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Electronic databases - title list S: Available in the Library's Reading Rooms

The electronic databases available in the British Library's London Reading Rooms cover business and intellectual property, the humanities (including rare books and music), manuscripts, maps, science, social science and official publications, newspapers and our Asia, Pacific & Africa Collections.

Owing to licensing restrictions, these resources can only be accessed from British Library workstations within our Reading Rooms and Business & IP Centre.

Except where indicated, titles are available in all the Library's London Reading Rooms.

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Sabinet Sabinet is a collection of over one hundred South African journals, covering the social sciences, arts and humanities, and law. Full text is provided for most entries.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
SciELO Social Sciences English Site contains the principal social science journals of Latin America translated into English. Online resource
Science Citation Index
(Web of Knowledge)
Multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the sciences. It indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals. See Web of Science.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Science.Gov Science.gov is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
SCIPIO International union catalogue listing sale catalogues held in libraries world-wide, but with a strong American emphasis. The sale catalogues described relate primarily to sales of books and art works at auction throughout Europe and North America from the late 16th century to the present day.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Scirus Scirus is a comprehensive science-specific Internet search engine, searching over 450 million science-specific Web pages, Coverage includes scientific, scholarly, technical and medical data such as ArXiv.org, Biomed Central, NASA and Science Direct.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Scoop!
The people behind the news headlines
An online biographical dictionary of British or Irish journalists who died between 1800 and 1960. Also included are a small number of journalists who, although not born in Britain or Ireland, spent a significant proportion of their career in the British Isles.
Online resource
SCOPUS
1966 to the present
Broad based coverage of scientific, technical, medical and social sciences (including arts and humanities) literature drawn from over 14,000 peer-reviewed journals. Online resource
Scotland On Sunday 1993 -
See Scotsman.
The Scotsman 1998 -

Full text of the Scottish daily newspaper. Also includes its sister paper, Scotland on Sunday.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.

The Scotsman 1817 - 1950 Offers full facsimile page and article images with word searchable text back to the first issue of The Scotsman (1817-1950). Part of Pro Quest Historical Newspapers.

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

Includes some 60 volumes from 47 poets, together with critical and biographical essays.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Screen and Stage Online This unique collection of Russian theater and film periodicals, which also includes material on other forms of entertainment (cabaret theater, circus) and mass culture in pre-revolutionary Russia consists of various types of material ranging from sophisticated journals to cheaply produced magazines published in the last three decades of the Tsarist regime.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
SearchMuze Accesses well over 615,000 available and deleted recordings held on the Muze MusicMaster, Video, Soundtracks and Spoken Word Databases.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Seismological Bulletin of Israel 1900-1995 Record of the position and magnitude of earthquakes in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Maps Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.

CD-ROM resource

Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law Primary sources from c1200, contemporary commentary and legal historical scholarship. Includes Selden Society & Ames Foundation publications, Year Books, editions from Rolls series, important abridgments, digests and classic works.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Sidereus Nuncius Sidereus Nuncius by Galileo Galilei printed in Venice, 1610. Warnock Library copy.
NB: CD-ROM available from the Rare Books Reference Enquiry Desk for use on a standalone terminal only.
For help with this resource
: see staff at the Rare Books Reference Enquiry Desk.
CD-ROM resource
Silk Road Seattle Silk Road Seattle is an ongoing public education project using the "Silk Road" theme to explore cultural interaction across Eurasia from the beginning of the Common Era (A. D.) to the Seventeenth Century. This web site provides Internet materials for learning and teaching about the Silk Road.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007 Digital facsimiles of printed and manuscript materials relevant to trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition. Materials relating to slavery today, desegregation and social justice are included. The facsimile documents are presented alongside contextual essays contributed by leading academics in the field.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
MARCH, 2014
The largest and most ambitious project of its kind, this collection is devoted to the scholarly study and understanding of slavery from a multinational perspective. An unprecedented collection developed under the guidance of a board of scholars, it offers never before available research opportunities and endless teaching possibilities.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Slovak Bibliography Used to check bibliographical details of Slovak monographs published between 1989 and 1994: includes seminar and congress proceedings, fesschrifts, radio plays (published by Radio Slovakia), and doctoral theses.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

