Databases for Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
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
Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)
Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts provides references and summaries of articles covering:
- social services
- social work
It is updated daily and coverage is from 1987. ASSIA currently contains over 375,000 records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.
Off-campus use of ASSIA
To access ASSIA off- campus, your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.
British Humanities Index (BHI)
Contains references relating to the humanities from articles in over 200 British journals and major newspapers from 1962 onwards. Subjects include:
- the arts
- current affairs
To access British Humanities Index off-campus your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.
Provides full bibliographic details and brief descriptive summaries of recent books and articles published in areas such as:
- mass communication
- interpersonal communication
- new communication technologies
To access Communication Abstracts off-campus your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
Indexes material on economics, sociology, politics and anthropology. Produced by the London School of Economics and Political Science, IBSS includes over 2.5 million references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951
To access IBSS off-campus, your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.
An archive of electronic journals which currently provides access to more than 200 scholarly titles in over 20 disciplines in the Arts and Sciences. Journals are archived, where possible, back to the first issue, though the most recent years are excluded.
The whole database can be searched by keyword and author, and the articles retrieved can be downloaded and printed.
To access JSTOR off-campus, your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.
The Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB) indexes scholarly publications on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore in over 4,000 journals and series as well as in monographs, multi-author works and dissertations. MLAIB dates back to 1925.
Off-campus use of MLA International Bibliography
To access MLA International Bibliography off-campus, your Cardiff University username and password will be required.
From the first page, click to accept the Terms and Conditions to proceed to the database.
A comprehensive newspaper database, updated daily, providing full text access to all UK national newspapers, plus regional newspapers, international news providers and a number of trade journals and magazines. Most titles have a twenty year archive. UK newspaper titles include:
- Financial Times
- Daily Mail / Mail on Sunday
- Independent / Independent on Sunday
- Guardian / Observer
- Daily Telegraph / Sunday Telegraph
- Daily Mirror / Sunday Mirror
- London Evening Standard
- The Scotsman / Scotland on Sunday
In addition, 2300 international news providers are covered including The International Herald Tribune, The New Yorker, USA Today, India Today and the Japan Times.
The database also includes company data. Annual Reports are available for UK quoted companies as well as selected European, Asian and US companies. Financial information is provided by Extel Cards and Worldscope and the Directory of Directors provides details of 45,700 directors of UK Companies. Please be aware that this resource will only run on a Windows PC.
Off-campus use of Nexis UK
To access Nexis UK off-campus, your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.
Includes over 14,000 scholarly journals in scientific, medical, technical, and social science disciplines. Coverage goes back selectively to 1966.
Off-campus use of Scopus
To access Scopus off-campus, your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.
Web of Knowledge Service
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.
Contains contents information from approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published every year, across all academic disciplines. Covers the years from 1993 to the present. Updated daily.
You can also set up an alerting service that will email you the contents of new issues of your favourite journals. See the Alert Guide for more information.
To access the alerting facilities your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.