Databases for Publishing

  • Additional Library resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list  Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.

  • This list contains details of electronic databases available to Oxford Brookes staff and students on the web. Databases allow you to search for references for journal articles and other publications in your subject area. Some databases provide an indexing service only, some also provide abstracts (summaries) and others are full text. For more information on using these services see Finding books and journals and using databases. The Library also provides direct access to many full text electronic journals

    Note:Databases are usually available on and off-campus. Most will prompt you to log in with your Brookes ID and password. The Library Electronic Resources pages provide details of passwords for resources not covered by this.

    Publishing and printing
    Management, business and company information
    Newspapers, magazines and ephemera

    Publishing and printing

    • ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulation) - provides circulation and distribution data for media such as newspapers and magazines, across the range of formats, in the UK and Ireland. Gives access to published ABC certificates for individual titles as well as a range of sector based reports. Our subscription also provides access to the Report Archive and historical data for individual titles, both go back to 2000.
    • The - access to latest news, features, blogs, rights news, bestseller charts, profiles and blogs. First-time users will need to register in order to receive a password. Online full-text access to the Bookseller magazine is available via Business source complete for 2002 - 2011.
    • Communication & mass media complete - provides full text links to more than 200 journals and indexes many more. Particularly good for journalism and advertising.
    • Nielsen BookScan - sales statistics for the UK consumer book market.
    • PA Export Toolkit - A resource for publishers on the business of exporting. Includes Country Profiles, information on Book Fairs, and Resources and Insights. Continually updated.
    • Publishers Weekly Digital Archive - trade publication for the US publishing industry. Includes industry news and book reviews as well as coverage of the British book trade. Digitised content from 1872 to 2013.

    Management, business and company information

    • BRAD (British rate and data) - guide to advertising media. Use for magazine profiles, including target readership, and circulation and readership data.
    • Business source complete - management, economics, finance, accounting and business. Over 2000 full text journals, including The Bookseller and Publishers Weekly, plus abstracts only from over 540 journals. Also includes books, industry reports, country reports and company profiles.
    • Factiva - an international news database of national and regional newspapers and trade and professional journals from 152 countries and in 22 languages. Companies/Markets section includes company profiles and share data.
    • Fame - UK company accounts. Covers material from the last 10 years.
    • Mintel - market research, retail intelligence, leisure intelligence.
    • Orbis - accounts and financial details for over 114 million companies worldwide.
    • Passport- UK and international market research reports, consumer, country and company profiles. Coverage from 1997
    • World Advertising Research Center (WARC) - news, journal articles and case studies from the World Advertising Research Center. Particularly good for magazine publishing.

    Legal (for topics such as copyright and censorship)

    Newspapers, magazines and ephemera

    • British periodicals - hundreds of full text periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th century. Covers a wide range of subjects and types of periodical.
    • Burney Collection - 17th-18th century newspaper collection. Includes newspapers and news pamphlets published in England, Ireland and Scotland together with a selection of titles from British colonies in the Americas and Asia.
    • John Johnson collection : an archive of printed ephemera - includes facsimile images of posters, handbills, pamphlets and broadsides from 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Coverage includes the booktrade and popular entertainment.
    • LexisLibrary UK - the News tab of this legal database gives full-text access to UK national and regional newspapers including the Guardian, Independent,Times and Daily Telegraph.
    • Nineteenth century British Library newspapers - digital editions of a wide variety of national and regional British newspapers from the 19th century, including articles, advertisements and illustrations.
    • Nineteenth century UK periodicals, series 1 - access to digital editions of nearly 100 periodicals, including many full runs, published between 1800 and 1900. Series 1 relates to new readerships and covers titles aimed at women and children as well as topics such as sport and leisure, humour and satire. The associated Topic Guide includes a chronology and useful essays on the relevant readership groups and subject themes.
    • Proquest Historical Newspapers: The Guardian and The Observer - digital editions of the Guardian from 1821 - 2003 and The Observer from 1791 - 2003. Includes all articles, advertisements and illustrations.
    • The Times Digital Archive - complete digital edition of The Times from 1785 to 2009. Includes articles, advertisements and illustrations.
    • The Vogue Archive - Access to the complete run of US Vogue from 1892 to the most recent edition. Contains over 400,000 pages produced as high resolution full colour images. Searchable by, for example, writer,, photographer or brand.


    • Academic search complete - a multi-disciplinary database offering full text access to more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including more than 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. Includes abstracts to more than 4,000 additional periodicals, plus some books, reports and conference proceedings.
    • British standards online - complete set of current, draft and historic British standards. Includes copy preparation and proof correction standard BS5261.
    • Early English books online - digital facsimile page images of virtually every book published in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works printed elsewhere in English from 1473 - 1700. This amounts to 97,905 works in their entirety with bibliographic records for a further 8,500.
    • Eighteenth century collections online - digital images of nearly 200,000 books published in the eighteenth century.
    • Journal citation reports via Web of Science - citation data from over 7500 journals in science, technology and the social sciences.
    • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Full text) - an illustrated collection of articles providing the life stories of over 50,000 people who have shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to those who died in recent years. Includes writers, publishers, editors and booksellers.
    • Sociological abstracts - sociology, political theory and social anthropology.
    • UK data archive - the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences in the UK. Also houses a major collection of computerised historical material.