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Databases W

Databases beginning with the letter W.

Wall Street Journal

Access information: Available on campus and via the VPN through Factiva. Cookies must be enabled on your browser. Click on Source and select Wall Street Journal from A-Z list.  ProQuest access is available on or off campus.
Description: Full text of US daily business newspaper. Available online on day of publication. Various editions available including European and Asian editions. Also includes images. Some articles by freelancers, some features and some supplements may not be available.
Coverage: From 13th June 1979. (Abstracts from 13 June 1979 to 1 January 1984. Selected coverage from 13 June 1979 to 1 January 1984) Saturday coverage: from 17th Sept 2005


WARC - World Advertising Research Center 

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Description: Services provide intelligence from more than 50 international sources including Admap, Advertising Association, IPA, Account Planning Group, Effie Worldwide, ESOMAR, Euromonitor and Futures Company/Yankelovic. In all areas of marketing communications the service has over 25,000 articles, case studies, research reports and summaries, best practice papers, practical guides, daily news and more.
Note: Userguide located at


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Available on campus and off campus via the VPN through Factiva - see link above for VPN access. Historical content available on and off campus via ProQuest.

Description: Full text of US newspaper available online on the day of publication. Some articles by freelancers, some features and some supplements may not be available.

Factiva: 1st Jan 1984-current.

ProQuest: 1877-2000.

Additional information: For more information on finding newspaper articles see newspaper entry.


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Coverage: 1800-1900.


Web of Science Core Collection

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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


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).


Publisher userguide

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)


Access information Available on and off campus.
Description 400 early printed works that trace the history and development of science and medicine from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and cover subjects from anatomy and botany to witchcraft and the occult
Coverage 15th - 17th century.


Access information: Open access
Description: Welsh Newspapers Online Beta currently lets you search and access over 630,000 pages from nearly 100 newspaper publications generally up to 1910 and will grow to over 1 million pages as more publications are added during 2014. This resource also includes newspaper content that has been digitised by The Welsh Experience of World War One project.


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Access on and off campus. Westlaw International can be accessed via the Region drop-down menu in the top left hand corner of the Westlaw homepage.

Description: Online legal research service delivering case law, legislation, journals, books, news & business information and current awareness. Scots law materials can be accessed through the More tab. Content includes Scottish Legislation, Cases, regulatory and guidance materials, journals and books. Covers EU law.
Note: Because of a platform change in August 2019, ALL users will be required to register/re-register  their University of Edinburgh email address.


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Description: The leading online fashion trend-analysis and research service providing creative and business intelligence for the apparel, style, design and retail industries. From the Menu choose "Design & Inspiration", “Product Categories” or “Market Intelligence.” Our subscription to WGSN also gives us access to homebuildlife, the industrial and interior design trends website within the WGSN Group of products. The link is available from the main menu “Our Products” section.


Who's Who and Who Was Who

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Who’s Who and Who Was Who  have been published since 1849, and contain biographical information about over 134,000 influential noteworthy and influential individuals worldwide. Approximately one thousand new entries are added every year.



Access information: Free access on and off-campus
Description: Wildpro®  includes an electronic Encyclopaedia and an electronic Library. The Encyclopaedia provides information on the natural history, health and management of captive and free-living wild animals, and emerging infectious diseases. The Library contains more than 200 full text documents ranging in size from single page factsheets or pamphlets to whole books.  This library is a huge resource for anyone with an interest in wildlife health and management or emerging infectious diseases. It brings together a wealth of information from a wide variety of sources. The documents are directly linked from the main Wildpro® Encyclopaedia where relevant.


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Description: A collection of over 22,000 e-books and 1,600 e-journals.  Our titles are listed in DiscoverEd. Coverage across all subject areas.


Access Information:  Access on and off-campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description: Since 1890, the Windsor Star has been the biggest daily source telling the local stories of Windsor and Essex County from the vibrant community's unique border city perspective.
Coverage: 1893-2010.


Access: Access on and off campus. The library's subscription to this resource expires on 31 December 2021.
Description: Women and Social Movements, International provides an unparalleled survey of how women’s struggles against gender inequalities promoted their engagement with other issues across time and cultures. Backed by a global editorial board of 130 scholars, Women and Social Movements, International is a landmark collection of primary materials drawn from 300 repositories. Assembled and cross-searchable for the first time, these resources illuminate the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made. The collection lets researchers see how activism of the past shaped events and values that live on today, with deep insight into peace, human trafficking, poverty, child labor, literacy, and global inequality. More than 150,000 pages of primary source documents include a central core of 60,000 pages of the proceedings of more than 400 international women’s conferences.


Access: Access on and off campus. The library's subscription to this resource expires on 31 December 2021.
Description: Women and Social Movements in the United States,1600-2000 is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. women’s history generally and at the same time make those insights accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection currently includes 124 document projects and archives with more than 5,100 documents and 175,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,800 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.


Access: Access on and off campus. The library's subscription to this resource expires on 31 December 2021.
Description: As the agents of empire, women acted as missionaries, educators, healthcare professionals, and women’s rights advocates. As opponents of empire, women were part of nationalist, resistance, and reform movements, and served as conservators of culture. Through more than 70,000 pages of curated documents, plus new video and audio recordings, Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820 explores prominent themes related to conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices. This archival database includes documents related to the Habsburg, Ottoman, British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States empires, and to settler societies in the United States and South Africa. A large, innovative section focuses on the voices of Native Women in North  America.


