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Getting Started: Explore


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Explore is UCL Library Services' single search tool for finding journals, books, full-text articles, archive material and much more. Whether you're looking for items on your reading list or information for a project or research, you'll find it in Explore.

1.Find Explore on IOE LibGuides Quick or Quicker Links:

2.Type in your search terms:

3.Refine by Type, Date, Library etc.:

If you want to limit to education, you can refine your search In Libraries to 'IOE' on Explore.


Because the library holds a number of specialist collections (Curriculum Resources, Comparative, Special Collections, etc.), collections are classified and separated in order to group similar resources together. For this reason, it is essential that you search online rather than solely browse the shelves as there will not be one place for one subject.

IOE Library classification schemes vary with collections.Shelfmarks are based on letters, numbers or a combination of the two. To find an item, take down the shelfmark and location.


Library resources can be located by their classmarks in the library record in Explore. Make a note of the whole classmark and note the difference between capital letters and small letters. 

Loan Types

  • 4 weeks
  • 1 week
  • Overnight (must be returned 12 pm next day)
  • 8 weeks (Curriculum Resources only)
  • No loan

Locations & Levels

Also note down level 3, 4, 5 or Store. Stack/Store items must be requested in advance.

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