Some useful resources covering several subjects.


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Description:Indexes 13,000 journals in all disciplines. Many, but not all, records include an abstract. Now includes tables of contents, previously provided by the ContentsFirst service.
Coverage:1990 to present.

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

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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:On campus access via FirstSearch.
Description:ESTC lists over 460,000 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.

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).
Items unavailable from EThOS may be available through the Inter-Library Loan service (ILL). For more comprehensive searches of theses awarded in your subject area, use ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text.

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Index to Theses - See entry for ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text


Access information:Access on and 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 the Library catalogue.
The collections currently available are: Arts & Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12; Biological Sciences; Health & General Sciences; Ireland. The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.
Note:There is an issue with the display of navigation icons on the JSTOR platform via EZProxied links. This is being investigated as a matter of urgency. A workaround is available - once on the JSTOR site click "login" in the top right hand corner. Select University of Edinburgh from the Login via institution menu. The page will reload with navigation icons in place. 02/12/2014.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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Description:Biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2000.

Oxford English Dictionary Online

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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.

Oxford Scholarship Online

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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 10,700 e-books.
Note:The mobile version of their website has a fault - the ability to download chapters for off line reading is missing. This is expected to be fixed in an update scheduled for Feb.2015

Periodicals Archive Online

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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 1995.

Periodicals Index Online

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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

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

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

Journal Citation Reports:


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 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database covers all subjects and is updated daily. Table of Contents alerts are available.
Coverage:1993 to date.

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

NHS Staff and other authorised users:

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