SSPSSR subject guide



Online subject resources

Most of the resources below are freely available on the internet. In addition, the Library subscribes to a vast range of online resources: see other pages within this guide for subscription databases and online reference works.

Social sciences resources

There are links to useful websites on the SSPSSR Resources page.

The following may also be of interest:

  • Alexander Street Video: cross search all videos from these collections from a single interface:
    • Filmakers Library Online
    • Theatre in Video
    • Ethnographic Video Online
    • Education in Video
  • American Sociological Association
  • ARK: open access Northern Ireland social attitudes surveys
  • Black Thought and Culture (from Alexander Street Press): contains 1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans
  • BoB - On Demand TV and Radio for Education (formerly Box of Broadcasts): allows you to view and record a vast number of TV and radio programmes, including films. To sign in, choose University of Kent from the list. You need to register the first time you use the service
  • British Sociological Association
  • Community Care Inform: online reference tool for professionals working with children, young people and their families. Click Sign in (top right) and choose Sign in via Shibboleth
  • UK Data Service: includes data from the Data Archive, the Institute for Social & Economic Research, the IMF databanks and much more.
  • Defining Gender, 1450-1910(from Adam Matthew): British source materials for the study of gender, leisure and consumer culture
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Education Abstracts: index covering areas related to educational administration, including leadership, management and research. Click Shibboleth Login, choose UK Higher Education, then click University of Kent.
  • Educational Administration Abstracts(H.W. Wilson): covers topics including adult education, multicultural/ethnic education, and teaching methods. Click Shibboleth Login, choose UK Higher Education, then click University of Kent.
  • ENDS Report: environmental intelligence for professionals, delivering news, analysis and reference across the carbon, environmental and sustainability agenda
    • to access: click Sign In
    • click register
    • enter your details in the form
    • you will receive an email to activate your account
    • use our registration guide (pdf) for more help
    • Once you've done this you can Sign In to ENDS Report as a registered user which will give you full access.
  • European Sociological Association
  • European Sources Online: documents published by and about the European Union. Includes official publications, reports, newspaper articles, etc.
  • History of Feminism (from Routledge Historical Resources): archive of primary and secondary resources covering the history of feminism 1776-1928, including books, chapters, journal articles, thematic essays, subject introductions and images
  • International Centre for Prison Studies
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation: housing, social care & policy
  • King's Fund: health policy research
  • Listener Archive: weekly BBC magazine, running 1929-1991 and covering reflections on politics, literature and the arts; this archive is the only way to access many early BBC broadcasts
  • Mass Observation Online: documentation of the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain, covering the period from 1937 until the early 1970s
  • National Centre for Social Research (UK)
  • Persée: gateway to free French online journals - all subject areas
  • Picture Post Historical Archive: complete archive of the Picture Post magazine from 1938-1957 - all digitized from originals in full colour
  • Revolution and Protest (from Alexander Street): covers protest movements, revolutions and civil wars from the 18th century to present. Includes video and images, as well as personal papers, government documents, journals, speeches and monographs
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • Sociology Compass: collection of full text review articles plus links to other resources for all areas of sociology
  • Socioweb
  • Studies in Imperialism (from Manchester Hive): over 150 e-books, edited and authored by leading figures in the field and published by Manchester University Press; covers topics in propaganda, social control and migration, power and identity
  • Visual Arts Data Service online images from major collections
  • Women's Magazine Archive (from ProQuest): archive of leading women’s interest consumer magazines, covering the late-19th century to 2005 and illustrating the events, trends and attitudes of this period
  • World Health Organisation

Data sources

Government and official websites

  • Directgov
  • Europa (EU official website)
  • U.K. Parliamentary Papers: we have access to the following collections: 18th century (1688-1834), 19th century (1801-1900), 20th century (1901-2003/04 session
  • Public Information Online (click Login through your Home Organisation (under Shibboleth, right column), type "Kent" in the search box and choose University of Kent, then login with your Kent IT account details): full-text, searchable source of all UK Parliamentary publications from the 2006/7 session onwards
  • United Nations


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Last Updated: 28/05/2019