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Databases for Archaeology

Use the databases below to:

  • find references to journal articles
  • keep up to date with the latest publications in your subject

Some databases require your Cardiff University network username and password for off-campus access. These databases are available for all staff and students of Cardiff University but because of licensing restrictions they are not available to external members and visitors.

You can also access databases through Electronic Resources - MetaLib

Database guides are available to help you.


British Humanities Index

British Humanities Index
Contains references relating to the humanities from articles in over 200 British journals and major newspapers from 1962 onwards. Subjects covered include:

  • the arts
  • music
  • philosophy
  • religion
  • literature
  • economics
  • history
  • politics
  • current affairs

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British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography

Lists publications from 1695 to date about archaeology, historic monuments, environmental history and conservation, concentrating on Britain and Ireland.

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British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (BIAB)

Access off-campus

Off-campus use of BIAB
To access BIAB off-campus, your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.

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A UK-based union catalogue which gives free access to the merged online library catalogues of members of the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL). COPAC records represent documents dating from c.1100AD onwards, in many languages. The merged catalogues include those of the Institute of Classical Studies, the Institute of Historical Research and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

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Society of Antiquaries of London Library Catalogue 

Society of Antiquaries of London Library Catalogue
Catalogue which currently contains circa 11,000 monograph titles and 19,500 periodical articles catalogued since 1988, and around 900 currently received periodical titles.

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Web of Knowledge 

Web of Science
This service provides access to the Web of Science databases:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index

Covers over 8,500 scholarly research journals, including author abstracts, from 1981 to the present. Searchable by keyword or by works that have been cited by other publications.

Also includes the ISI Journal Citation Reports for the Sciences and Social Sciences. To access the Reports, login to Web of Science and select the ISI Journal Citation Reports option from the home page. These provide easy access to data so scholarly journals can be compared. Categories include highest impact and most frequently cited journals.