SSPSSR 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.

Databases for SSPSSR

IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) Coverage starts in 1951 and has a UK and European bias. The core disciplines indexed are economics, sociology, politics and anthropology. IBSS provides access to full text from JSTOR where available.
British Education Index Coverage from 1975 onwards
Anthropological Index Based on the journal holdings of the Anthropology Library at the British Museum (Museum of Mankind), this covers journal literature from around the world from the late 1950s to the present.
Criminal Justice Abstracts Covers journals, books, reports, etc, on criminology and related disciplines.
PsycINFO Index to psychological literature from 1806 to the present. You can download a pdf guide to using PsycINFO.
ERIC Index to literature about education and educational policy. Mainly US.
CINAHL Complete (from EBSCOhost) - on trial until 28 February 2015 Database of nursing and allied health literature, including full text dating back to 1937

General databases

Social Science Citation Index Online, available via Web of Science Indexes over 8,000 journals across all subjects and starts coverage in 1970. Web of Science is a citation index as well as a bibliographic index.
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 Current awareness service from the British Library. The service 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 are also available (see Zetoc alert).


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Last Updated: 13/11/2014