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Databases beginning with the letter R.



Race Relations Abstracts

Access information: Available on and off campus
Description: Race Relations Abstracts covers the social, political and economic relations between races and ethnicities, including ethnic studies, discrimination and immigration studies. This indexing database contains more than 49,500 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as : Race & Class, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Social Issues, with coverage from 1975.



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Description: Chemical reaction, structure and property data for organic and inorganic compounds. Also bibliographic data. Search by chemical structures and reactions as well as text. Contains the information from Gmelin and Beilstein.
Coverage: 1771 to date.

Access information: Freely available
Description: Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal. Specialises in science and technology, open access, research journals. Includes peer reviewed titles, published by more than 500 institutions from twenty two Ibero-American countries. 


Religion Index

See entry for ATLA Religion Database.


Access information: Access on and off campus via Brill Reference Online.
Description: Religion Past and Present (RPP) Online is the online version of the updated English translation of the 4th edition of Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (RGG) which aims to be the definitive encyclopedia of subjects connected with religion.


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Description: Research Professional allows you to search for and receive news and updates about research funding opportunities. By joining one or more workgroups listed under the 'Directory' bar to your right, you will be able to access ready-made resources relevant to your field of research.


Research to Publication 

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Access on and off campus. Users should register for the first time either from an on-campus computer or with the UoE Virtual Private Network (VPN) switched on – after this you can access the information remotely with your user name and password. If you have previously used a BMJ Product you may need to log in with your existing user name and password, on campus or with VPN, to refresh the account. If you cannot remember your password please click the forgotten password link on the website.


Research to Publication is an eLearning programme for early career academics in healthcare research brought to you by BMJ in collaboration with UCSF.

This programme offers a comprehensive set of stand-alone, self-study modules that lets learners choose what to study, and do so at their own pace. Focused entirely on medical research, Research to Publication draws on the expertise of The BMJ's research editors and UCSF's academics to guide learners through the entire process from designing a study, to seeing it published in an international journal.

The courses and modules in this programme are designed to stand alone however we strongly recommend that students taking the following three courses - Designing clinical research; Introduction to clinical trials; and Responsible conduct of research. The textbook Designing Clinical Research is recommended alongside Research to Publication, as this provides an extra level of detail students will find useful.

Download the Research to Publication User Guide.


Access information: Free access on and off-campus.
Description: Established with funding from the Scottish Executive, and being developed as a tool for the informed social work professional. Aims to provide a sound knowledge base for practitioners in social work and social care practice and policy.


RILM (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale) Abstracts

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The Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale publishes an ongoing database of musicological bibliography. The database is commonly referred to as RILM Abstracts of Music Literature or RILM. An international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines, RILM contains over 140 languages, is classified by topic, and includes original-language titles; title translations in English; full bibliographic information; abstracts in English; author, subject, and periodical indexes.

Note: As of 1st September 2017 this subscription has reverted back to RILM Abstracts - ie no full text

Rock's Backpages

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Rock's Backpages is the world’s most comprehensive online database of music writing and journalism, sourced from the pages of the music and mainstream press, it is a library of primary source, full text articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from the early 1950s to the present day.

There are over 30,000 on the site as of May 2016, with over 50 new articles added weekly. These feature over four thousand artists and range from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features, and over 500 previously unpublished, audio interviews with major music artists.

A list of publications can be found at

Coverage: From the late 1950s to the present day.  The library is added to weekly, with at least 50 text articles and one new audio interview.


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Description: Fully searchable online edition of the classic 10-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy with new content added regularly.


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Description: This is Russia's largest reference site, with a unique collection of best Russian encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference titles and data on a wide range of subjects. The search interface can be switched between Russian and English, but the contents are in Russian only.



Access information: Access on campus. To access RUDI you require a username and password.
Description: RUDI is a website providing an electronic library of essential information on urban design. RUDI allows full access to over 5,000 text pages and 9,000 images of reference material. RUDI offers users - latest news, including tenders, awards, events and competitions; examples of good practice and design guides ; feature length articles; the latest policy papers; classic out-of-print texts.


Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies

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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.


Ruth Fulton Benedict Papers

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Description: Ruth Fulton Benedict was one of the first women to make major contributions to the study of anthropology and also helped to popularise the subject for wider audiences. A student of Franz Boas, she later became colleagues and close friends with Margaret Mead. Benedict publisher her major work, Patterns of Culture, in 1934, a comparative work that integrated her own work and others. The Ruth Fulton Benedict Papers give access to approximately 8,000 pages from the Benedict archive (held at the Vassar College Archive) and include notes from various field expeditions, including trips with the Pima, Serrano and Zuni throughout the 1930s.