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Politics: Research Databases

Academic Search Ultimate

  • Subject Coverage: science, social science, education, psychology, language and linguistics, arts and literatur
  • Size/scope: over 13,000 titles
  • Type of content: journal articles, book reviews, conference proceedings
  • Level of access: full text of over 8,500 titles.

The contents of this database are included in mySearch

Communication Source

  • Subject coverage: communication studies, mass media, journalism
  • Size/scope: over 1000 journal titles
  • Type of content: journal articles, encyclopaedias, handbooks
  • Level of access: full text of over 600 journals.



Web of Science

  • Subject coverage: arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences
  • Size/scope: citation databases that allow searching for a specific article by subject, author, journal or author address. It is also possible to search for articles that cite a known author or work
    Web of Science consists of:
    Science Citation Index 1899-present
    Social Sciences Citation Index 1898-present
    Arts & Humanities Citation Index 1975-present
    Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science 1990-present
    Biosis Previews Archive 1969-2008
    Medline 1950-present
    Journal Citation Reports
  • Type of content: academic journal article
  • Date range: 1945-


  • Scopus is the Industry Standard database for Academic Publications and is used in the UK Higher Education Research Excellence Framework to assess the impact of Academic Journals, Papers and Authors.
  • The database can be used in the same way as any other research database to find relevant academic papers. However, Scopus can also be used to track where research has been referenced in other papers both before and since the paper has been written. It also gives you more in depth profiles of authors and journals.



  • Subject coverage: multidisciplinary database
  • Size/scope: 1,500 academic journals indexed
  • Type of content: academic journal article
  • Date range: 1780-
  • Level of access: some full text available.

Project Muse

  • Subject coverage: articles from journals in the humanities from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies
  • Type of content: journal articles
  • Level of access: full text articles.