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Gateways and Portals | Bibliographic Databases | Organisations | Electronic Journals

Gateways and Portals

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Policy Action Network Site run by a US consortium of public policy organisations includes a directory of useful links, news releases from member organisations, and interviews with organisation leaders. Covers economic policy, civic participation, pensions, social security, healthcare, education and foreign affairs.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Bibliographic Databases

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ASSIA Bibliographic references with abstracts from English language journals in the applied social sciences. Access is password protected; please ask staff at the enquiry desk to log you in if you wish to use this resource.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Australian Public Affairs - Full Text (APA-FT) Australian Public Affairs - Full Text is an online collection of articles from more than 400 Australian journals indexed in APAIS, the Australian Public Affairs Information Service produced by the National Library of Australia. Subject coverage includes social science, education, current affairs, business, economics, humanities, health and law. Full text coverage is from 1995: index coverage from 1978.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
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Current Contents Connect Current Contents Connect is a multidisciplinary current awareness Web resource, providing access to complete bibliographic information of over 8,000 of the world's leading scholarly journals and more than 2,000 books. Offers facilities for limiting searching to disciplines, including social and behavioural sciences, life sciences, clinical medicine, agriculture,biology & environmental sciences, physical, chemical & earth sciences, engineering, computing and technology and arts and humanities.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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ESRC Society Today Economic and Social Research Council portal. The ESRC funds research in UK universities in Social Sciences. This portal provides news and funding opportunities, and a repository for publications about projects which have received funding.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective 1907-1984 is a bibliographic database that cites articles from English-language periodicals. Periodical coverage includes some of the best-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals. Content from H.W. Wilson’s International Index is also included.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Index New Zealand Index New Zealand (INNZ) indexes abstracts from over 300 New Zealand journals and newspapers. Coverage of most titles is from 1987 onwards and subjects include arts, humanities, social science and current affairs from New Zealand and the South Pacific.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Inside Web Current awareness database indexing 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings per year in the fields of science, technology and the social sciences. This resource is password protected. Please ask enquiry desk staff to enter the user id and password for you.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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International Bibliography of the Social Sciences Indexes information contained in more than 2,600 social science journals and 6,000 books each year covering the core disciplines of anthropology, political science, economics and sociology.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a unique perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room

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PAIS International

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Index to political, economic and social issues in current debate covering journal articles, research reports, books, conference papers and government documents worldwide from 1972.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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PolicyFile Indexes, abstracts and provides direct links to research reports on public policy issues produced by think tanks, university research programmes and research organisations in the US.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Public Agenda Online US nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organisation. Aims to help leaders better understand public attitudes and citizens better understand critical policy issues. For each topic, an Understanding the Issue section lays out the facts and policy alternatives, while the Public Opinion section offers a detailed profile of public thinking about the issue.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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SCOPUS Large interdisciplinary abstract and indexing database containing citations of journal articles going back to the 1960s. Mainly focused on science, it also covers 2,700 social science, psychology and economics titles.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Social Science Citation Index Indexes the academic journal literature from 1956, with facilities for citation searching.
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Social Sciences Full Text A cover-to-cover index to a broad range of international English-language periodicals on all aspects of the social sciences but especially strong on politics, economics and current affairs. Includes selective full text of articles from 1994.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Sociological Abstracts Abstracting database providing access to journal articles and dissertations in theoretical and applied sociology from 1963
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Web of Knowledge Gives access to the Social Science Citation Index covering the academic journal literature from 1956, Current Contents Connect and Journal Citation Reports.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Organisations

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Economic and Social Research Council The ESRC Society Today site is a portal which includes news articles, interviews and focus pieces that highlught the role of social science research in society. There is also access to full text of ESRC research findings, a directory of researchers and details of funding opportunities.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Mass Observation Online Surveys, interview notes, diaries, reports and photographs that describe in detail aspects of British life in the 1940s and 1950s. Topics covered include attitudes to war, the role of the United Nations, youth crime, radio listening, famous people, and household budgeting.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Electronic Journals

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Cairn Collection English Interface A special interface enabling internet users to browse and easily find high quality content from peer reviewed academic journals from France and Belgium without the need to be able to speak French. The collection includes journals in the fields of history, literature and linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science, education, law and economics.  The titles of the journals are in French with the content and the search interface in English. An English Language tutorial is available.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Cairn Collection French Interface Collection of high quality, full text peer reviewed academic journals from France and Belgium. The collection includes journals in the fields of history, literature and linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science, education, law and economics. Text and search interface in French. An English Language tutorial is available.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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MagPortal.com Helps you find individual magazine articles on the web. You can browse by topic or use the search engine.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Persee: le portail de revues scientifiques en sciences humaines et sociales

Persee is a portal to entire back runs of French language social and human sciences journals. It was launched in 2004 by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research. Subject areas covered include Anthropology, law, politics; history, sociology and geography. It includes the full text of the Revue française de science politique from 1951 to 5 years behind the current date. Free access is guaranteed to back issues only. Most titles operate on a rolling wall basis with new articles being added annually but always remaining 3-5 years behind the current date. All articles are in French only.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

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The Qualitative Report This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Revues.org Freely accessible collection of French language journals in the humanities and social sciences, with a strong focus on history and area studies.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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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
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SciELO Social Sciences English Site contains the principal social science journals of Latin America translated into English.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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World Policy Journal This site is freely available on the Internet.
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