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A-Z database list: A-B

This page lists the databases available at SOAS, with titles beginning with the letters A-B; for other databases use the letter navigation on the left or go to the A-Z database homepage

On-campus access is automatic for most databases; and many can be accessed off-campus using your SOAS id and password (the same as you use for SOAS e-mail and computers). Off-campus access is only available to SOAS students and staff; and is available only where there is a link for 'off-campus use'.

If you need help with any of the databases you can:

  • Ask at the Library Enquiry Desk (Ground floor/Level E), Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
  • E-mail electronic@soas.ac.uk  
  • Phone 020 7898 4146
TitleDescriptionLinks
A-to-Z Electronic Journals
The most complete listing of SOAS' e-journals. Search or browse for over 25,000 journal titles.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Academic Search Premier
A multi-disciplinary full text database containing full- text for more than 4,500 journals. 
Academic Search Premier
URL

On-campus
Off-campus

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Description

Part of EBSCOhost, Academic Search Premier offers full- text access to more than 4,500 scholarly journals (including more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles) covering social sciences, humanities, education, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. In addition to the full-text the database also offers indexing and abstracts for all 8,300 journals in the collection.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text and Bibliographic.

Dates covered

Varies for each title. Some titles offer coverage from 1975 onwards; most cover the current 10 years. 12-18month embargo periods are enforced for some titles. 

Download/e-mail/print

Download, e-mail, print facilities are available.

More information

Further information, training and tutorials are available from the EBSCO support site

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Access World News
Access World News is a web-based news resource featuring more than 1000 newspapers from around the world. Updated daily, it includes both current and archived content.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Africa Bibliography
Africa Bibliography is an authoritative guide to works in African studies published under the auspices of the International African Institute annually since 1984. 
Africa Bibliography
URL

On-campus
Off-campus

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Bibliographic with full-text linking through CrossRef and Google Scholar.

Description

Africa Bibliography records publications on Africa, principally in the social and environmental sciences, development studies, humanities and arts. Some items from the medical, biological and natural sciences are included. This online version brings together records collected since the bibliography's foundation. It features bibliographic records comprising books, journal articles and chapters classified and searchable by region, country and subject.

Dates covered

Features digitised content from 2004 to the current volume, with further volumes back to 1984 published subsequently.

Download/e-mail/print

E-mail. Facility to export records to reference software.

More information

Guide to the Bibliography

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Africa-Wide Information
A collection of over 40 Africa related databases; including: Databases include Index to South African Periodicals, Ibiscus, Media Africa, and NAMLIT. 
Africa-Wide Information

URL:

On-campus access
Off-campus access

Access
Available on-campus to all library users. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students only, with SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic
Mostly bibliographic with some full-text news sources.

Description
Africa-Wide Information provides single point access to over 40 databases. Records come from books, periodical articles, pamphlets, maps and music recordings.

Databases included are:

  • IBISCUS (1970 to present) a development database on francophone Africa.
  • Knipkat from the Nasionale Afrikaanse Letterkunde Museum en Navorsingsentrum (NALN) an index of press cuttings from newspapers and magazines relating to Afrikaans.
  • The Southern African Database (Sardius) (1961-1997) database of 34,000+ annotated records.
  • NAMLIT (19th century-present) a comprehensive bibliography of Namibia-related literature.
  • International Library of African Music (ILAM) indexes recordings and publications from the early 20th century to present.
  • Index to South African Periodicals (1987-present) covers more than 440 South African periodicals.
  • South African National Bibliography (1988-present)

 

Download/e-mail/print/reference software
Download, e-mail, print and export to reference software.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
allAfrica.com
AllAfrica.com is an Africa related news archive; with content from over 100 media organizations. 
allAfrica.com
URL

On-campus: http://allafrica.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://allafrica.com

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text

Description

AllAfrica.com is a news archive containing over 900,000 articles from about 130 media organizations, AllAfrica.com’s own reporting team, NGOs, governments and international institutions. About 1000 articles are posted daily.

The site is browsable by region/country and topic. The advanced search provides further options such as specifying time periods, publishers and categories.

Languages

Available in French and English language versions.

