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SSEES Area guide to Poland, the Baltic States, Finland and Germany


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UCL SSEES Library subscribes to a wide range of journals and newspapers from Central and Eastern Europe. Most of the journals are in local languages, however the Library also holds many journals published in western languages, particularly in English, that are often available online. Most of our subscriptions are electronic, but we also have a number of print subscriptions. Some titles are available on microfiche or microfilms. Many journals and newspapers published in Eastern and Central Europe can be accessed using the Nexis database. For help and useful tips on how to search, see the guide to using Explore. More information on e-journals is available in the E-Journal FAQs

Journals locations

As with all the other library materials, check the library catalogue to search for journals. To find a journal title in the library catalogue simply enter the title and select “Journal titles” from the drop down menu to the right of the search window. This will limit your search results to journals only. The search result will show the location of the journal and indicate whether it is available in print and/or electronic format. If the journal is available in print form, in most cases it will be located on the open shelves on the Lower Ground Floor of the Library. For help and useful tips on how to search, see the guide to using Explore. More information on e-journals is available in the E-Journal FAQs.

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 an academic journal is the Slavonic and East European Review or Pamietnik Literacki.

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 a 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 a newspaper is The Guardian or Gazeta Wyborcza. 

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

Key journals and newspapers in the subject area

In this section you will find some of the key periodicals from our collections pertaining to Poland, the Baltic States, Finland and Germany. Please note that this is just a selection. You will find more titles by accessing our catalogue or browsing Eastview, CEEOL and Nexis databases which provide the majority of our digital holdings from Poland, the Baltic States, Finland and Germany, including central and regional newspapers, periodicals and more.



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Finding the full-text

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If you're using one of our databases to find journal articles, you might not be able to read the article within the database itself. If you see the Findit@UCL icon, click on it to link to the full-text

Sometimes you will see a link to the publisher's site. Unless the article is open access, you might find that you can't reach the full-text.

Clicking on the Findit@UCL link instead will link you to the full-text via UCL's subscription access, if available.

If you're using Google Scholar you can set up the Library Links feature so that it will display a findit@UCL link to help show you which articles are available via UCL subscriptions. 

Can't find full-text?

UCL has an amazing collection of e-resources, but no library can have full-text access to everything. If you identify a piece of information that would be beneficial to your research, the library will try and source a copy for you via the Inter Library Loans service.You can make a request by logging into UCL Explore and then clicking on the three dots 'show more' menu to access the Inter Library Loan Request form.