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Finding journal articles
Databases help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your essays or research. Some services find data on specific disciplines or subject areas, others index only certain types of publications.
Databases usually give you the reference only, but many work with the 360 Link service to provide links to the full text where this is available at Kent.
Below is a selection of the most useful databases for Politics and International Relations.
Databases for Politics and International Relations
|International Political Science Abstracts||An index to over 900 journals in political science with coverage starting in 1975. A print version going back to 1951 is available at JA1.I6 on Level 3 West.|
|Historical Abstracts||Although this is primarily of interest to historians, one part of the index covers 1914 to the present day. Links to full text articles in JSTOR and Project Muse are also provided where they are available. Please note that this does not include North American topics.|
|European Integration Current Contents||Based at Harvard University with coverage from 1998 onwards|
|IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences)||This indexes about 3,300 journals and 6,000 book chapters annually. The coverage starts in 1951and has a UK and European bias lacking in many US based sources. The core disciplines indexed are economics, sociology, politics and anthropology.|
|America: History and Life||Index to literature from 1964 onwards covering the history and culture of North America|
Useful general databases
|Web of Science||Despite its name, this indexes over 8,000 journals from all subjects published from 1970 onwards. It also gives citation data.|
|Zetoc||Mainly a current awareness service from data provided by the British Library. It includes searchable details of 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings covering all subject areas from 1993 onwards.
Personal current awareness services based on table of contents information from individually selected journal titles or selected keywords are also available from Zetoc Alert and Zetoc RSS.
FAQs: how do I use...
Indexing databases list what is available globally, and not all items may be available at Kent. If an item you want to see does not have a link to the full text, search for the item via the Library catalogue (choose 'Journal search') or the journals database.
If the item is not available at Kent, the document delivery service may be able to get it for you from another library.
360 Link works only with journals. It provides a button which searches the Library's e-journals subscriptions and offers a link (or links) to the relevant journal if you have online access to it. If direct links to articles or issues are available, these are offered on the 360 Link options page.