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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.
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.
This is a tool that searches almost all of our databases at once. The only problem is that you sometimes get too many results! You can try limiting your search by adding more keywords, limiting to scholarly sources, or limiting by date.
The International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) covers a broad range of interdisciplinary social sciences literature in over 100 languages and countries, with a focus on international research. It provides bibliographic references to journal articles and select books, book chapters, and book reviews dating back to 1951.
ProQuest Central is a large, multidisciplinary database with over 11,000 titles, with over 8,000 titles in full-text. It serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels in all markets. Over 160 subjects areas are covered extensively in this product including business and economics, health and medical, news and world affairs, technology, social sciences and more.