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General Databases for Politics, Languages & International Studies

Do you have an assignment? Are you able to find the best articles on your topic i.e. beyond those on your reading list? To find details of the relevant articles and conference papers from across thousands of journal titles, you will need to use the following databases (no single database covers all relevant literature).

When you find a reference of interest, click on the Links button to find out whether the Library provides access to the full document, either online or within the Library's print collection. 

IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) 

  • Coverage: journal articles, conference papers & books relating to anthropology, economics, political science & sociology
  • Date coverage: 1951 onwards
  • Guide
  • Video guide

MLA International Bibliography

  • Coverage: journal articles, books & dissertations.
  • Date coverage: 1963 onwards
  • International perspective on language, linguistics, literature, literary theory/criticism, composition, dramatic arts, folklore & rhetoric 
  • Also covers history, theory & practice of teaching language & literature - and historical perspectives on printing & publishing


Web of Science Core Collection 

  • Part of Web of Science: PDF guide / video guide
  • Viewing results
  • Coverage: journal articles and conference papers
  • Date coverage: 1970 onwards (searching is restricted to title-only up to 1991)


  • The British Library's Table of Contents
  • Coverage: conference proceedings & other papers