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Journal articles and online resources

Journal articles

Library Search is a fast and intuitive library search system which enables you to search a wide range of all Library content, including journal articles, all in one place. 

Not all relevant resources for all topics are available via Library Search and sometimes it is necessary to search individual databases.

If you are conducting research on a topic and do not have a reading list, we recommend starting with Library Search and searching individual databases.

  • Do not assume a simple Google search will find all articles.
  • Our databases cover materials from a wide range of publishers so will provide more information than you could retrieve from a single publisher's ejournal site.
  • Some databases will link to the full text of article - others will give you bibliographic details only.
  • Databases can also include information on book reviews, book chapters, grey literature, government reports, theses and so on.

Key databases

Use the Subject guides to identify and locate the widest range of online resources in politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, law, philosophy, and international relations.

For International Relations start with:

Other major electronic resources with relevance for IR include:

  • African journals online. African Journals Online provides free access to tables of contents and abstracts from over 150 journal titles published in Africa. They cover the health sciences, social sciences and African culture
  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is a wide ranging database on international affairs which includes working papers and research from many sources
  • The Armed Conflict Database enables users to find information, generate reports and download data on armed conflicts and wars worldwide.
  • Declassified Documents Reference system provides access to over 500,000 pages of declassified US government and intelligence documents covering major events in American foreign policy and international relations from the 1960s onwards. Key topics include: the Vietnam War, Cold war and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Digital national security archive is a comprehensive collection of primary documents on USA policy and contains the most important, declassified documents that led to the policy decisions.
  • European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database which provides information on the institutions and activities of the European Union.
  • International organizations online provides access to the full text of the current issue of Yearbook of International Organizations containing basic reference information about international bodies, organisations and agencies worldwide.
  • Peace Research Abstracts indexes journal articles on all aspects of peace studies, conflict resolution and international security.
  • The United Nations Treaty Collection is an online, full-text version of multilateral and bilateral treaties deposited with the UN, plus other related material
  • EIU country reports. A searchable database of reports produced by the Economist intelligence Unit. They provide detailed political and economic analysis of over 200 nations worldwide.
  • Latin American newsletters. This site provides access to the full text of a collection of newsletters providing information on recent political and economic developments in Latin America.

Or for broad coverage on the whole range of social science topics you can also try:

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

  • Content: Broad range of social science topics, particularly strong on Anthropology, Economics, Politics & Sociology. Abstracts and references to journal articles, book reviews and chapters from edited books.
  • Date range: 1951-
  • Updates: Weekly

ISI Citation Indexes via the Web Of Knowledge

  • Content: There are 3 ISI files which can be cross searched: Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities.
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles and book reviews
  • Date range: 1956-
  • Updates: Weekly
  • Features:
    • Enables citation searching in addition to searching by keyword
    • Set up citation alerts to inform you of new entries citing your key papers

Science Direct

  • Content:  ScienceDirect provides access to 11 million full text journal articles and ebooks, plus some encyclopedias and reference works covering all aspects of science, technology and medicine. This includes materials relevant to the study of  business and management; decision sciences; economics and marketing.
  • Date Range: 1995-


  • Content: Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With over 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 publishers in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and also in the arts and humanities.
  • Date range: 1823-
  • Updates: Daily