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Global Affairs and Social Sciences: Finding journal articles in databases

Introduction to database searching

If you are searching for a topic or subject rather than a specific article you might like to search one of our databases. These often focus on a particular subject area or discipline and reduce the amount of results you receive from irrelevant subjects.

Databases are collections of resources such as journal articles and conference papers, and also sometimes book chapters and reports. If you are doing a literature search or systematic review they are a key resource to use.

There are two main kinds of database:

  • Bibliographic - they won't show you the full paper straight away, but you can often read an abstract and see the author details. You'll need to check with SFX if King's has access to the journal article
  • Full text - will let you open and read the article directly from the list of results

Newspapers

Below are a small selection of databases for getting started with finding Newspaper articles online. For a more complete list of related databases, visit the A-Z list of databases for Newspapers:

New to using online databases?

Complete interactive tutorials on literature searching and earn badges in the Finding and Evaluating Information section of KLaSS:

Databases by subject

Below are a small selection of databases for getting started with International Development topics. For a more complete list of databases, visit the A-Z list of databases for International Development:

New to using online databases?

Complete interactive tutorials on literature searching and earn badges in the Finding and Evaluating Information section of KLaSS:

Below are a small selection of databases for getting started with Education topics. For a more complete list of databases, visit the A-Z list of databases for Education:

New to using online databases?

Complete our interactive tutorials on literature searching for Health Sciences by opening the Faculty of SSPP section on KLaSS:

Below are a small selection of databases for getting started with Geography topics. For a more complete list of databases, visit the A-Z list of databases for Geography:

New to using online databases?

Complete our interactive tutorials on literature searching for Health Sciences by opening the Faculty of SSPP section on KLaSS:

Below are a small selection of databases for getting started with Global Health topics. For a more complete list of databases, visit the A-Z list of databases for Global Health:

New to using online databases?

Complete our interactive tutorials on literature searching for Health Sciences by opening the Faculty of SSPP section on KLaSS:

Below are a small selection of databases for getting started with Modern Language topics. For a more complete list of databases, visit the A-Z list of databases for Modern Languages:

New to using online databases?

Complete our interactive tutorials on literature searching for Health Sciences by opening the Faculty of SSPP section on KLaSS:

Below are a small selection of databases for getting started with War Studies topics. For a more complete list of databases, visit the A-Z list of databases for War Studies:

New to using online databases?

Complete our interactive tutorials on literature searching for Health Sciences by opening the Faculty of SSPP section on KLaSS:

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Key Classmarks by Institute or Region of the World

  • D – General history
  • DT – African history
  • GN – Anthropology
  • HB – Economic theory 
  • HC – Economic history and conditions
  • HD – Industries, land use and labour
  • HF – Commerce
  • HM – Sociology
  • HV – Social and public welfare. Criminology.
  • JA – Political science
  • JF – Political institutions and public administration
  • JQ – Political institutions and public administration Africa
  • JX – International law
  • JZ – International relations
  • UA – Armies and military organisation

Books on your subject can be found at:

  • DU - the history of Australia, New Zealand and the South Seas
  • JQ3995-6691 - political institutions and public administration of countries including Australia
  • JV1-5399 - colonies and colonisation
  • JV9100-9269 - emigration and immigration in Australia and New Zealand
  • PR9600-9619.3 - Australian literature

Books on your subject can be found at:

  • F1201-3799 - Latin American history
  • JL1200-2499 - Latin American politics
  • PC5001-5498 - Portuguese language
  • PQ9000-9326 - Portuguese literature
  • PQ9500-9796 - Brazilian literature

Books on your subject can be found at:

  • DS 779 - History of China
  • HC 430 -  China and economic policy
  • HF 1604  - China and its political economy
  • JA 84 - China and political thought

Books on your subject can be found at:

  • DS1-937 – history of Asia
  • DS401-486.8 – history of India (Bharat)
  • DS430-432 – ethnography and sects
  • JQ21-1852 – political institutions in Asia
  • JQ200-620 – Indian politics

Books on your subject can be found at:

  • DA676-DA689 – History of London

Books on your subject can be found at:

  • - History (general)
  • DC - French History
  • DE - History of Mediterranean region; Greco-Roman world
  • DF - Greek History
  • DG - Italian History
  • DP - Spanish and Portuguese History
  • DR - Eastern European History; Balkan peninsula and Turkey
  • DS - History of Asia including the Middle East
  • HC - Economic history including the European Union
  • JN - Political institutions in Europe, including the European Union
  • PA - includes Greek language materials
  • PC - includes French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish language materials
  • PJ - includes Arabic language materials.

Books on your subject can be found at:

  • E - the history of the Americas, especially the United States
  • F - United States local history, the rest of North America and Latin America
  • PS - American literature

Books on your subject can be found at:

  • DK1-949.5 - history of Russia, Soviet Union and former Soviet Republics
  • JN6500-6598 - political institutions and public administration of the Soviet Union, Russia and former Soviet Republics. 
  • PG2900-3698 - Russian literature

Books on your subject can be found at:

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Getting the full text

If a database lists something you want to read but does not provide the full text look for a button that says 'SFX@King's' Image of SFX button. SFX will look up the article you have clicked to check if King's subscribes to its journal. 

King's doesn't subscribe:

Submit an Inter Library Loan for the item. Learn how to submit an Inter Library Loan in the Getting Started With Your Studies section of KLaSS:

I can't see the SFX button

If the SFX button is not available then you should use Library Search to see if the article or book is available through another database.

New to using Library Search?

You can find online tutorials on using Library Search to find books and journals around your subject. Find them in the Getting Started With Your Studies section of KLaSS:

Newspapers

Below are a small selection of databases for getting started with finding Newspaper articles online. For a more complete list of related databases, visit the A-Z list of databases for Newspapers:

New to using online databases?

Complete interactive tutorials on literature searching and earn badges in the Finding and Evaluating Information section of KLaSS: