Social Sciences

Useful resources for Social Sciences.

ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index And Abstracts)

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Provides abstracts from around 650 UK, US and international journals. Coverage includes all branches of the applied social sciences, with over 375,000 records.
Coverage:1987-present.

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NHS Staff and other authorised users:

Census Dissemination Unit

Access information:Available on and off-campus (Choose Login via UK Federation). Requires separate registration with the Census Registration Service, follow the 'Registration & Use' link for details.
Description:From here you can download census data from CASWEB and access GeoConvert, an online geography matching and conversion tool for UK academics. GeoConvert allows registered users to obtain and manipulate complex geographical and postcode data.
Coverage:1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 census data.

Additional Information

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

CIDER (Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research: Census Data Support Unit)

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:Formerly known as CIDS. Provides access to and supports interaction data sets produced from UK Censuses of Population for 1981, 1991 and 2001. Census interaction data are data that relate to flows of people between places. Whereas most Census data relate to counts of people at specific locations, interaction data describe interactions between origins and destinations.
Coverage:1981,1991, 2001 census 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.

Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)

Users are required to register with ESDS to use this service.

Access information:Available on and off-campus from ESDS. Choose Login via UK federation. Also requires separate registration with ESDS.
Description:ESDS provides access and support for extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, including: ESDS Government, ESDS International, ESDS Longitudinal and ESDS Qualidata. Guides are available.

Additional information

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

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. One of the largest and most comprehensive social sciences databases in the world, indexing 2600 journals and 6000 books per annum, in the core disciplines of economics, sociology, politics and anthropology.
Coverage:From 1951 to date.

Additional information

Further help using IBSS is available.

Media Education Foundation (MEF) digital films service

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: The Library has subscribed for 1 year to Media Education Foundation (MEF) digital films service. 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.
Subscription data resources include time series titles covering energy, banking, health, education, trade, investment and insurance, patents and productivity, regional statistics, science and technology, tax, telecommunications and internet. *Not all content is subscribed to.*

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 1995.

Periodicals Index Online

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.

PsycARTICLES (incorporated into Your Journals@OVID)

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.
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.

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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.

UKBORDERS

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.

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.
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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).
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'):

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