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Journal articles and online resources

Journal articles

Do not assume a simple Google search will find all articles - the Library provides powerful databases which include Google Scholar and more.

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

If you are conducting research on a topic and do not have a reading list, we recommend starting with Summon| and then moving on to searching individual electronic databases.

  • However, remember that Summon does not cover every print title available in the Library. if you can't find what you need, or the link is broken, double check on the main Library catalogue. Search for the journal title (not the article title).
  • Summon does not include all the newspaper articles, law reports or government publications. These need to be searched on separate databases.

General Social Science Databases

Remember that not all of these databases are full text. Click on the LSE article finder symbol to check for full text availability

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 to present
  • Updates: weekly

ISI Citation Indexes via the Web Of Science|

  • Content: there are a number of ISI citation indexes which can be cross searched simultaneously: Science, Social Science, Arts & Humanities and conference proceedings.There is also the SciELO index which provides references to journal articles from South America and a data citation index which covers data sets.
  • Coverage: abstracts and references to journal articles and book reviews
  • Date range: Social Sciences Citation Index 1900 to present; Arts and Humanities Index 1975 to present; Conference Proceedings Index 1990 to present; book reviews 2005 to present
  • Updates: weekly
  • Features: enables citation searching - use this to locate the most highly cited papers in your field.Set up citation alerts to inform you of new entries citing your key papers

Scopus|

  • Content: covers a wide range of science and social science subject areas including media and communication studies and the media industry
  • Coverage: abstracts and indexes over 20,000 titles. Most from 1996 to present
  • Features: enables citation searching - use this to locate the most highly cited papers in your field. Set up citation alerts to inform you of new entries citing your key papers

SocINDEX with full text|

  • Content: extensive coverage of sociology- including the sociology of the media, gender studies, social psychology
  • Coverage: Abstracts of over 1,300 titles, plus several hundred titles in full text
  • Date range: 1895 to present
  • Features: it is possible to cross search this database with a number of our other indexing services. Log on and select the choose databases option to see the full list. They include LGBT Life, PsycINFO (Psychology) and Communication and mass media Complete.

Media and Communication Databases

These databases focus more narrowly on media and communication databases. They should be used to supplement the general social science resources listed above.

Business source complete|

  • Content: covers all aspect of media studies, linguistics
  • Coverage: indexes and abstracts more than 2,400 key titles. Also includes SWOT analyses, industry case studies and country profiles.
  • Date range:1886 to the present day.
  • Features:  It is possible to cross search this database with a number of our other indexing services. Log on and select the choose databases option to see the full list. They include LGBT Life, PsycINFO (Psychology) and Communication and Mass Media Complete.

Communication and Mass Media complete|

  • Content: Communication studies, media studies, linguistics and journalism.
  • Coverage: indexes and abstracts more than 800 titles
  • Date range: from 1915 to the present day, More than 500 titles are full text
  • Features: it is possible to cross search this database with a number of our other indexing services. Log on and select the choose databases option to see the full list. They include LGBT Life, PsycINFO (Psychology) and Communication and mass media Complete.

PsycINFO|

  • Content: produced by the American Psychological Association. Provides abstracts of articles relevant to all fields of Psychology. This includes materials relating to the impact of the media, media violence and motivations of media users. It supplements the PsycArticles database which contains the full text of a number of APA titles.
  • Coverage: indexes and abstracts over 2,500 journal titles. More than 90 titles are in full text via the complementary PsycArticles database. To use this log on and select the choose databases option.
  • Date range: materials date from the 19th century to the present day
  • Updates: monthly
  • Features: it is possible to cross search this database with a number of our other indexing services. Log on and select the choose databases option to see the full list. They include LGBT Life, and Communication and Mass Media Complete.

 In addition there are a few open access web resources which you might like to use.

The literature database of the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI).|

This excellent free resource is maintained by the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI) which is based in Germany. It provides free access to a searchable database of over 20,000 references to articles, books and report relating to all aspects of children's television, youth television, educational television, children's use of the Internet. Particularly strong coverage of German language materials, however also includes English language publications worldwide. 

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