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Social Policy

Welcome to the Social Policy subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Main Library

Main Library
George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LJ

Phone: 0131 650 3409
Email: is.helpdesk@ed.ac.uk

Getting to know the Main Library

A scrollable online tour of the Main Library to help you familiarise yourself with the building and its facilities, services and resources.

Finding books, e-books, journals, articles, etc.

 
Use DiscoverEd to search the Library's collections and find books, ebooks, ejournal articles and more. Use EASE to sign into your account and manage loans, requests and fines. 

Other University of Edinburgh Libraries

There are 10 other site libraries at the University that you can visit and use. 

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Photo of Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library building

Where are the Social Policy books in the Library?

The Main Library holds the majority of books for Social Policy.
  • Books that are on undergraduate reading lists will generally be in the HUB (High Use Book) Collection on the ground floor
  • Most other books are on the 2nd floor

Here are some sample shelfmarks for Social Policy :

Topic Call number
Sociology HM51
Social Policy HN17.5
Welfare: Great Britain HV245
Child Welfare & Policy HV751
Health Policy HV245
Education Policy LC89
Criminology HV6001-HV7220
Criminal Justice HV7231-HV9960
Substance Abuse HV4997-HV5840
Police HV7551-HV8280
Prisons HV8423-HV9960
Youth Offenders/Justice HV9051-HV9230
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But Social Policy crosses over with a wide range of other subject areas and disciplines so you may find yourself looking for other shelfmarks that you have identified by using DiscoverEd.

Remember the Library has access to thousands of e-books which you can access via DiscoverEd.

How do I find journals and journal articles?

The Library has access to thousands of e-journals. 

In the Main Library print journals are on the 4th floor with shelfmark range Per..0 - Per..9.

A large number of print journals are held at the Library Annexe.

You can find print and e-journals and access e-journals and e-journal articles through DiscoverEd.

What is the University Collections Facility?

The University Collections Facility (formerly known as the Library Annexe) is the University's off-campus storage facility. Material can be requested and delivered to Main Library or site library for borrowing or you can request scans of single chapters or articles via electronic document delivery.

Help!

Help with all aspects of using the Library, its facilities, services and resources, is available from the Library Helpdesks. If you are unable to find what you are looking for on this Subject Guide or on the Library website please do contact them in person, by phone or email.

If you would like help with your literature search or with finding information you can contact us directly.

What do I do if the Library doesn't have what I need?

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Archives, manuscripts, rare books at the University of Edinburgh

Centre for Research Collections

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh's historic and special collections, including rare books and manuscripts, University of Edinburgh archives, personal and institutional archives, Lothian Health Services Archives (LHSA), University of Edinburgh PhD theses, art collection, musical instrument collection and a wide range of other museum objects from geological specimens to anatomical models. 

The CRC are based on the 6th floor, Main Library.