Information Services

Databases I

Databases beginning with the letter I.


IAReporter (Investment Arbitration Reporter )

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Investment Arbitration Reporter is a news and analysis service tracking international arbitrations between foreign investors and governments.   It offers proprietary insight into breaking legal developments and policy trends in investment treaty arbitration, as well as reports on the latest legal pleadings, decisions and arbitral awards


i-law Maritime

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Access on and off campus. 5 concurrent users.  You will also need to enter your UoE email address to access fulltext.

Informa has informed us that extreme weather has affected their infrastructure, resulting in the i-Law online service being interrupted. This is being worked on. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 06/06/2019.


Covers publications, forms & documents, legislation, practice notes & events relating to maritime law.



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IBISWorld is an online industry intelligence solution.  Each of its industry reports provides the most detailed performance data and analysis on the market; supply chain information; forecasts; risk scores; operating strengths and weaknesses; analysis of external drivers; major player market strategies; and industry profit and costs benchmarks. Reports are updated 1-4 times per year depending on how fast moving the industry is ensuring the most up to date research possible.  In addition to coursework/assignments, these reports would be of use to students researching industries for placements, future careers (including start up research) and interview preparation.  A user guide can be downloaded here.

Coverage: Covering over 400 UK industries at SIC L5, over 700 US industries at NAICS L5 and over 400 UK Brexit Imact Statement reports.



IBSS (International Bibliography of Social Science) Online

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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.



Access Information: Freely available
Description: Access to RePEc's (Research Papers in Economics) collection of about 1.2 million on-line Economics working papers, journal articles and software from 75 countries. Freely available full-text download for many.


IEEE Xplore Digital Library

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Description: Full text access to documents from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, standards, and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications.


IFORS Developing Countries OR Resources Website

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Description: Publicly-available materials on the topic of Operations Research for Development. Also provides a venue for people who are working in the area to share their completed or in-process work.


Illustrated London News

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The Illustrated London News Historical Archive gives students and researchers unprecedented online access to the entire run of the ILN from its first publication on 14 May 1842 to its last in 2003. Each page has been digitally reproduced in full colour and every article and caption is full-text searchable with hit-term highlighting and links to corresponding illustrations. Facsimiles of articles and illustrations can be viewed, printed and saved either individually or in the context of the page in which they appear. Wherever possible Special Numbers covering special events such as coronations or royal funerals have been included.


Access information: Available via on and off campus from LexisLibrary. Select the ‘Source’ tab and select title from the A-Z list. Also available on campus and via the VPN from Factiva: Cookies must be enabled on your browser. Click on Source and select title from A-Z list or search for title.
Description: Full text of newspaper articles. Available on day of publication. Some articles by freelancers, some features and some supplements may not be available. Click on info icon beside titles on LexisLibrary or Factiva for more information.
Coverage: LexisLibrary: Independent: 19th September 1988, Sunday Independent: From 28th January 1990.
  Factiva: Independent: 1st June 1988- present (Abstracts from 1st Jun 1988 to 29th Jun 1998. Selected coverage from 1st Jun 1998 to 28th Jan 1997). Sunday Independent: From 29th October 2006.
Additional information: For more information on finding newspaper articles see the Library's guide:  Newspaper content


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Description: A comprehensive archive of the European literature on all aspects of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Coverage: From 1906 to current. Over 5000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews.  Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.  Updated monthly.


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Description: A service of the Universitatsbibliothek Tubingen, the Index Theologicus (IxTheo) indexes more than 600 theological periodicals, Festschriften and congress publications. There is approximately 60% duplication with ATLA, but this index covers European journals not indexed elsewhere.


Index to Medieval Art

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Description: The Index of Medieval Art houses, contextualizes, and presents images and information relating to the iconographic traditions of the medieval world. Originally called the Princeton Index of Christian Art, reflecting its beginnings as a focused resource for the study of early Christian art, the Index now sets its parameters more broadly, including works from multiple medieval faith traditions as well as secular imagery.



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Description: Online index to art periodicals that were published in the United States during the 19th century. The database includes nearly 27,000 records.


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Description: Use IPM to find individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions. With over 425,000 records available for searching, IPM provides detailed indexing across a range of categories, including collection, composer, editor, format, genre, language, librettist, publication year etc. It is also possible to search for titles of music collections, as well as individual compositions.



Informit Literature & Culture Collection

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Description: The Informit Literature & Culture Collection provides access to a range of publications covering Australia’s literary and cultural heritage. The database contains the best of new writing, thought and debate including essays, fiction, poetry and critical writing with over 74,000 full text records from 60 resources with back files from 1940


InfoTrac Newsstand

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InfoTrac Newsstand provides full-text access to more than 2,300 world national and regional newspapers. Includes information about the contents of other titles. Also, sources of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts are included.

