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A-Z database list: Q-S

This page lists the databases available at SOAS, with titles beginning with the letters Q-S; 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
Renmin ribao 人民日报
Online version of Renmin ribao 人民日报 (People's Daily) 1946 - 2010, updated every 6 months.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Indexing and abstracts for scholarly music related material in over 100 languages. 
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
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 links to full-text via SFX.

Description

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature provides indexing and abstracts for scholarly music related material in over 100 languages. Covers over 500 scholarly journals. Also includes: books, bibliographies, catalogues, conference proceedings, discographies, dissertations, Festschriften, films, videos, concert reviews, recording notes, and pedagogical manuals. 

Dates covered

1967 to present.

Subject areas (in relation to music)

Acoustics, mathematics, aesthetics, music therapy, anthropology, pedagogy, criticism, performance practice and notation, dance, philosophy, dramatic arts, physics, ethnomusicology, physiology, historical musicology, psychology, instruments and voice, sociology, librarianship, theory and analysis, linguistics and semiotics, visual arts, literature.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

All available, can export records to reference software (EndNote).

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Sage Journals Online
Access to over 400 journals, with bibliographic information and abstracts. Also provides full-text access, free-of-charge, where SOAS subscribes to the journal. 
Sage Journals Online
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.

User name and password

Not required on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text, only for journals subscribed to by SOAS.

Description

Sage Journals Online provides access to 400 journals, with bibliographic information and abstracts. Full text access is only available for titles subscribed to by SOAS, around 20 titles.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Print and download available.

Software requirements

Acrobat Reader software needed to view full text PDF articles. Acrobat software installed on most computers in SOAS. If you are off-site, visit the Adobe website for a free download.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
ScienceDirect
Access to a small number of e-journals, mostly relating to development and economics. 
ScienceDirect
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, only for journals subscribed to by SOAS.

Subject areas

Agricultural and Biological Sciences,Arts & Humanities, Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Business, Management and Accounting, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Decision Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Economics, Econometrics and Finance, Energy and Power, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Science, Immunology and Microbiology, Materials Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics, Physics and Astronomy,Psychology, Social Science.

Dates covered

1998 onwards for full-text journals.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download, e-mail, print and export records to reference software (Reference Manager, ProCite and EndNote) available.

More information

Help and interactive tutorials from ScienceDirect

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Siku Quanshu (e-SKQS) 四庫全書
The Siku Quanshu: Wenyuange edition compiled during the years 1773-1782. Includes 3,460 classical works. 
Siku Quanshu (e-SKQS) 四庫全書
Access

Access via an installed client programme at most computers in the library. SOAS students and staff access from library computers on-campus use only. 

External users can access the database on request at the Library Enquiry Desk.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text.

Description

Siku Quanshu Wenyuange edition 1782 (The Complete Library of Four Treasures, 四庫全書) has been deemed as an essential resource for Chinese humanity studies. Initiated by Emperor Qianlong in the late 18th century, the project aimed to collect the most comprehensive information representing the major categories of traditional Chinese knowledge.

Download/e-mail/print /reference software

Download, e-mail and print are available.

Search tip

The best result is gained by searching with terms in traditional Chinese.

More information

Login instructions

On-campus use
Smithsonian Global Sound
An online encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. Including over 35,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds.  
Smithsonian Global Sound

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
It is a comprehensive streaming audio collection of world musical and aural traditions.

It provides streaming access to over 42000 tracks from the Smithsonian archives and world music from 169 countries from around the world. Users can browse by album titles, artists, ethnic groups, regions, and genres.

Included are recordings from various Labels such as:

  • American Institute for Indian Studies
  • Archive and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology
  • Collector Records
  • Cook Records
  • Dyer-Bennet Records
  • Fast Folk Musical Magazine
  • Folkways Records
  • International Library of African Music
  • Mickey Hart Collection
  • Monitor Records
  • M.O.R.E. Records
  • Paredon Records
  • Smithsonian Folkways Special Series

Content
Streaming music and liner notes

System requirements
Audio resources are accessible with Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher.

Download/e-mail/print
Music content is only available for streaming.

Accompanying text documents (Liner note) may be printed or saved.

You can listen to an audio track on your mobile device, such as a smartphone. Wherever you see the “send to mobile” icon, you are able to obtain a "shortlink" to enable playback on your mobile device later. This shortlink can be used for only 48 hours.

More information

Further information and guidance is available from their help pages.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Social Science Citation Index
Index to the core scholarly journals for social sciences; covering more than 1,725 journals. Accessed via the Web of Science/Knowledge. 
Social Science 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 Social Science Citation Index is part of ISI Web of Knowledge/Science. It provides bibliographic information and cited references found in over 1,700 of the leading scholarly social sciences journals, covering more than 50 disciplines. 

Dates covered

1956 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