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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 - Access problem reported 3/2/20

Access information: Access on and off campus.
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 Historical content available on and off campus via ProQuest.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.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
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)


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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 21,000 e-books and 1,400 e-journals.  Our titles are listed in DiscoverEd. Coverage across all subject areas.


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.


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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.


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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)

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
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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Description: 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.