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Key Databases

If you're looking for journal articles, these are some of the key databases you'll need. You can see the full list of databases in our [Subject] Journal Database page.

  • JSTOR  
    Includes 1,500+ leading academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences,
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts  Icon
    This database abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. The database includes journal articles, book reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers. You may not have online access to everything you find in the database.
  • MLA International Bibliography  Icon
    This database includes information about scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics. The electronic version includes the Bibliography's entire print run and currently contains more than 2 million records. Not all records have full text available online.
  • Nexis (R) UK  
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    Full text access to newspapers and current affairs publications from all over the world, including the Financial Times. Articles from 1970s to current. IMPORTANT: includes low quality newspapers, so we recommend you search specific publications (see help guide). Also includes company profiles, industry news, country reports, biographies and legal cases.
  • Persee  Icon
    Persée is a French collection of scientific journals in the field of the humanities. Not all of its content is available freely online.
  • Project Muse
    Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content. It includes ebooks and journals.
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index  Icon
    A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index  Icon  Icon
  • Web of Science  Icon  Icon
    Previously called the Web of Knowledge. Provides access to including Web of Science Core Collection (covering engineering, science, health, social science, humanities, etc.), BIOSIS (biological & biomedical science) and Inspec (physics, computing, electrical & electronic engineering, etc.). Select 'All Databases’ to search multiple databases simultaneously or choose an individual database.
  • Zetoc Alert  Icon
    Zetoc Alert is a current awareness service. You can use it to receive emails each time new data is loaded into Zetoc that matches the criteria you select. Set up Alerts for the tables of contents of specific journals, or for keywords in article titles and author names.



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