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Databases are excellent sources of good quality information. Below are a range of databases relevant to Politics.

  • Academic Search Complete: A multi-disciplinary database which provides full-text coverage of over 4,450 scholarly publications, more than 3,500 of them peer-reviewed. [Senate House Library]
  • African Diaspora Archive: Essential for understanding Black history and culture, African Diaspora, 1860-Present allows scholars to discover the migrations, communities, and ideologies of the African Diaspora through the voices of people of African descent. With a focus on communities in the Caribbean, Brazil, India, United Kingdom, and France, the collection includes never-before digitized primary source documents, including personal papers, organizational papers, journals, newsletters, court documents, letters, and ephemera. Coverage: 1860-Present
  • Box of Broadcasts (BOB): Innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions. Choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into QMplus, share what you are watching with others and search a growing archive of material. Discover more about BOB National features by viewing their Video Tutorials.
  • Business Source Complete: Full-text coverage for more than 1,800 peer-reviewed business and social science journals. In addition, this database offers indexing and abstracts for many more journals, plus 17,000 detailed company profiles for the world's largest companies.
  • Emerald: Full-text coverage of over 150 titles, including social and international economics.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports: A US government agency which translates the text of daily radio and television broadcasts, newspapers and periodicals, government statements, books, and other sources of unrestricted information from non-English sources around the world.
  • Gale Primary Sources is a humanities and social sciences digital primary sources archive that allows you to use a single cross- search interface to access 500 years of world history in multiple collections. Tutorial and Support
  • Greenfile: Content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.
  • Guardian and Observer Archive: This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Coverage: 1791 – 2003. 
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP): Includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers. Coverage from 1715 to 2005, with supplementary material back to 1688.
  • JSTOR: Provides access to the full text of many core journals in the Politics area. It is searchable by author and subject.
  • Mass Observation Online: Makes available the complete archives of the pioneering social research organisation Mass Observation. There are original manuscript and typescript papers, printed publications and photographs, and interactive features.
  • Nexis UK: Access to regional, national and global newspapers, global financial and company information, market research data. Video Tutorials
  • The Oxford English Dictionary: Features 600,000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1000 years of English.
  • Oxford Reference: An online resource that brings together two million digitised entries across Oxford’s dictionaries, companions and encyclopedias. Best for checking a fact or finding key information on a person, concept or term.
  • Project Muse: Provides full-text access to a collection of more than 300 journals in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: Search for dissertations and theses from across the world. [Senate House Library]
  • SAGE Research MethodsA database dedicated to research methods across a range of subject areas. SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process, from writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up results and thinking about publication.
  • Scopus: A multi-disciplinary database containing the citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed literature. This database lists the number of times a work has been cited in other works and provides direct links to the abstracts of citing works. Access to full-text subscription content where available at Queen Mary Library is via the "Library - check full text" button. Video Tutorial
  • Statista: Provides statistical data from a wide range of international sources on populations, industries, economics, media, public opinion, companies, politics, lifestyles and many other topics. Video Tutorial
  • Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 which includes the Sunday edition - allows you to search historical data on any number of topics, and offers insight into domestic and international affairs and culture over a timespan of almost 150 years. Tutorial and Support
  • The Times Digital Archive: 1785-2011 (and rolling) provides access to a library of back issues of the newspaper online plus searchable images from the microfilm collection of The Times.
  • The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive: 1902-2014 offers insight, criticism, and commentary on literature and the arts from over a century. 
  • Web of Science: A multi-disciplinary database containing the citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed literature. This database lists the number of times a work has been cited in other works and provides direct links to the abstracts of citing works. Access to full-text subscription content where available at Queen Mary Library is the via "Library - check full text" button. Video Tutorial

The databases listed above are only a small part of the database collections at Queen Mary and Senate House Libraries. You can find the full list of databases available at Queen Mary via the Library's A-Z List of Electronic Journals and Databases. If the topic you are studying crosses a number of different subject areas, you may find it helpful to check the other Library Subject Guide pages for useful resources, contacts and information.

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