Information Services


Some useful resources covering several subjects.


Bodleian Library Pre-1920 Catalogue of Printed Works

Access information: Single user CD-ROM workstation, Main Library.
Description: a CD-ROM catalogue of all printed works in European languages and scripts published before 1920 and acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford before 1989.

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British Library General Catalogue of Printed Books to 1975

Access information: Single user CD-ROM workstation, Main Library.
Description: A catalogue of 5.7 million records including the largest collection of pre-1914 imprints in the world. Contains all entries for pre-1975 imprints acquired and catalogued by the British Library prior to 1976 and all pre-1971 imprints acquired and catalogued before the end of 1982.

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Dissertations and Theses

Access information: Access on campus. Available off campus using the VPN.
Description: Full-text of doctoral dissertations and master's theses from more than 700 universities worldwide.
Coverage: From 1861 to date.

Education Image Gallery

Access information: Available from JISC MediaHub. On campus: Login via direct access. Off campus: Login via UK federation.
Description: Thousands of images from the world-famous Getty archive covering diverse subject areas such as Sport, Fashion, Major Events, Buildings, Politics, Social History, Key Personalities, Transport, Industry, Work, Leisure, Music.

English Short Title Catalogue

Access information: Access on and off campus. On campus access also available via FirstSearch.
Description: ESTC lists over 480,000 items published between 1473 and 1800 mainly, but not exclusively, in English that were published mainly in the British Isles and North America from the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries.
Coverage: 1473-1800.

EThOS - Electronic Theses Online Service

Access information: Access on and off-campus. Registration required for full-text access and there may be a delay of some days in receiving required copy.
Description: British Library service providing full text of thousands of UK Higher Education theses (free to staff and students of the University of Edinburgh).
Additional information:

Items unavailable from EThOS may be available through the Inter-Library Loan service (I.L.L.):

Inter-Library Loan (I.L.L.) Service

For more comprehensive searches of theses awarded in your subject area, use ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global:

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

Film & Sound Online (previously Educational Media Online (EMOL)

Access information: Available from EDINA On-campus choose: Login via direct access. Off-campus choose: Login via UK federation.
Description: Ten collections of film and video. The films are of high quality, and are fully downloadable, either in full or as segments, and can be used freely in learning, teaching and research. For example: (Culverhouse) Classical Music, Films of Scotland, Performance Shakespeare. Note that some medical titles are restricted.

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Please contact the Library for more information about restricted titles and to apply for access.

Edinburgh University Information Services offer a streaming media service, and can stream Film &Sound Online content locally to improve download times.

Access information: Access on campus or off campus.
Description: Full-text journal archive service providing access to complete back runs of all the scholarly journals currently available in JSTOR. Recent volumes are excluded, usually the last 3-5 years, but each year a further year is added to the archive.
  Each title is listed in DiscoverED.
  The collections currently available are: Arts & Sciences 1-15; Biological Sciences; Health & General Sciences; Ireland.  The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Biographies of over 60,000 people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2013.  This resource is updated in January, May and September.

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Fully searchable online version of the Oxford English Dictionary the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language. Includes etymologies, quotations and pronunciation guides.
Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: Complete text of scholarly books published by Oxford University Press in the subject areas below.
Coverage: Business & Management, Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Palliative Care, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Religion, Social Work and Sociology. We have access to over 13,000 e-books.

Periodicals Archive Online

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: An archival databases of digitised journal backfiles in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Periodicals Archive Online covers 37 subject categories, in a number of languages.
Coverage: From journal first issue up to 2000.
Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: A database of journal articles citations in the arts, humanities and social sciences. covers 37 subject categories, in 44 languages and dialects.
Coverage: From journal first issue up to 1995.

Web of Science Core Collection

Access information: Access on and off campus.

Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Impact factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.

Detailed information about Web of Science


Citation Indexes: Science and Social Sciences (both 1900 onwards), Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards), Books in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards). KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (1997 onwards).

Chemical Indexes: Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data (1840 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).


Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'): 

Cited Reference Searching (pdf)


Journal Citation Reports: 

Impact Factors (pdf)

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Global database containing tens of millions of bibliographic records on all subjects from 1000 A.D. to date, for all types of material catalogued by libraries, including books and digital resources, maps, musical scores, sound recordings, manuscripts, films, videos. No abstracts.



Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents of approximately 29,000 current journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers. The database covers all subjects and is updated daily. Table of Contents alerts are available.
Coverage: 1993 to date. Updated daily.
Additional information:

Information on how to access ZETOC using a Z39.50 client such as EndNote:

NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network