Science Communication databases

Key resources

This comprehensive database gathers a wide collection of global content sources, across many disciplines including media studies, technology studies and social science. It provides access to 3,500 newspapers, 4,200 journals and magazines, up to 700 updated newswires (Dow Jones, Reuters, etc.).

Web of Science
A multidisciplinary bibliographic database which indexes over 9,000 international journals, updated weekly with full-text content where available. It includes:

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index which covers 1,160 of the world’s leading arts and humanities journals
  • SciELO Citation Index (1997 onwards) scholarly open access literature in the areas of science, social sciences, arts and humanities from Latin America, Portugal, Spain and South America


Humanities Index
BHI indexes and abstracts nearly 400 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines including literature, language, linguistics, education, political science, and philosophy from 1962 to present day. Including the British journal for the philosophy of science;  Culture and social history; European journal of philosophy; Journal of communication; Film philosophy; Public Archaeology; and International studies in the philosophy of science.

The British Library’s electronic table of contents, detailing journals and conference proceedings. Contains an alerting service.

Electronic journal collections

Brill Journal Archive
Provides access to over 50,000 articles from more than 80 journals published by Brill before 2000. Subject areas include biology, humanities, human rights, international law, science, and the social sciences.

Cambridge Journals Online
This contains journals covering the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Subject areas include cultural studies, history, history and philosophy of science, language and linguistics, literary studies, philosophy and social studies.

JSTOR Arts and Sciences I & II
JSTOR contains 224 titles in more than 15 different disciplines. It includes many of the core research journals in economics, history, political science, sociology, humanities and social sciences.

Oxford Journals
This is a multidisciplinary collection of journals in science, technology, medicine, social sciences and humanities.

An interdisciplinary journal collection covering material in the humanities, history of science, science, social sciences and statistics.

Online collections and subject gateways

BFI Inview
BFI InView offers a unique window on Britain's changing political, economic and social landscape in the age of film and television. Some 1,000 hours of non-fiction moving image titles to view or download, alongside 8,000 pages of related documents.

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection
Online resource which brings together full-text language and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. The Premium collection contains over 175 dictionary, language reference, quotations and subject reference works. It is fully indexed and cross-searchable.

Project Gutenberg
The site holds over 25,000 electronic books, mostly consisting of literary works that are available in the public domain. The site also includes digitised sheet music, audio electronic books and texts in 32 different languages.