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Social Sciences: Journals and articles (LibrarySearch)

A collection of information resources and guidance for Social Sciences students

Useful Social Science journals from our print collection

Cover of Crime, History & Society
Cover of the Psychologist
Cover of Professional Social Work
Cover of International Labour Review
Cover of October
Cover of the Economist
Cover of Time
Cover of Cultural & Social History

Books and journals - what's the difference?

Collections of journals

Your university has access to many collections of journals. You can search these instead of or as well as LibrarySearch if you wish. A few which are particularly relevant to the social sciences include:

  • Ingenta
  • JSTOR (covering mostly older journals, so very useful for assignments with a historical aspect)
  • Oxford University Press
  • SAGE 

Please note: searching these is different to searching a database, as they only contain journals from one publisher. They also have less sophisticated search engines.

Top searching tips!

  • Consider alternative words for the topic you're searching (e.g. communication skills, non-verbal language etc).

  • Use quotation marks when you want to keep words together (e.g. "corporate social responsibility", "business environments").

  • Use Advanced Searching for more precise results.

Life Magazine

The red and white logo of Life magazine.

Google books now provides free online access to all issues of LIFE from 1936-1972. LIFE was published by Time Inc. It was renowned for its photojournalism and coverage of key events, persons, personalities and social issues in 20th Century American and world history.

You can search the site by keyword or browse by issue. All major social, cultural and political events are covered including major wars, film stars and celebrities, sporting events and social changes. 

LIFE Photo Archive -Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

Introduction - what are journals?

You may not have heard of journals except perhaps to describe some sort of personal diary. At University you will be introduced to a range of journals which are published periodically by different publishers. 

They are published usually weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. Think of them like the magazines you see in supermarkets covering lots of different interests.

Academic journals will contain important articles which you will have to consult at some point on your academic journey. These could be reporting latest research in a discipline, reviewing literature on a topic or providing information about best practice.

All written by experts, journals are available in print or electronic format, but the majority of articles now are available electronically.

Help with using journals is available - please consult the Skills and Workshops tab or send me an email to book a 1-2-1 tutorial.

Using LibrarySearch to find journal articles

LibrarySearch is a little bit like the University's equivalent to Google: it lets you search through lots of pieces of content at once and shows you anything that matches the key words you put in.

You can use LibrarySearch to:

  • View and manage your library account
  • Find books held at each of your University's site libraries
  • Access available E-books
  • Access abstracts, articles, conference papers, reviews, theses and more

Check out our LibrarySearch demonstration video to get started!