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Social Science - Online Databases


Academic Search Complete

Subject: Multidisplinary
Content : Full text to more than 8,000 periodicals, including more than 6,000 peer-reviewed journals, across a broad range of subject areas including the social sciences and the humanities

Short online tutorial on using this database

Annual Reviews

Subject: Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Physics, Medicine, Biology, Law, Politics, Environmental Science, Psychology
Content: Provides full text access to the Annual Reviews published in Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences. These publications are among the most highly cited in scientific literature as indexed by the Institute for Scientific Information's Journal Citation Report.

ASSIA - Applied Social Sciences Index And Abstracts

Subject: Social Sciences, Public Administration, Law, Politics, Media Studies
Content: An indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. It covers over 500 journals

Blackwell Reference Online

Subject: Social Science, Reference Material
Content: A collection of over 300 reference works in the humanities and social sciences


Business Source Complete

Subject: Business, Sociology, Law, Administration
Content: Full text access to over 3,500 journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, human resources, marketing, psychology and sociology

Short online tutorial on using this database

Census of Ireland 1901 and 1911

Subject: History, Sociology
Content: The census returns of 1901 and 1911 for all 32 counties in Ireland which is freely available through the National Archive.

Emerald ManagementXtra

Subject: Management, Business, Social Sciences
Content: Includes journals in management and library and information services journals, as well as engineering, applied science and technology journals.

Google Scholar

Subject: Multidisciplinary
Content: Google Scholar enables you to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. The service can be used to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.



Subject: Social Sciences
Content: A research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources. Consists of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.


Subject: History, Politics, Philosophy, Education, Social Sciences
Content: An archive of the full text of nearly 1,800 of the core research journals in the fields of humanities, social sciences and science. Current journal issues are not included.

LISA - Library and Information Science Abstracts

Subject: Librarianship, online information retrieval & information management
Content: Provides abstracts of over 440 periodicals from more than 68 countries and in more than 20 different languages designed for library professionals and other information specialists.

LISTA - Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

Subject: Librarianship, online information retrieval & information management
Content: Indexing and abstracts of more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s for some publications.

Making of Modern Law

Subject: Law
Content: Provides access to 10.6 million pages of legal history relating to American and British Commonwealth law between the years 1800 to 1926. . It allows full text searching of 22,000 works including casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches etc.

Project Muse

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Content: Covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science and gender studies, Project Muse offers over 500 full text titles from over 60 scholarly publishers.


Subject: Psychology
Content: Full text journal service providing articles from nearly 100 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and allied organisations. Coverage includes basic/experimental psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, education and school psychology, health psychology, organizational psychology, social psychology and social processes.



Subject: Psychology
Content: Nearly two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in the field of psychology. This database also allows seamless linking to the full text of articles contained in PsycArticles database.

Sage Journals Online

Subject: Humanities, Social Science, Science, Business, Technology and Medicine
Content: Full text of over 500 journals in the fields of business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine


Subject: Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Electronics, Social Science, Humanities
Content: The full text of more than 1,200 Elsevier Science journals in the life, physical, medical, technical, and social sciences.



Subject: Science, medicine, social sciences, arts & humanities
Content: Scopus is Elsevier's abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources with over 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers.

Social Services Abstracts

Subject: Social Sciences
Content: Summaries of journal articles on social work, human services, social welfare and social policy

Sociological Abstracts

Subject: Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
Content: Summaries of journal articles on social structure, inequality, social change, social problems

Taylor & Francis Online

Subject: Humanities, Social Sciences
Content: Full text of Taylor & Francis humanities and social science journals.

Web of Science

Subject: Multidisciplinary, Science, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
Content: A multi-disciplinary citation database covering over 10,000 of the world's highest impact research journals. It consists of the three databases: the Science Citation Index Expanded (1945-present), the Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present).). It also provides cited reference searching.


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