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.). Library subscription does not include access to the Factiva app.

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

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. Note that the most current years of most titles are not included. 

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 Player
1000s of films from the BFI and archive partners.

Box of Broadcasts
BoB provides on demand TV and radio services for UK education; staff and students can record programmes from over 65 channels and search the extensive archive. Content from nine core channels is automatically recorded.

Oxford Reference Online 
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, with a range of titles covering eg media studies, philosophy, science and technology. It is fully indexed and cross-searchable.  It includes the Oxford Dictionary of English

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.