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Public Services

This is UCLan's Public Services library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarians: Julie Hitchen and 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

Journal Finder provides details of our print journals and e-journals collections. Library Search will find specific articles from journals so is a good place to start, as it searches across thousands of different journals and will uncover articles in places you may not think to look.

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:

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

  • The Guardian and The Observer Historical Archive - Every page as published. The Guardian from 1821-2003, The Observer from 1791-2003
  • Times Digital Archive - Every page as published from 1785-2011
  • 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
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive - More than 100 years of this major UK national newspaper can be viewed in full digital facsimile format, with advertisements, news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society.
  • Economist Historical Archive - Digitised archive from 1843-2006
  • British Newspapers 1600-1900 - 3 million pages of historic newspapers, newsbooks & ephemera. The Burney Newspaper Collection and 19th Century British Newspapers are included in this service.
  • Illustrated London News Historical Archive - The entire run of the paper from 1842-2003
  • Picture Post Historical Archive - Picture Post’s innovative use of photo-journalism captured the imagination of the British people. In the era before television, it became the window on the world for ordinary people, bringing the major social and political issues of the day into popular consciousness.
  • Top Tip! To search across a collection of the newspaper archives that the library holds use Artemis Primary Sources. From here you will be able to cross search a selection of our newspaper archives.

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.

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
  • HeinOnline English Reports - (1220-1867) - A collection of the decisions of the English Courts prior to the commencement of the Law Reports in 1865
  • 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.
  • Our Electronic Resources section provides details of all our online resources and includes an E-Databases A-Z list.

Additional Resources

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.

Julie Hitchen

Principal Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 892267

Francesca Robinson

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 895132