CD-ROM resource

Social Policy Digest The Digest provides you with up-to-date listings of policy developments, practice changes, research reports and publications in the whole range of social policy areas, together with hyperlinks to the original documents (and often to comment and press coverage too). The archive of material, dating back to 2002, now contains well over 22,000 items. The Digest is organised into 24 main subject areas, and within each of those by individual topic. The entries on each topic page will be listed in date order, with the most recent first.  Material more than 12 months old is held in the Archive section and organised by calendar year.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Social Policy and Practice

Database Guide (PDF)
This is a bibliographic database covering social policy, social care, public health, housing, homelessness, community development and regeneration, crime, law and order, children, families and older people. Material is mainly from the UK with some references from the USA and Europe. The database is oriented towards applied research, policy and practice and so complements theoretical sources. References are from 1890 to date, with the majority being from the 1980s onwards.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Social Sciences Citation Index
(Web of Knowledge)
Multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the social sciences. It indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Social Sciences Full Text A cover-to-cover index to a broad range of international English-language periodicals from 1983 onwards on all aspects of the social sciences but especially strong on politics, economics and current affairs. Includes selective full text of articles from 1994.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Social Services Abstracts
1980 to present
Provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,406 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Sociological Abstracts
1963 to present

Database Guide (PDF)
Contains information from approximately 2500 journals in 30 different languages from about 55 countries. It covers sociology and related disciplines by including bibliographic citations and abstracts and enhanced dissertation citations from Dissertation Abstracts International.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

South Ossetia Presidental Election, 2012 Ephemera and official documents related to the 2012 presidential election in South Osetia, cross searchable with other Slavic e-content from East View.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science, Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
The South Wales Echo
2002 onwards available in NewsBank
Full text of articles from the Welsh regional daily newspaper published in Cardiff.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
South and Southeast Asian Literature Searchable collection of fiction and poetry written in English by authors from South and Southeast Asia, focusing on works composed during the late-colonial and postcolonial eras.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Southeast Asia in the Ming Reign Chronicles (14th-17th Centuries) Southeast Asia in the Ming Reign Chronicles (14th-17th Centuries): "An English-language translation of Ming shi-lu references to Southeast Asia by Geoff Wade, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore".
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Soviet Cinema Online. Archival Documents from RGALI, 1923-1935 The documents in this collection cover the period when state monopoly control over the Soviet cinema industry - production, distribution and exhibition - was being established and this is why they cover a number of different organizations and institutions.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Soviet Cinema Online: Periodicals and Newspapers, 1918-1942 The collection includes Soviet film magazines and newspapers from the 1920s and 1930s, reflecting the most interesting and fertile period in the history of Russian Film.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Sovetskaia Kul’tura Digital Archive Kul’tura (Culture) is an important Russian current weekly newspaper, best known under its previous title  Sovetskaia kul’tura (1953-1991). It started in 1929 and was published under the titles Rabochii i iskusstvo (1929-1930), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1931-1941), Literatura i iskusstvo (1942-1944), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1944-1952). Online resource
Soviewer - Soviet Map Viewer Application for searching and viewing Soviet topographic map series. Produced primarily in the 1960s, various scales and geographic coverage are available.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
CD-ROM resource
Spanish Bibliography 15th Century - Lists over 1 million items in Spanish from the collections of over 200 leading North American libraries. The bibliography includes titles from classical and modern literature, scholarly publications, conference proceedings, legal publications, reference books and periodicals. For editions after the 4th (2004), consult WorldCat, which integrated RLG Union Catalog records in 2007.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

CD-ROM resource

Spectator
2001- Present
Full text of the weekly paper, providing world and local news, opinion and commentary.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
SPORTDiscus
1830 to present
Contains information on sports medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, training techniques, coaching, physical education, physical fitness etc.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.

