The principal book collections for the Institute of the Americas are the American History and Latin American History collections. These collections are located on the second floor of the Main Library.
Explore is UCL's library catalogue. This is the principal tool to find books, journals and other materials (either in print or in electronic format) held in UCL libraries. On the catalogue, you will find details such as: library site, collection and shelfmark, when you are looking for print resources. In order to access e-books via Explore, you will always need your UCL user ID and password.
Print books are arranged on the shelf according to their shelfmark. For example:
AMERICAN HISTORY R 790 OBA for biographical and autobiographical works on and by Barack Obama.
LATIN AMER. HIST. D 5 CHA for a comprehensive work in the history of the Independence period, 1808-1830.
Consult introductory material or general reference works for a broad overview of your issue or topic, and to identify key concepts, theories and researchers in the field. Introductory material may include:
Find introductory material in Explore by combining a topic keyword with one of the material type descriptors above, e.g. The Routledge Hispanic studies companion to Latin America and the Caribbean (1492-1898).
These are some examples of introductory material available electronically for the Institute of the Americas. The list is not extensive, and you should perform your own searches on Explore to see what else is available in print in UCL Libraries.
UCL Libraries' off-site store is a closed access collection which houses important research material not currently in high demand. The material at this site will have 'Store' as its location on Explore. Users can request store material for delivery to the Science Library. Users should complete a Store Request Form in order to request material from this location.
A brief guide to finding and accessing e-books via UCL Explore.
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.
ReadingLists @UCL is an online service that gives students easy access to materials on their reading lists wherever they are, and allows academic staff to create and update their own reading lists.