SSPSSR subject guide



Finding journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to do a keyword search for your topic in LibrarySearch.

We also have a range of databases to help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your subject (they may not all be included in LibrarySearch).

Some databases only give you the reference, but most provide a 'Full text' button if we have a subscription to the article. All our databases are listed in the A-Z of e-resources.

Databases for SSPSSR

Database Description
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.
Social Policy and Practice (from Ovid) Database of over 350,000 records, from the 1980s onwards, covering public and social policy, public health, homelessness, housing, crime, law and order, families, children and older people; strong coverage of "grey" (ie not formally published) literature, eg reports, surveys and statistics
Alliance Magazine Online magazine on philanthropy and worldwide social investment
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.
British Education Index Coverage from 1975 onwards
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) Index of the top nursing and allied health literature, including journals, books and standards of practice
Criminal Justice Abstracts Covers journals, books, reports, etc, on criminology and related disciplines.
ERIC Index to literature about education and educational policy. Mainly US.
National Geographic Magazine Archive Online archive providing full text access as well as maps, images and advertisements from the renowned magazine from 1888 – 1994
Periodicals Archive Online (from ProQuest)


Access to the full runs of over 700 journals across key subject areas in the humanities and social sciences; the archive spans more than two centuries of content and multiple languages.
PsycINFO Index to psychological literature from 1806 to the present. You can download a pdf guide to using PsycINFO.

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: 07/08/2018