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BSL & Deaf Studies

This is UCLan's BSL & Deaf Studies library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarians: Francesca Robinson and Andrea Evans


Search for books and ebooks Library Search. It will tell you what we have in stock and where to find it.

Sometimes there may only be a chapter on a specific topic rather than a whole book. To find those, you will need to use one of our ebook databases which allow you to search through the whole text of a book. We have several ebook collections but a good place to start would be Ebook Central.

Journals and Articles

If you have a reference for a particular journal article, or if you want to find out if we take a particular journal title, use the Journal Finder.

If the Library does not have the journal article you want, you can request a copy using the Inter-library Loan Service.

  • Diffusion Journal - this is an Undergraduate Research Journal for students in Humanities and Social Sciences.

eResources and Databases

Recommended Resources for Deaf Studies:

  • British Education Index - This collection covers aspects of educational policy and administration, evaluation and assessment, technology and special educational needs.
  • Child Development & Adolescent Studies - An Indexing and abstracting collection covering literature on the growth and development of children through to the age of 21. Content covers worldwide biomedical and social sciences sources and includes all of the issues of Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography from 1927 to 2001 previously published by the Society for Research in Child Development.
  • CINAHL Complete - Links to articles on Deaf Education, sign languages and other related topics including allied health and nursing related topics.
  • Education Abstracts - Features content on a wide array of subject areas including adult education, comparative education, government funding, higher education, school administration and teacher evaluation.
  • Education Database - Coverage spans the literature on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education.
  • MLA [Modern Languages Association] International Bibliography - Language and Literature database with entries relating to Sign Language and deafness. Journals indexed include ‘Sign Language Studies’, ‘Journal of Hearing & Speech Disorders’, ‘Sign Language Interpreter & Translator’, etc.
  • ProQuest Central - Covers all major subject areas, including business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and religion.
  • PsycINFO - Summaries of journal articles, reports, books and dissertations in psychology and related disciplines, e.g. psycholinguistics Also provides some links to full text articles
  • Sage Premier Journals Online
  • Social Policy & Practice - Many articles relating to social issues of deafness can be found in this database

Should you want to undertake a more thorough search for research try searching the following abstract and indexing databases. 


Additional Resources


Statistics on deafness in the UK may be found at:

Sign Language Resources

  • Signworld This resource comprises of a suite of sign language learning products enabling users to learn, practice and improve their British Sign Language.


You may also want to look for current issues and debates in the news.

  • Nexis - Titles covered include The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Washington Post and New York Times. Extensive coverage of local papers is also included. Nexis gives the text of articles only - it does not include photographs or formatting.


Our Electronic Resources section provides details of all our online resources and includes an E-Databases A-Z list.

Francesca Robinson - Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Francesca Robinson

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 895132

Andrea Evans - Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Andrea Evans

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 892268