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Literature Reviews in the Social Sciences: Select Databases

A guide on conducting & writing literature reviews for students in the Social Sciences.

Word of advice

There is no 'silver bullet' database that is going to work for every student, every time.  It hasn't been invented yet!  Over the course of your literature review you are going to need to use at least a few databases, and many, many different keywords and search terms.

The 'Essential Databases' should be of use to all students in the Social Sciences, but obviously your projects will vary.  I recommend starting with the essential databases and then moving on to the subject specific databases once you really know your subject backwards and forwards. 


These links will take you to the Arch page, where you can see the databases in these fields and try them out.