Information Services

Social Sciences

Useful resources for Social Sciences.

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Updated monthly, ASSIA provides a comprehensive source of social science and health information for the practical and academic professional. It contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.

Detailed information about ASSIA

Coverage: 1987-present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users:  The Knowledge Network

Box of Broadcasts

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: BoB (Box of Broadcasts) enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions.

Census Dissemination Unit

see entry for UK Data Service

Census Data Support Unit: Census Flow Data

Access information: Available on and off-campus from WICID (the Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data). Choose Login via UK Federation. Registration is required. Follow the registration link for details.
Description: Census flow data (also known as interaction data) relate to flows of people between places, both origins and destinations.
Coverage: Migration and commuting data from the 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011census data.
Additional Information

For more information and advice on online Census material is available from the Data Library.

Census: Samples of Anonymised Records

Access information: Available on and off-campus from Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR). Choose Login via UK Federation. Also requires separate registration with the Census Registration Service follow the 'Access and Registration' link for details.
Description: Samples of anonymised records from the UK Census of Population for both the 1991 and 2001 Censuses.
Coverage: 1991, 2001 Census.

Additional Information

For more information and advice on online Census material is available from the Data Library.

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.

 

IBSS (International Bibliography of Social Science) Online

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Produced by the British Library of Political and Economic Science, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) is an essential online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research focusing on the four core social science subjects of anthropology, economics, politics, and sociology. IBSS includes over 2.5 million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 book and chapter records are included each year. Abstracts are provided for around 80% of all current journal articles and users can link to the full text of articles in journals subscribed to by the University of Edinburgh.

Userguide: http://proquest.libguides.com/IBSS

Media Education Foundation (MEF) digital films service

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. The service is provided via the Kanopy streaming service.
Coverage: Library has access to 140 videos.

OECD iLibrary

Access information: Access on-campus. Access off-campus currently via VPN only.
Description: The iLibrary provides access to a substantial amount of free content, including the OECD Factbook, OECD Working Papers, Key Tables, Multilingual Summaries and most 'At a Glance' publications.
Alternative source: Not all content is subscribed to. An alternative source is the UK Data Service's UKDS.Stat service.

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.
Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Produced and copyrighted ? by the American Psychological Association, and is a database of full-text articles from 56 journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber.
  The database includes all material from the print journals with the exception of advertisements, editorial board lists, instructions to authors and similar material.

PsycINFO

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description:

American Psychological Association produced with citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations, all in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.

Detailed information about PsycINFO

Coverage: Journal coverage, from 1806 to the present, includes international material selected from more than 2,400 journals written in over 25 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material from 1987 to the present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network

Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Describes material on the social sciences and humanities published in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe - books, manuscripts, dissertations, and articles from more than 10,000 periodicals. Updated bimonthly.
Coverage: 1992 to the present.

SocINDEX with Full Text

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers.
Coverage: 1908-present.

UKBORDERS

Requires separate registration with the Census Registration Service.

Access information: Available on and off-campus from EDINA. Choose Login via UK Federation. Also requires separate registration with the Census Registration Service. See link above. (Choose Login via UK Federation then follow instructions.)
Description: Census Geography Data Support Unit providing access to digital boundary data and associated look up tables.

Additional information

For more information and advice on online Census material please see the Data Library.

Data Library

Access information: Available on and off-campus. Choose Login via UK federation. Also requires separate registration with UK Data Service
Description: The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC and delivered by the UK Data Service to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.
Coverage: 1971 - present

Additional information:

Please refer to the Data Library for more information on statistics and data.

Very Short Introductions - Social Science

Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: Online version of Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introductions series. Written by experts in the field they offer a bridge between reference content and higher academic work.
Coverage: The Social Sciences collection is available to University of Edinburgh, which includes anthropology, business & management, economics, education, human geography, politics, research & information, sociology and war & defence.

Web of Science Core Collection

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

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

Coverage:

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).

Help:

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)