Dates covered

1996 to current.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

E-mail and print .

Further information.

Site guide
Content providers

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Aluka
Access to: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, high-quality visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage sites. The Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa Collection, materials from various sites throughout the world relating to struggles against apartheid, African independence movements and colonialism and decolonization.   On-campus use

Off-campus use
AnthroSource
Full-text access to 32 anthropology journals published by the American Anthropological Association. 
AnthroSource
URL

On-campus: http://www.anthrosource.net/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.anthrosource.net/

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Description

Offers full text access to 32 anthropology journals published by the American Anthropological Association.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text.

Dates covered

Current issues and electronic archive.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Apabi Digital Library 阿帕比数字资源库
Access to over 500 e-books, 50+ yearbooks and 10 newspapers. 
Apabi Digital Library 阿帕比数字资源库
URL 

On-campus: http://dlib.apabi.com/soas/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://dlib.apabi.com/soas/

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password. 

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text. 

Description

Currently, the database includes:

  1. Reading China:   564 eBooks collected from the best modern literature works.   
  2. Yearbook: 53 titles, 553 volumes in the yearbook database. Latest issues will be uploaded into the database when published. The subjects are chiefly statistical yearbooks. Please click guide to yearbooks ( 年鉴导航) for more information.
  3. Newspaper: 10 titles. In addition to inquiry and searching service using professional classifying system and indexing methods that are suitable to newspaper resource.  The database provides such service as browsing original -newspapers online and other value-added services. Latest issues will be uploaded into the database when published.   
Dates covered:

Reading China: Since 1950s to the turn of the century;
Yearbook: varies according to title - earliest 1970s and latest one year ago;
Newspaper: updated everyday 

Download/e-mail/print /reference software

Users need Apabi Reader to download/borrow eBooks to read offline.

No Apabi Reader required to read newspapers or yearbooks 

Special requirements

Simplified Chinese, GB code.  

User guide:

URL: http://dlib.apabi.com/eastview/help.aspx?t=2&cult=US,

On-campus use
Archival Sound Recordings
Free access to over 12,000 recordings; including African Writers' Club, David Rycroft Africa recordings, Klaus Wachsmann Uganda recordings. 
Archival Sound Recordings
URL 

On or off-campus: http://sounds.bl.uk/

Access

Access is only available to SOAS staff and students, and requires a SOAS id and password to login on or off-campus.

Username and password

SOAS id and password to login on or off-campus.

Description

Free access to 12,000 recordings (3,900 hours); including:

  • 400 popular music tracks (mostly British bands from the 1930s to 1990s)
  • African Writers' Club (250 hours on art, literature, music and politics)
  • Art and design interviews (e.g. Denys Lasdun, Eduardo Paolozzi, Paula Rego)
  • David Rycroft Africa recordings (music and poetry, mainly from Southern Africa)
  • Klaus Wachsmann Uganda recordings (1,500 recordings from 26 culture groups)
  • Oral history of jazz in Britain (with musicians, promoters and label-owners)
Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Recordings can be played using the site's in-built player or a media player of your choice. The recordings can also be downloaded in MP3 format (for teaching, learning and research only). 

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Art Full Text & Abstracts
Full-text plus abstracts and indexing of an international range of Art related journals.  
Art Full Text & Abstracts
URL 

On-campus
Off-campus

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password

Description

Offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications on both Western and non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text and Bibliographic.

Subject areas

Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture & Architectural History, Art History, Contemporary Art, Costume, Crafts,Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, Video.

Dates covered

Indexing: 1984 onwards. Abstracting: 1994 onwards. Select Full-Text: 1997 onwards.

Download/e-mail/print

Download, e-mail, print facilities are available. It is also possible to create search alerts

More Information

http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/art-full-text

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Index covering the core scholarly journals for arts and humanities; covering over 1,144 journals. Accessed via the Web of Science/Knowledge. 
Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Bibliographic with links to full-text via SFX.

Description

The Arts and Humanities Citation Index is part of ISI Web of Knowledge/Science. It provides bibliographic information and cited references found in over 1000 of the leading arts & humanities journals. It also covers selected, relevant items from over 7,000 of the leading science and social sciences journals.

