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Journal articles and online resources

Finding journal articles

Most of the time you should be able to find and access the articles you need through Library Search. However, we also provide access to powerful databases that can help you discover articles that are not available through Library Search, or even search engines like Google.

Use these tools to discover journal articles to further support your research. When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through the interlending service

General Social Science databases 

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

IPSA International Political Science Abstracts

  • Content: Produced by the International Political Science Association it offers abstracts and references to journal articles from 900 leading journals in political science. Some full text within the database.
  • Date range: 1975-

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


  • Content: Article, conferences and book chapter references with some abstracts from humanities and social sciences (bias is towards Humanities). Good non-UK coverage as produced by the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Date range: 1984-
  • Updates: Monthly