Information Services

Social Sciences

Useful resources for Social Sciences.

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Updated monthly, ASSIA provides a comprehensive source of social science and health information for the practical and academic professional. It contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.

Detailed information about ASSIA

Coverage: 1987-present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users:  The Knowledge Network

 

Box of Broadcasts

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: BoB (Box of Broadcasts) enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions.

 

Census Data Support Unit: Census Flow Data

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: Census flow data (also known as interaction data) relate to flows of people between places, both origins and destinations.
Coverage: Migration and commuting data from the 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011census data.
Additional Information

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

 

 

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, 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.

Userguide: http://proquest.libguides.com/IBSS

 

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

Access information: Access on and off campus. For off campus access please use the University VPN - Access to the University network via the VPN.
Description:

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.

 

Media Education Foundation (MEF) digital films service

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: 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 and off campus.
Description:

Subscribed resources available via the iLibrary include the OECD/IEA Energy iLibrary, OECD Observer and OECD Economic Surveys.

The iLibrary also 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.

Alternative source:

Not all content is subscribed to. An alternative source is the UK Data Service's UKDS.Stat service.

Access to full content available from the National Library of Scotland. Registration required. Please note your main address must be in Scotland

 

Periodicals Archive Online via ProQuest

Periodicals Archive Online via Journal Archives

Access information: Access on and off-campus. The Library's ProQuest subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021 - NB applies to collections 6-10 only, collections 1-5 are purchased content.
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, and is divided into 10 collections:

  • Collection 1 contains 100 titles, such as: Sloan Management Review, History Today, Economic Studies and Music Journal.(P);
  • Collection 2 contains 100 titles, such as: Philosophy Today, RUSI, and Charities Review. (P);
  • Collection 3 contains 75 titles, such as: Harper's, Adolescence, American Jewish History. (P);
  • Collection 4 contains 75 titles, such as: Sight and Sound, Literature & History, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.(P);
  • Collection 5 contains 75 titles, such as: Asian Perspectives, Criticism, Journal of Individual Psychology.(P);
  • Collection 6 contains 75 titles, such as: Philosophical Topics, Europe, and Comparative Drama. (S)
  • Collection 7 contains 61 titles, such as: Spectator, Dickens Quarterly, Islamic Quarterly. (S)
  • Collection 8 contains 69 titles, such as: New Statesman, Universitas, Psychiatry. (S)
  • Collection 9. (S)
  • Collection 10 contains 65 titles, such as: Maclean's, Queen's Quarterly, New Left Review, and Signal. (S)

Periodical Archive Online is a mix of purchased content, marked (P) above and subscribed content, marked (S) above.

Coverage: From journal first issue up to 2000.

 

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.

 

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

PsycINFO via APA PsycNET

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.

Detailed information about PsycINFO

Coverage: Journal coverage, from 1806 to the present, includes international material selected from more than 2,400 journals written in over 29 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material from 1806 to the present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network
Note [28th Aug20]: May move from Ovid to APA website

 

Sociology Source Ultimate

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

This fulltext database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. Sociology Source Ultimate contains full text for more than 1000 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 1000 books and monographs, and full text for over 40,000 conference papers.  Sociology Source Ultimate features more than 26,000 author profiles covering the most cited and most influential authors in the database, who are experts in their field.

Coverage: 1908-present.  Coverage of topics ranges from gender identity, marriage and family, to demographics, political sociology, religion and socio-cultural anthropology.

 

UKBORDERS

Requires separate registration with the Census Registration Service.

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.

 

Access information: Available on and off-campus. Choose Login via UK federation. Also requires separate registration with UK Data Service
Description: The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC and delivered by the UK Data Service to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data. The UK Data Service provides access to over 7,000 digital data collections for research and teaching purposes covering an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, and spanning many disciplines and themes. Key data in our collection: UK surveys, Cross-national surveys, Longitudinal studies, Census data, International macrodata, Business microdata.
Coverage: 1971 - present

Additional information:

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

 

Very Short Introductions

Access information: Access on and off campus
Description:

Online version of Oxford University Presss Very Short Introductions series. Written by experts in the field they offer a bridge between reference content and higher academic work.

Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

Since the series was launched it has continued to offer new books each year for students and scholars, offering a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

Every month the newest Introductions are published online.

 

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.

Detailed information about Web of Science

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). 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).

Help:

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)