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Journal Articles

Keep up to date with published journal articles.

Alerting services

These services alert you by email when new articles in your area or new issues of particular journals have been published.

ZETOC A good starting point is ZETOC Alert - the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents database. It contains details of around 20,000 current journals in all major subject areas.

Blackwell Science: Synergy Register to access an alerting service containing over 850 journals.

Contents Direct: Elsevier Science Select the Alerts option to be sent details of Elsevier Science book and journal tables of contents.

Ingenta Connect Select Sign Up Here and set up New Issue or Search alerts.

Institute of Physics Publishing  Select Create Account  to set up alerts for Physics electronic journals.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) The service includes 30 Royal Society of Chemistry titles.

Sage Email Alerts Over 400 titles, mainly in Social Sciences and Humanities.

Informaworld Alert A table of contents alert, covering journal titles from Psychology Press, Routledge, and Taylor & Francis journals.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)  SSRN promotes the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. The SSRN networks publish submitted abstracts and they also solicit abstracts of research papers from around the world.

JournalTOCs The latest journal tables of contents. Alerts you when new issues of your followed journals are published. 

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Keyword alerts

This type of alerting service emails you details of new journal articles on chosen subjects. Many of the databases we subscribe to at Cardiff offer this service.  You can normally set up alerts by doing a search in the database and choosing the Save Search, Search History or Alerts options.  Some databases, for example SCOPUS, give you the option to set up citation alerts, which tell you when a particular journal article has been cited by another author.

Some of the major databases that offer alerting services are:

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.

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


EBSCO Business Source Premier
Features the full text of over 3,600 publications including scholarly journals, trade publications and popular business magazines. It covers subjects such as:

  • accounting
  • banking
  • finance
  • international business
  • management
  • marketing
  • regional studies
  • sales and trade
  • technology

Titles include Business Week, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist and hundreds of peer- reviewed journals. The database also provides company profiles, EIU country economic reports, and DataMonitor market reports.


The Excerpta Medica database (EMBASE), is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database indexing over 3,500 international journals in the following fields: drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine, and biomedical engineering/instrumentation.

Coverage is from 1947 onwards. Access is via Ovid.



Lawtel provides summaries of case law and links to statutes, bills and command papers, personal injury quantum (including Kemp and Kemp Quantum Reports) and the Judicial Studies Board guidelines on general damages in personal injury cases. Lawtel is updated daily.


Medline via Ovid
Contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,600 biomedical journals published in the United States and in 70 other countries.


Access to the Elsevier Science journal collection (over 1,200 titles), along with titles from a number of other publishers and societies. Most titles are available in full text from 1995. The collection covers a wide range of scientific disciplines, including social sciences.


Includes over 14,000 scholarly journals in scientific, medical, technical, and social science disciplines. Coverage goes back selectively to 1966.

Social Services Abstracts

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.

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.