Bibliographical tools: Find and use databases specific to your subject area

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Bibliographical databases allow you to search for papers on your research topic across a range of journals and other resources. These tasks will guide you through databases and citation indexes specific to your subject area. Choose the task that best suits you. Note that some databases may be useful for more than one subject area – for example English could benefit from both Humanities and Modern Languages databases.

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Download the task instructions for your area of interest:

All subjects

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Archaeology and Classics - Dyabola
English and Modern Languages - MLA and Arts & Humanities Citation Index
History - Historical Abstracts and Bibliography of British and Irish History
Philosophy - Philosophers' Index, PhilPapers and International Philosophical Bibliography
Philosophy - Oxford Bibliographies Online
Theology and Religious Studies - ATLA , Philosophers' Index and Old and New Testament Abstracts
Theology - Oxford Bibliographies Online

Maths, Physical and Life Sciences

Biological Sciences - Web of Science and OVID
Chemistry and Materials - SciFinder, Reaxys, Proquest and Scopus
Computer Science and Engineering - Scopus, Inspect and Proquest
Mathematics, Physics and Statistics - MathSciNet, Web of Science and Inspec
Plant Sciences - JSTOR Global Plants and Kew Bibliographic Database
Zoology - Zoological Record Archive and Proquest

Social Sciences

Proquest Dissertations and Theses