Information Services

Databases U

Databases beginning with the letter U.



Requires separate registration with the Census Registration Service.

Access information: Available on and off-campus from EDINA. Choose Login via UK Federation. Also requires separate registration with the Census Registration Service. See link above. (Choose Login via UK Federation then follow instructions.)
Description: Census Geography Data Support Unit providing access to digital boundary data and associated look up tables.

Additional information

For more information and advice on online Census material please see the Data Library.

Data Library



UKLA website

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The United Kingdom Literacy Association link allows you access to free and subscription based material that relates to literacy education in schools. This includes reports, newsletters, journal articles and other teaching resources.



Access information: Available on and off campus.
Description: Catalogue of United Kingdom Official Publications on the World Wide Web, is the complete catalogue of all official publications including both Stationery Office publications and departmental or "non-Stationery Office" publications.
  The Catalogue also contains the publications of many European and international organisations for which the Stationery Office is an agent. Regular updates add over 2,000 records to the database every month.
Coverage: From 1980 to the present.



Access information: Available on and off-campus. Choose Login via UK federation. Also requires separate registration with UK Data Service
Description: The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC and delivered by the UK Data Service to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.
Coverage: 1971 - present

Additional information:

Please refer to the Data Library for more information on statistics and data.

Data Library



Access information. Access on and off campus.
Description. Database includes 3 million pages of 19th to 21st century British popular newspapers, from 1835 to current (updated daily). Titles include: Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Church Times, The Watchman, Daily Worker, Morning Star and collections covering World Wars I & II by means of Fascist and Communist Political Press and a number of Regional Newspapers.



UNESCO Documents and Publications

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Education, social and natural science, culture and communication database of bibliographic records which also provides access to the full text of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) documents, publications, periodicals.
Coverage: From 1945.
Additional information: UNESCO thesaurus



Access information: Available on and off campus. Some collections are only available to staff and students.
Description: These collections display highlights of the resources of the University of Edinburgh Library, principally from within Special Collections. At present there are almost 12,000 images available.
  Collections include: Hill and Adamson, the Salvsen Collection, Walter Scott Collection, Western Medieval Manuscripts, the Laing Collection, Oriental Manuscripts and Images from the School of Scottish Studies.




Access information: Freely available.

Images which can be freely used for commercial and non-commercial purposes. 

It is good practice to seek permission and credit the creator.

Copyright: License information




Access information: Access on and off campus.  To register for the mobile app, click Login/Register link and register as a new user using your email address.  Once registered, you can install the UpToDate Mobile App on up to two devices.
Description: UpToDate Anywhere is an evidence-based knowledge system authored by physicians to help clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. Content is continually updated and is based on the latest evidence; it undergoes a rigorous editorial process and is written by a global community of 5,100 physicians, world-renowned experts in their specialties. UpToDate also includes basic patient information for c.150 medical conditions.



Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: Since its inception Urban History has featured an annual bibliography of publications in urban history, including monographs, periodicals, edited collections, and more recently, electronic publications. This bibliography represents an authoritative guide to the most recent scholarship in urban history and has proved an extremely valuable resource for teaching and research. In order to build upon this success Urban History has launched a new initiative to publish a cumulative bibliography going back to 1974 (amounting to over 33,000 items) available online as a fully searchable database, updated annually, which will be free of charge to all subscribers to Urban History.



US Congressional Budget Office Publications

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: US healthcare. The US Congressional Budget Office (US CBO) has a mandate to provide US Congress with "Objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget and the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process."



US Office of Public Health and Science Publications

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: US Office of Public Health and Science's full-text publications online from the US Offices of: Surgeon General, Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, Research Integrity, Minority Health, Population Affairs and Women's Health. Also the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports.



U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part I: 1954-1968

Access information: Access on and off campus.

This collection documents the deadliest conflict in modern U.S. history prior to the current war against terrorism. The goal was to assemble both classic and relatively well-known documentary sources as well as the most recent declassified materials, making a single comprehensive resource for primary substantive research on the Vietnam conflict. The principal focus of this collection is on the period of the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1968.



U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975

Access information: Access on and off campus.

This is the most important compilation of documents available on the final phase of the Vietnam War. Incorporating newly released documents, virtually all previously classified, it covers all the major issues from the period, including diplomatic, military, and intelligence aspects of the Vietnam war during the period of the Nixon and Ford administrations.



Access information: Free access on and off-campus from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Description: PDF images for all USA patents from 1790 onwards. Also full-text and PDF images of applications. Searches are limited to patent numbers and/or classification codes for pre-1976 patents.
  Currently (July 2014), the full text search of multiple international patent collections covers just Chinese patent documentation from the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China. Includes full text Chinese patents, English machine translations and full document images.
  Records of active and inactive trademarks registered with the USPTO. Includes applications.