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Journal articles

Journal articles

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

Note: Not all resources are available via Library Search  and it is recommended to search individual databases in addition to Library Search.  See the suggested list of databases below.

If you are conducting research on a topic and do not have a reading list, we recommend starting with Library Search and searching individual electronic 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 mathematics, statistics, politics, economics, political economy, law, philosophy, and international relations.   

A searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature. Over 100,000 new items are added each year, most of them classified according to the Mathematics Subject Classification.

Statistics makes great use of pre-print versions of articles in repositories which can be found in the following databases

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