Dates covered

1975 to current.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

All available. Can export records to reference software: EndNote, Reference Manager, ProCite. Provides free access to EndNote Web.

More information

Reference cards and pre-recorded training sessions. 

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Bankscope
Bankscope contains detailed financial information for more than 29,000 banks worldwide, including accounts, ratios, ratings, ownership and news. You can use it to analyse data, compare banks, and download charts and graphs. 
Bankscope
URL

On campus
Off-campus

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Description

Bankscope is a global database of 30,000 banks' financial statements, ratings and intelligence. Information includes:

  • Detailed financials - statements are in multiple formats including a new universal format to compare banks globally   
  • Interim data
  • Ratings, and rating reports, from FitchRatings, Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Capital Intelligence
  • Country risk and country finance reports
  • Stock data for listed banks
  • Directors and contacts
  • Original filings/images
  • Detailed bank structures
  • Economic country profiles and outlooks
  • Business and related news
  • M&A deals and rumours

 

Dates covered

Bankscope has up to 8 years of detailed accounts for each bank.

Download/e-mail/print

Bankscope allows exporting to other software programmes, including spreadsheets, databases, word processors and ACSII formats.

More information

Bankscope help or email info@bvdinfo.com

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Beida Lawinfochina 北大法律信息网:北大英文网
English translations of Chinese laws and regulations, judicial cases, legal news and gazettes. 
Beida Lawinfochina 北大法律信息网:北大英文网
URL 

On-campus: http://www.lawinfochina.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.lawinfochina.com/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. One concurrent user only.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Username and password

Non-required

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text

Description

The database provides access to full-texts of English translations of Chinese laws and regulations, judicial cases, legal news and gazettes. It also allows users to search and browse the table of contents of leading law journals.

There are also notes and hyperlinks to all the related laws, regulations, cases and law review articles. The notes and links are in Chinese language.

Dates covered

From 1949 to the present.

Search tips

The database can be searched in either English, Chinese (simplified only)

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download, e-mail and print are available.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Bibliography of Arabic Books Online
A bibliography and catalogue of books printed in Arabic script from c. 1730 until 1960.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Bibliography of Asian Studies
Index of Western language monographs, journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and anthologies on all parts of Asia published since 1971. 
Bibliography of Asian Studies
URL

On-campus: http://bmc.lib.umich.edu/bas/

Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://bmc.lib.umich.edu/bas/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Bibliographic, with links to full-text via SFX.

Description

The Bibliography of Asian Studies is an index of Western language monographs, journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, anthologies and Festschriften on all parts of Asia published since 1971.

Areas covered

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indochina, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Maldives, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Far East, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam.

Dates covered

1971 to 1991 of the print version, and up to date for selected resources including articles from the ‘100 most-used journals in Asian Studies’.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download and print.

More information

About the Bibliography of Asian Studies

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Brill Online Reference Works
Access to reference works: Brill's New Pauly, Brockelmann Online, Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopaedia of Judaism, Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān. 
Brill Online Reference Works
URL

On-campus
Off-campus

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or Bibliographic

Full-text for all of the reference works.

Description

Online versions of reference works: Brill's New Pauly, Brockelmann Online, Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopaedia of Judaism, Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān.

All works are cross-searchable and full-text is available for the reference works. 

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Business Source Premier
Access to over 2,000 journals covering business, marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. BSP also contains detailed company profiles for the world’s 10,000 largest companies. This includes SWOT analysis, in addition to company history and key employee information- perfect for finding company case studies. 
Business Source Premier
URL

On-campus
Off-campus

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Description

Access to over 2,000 journals covering business, marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.  BSP also contains detailed company profiles for the world’s 10,000 largest companies. This includes SWOT analysis, in addition to company history and key employee information- perfect for finding company case studies.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text and Bibliographic.

Dates covered

Varies for each title. Some titles offer full text back to 1965, and searchable cited references back as far as 1998.

Download/e-mail/print

Download, e-mail, print facilities are available.

More information

Further information, training and tutorials are available from the EBSCO support site

On-campus use

Off-campus use