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Public Services

This is UCLan's Public Services library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarian: Francesca Robinson


Search for books and ebooks on 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.

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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.

eResources and Databases

Recommended Resources for Public Services

If you want to search for journal articles on a particular topic within the subject discipline, the main electronic databases to search are:

Additional Resources

Newspapers : Current

  • Nexis - a full-text database of news drawn from over 29,000 sources. Nexis gives the text of articles only - it does not include photographs or formatting.

Newspaper archives

  • Artemis Primary Sources - Includes 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection, 19th Century Periodicals, Illustrated London News Historical Archive from 1842-2003, the Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957.  Also includes The Economist Historical Archive from 1843-2011, Times Digital Archive from 1785-2011, the Daily Mail Historical Archive from 1896-2004 and the Financial Times Historical Archive from 1843-2011. Use Artemis Primary Sources to search all the collections simultaneously.
  • The Guardian and The Observer Historical Archive - Every page as published. The Guardian from 1821-2003, The Observer from 1791-2003
  • New York Times Archive - The New York Times (1851-2008) with Index (1851-1993) provides easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time

Government and Legal Information

  • Westlaw UK - A large, comprehensive legal online service including UK case law, legislation, the Legal Journals Index , some full-text journal articles and a current awareness service.
  • Lexis Library - UK cases, legislation, legal journals, Halsbury’s Law, Halsbury’s Statutes - important legal database
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers - Fully indexed and searchable full-text House of Commons Parliamentary Paper from 1715 to present. Some supplementary material back to 1688.

Census and Population Information

  • The National Archives - provides a searchable index of census reports from 1841-1911. However there is a charge to download and view full transcriptions.
  • The Lancashire Library Service has a subscription to, which you can access if you join the Lancashire Library Service. You can use this within any Lancashire Library - but you will need to book a computer at the library. This service provides access to all the Census records.
  • Digimap - an online maps service which includes ordinance survey maps, historic maps and census data in the society section which you are able to view and manipulate.

Film, Television and Sound

  • Alexander Street Video - Videos, films, documentaries and training materials in education, history and politics related areas
  • Box of Broadcasts enables staff and students at UCLan to watch and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels.  You can also edit programmes, create clips and search a growing archive of material.
  • Kanopy - documentaries, films and animations from around the world.

Francesca Robinson - Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Francesca Robinson

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 895132