Covid-19 Information for students and staff on Library services and facilities, opening hours and the safe use of the Library.
Face coverings must be worn at all times whilst in the Library (unless you are exempt), including whilst seated at a study desk.
We know that finding academic literature and conducting research is an important part of completing most of your assignments. On this page you will find a variety of relevant sources which we hope will help with your studies. Remember to also check out our referencing guides.
Are you new to RGU? Have a look at our 'Welcome to the Library' pages for on campus students and online learning students!
Don't forget, you can always join one of our workshops or contact us if you get stuck or just need some help, we're happy to advise!
Browse the collections
Why not check out our extensive collection of books and e-books related to your area of study?
Remember that you can always search for specific books or topics using our LibrarySearch Tool.
Your Library Workshops
We offer free, informal workshops on various Library topics throughout the academic year and we would encourage you to come along if you'd like to improve your skills in:
- referencing correctly
- using the new LibrarySearch tool
- efficiently using effective search strategies to find relevant material for your assignments
- using RefWorks
If you have a specific question, or want a 1-1 discussion with us, you can also pop over to one of our drop-ins! They usually run in the mornings and afternoons, when we're not delivering workshops. Check out the KnowHOW Timetable for more details on dates and times. No need to book an appointment, just show up!
Here are the upcoming Library KnowHOW workshops relevant to Social Sciences. We hope to see you there!
Google Scholar can be a useful additional source when looking for journal articles. While our collection includes access to around 53 million journal articles (and growing!), unfortunately we will not have access to all materials you find on Google Scholar, so remember to check whether we subscribe to the resources listed in the results.
All our databases
Did you know that we currently subscribe to over 200 databases covering all subject areas taught in RGU? And you can access them for free! Have a look through our extensive list and discover something new!
A-Z LIST OF DATABASES
SocINDEX with Full Text
- Comprehensive sociology research database with over 2.1 million records and over 800 journals in full text
- replaces ASSIA database
- full-text journals from Elsevier, in life and physical sciences, business, and other subjects.
- abstracts from other core scientific and technical journals
SAGE Journals Online
- journals in business, humanities, social sciences and science
Web of Science
- details of journal articles, conference papers and chapters covering all subject areas
- can also be used to see how many times an article has been cited in later articles to trace the development of a topic
- abstract only database - full-text can be checked for using the "Full Text @ RGU" link.
- full-text articles from highly regarded psychology journals, including coverage of teaching methods and learning in general as well as teaching psychology in particular
- evidence-based social science material
- search the Campbell Library for systematic reviews summarising research evidence on the effects of interventions in crime and justice, education, international development, and social welfare
- full-text journals in the sciences and social sciences (current years, plus archive)
Social Care Online
- information and research on all aspects of social care and social work
- includes links to free full-text where available
- information from more than 660 of the world's top newspapers, plus additional newswires and news sites
Business Source Complete
- articles on all aspects of business and management
- citations and abstracts to the international literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues relating to traumatic events
Criminal Justice Abstracts
- subject areas covered include criminology, criminal justice, criminal law and procedure, corrections and prisons, police and policing, criminal investigation, forensic sciences and investigation
Family Studies Abstracts
- bibliographic records covering essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, family therapy, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline
Violence & Abuse Abstracts
- bibliographic records covering essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline
- literature on social gerontology and aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy
Race Relations Abstracts
- bibliographic records covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline
Urban Studies Abstracts
- bibliographic records covering essential areas related to urban studies, including urban affairs, community development, urban history, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline
SAGE Criminology & Criminal Justice
Journals in criminology, criminal justice and legal studies
SAGE Politics, Public Administration & International Relations
Journals in politics, public administration & international relations
SAGE Psychology & Counseling
Journals in psychology and counseling sub-disciplines including, developmental, child and family, clinical, social, cognitive and counseling.
SAGE Sociology, Gender Studies & Cultural Studies
Journals in sociology, gender studies and cultural studies.
- This database covers a large range of journal articles, conference papers etc. across all subject areas
- Abstract only database - full-text can be checked for by using the "Full Text @ RGU" link
- You may be asked if you want to create an account. Searching can be done as a guest. Creating an account will let you create alerts etc.