: Eastview and CEEOL. In addition many journals published in western languages, particularly in English, are often available in online format.

Journal locations

To discover which versions (print/electronic/microfiche) are available check the Library catalogue on Explore by inputting the journal title. To search for a title, please select "Journal titles" from the drop down menu. The search result will show the location of the journal and indicate whether a journal is available in print and/or electronic version.

If the journal is available in print form in most cases it will be located on open shelves on the Lower Ground Floor of the Library.

Types of periodical publications

Used to disseminate scholarly information that relates to a particular academic discipline. They are aimed at researchers and are often peer-reviewed, which means that articles are evaluated by experts in the field before publication to ensure the information in them is accurate and well presented. An example of academic journal is the Slavonic and East European Review.. 

Generally printed on glossy paper (but can also be available online), they are aimed at a more general audience than academic journals and can include opinions and news items too. An example of magazine is the Times Educational Supplement.  

Published on a daily basis, the focus of these is on news items. They can include a section on education, but are wide in scope. An example of newspaper is Baltic Times

Usually published by a special group, learned society or professional organisation and aimed at people working in a specific industry. An example of trade publication is Slavic & East European Information Resources.