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Databases for Religious Studies and Theology

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 (BHI)

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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Index Islamicus

Index Islamicus
Index Islamicus is an international classified bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world.
On-campus access only: access via Start > All Programs > CardiffApps > Information Resources > CD Rom Encyclopaedia of Islam and Index Islamicus

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International Medieval Bibliography

International Medieval Bibliography
Lists articles about the period 400AD to 1500AD published since 1967 in journals, conference proceedings, collected essays, Festschriften and exhibition catalogues. It contains over 300,000 references on:

  • archaeology
  • classics
  • theology
  • philosophy
  • European languages and literatures
  • Islamic studies
  • history of art
  • music

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Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Covers historical topics for the period 400AD to 1700AD. It includes references to articles, reviews, and other materials. It indexes nearly 2,000 titles annually, and adds over 30,000 entries to the database annually.

Access on-campus

ITER - Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Access off-campus

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

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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.


Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts
Contains bibliographic references from 1955 onwards from over 2000 journals, plus theses and books, from 50 languages. It covers the period 1450 to date, but excludes North American history.

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Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)

Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) provides references and summaries of articles covering:

  • social services
  • social work
  • sociology
  • education
  • health

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.

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Sociological Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts
Provides access to world-wide literature in sociology and related disciplines from 1963 onwards. Abstracts of articles from over 2000 journals are included along with details of dissertations, book reviews and sociological books. Updated daily.

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Multidisciplinary database of around 18,000 scholarly journals, with a growing collection of Arts & Humanities titles. Coverage goes back selectively to 1966.

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Access Off-Campus

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

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Web of Knowledge Service

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.

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Zetoc - The British Library's Electronic Table of Contents Service
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.

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Proquest Digital Dissertations and Theses

The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716. It includes bibliographic listings for content for 1950-1986, and abstracts for content since 1986. There are 2 ways to access this database:

1. Access via Proquest Dissertations & Theses 

2. Access via Index to Theses

Off-campus use of this database via either route will require your Cardiff University username and password.

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