Politics & IR subject guide



Finding journal articles

Databases help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your essays or research. Some services find material on specific disciplines or subject areas, others index only certain types of publications.

Databases usually give you the reference only, but most provide a 'Full text' button to link to the article if the University has a subscription.

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.
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.
Click Login (top right), then Other Institution login, then choose 'UK Access Management Federation' from the drop down list, then click University of Kent.
Large and important abstract and citation database covering scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature
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.

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Last Updated: 09/02/2015