Access: Access on and off campus. The library's subscription to this resource expires on 31 December 2021.
Description: This collection consists of two major sets of records. First, Records of the Women’s Bureau documents the Bureau as an investigative agency, a clearinghouse for proposed changes in working conditions, and a source of public information. Also included is a detailed study on the treatment of women by unions in Midwestern industrial centers, complete with background interviews; community studies on the influx of women to industrial centers; and subject files and correspondence on women’s work in war industries, including issues like equal pay and child care. Second, Women in the U.S. Military, Correspondence of the Director of the Women’s Army Corps, 1942-1946 documents the women who served in the Women’s Army Corps. Every topic of importance to the WAC is covered in the correspondence, with an emphasis on issues such as recruiting, personnel matters like discipline and conduct, education, gender roles and race.


Women's Magazine Archive I and II

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An archival research resource comprising the backfiles of leading women's interest consumer magazines published in North America. Issues are scanned in high-resolution colour and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period. Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Essence and Seventeen are just some of the titles included. Among the research fields served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture.


Women's Studies Manuscript Collection from the Schlesinger Library: Voting Rights, National Politics and Reproductive Rights

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Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.


Three series of collections cover voting rights, national politics and reproductive rights. The voting rights papers include documentation of national, regional and local leaders. Collections on reproductive rights are the Schlesinger Library Family Planning Oral History Project, and the papers of Mary Ware Dennett and the Voluntary Parenthood League.


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Description: The First World War had a revolutionary and permanent impact on the personal, social and professional lives of all women. Their essential contribution to the war in Europe is fully documented in this collection of primary source materials sourced from the Imperial War Museum, London. These unique documents — charity and international relief reports, pamphlets, photographs and press cuttings — are published here for the first time in fully searchable form, along with interpretative essays from leading scholars. Together these documents form a resource for the study of 20th century social, political, military and gender history.
Coverage: 1914-1918.


Access: Access on and off campus. The library's subscription to this resource expires on 31 December 2021.
Description: Previously unavailable in digital form, the entire archive of Women’s Wear Daily and its supplements opens up new opportunities for research. This authoritative record of how the fashion industry developed provides valuable primary source material across the disciplines of fashion, business and history. Users can explore every page of every issue since 1910 in high resolution and full colour with searchable text.


Access: Access on and off campus. The library's subscription to this resource expires on 31 December 2021.
Description: This module consists of a wide range of collections documenting the American workers and labor unions in the 20th century, with a special emphasis on the interaction between workers and the U.S. federal government. The collection opens with Strike Files of the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as records on U.S. government surveillance of radical workers. Materials in this collection provide a view into the evolving policies of intervention in labor disputes and documentation on the major strikes between 1894-1920, as well as a window into the daily operations of private industry during a time of radical social change. Other topics covered include labor struggles by copper miners, deportation of workers and the tumultuous situation among workers in the Chicago meat-packing industry. The government surveillance files consist of U.S. Military Intelligence Reports on radicals from 1917-1941 and Department of Justice investigations of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the Communist Party, and the use of military force by the federal government in domestic disturbances between 1900 and 1938. There is coverage on anarchist, socialist, social democratic, and libertarian groups, unemployment relief in the 1930s, farm tenancy, labor strife during World War II, and more.


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Description: For global economic policies. Using Documents & Reports (previously known as World Development Sources (WDS)) search and a browse the full-text of 27,000 World Bank publications:
  Analytic & Advisory (in-depth background, strategic priorities, and direction for lending activities).
  Project Documents (loan documents released to the public according to the project cycle; Publications & Research (Formal publications, working papers & informal series from departments around the Bank).
  The Data & Research section provides access to statistics and research output, including: research briefs, policy research reports, World Bank economic classification of countries, Global Economic Prospects online.


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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.


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Description: The World Christian Database provides comprehensive statistical information on world religions, Christian denominations, and people groups.
  Extensive data are available on 9,000 Christian denominations, 13,000 ethnolinguistic peoples, as well as data on 5,000 cities, 3,000 provinces and 234 countries. Information is readily available on religious activities, growth rates, religious literature, worker activity, and demographic statistics.
  Additional secular data is incorporated on population, health, education, and communications.


World Health Organization (WHO) Institutional Repository (IRIS)

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Description: Search the entire collection of WHO publications. Access to online publications in full where available.
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WHO's Regional Offices' web pages have links to full-text of their publications, their library services and information listed under health topics:


Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

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Description: This database provides abstracts and indexing of the international literature of political science and international relations, along with complementary fields, including international law and public administration/policy. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500+ serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers.


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The World Religion Database (WRD) contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It provides source material, including censuses and surveys, as well as best estimates for every religion to offer a definitive picture of international religious demography. 

It offers best estimates at multiple dates for each of the world's religions for the period 1900 to 2050.



Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.

Records from military attaché and diplomatic and consular personnel describe the political situation in European countries at the outbreak of the war. They cover the financial position of the warring countries and examine the technological innovations of World War I, particularly in air and naval warfare. This formerly confidential correspondence also includes a wide range of other wartime issues.


World War I: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces, and Diplomacy in the World War I Era

Access information: Access on and off campus. The library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description: This resource offers extensive documentation on the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during World War I as well as materials on U.S. intelligence operations and the post-war peace process. AEF documents consist of correspondence, cablegrams, operations reports, statistical strength reports and summaries of intelligence detailing troop movements and operations of Allied and enemy forces. The vast majority of the AEF documents date from April 26, 1917 - July 2, 1919.
Coverage: 1915-1927.


Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.

President Roosevelt’s files reveal the innermost workings of military planning during World War II. Firsthand accounts cover the internment of Japanese civilians. Primary sources from soldiers in the D-Day invasion deliver valuable context. Documentation on civilians in Europe focus on Jewish refugees. Other collections include FBI files on Tokyo Rose, Manhattan Project and more.