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Databases for Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Use the databases below to:

  • find references to journal articles
  • keep up to date with the latest publications in your subject

Some databases require your Cardiff University network username and password for off-campus access. These databases are available for all staff and students of Cardiff University but because of licensing restrictions they are not available to external members and visitors.

You can also access databases through Electronic Resources - MetaLib


Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)

Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) provides references and summaries of articles covering:

  • social services
  • social work
  • sociology
  • education
  • health

It is updated daily and coverage is from 1987. ASSIA currently contains over 375,000 records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.


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British Humanities Index (BHI)

Contains references relating to the humanities from articles in over 200 British journals and major newspapers from 1962 onwards. Subjects include:

  • the arts
  • music
  • philosophy
  • religion
  • literature
  • economics
  • history
  • politics
  • current affairs

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British Humanities Index

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Off-campus use of British Humanities Index

To access British Humanities Index off-campus your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.


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Communication Abstracts

Communication Abstracts
Provides full bibliographic details and brief descriptive summaries of recent books and articles published in areas such as:

  • mass communication
  • interpersonal communication
  • new communication technologies


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International Bibliography of the Social Sciences

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
Indexes material on economics, sociology, politics and anthropology. Produced by the London School of Economics and Political Science, IBSS includes over 2.5 million references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951


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An archive of electronic journals which currently provides access to more than 200 scholarly titles in over 20 disciplines in the Arts and Sciences. Journals are archived, where possible, back to the first issue, though the most recent years are excluded.

The whole database can be searched by keyword and author, and the articles retrieved can be downloaded and printed.


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MLA Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography
The Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB) indexes scholarly publications on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore in over 4,000 journals and series as well as in monographs, multi-author works and dissertations. MLAIB dates back to 1925.


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Nexis UK
From the first page, click to accept the Terms and Conditions to proceed to the database.

A comprehensive newspaper database, updated daily, providing full text access to all UK national newspapers, plus regional newspapers, international news providers (including The International Herald Tribune, The New Yorker, USA Today, India Today and the Japan Times) and a number of trade journals and magazines. Most titles have a twenty year archive. UK newspaper titles include:

  • Financial Times
  • Daily Mail / Mail on Sunday
  • Independent / Independent on Sunday
  • Guardian / Observer
  • Daily Telegraph / Sunday Telegraph
  • Daily Mirror / Sunday Mirror
  • London Evening Standard
  • The Scotsman / Scotland on Sunday


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Includes over 14,000 scholarly journals in scientific, medical, technical, and social science disciplines. Coverage goes back selectively to 1966.


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Web of Knowledge Service

Web of Science
This service provides access to the Web of Science databases:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index

Covers over 8,500 scholarly research journals, including author abstracts, from 1981 to the present. Searchable by keyword or by works that have been cited by other publications.

Also includes the ISI Journal Citation Reports for the Sciences and Social Sciences. To access the Reports, login to Web of Science and select the ISI Journal Citation Reports option from the home page. These provide easy access to data so scholarly journals can be compared. Categories include highest impact and most frequently cited journals.


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ZETOC - British Library Electronic Tables of Content

Contains contents information from approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published every year, across all academic disciplines. Covers the years from 1993 to the present. Updated daily.

You can also set up an alerting service that will email you the contents of new issues of your favourite journals. See the Alert Guide for more information.

To access the alerting facilities your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.