The resource allows users to search articles by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields.




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Description: Records with abstracts of articles published, in more than 6,500 physics, computer science, electronics, electrical engineering, control engineering journals and conference proceedings. Published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Indexes arXiv content.
Coverage: 1896-present


INSPIRE High-Energy Physics Literature Database (formerly SPIRES)

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Description: Searchable, full-text repository containing more than 500,000 high-energy physics related articles, including journal papers, preprints, e-prints, technical reports and conference papers. Additional databases include HEP related institutions, researchers, conferences and experiment summaries. Email alerts or RSS feeds available.
Coverage: From 1930s onwards.
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Limited cited reference searching is possible but for a published paper also use Web of Science:


Access information: On campus access only. Currently, this resource is available on 3 PCs via in the Princess Dahkova Centre.
Description: Integrum offers the largest database of Russian sources: Federal and regional Russian press, TV channels, websites, libraries and databases as well as full texts of classical literature.


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Description: Citations to scholarly literature on Western art. Indexes 500 core journals, with an emphasis on specialist and rare titles not covered by other indexes, plus detailed coverage of monographs, essay collections, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogues. Approximately 60% of the content is aimed to be in languages other than English (primarily German, French, Italian and Spanish). The successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA).
Coverage: 1945 onwards.


International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance with Full Text

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Description: International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text is the definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts. This database was initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research, and since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College has published 14 volumes of the IBTD. These volumes comprise a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text contains more than 490 full-text titles, including more than 170 full-text journals, and more than 360 full-text books & monographs.


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Description: This authoritative online database of Shakespeare-related content in film, television, radio and video recordings is international in scope, is regularly updated and currently holds nearly 8,000 records dating from the 1890s to the present day.


International Index to Film Periodicals

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Description: International Index to Music Periodicals Full-Text (IIMP) is a music journal resource, covering the scholarly to the popular, with more than half a million indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text.
Coverage: 1874 to the present.


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Description: Indexes and abstracts of the contents of more than 260 international periodicals on the entertainment industry. Full text for more than 100 of them. Approx. 500,000 records on subjects including dance, drama, theatre, film and television.
Coverage: early 1900s onwards. Abstracts from 1998.


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Description: Covers articles published in journals and in miscellany volumes. All subjects relating to the Middle Ages are included, within the date range 300-1500 AD. Geographical areas covered are Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.


Access information: Free access on and off-campus from Flickr
Description: Photos and drawings sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation.
Coverage: Copyright free on the basis image sources are from 1500s to 1922.


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

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The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), based at the University of Michigan, is an international consortium of 750 academic institutions and research organizations.  ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioural sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

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A comprehensive research tool for international trade and investment law.  It includes decisions and awards for investment-treaty claims cases, arbitration rules, and investment and trade treaties and agreements.  Through its research tools, including article, jurisprudence and publication citators, ISLG has mapped the world of investment treaty law by capturing the relationships between treaties, arbitral rules, cases and other key materials.



INVOLVE Libraries: public involvement in research

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Description: Publications and other literature on public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.
Additional information: INVOLVE is part of, and funded by, the National Institute for Health Research.



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Description: The documents in this collection include every exhibit released by the official investigations of the Iran-Contra Affair, including the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Tower Commission, the joint select Congressional committees, and the Independent Counsel. Iran-Contra focuses on the period from Fall 1983, when Congress first put limits on official U.S. assistance to the Contras, to the criminal indictments of Oliver North, Richard Secord, and Albert Hakim in Spring 1988.


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Description: The collection brings together a wealth of materials which trace U.S. policy toward Iraq prior to the Persian Gulf War, as well as U.S. government reactions to revelations about the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) scandal and the secret arming of Saddam Hussein's regime. The set also focuses on the economic issues at play in the U.S. relationship with Iraq. Documents are derived from virtually every federal agency involved in U.S.-Iraq policy and the BNL affair.


Irish Newspaper Archives

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Description: Irish Newspaper Archives contains electronic versions of Irish newspapers from the 1700's to current day.  Title list at



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Description: This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.


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Description: Among the longest-running Russian newspapers, Izvestiia was founded in March 1917 and during the Soviet period was the official organ of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Remarkable for its serious and balanced treatment of subject matter, Izvestiia has traditionally been a popular news source within intellectual and academic circles. The database platform offers the option to go to “All Sources” so that you can cross-search the content with the Pravda Digital Archive and other digital resources.
Coverage: 1917-2013
Note: Current issues can be accessed freely at