Online resource

SpringerLink For researchers in biomedicine, life science, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, humanities, economics and much more.
NEW: Access over 2,000 scientific e-books from Springer's Biomedical and Life Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences collections via SpringerLink. Covers all English language e-Books, e-Book series and e-Reference works published between 2005-present.
Online resource
Stalin Digital Archive The SDA is an electronic database of finding aids, digitised documents and images from the recently declassified Stalin archive in the holdings of Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI). Digital versions of Yale’s Annals of Communism series supplement the RGASPI collection with additional scholarly commentary on selected documents concerning the history of Soviet and international communism from Russian state archives spanning the 75-year history of the USSR.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
State Papers Online. Part I: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic A collection of English government documents originating from the sixteenth century – when the King or Queen acted as Prime Minister as well as Monarch. The papers feature the office archives and correspondence of the secretaries of state serving the Monarch as facsimile manuscript documents accessed directly or via the fully searchable Calendar entries (abstracts or transcriptions). This collection contains information on every facet of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering.  Offers the ability to cross search the Calendars and access the documents directly from their individual Calendar entries. By overcoming the difficulty of matching an individual Calendar entry to the original facsimile document, State Papers Online, 1509–1714 marks a huge advance for historians in all disciplines, both as a research tool and as a teaching resource.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
State Papers Online. Part II, The Tudors, 1509-1603: State papers foreign The office archives & correspondence of secretaries of state relating to foreign affairs from 1509-1714 as facsimile manuscript documents accessed directly or via the fully searchable Calendar entries (abstracts or transcriptions).
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
State Papers Online. Part III. The Stuarts and Commonwealth, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic Documenting one of the most compelling and turbulent eras in Britain’s social, political and religious history, the era’s internal struggles come to life through a wealth of primary source documents including royal and diplomatic correspondence, reports and parliamentary drafts from civil servants and provincial administrators.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
State Papers Online. Part IV: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland; and Registers of the Privy Council Contains volumes of State Papers from, to and about all the countries of Europe. Charts international affairs through the 17th century – one of the most turbulent periods of transition and unrest in British and European history. All the great international themes of the 17th century play out in document after document: marriage alliances, revolutions, wars and treaties, trade and commerce and, crucially, religion.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
State Papers Online 18th Century, 1714-1782, Part 1: State papers Domestic, Military, Naval and Registers of the Privy Council Covering the reigns of the Hanover rulers George I (1714-1727), George II (1727-1760) and part of the reign of George III (up to 1782), the series provides unparalleled access to thousands of manuscripts that reveal the behind the scenes, day to day running of government during the eighteenth century. This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
The Statesman's Yearbook online Provides current political, social and economic information about all the nation states of the world.
NB: In order to satisfy the conditions of use laid down by the publisher, you must read the licence agreement available here before using the database.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Social Science or Maps Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Statute Law Contains complete current statutes of the UK from 1235 - 2003. With cross-references between amending and amended legislation. Includes all Acts still in force, as enacted.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Social Sciences Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.

CD-ROM resource

Statutes of the Realm Statutes from 1235 (Statute of Merton) to 1713, in English, Latin and Norman French with translation. Published between 1810 and 1825 following an officially commissioned examination of extant sources and public records.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Street Atlas USA Street atlas covering the entire USA from Delorme Mapping Co.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Maps Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.
CD-ROM resource
StreetExpress version 4.0 [Perth] Street maps of Perth, Western Australia.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Maps Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.

CD-ROM resource

StreetSmart Touring Maps - Western Australia Maps of Western Australia.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Maps Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.

CD-ROM resource

Studies on Asia Studies on Asia is an electronic journal sponsored by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs and published by the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University. Studies on Asia publishes on all aspects of Asia, past and present, including translations, poetry, prose, and pedagogy.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Sun 1996 - Full text of articles from the Sun, the UK national daily tabloid newspaper published in London. Second highest circulation newspaper in the UK.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
The Sunday Herald (Glasgow)
2000 -
See Herald.
The Sunday Mail
2000 onwards available in NewsBank
Full text of articles from the Scottish Sunday tabloid published in Glasgow.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Sunday Mercury (Birmingham)
26 Nov 2000 -
Full text of articles from the Sunday Mercury, regional Sunday newspaper published in Birmingham.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
The Sunday Mirror 1992 -
The Sunday Telegraph 1991 -
The Sunday Times
Available from NewsBank 1985 -
Full text of the national newspaper.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Swiss Map 100 Topographic 1:100,000 and 1:1,000,000 scale mapping of Switzerland.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Maps Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.

CD-ROM resource

The Sydney Morning Herald
1992, 1993 , 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Available from Fairfax Digital Editions from 2006 onwards

Good Weekend
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Full text of the Australian daily newspaper (published in Sydney).
From April 2007, the CD-ROM is replaced by an online version which provides a full digital facsimile edition of the printed newspaper.



For the Fairfax Digital Edition, please click the 'Existing subscribers: Click here for direct access' button.

 

Good Weekend is the Saturday magazine supplement to the Sydney Morning Herald.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.