Materials to support Policy Studies courses are available in the Arts & Social Sciences Library:
University of Bristol, Policy Studies PhD theses are held in the Arts and Social Sciences Library thesis collection, kept in a locked room on the first floor. They may be consulted within the library, and you will need to complete a slip for each one. Please ask at the Library Information Desk.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain Items not held in print in the University's libraries or available online. Please speak to your Subject Librarian about these items as they may be able to suggest other means by which you can access them.
|International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)||Includes references dating back to 1951. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books are included each year.|
|Sociological Abstracts||Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences from 1963 to date. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,809 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and non-evaluative abstracts of journal articles.|
|Social Services Abstracts||Provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development from 1980 to date. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,406 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.|
|Social Care Online||An extensive database of social care information, with everything from research briefings to reports, government documents, journal articles, and websites. Updated daily by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).|
|Web of Science - Core Collection||The databases available within the Web of Science - Core Collection are:
Entries prior to 1981 do not include abstracts.
|PsycINFO||PsycINFO (sometimes mistakenly known as PsychINFO) is produced by the American Psychological Association. It is a comprehensive international database covering summaries of journal articles, book chapters, technical reports and citations to dissertations in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. Coverage is from 1806 onwards.|
|Child Development & Adolescent Studies||A source of references to the current and historical literature related to the growth and development of children through the age of 21. The database includes all issues of Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography from 1927 - 2001 previously published by the Society for Research in Child Development plus new coverage on child rights and welfare issues. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed.|
|Child Welfare Information Gateway||Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. This is a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.|
|CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health)||Provides authoritative coverage of the literature related to nursing and allied health. Virtually all English-language publications are indexed along with the publications of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. In total, more than 1200 journals are regularly indexed; online abstracts are available for more than 800 of these titles. Many records are provided with associated full-text and images. The database also provides access to healthcare books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of professional practice, educational software and audiovisual materials in nursing. Covers 1982 to date.|
|Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts||An international abstracting service covering women's studies. The database comprises abstracts of journal articles and books dating back to 1995.|
|Autism Data||Autism Data is produced by the National Autistic Society and contains published material on autism and Asperger syndrome. The database lists over 25,000 published research papers, books, articles, videos and other materials. The contents include bibliographic records of all the items in The National Autistic Society Information Centre Library, together with the details of research articles on autism published in journals which are not part of the society's holdings. Abstracts are available for many of the records on the database and both simple and advanced search options are available.|
|British Education Index||Provides information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK. The index covers all aspects and fields of education from pre-school to adult and higher education. Strengths include coverage of aspects of educational policy and administration, evaluation and assessment, technology and special educational needs. Database sources include education and training journals, mostly published in the UK, plus monographs, book reviews, policy and conference papers, research reports and theses. Some international material is also included.|
|ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)||An online digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The database has an American focus but also indexes international educational material. Coverage includes journal articles, books, ERIC Digests, research reports, conference papers, theses and other education-related materials. Abstracts are available for many of the records and data is available from 1966 onwards with links to over 337,000 full text documents.|
|AgeInfo||An information service about old age and ageing provided by the Centre for Policy on Ageing. AgeInfo provides a bibliographic database of books, articles and reports from the specialist collection on social gerontology held at the Centre; detailed information about organisations active in the field in the United Kingdom, Europe and World-Wide; an international calendar of events listing courses, conferences, meetings, and training sessions.|
|PILOTS||An electronic index to the worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.|
|Medline on OvidSP||Produced by the US National Library of Medicine, Medline on OvidSP covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 5,600 journals published world-wide. Data available goes back to 1966 and the database is updated weekly.|
|Scopus||A large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Scopus has journal coverage in many subjects across the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.|
|Zetoc (Electronic Table of Contents)||Provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC). The database covers all subjects and contains details of approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database includes almost 15 million references to articles from 1993 to date and is updated daily. Some records include abstracts, when present these are found on the 'Full record' page. Document delivery is offered as well but this is at your cost. An email alerting service is available that aims to help you keep up-to-date with relevant new articles and papers.|
|EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)||The UK’s national thesis service. EThOS aims to provide an aggregated record of all doctoral theses awarded by UK Higher Education institutions and free access to the full text of as many theses as possible for use by all researchers to further their own research. The year range of the included theses depends on the participating institutions. The database is updated at least weekly with new records from UK Higher Education Institutions and theses harvested from UK HEI Repositories. Theses are also digitised when ordered by users and these are loaded on a daily basis.
Please note: UK theses not available on EThOS can be requested via the Inter-Library Loan service
|ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland||Also known as Index to Theses, this database offers the most comprehensive available listing of doctoral theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716. Bibliographic listings for content for 1950-1986. Abstracts for content since 1986 with some additional 15,000 citations added annually.|
The following quick reference items can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library:
|Item/ description||Reference number|
|Municipal year book, current edition
provides descriptions of local authorities in the UK, including functions, elected councillors and senior officers
|Serial JS 3003.M8|
|Housing and planning year book
guide to the relevant central government offices, local authorities and professional associations
|Social services year book, Current edition
guide to UK social services provision in the private, public and voluntary sectors
Many printed reference dictionaries and encyclopedias of sociology (and the social sciences in general) can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library. They can be used to get a good overview of the subject, or to research specific aspects of it.
Some of the best ones are:
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Probably the most troublesome are abbreviated journal titles which can make finding a journal difficult.
To find the full journal title when only an abbreviation is given, try looking at the following online resources:
You may also wish to try the following print resources:
If you are unable to find a title you are looking for please ask a member of the Library staff.
For general information, please visit the journal abbreviations page.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 25 June 2015 by the University Library
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