Answered By: Joanna Wilson
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017     Views: 3

Library Search is a great way to start a search for information on a particular topic, but if you want to use a specialist database, we have a huge range of sources that can provide you with information.  The list below is just a small selection.

All our databases can be reached via the Library’s resources page at

  • Academic Search Premier – general full text journal article resource, good for a wide range of subject areas.

  • Arts & Humanities Index - titles include both scholarly journals and selected trade and consumer titles relevant to applied arts and cultural studies. Subject strengths include music, theatre, film and cultural studies..

  • Broadcast – a weekly online (and print) magazine covering the UK TV and radio industry.  Useful for broadcasting news, commissioning, analysis and opinion.

  • Box of Broadcasts – provides access to an archive of TV and radio programmes from UK broadcasters.  Allows you to request recordings of programmes yet to be broadcast (from the next 7 days).

  • Business Source Premier –journal articles, reports and books on business topics

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete – covers all aspects of communications, including media technology and social impacts.

  • Nexis – full text press articles from regional, national and international newspapers and magazines.

  • Performing Arts Periodicals database – journal articles on all aspects of artistic performance, including film and broadcasting.

  • Public Information Onlinecontains information from the Westminster and the UK’s regional parliaments/assemblies, plus a range of non-parliamentary material.

  • Web of Science – despite its name this is a very useful and comprehensive resource for all social science topics – often worth checking.

  • Westlaw includes articles from legal journals. (Remember to select Journals before you search, unless you are also looking for other legal material)

Historical sources

  • Periodicals Archive Online – collection of full text journal backfiles from 1891 to 2000; useful for providing access to older material.
  • British Pathe – digital news archive, enabling the viewing of Pathe news clips from 1896 to 1970. Useful for and documentary.

To identify other relevant databases and get guidance on searching for information in a particular subject area, check out Subject Support - Skills for Learning