Research Enquiries Office – closed during August 2012


Due to the Library refurbishment, the Research Enquiries Office will be closed throughout August.

Research Enquiries help is still available – to book a session please visit the Library Helpdesk or email and your Liaison Librarian will be in touch.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Library Training – Summer 2012

Due to the Library refurbishment our scheduled training programme has been halted over the summer months. We are however able to offer one-to-one training sessions during this time.

Information Skills Training – to book a session please email and your Liaison Librarian will be in touch.

IT Training –  to book a session please email and our IT Trainer will be in touch.

See the training pages on our website for further details.

New to SGUL Library – access to the Neuroscience journals backfile collection

The Library has purchased the Neuroscience backfile collection giving us access to the very first issues of over 40 Neuroscience journal titles.  Popular titles include:

  • European Journal of Pharmacology (1967-)
  • Brain Research (1966-)
  • Neuroscience (1976-)
  • Neuroscience Letters (1975-)
  • Trends in Pharmacological Sciences (1979-)
  • Progress in Neurobiology (1973-)
  • Trends in Neurosciences (1978-)
  • Neuropharmacology (1970-)

All are available via the Journals A-Z list on the Library website (through the ScienceDirect interface).

What is a backfile?

A backfile refers to the older content of a journal (pre-1995).  Back in the days before the internet, journals were published on paper only.  Publishers are in the process of digitising this content and this is often made available as a backfile – an electronic collection of the older issues of a journal – for Libraries to purchase.

Why does the Library purchase backfiles?

  • To provide you with access to more content
  • To enrich our existing collection
  • Print journals take up a lot of space (which could be put to better use – the current Library refurbishment  for example will create more silent study spaces).  Where possible SGUL Library purchases the e-version rather than the print copy.

If you have any questions or comments about using our journals, please email