- Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our library referencing webpage.
- The Library also has a printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system (Word and PDF versions available).
- Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) using exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes.
- Endnote is a tool for storing and organising your references, and it will also work with Word or Pages to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library.
Course resource help for Development Studies
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Academic Search Complete
A full-text database providing full articles, with their accompanying indexing and abstracts, across a wide range of subjects.
Business Source Complete
A huge database of academic journal articles, magazine articles, trade journals, reports, country profiles, industry profiles, and company profiles on all aspects of business including management.
International news database providing an archive of 32,000 sources from nearly every country worldwide, in 28 languages. Leading national newspapers, local newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) and company's financial details are all included. Contains information on real estate and international real estate. It also contains a large collection of full text journals relevant to architecture, construction and real estate management.
IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
An index to books and journals in the social sciences, including sociology, politics, economics and anthropology.
A broad based Psychology database, coverage includes abstracts of books, journal articles and dissertations. Covers material published since 1887 Contains more than 1.5 million references.
Covers a broad range of subjects including sociology, political theory, social anthropology. Covers material published since 1952. Also includes cited references for all journal articles indexed on the database since 2002.
Web of Science
This host service provides a single route to many of the key scientific databases subscribed to by Brookes. These are: the Web of Science Core Collection (including the Science Citation Index); MEDLINE; Biosis Citation Index; Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science; and Journal Citation Reports. Databases can be searched individually or together and bibliographic records will link to any full-text content available via Full Text Finder.
There is much information available on the Internet. Searching can be interesting but it is time-consuming, and the integrity of information retrieved cannot be always guaranteed. It is important, therefore, to use a reliable source - please refer to our Guide to evaluating web sources for more information.
Useful web sites, including many full text documents, include:
Eldis (Institute of Development Studies, Sussex). Includes resources, news & jobs in development policy, practice and research)
(UCL) Bartlett Development Planning Unit (working papers etc)
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat)
Guides to finding information
- Development Studies: a guide to finding information (PDF): this guide helps you to find relevant books, reports and journals.
- Recording of a library session - literature searching for a dissertation
All our journals are listed on LibrarySearch on the Library home page so you can search for a specific journal there (choose the Journal titles tab and then enter your journal title.)
To look for journal articles on a topic, rather than from a specific journal, you should use a database: see the section above for more information about searching databases.
Books and ebooks
Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch (the search box on the Library homepage). Search and then select Book from the Search tools menu on the left. You can further limit your search to eBook if you only want electronic books.
Video guide to using LibrarySearch to find books
Need help? Contact your librarian
Please get in touch if you have any queries about:
- finding information and resources for assignments
- finding online resources
- referencing your sources
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