Journal articles and databases for Sociology

  • If you are researching a Sociology topic and need to find articles and other sources about it, try searching one of the Library databases listed below. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password.

    Key databases to start with:

    • Sociological Abstracts - major database for Sociology, contains primarily abstracts from journals going back to 1952. Cited references for all journal articles indexed on the database since 2002 are included.
    • IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences - provides abstracts from key journals in the Social Sciences, Sociology is one of the main areas covered.
    • Discover is a search service that covers our Library Catalogue and many – though not all – of our databases. It's a useful starting point and easy to search, though we recommend using a specialized database for more in-depth research.

    Help with finding journal articles:

    Guide to Finding journal articles for Sociology (PDF)

    Contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for Sociology if you need help with tracking down journal articles for your studies. 

  • Education:

    Media Studies:
    Communication & Mass Media Complete
     - very good for topics relating to media and society. Many articles are full-text.

    Social policy:
     - Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts, includes Sociology and Social Policy

    Health and Psychology:


    Multi-disciplinary - databases covering all subject areas:

    • Academic Search Complete - a multi-disciplinary database which includes sociology journals, many articles are full text
    • Google Scholar is freely available and simple to use. You can get Google Scholar to check whether the full-text article is available at Brookes by changing your settings: In Google Scholar click on 'Settings'. From the left hand options, choose 'Library links’. You'll see a search box you can use to look up a specific library. You need to look up Oxford Brookes and select the option 'Oxford Brookes University - Full-Text Finder @Brookes'. 
    • Box of Broadcasts (BoB) This service gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films from an online archive.  It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. First-time users will be prompted to register. You can search for programmes already recorded, view the programme guide and also search for playlists and create your own.
    • JSTOR This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals. Note that most journals covered do not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old. Try JSTOR's Text Analyser - upload a document e.g. an article. The tool will analyse the text and then find similar content in JSTOR.
    • Web of Science - covers all subject areas. This is particularly useful for tracking citations to key articles. On Web of Science you can view an article and see a list of the author’s 'Cited References' - those sources that influenced the author. You can also see the article's influence on subsequent publications via the 'Times Cited' option. Find out more.
    • ZETOC - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedingsYou can also join the ZETOC Alert service to receive details of when journal details in your subject area are added to the database.


    Collections of journals from specific publishers: 
    NB We do not have access to all the journals on these databases. To check our holdings of a specific journal, go to the Library home page and select E-journal titles then type in the title of the journal.

    News sources

    • Full-text newspaper articles from UK newspapers can be accessed through LexisLibrary. To search the database for news articles, click on News in the red menu bar on the initial screen. At the news search screen you can use the Select Sources drop-down menu to search all UK newspapers or just broadsheets, for example.
    • Factiva is an international news database providing an archive of 10,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Note that Factiva is a huge database so it is best to put limits on your search. For tips, see our PDF guide How to search Factiva

    Historical news sources

    For further help with tracking down news sources, see our News and current affairs guide.

    Primary sources

    • Mass Observation Online Original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features. This resource covers the original Mass Observation project, the bulk of which was carried out from 1937 until the mid-1950s, offering an unparalleled insight into everyday life in Britain during these transformative years.


    • OED online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
    • Oxford Reference Online This is a collection of Oxford University Press reference books on a variety of subjects including Sociology