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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 Room E10/Level E), Monday to Friday 10am-4pm.
  • E-mail electronic@soas.ac.uk
  • Phone 020 7898 4163/4141
TitleDescriptionLinks
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

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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
Africa Yearbook Online
Covers major domestic political developments, foreign policy and socio-economic trends in sub-Saharan Africa.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
African Studies Companion Online
Contains over 1800 entries covering guides and resources for African Studies. Many entries describe and evaluate resources and many link directly to the internet.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Afrobarometer
Afrobarometer is an independent, non-partisan research project that regularly measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in more than 30 African countries.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Al-Ahram Digital Archive
The Al-Ahram digital archive provides a comprehensive collection of this 1875-founded Arabic newspaper, including such features as full page-level digitization, complete original graphics, and searchable text.  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

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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=https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/

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
Arabbarometer
The first wave of the Arab Barometer began in 2006/07 with the first round of surveys administered in seven countries. An eighth country was surveyed in 2009.The eight countries included in the first round of the Arab Barometer are Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Bahrain, Algeria, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Yemen. In 2010/11, second wave Arab Barometer surveys were conducted in eleven Arab countries. Although it was not possible to conduct a second wave survey in Kuwait and Bahrain, five new countries were added to the Arab Barometer. The second wave of the Arab Barometer thus included surveys in Algeria, Morocco, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iraq, Tunisia, and Egypt. The third wave of the Arab Barometer was released in 2014. Countries included in this wave are Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.   On-campus use

Off-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
Asiabarometer
The Asian Barometer Survey (ABS) is an applied research program that aims to gauge public opinion on issues such as political values, democracy, and governance across Asia. Our regional survey network encompasses research teams from 13 East Asian states (Japan, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia), and 5 South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal).  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Audit Analytics (Europe Module)
Provides detailed categorizations of issues for tracking and analyzing public company disclosures related to audits, compliance, governance, corporate actions, and federal litigation. Contains comprehensive research on over 150,000 active audits and more than 10,000 accounting firms. In most cases, data dates back to fiscal year 2000. If you are not registered already, please complete the registration form via this link https://wrds-www.wharton.upenn.edu/register   On-campus use

Off-campus use
AWRS Arab World Research Source
Arab World Research Source is a dedicated resource of scholarly journals, quality magazines, trade publications, industry profiles, country reports, market research reports and conference papers published in the Arab World and/or about the Arab World. The database offers full text for over 300 full text publications, including nearly 200 scholarly journals, as well as 85 full text titles in Arabic Language. This resources reaches across all major subject disciplines, including business, economics, science, technology, humanities and sociology, and includes key publications from renowned universities in the Arab World. 
AWRS Arab World Research Source

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

Description
Part of EBSCOhost, AWRS gives access to scholarly journals, quality magazines, trade publications, industry profiles, country reports, market research reports and conference papers published in the Arab World and/or about the Arab World. The database offers full text for over 300 full text publications, including nearly 200 scholarly journals, as well as 85 full text titles in Arabic Language. AWRS reaches across all major subject disciplines, including business, economics, science, technology, humanities and sociology, and includes key publications from renowned universities in the Arab World.

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text and Bibliographic.

Dates covered
Varies for each title. Some titles offer coverage from 1974 onwards; most cover the current last 15 years. 


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
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://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,shib&custid=s8438947&profile=ehost&defaultdb=bas

Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,shib&custid=s8438947&profile=ehost&defaultdb=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

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Off-campus use
BoardEx (UK)
A continuously growing global leadership database containing the most accurate and comprehensive global board and relationship intelligence, collected and curated over 20 years. The database covers board members, non-board members, C-suite executives, senior leaders and professional advisors. Enables users to perform statistical research on business leaders to understand trends in leadership, management, diversity and inclusion, governance, compensation, and networks. If you are not already registered, please complete registration form via this link https://wrds-www.wharton.upenn.edu/register/  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Bridgeman Education
Bridgeman education is an online educational image resource to use in learning, teaching and scholarly research. Available on and off campus to SOAS students and staff only. 
Bridgeman Education
URL 

On campus: https://www.bridgemaneducation.com/en/my-account/login/ip

Off-campus: https://www.bridgemaneducation.com/en/my-account/login/shibboleth

Access

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

Authentication

Available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Description

Bridgeman education is an online educational image resource to use in learning, teaching and scholarly research. Includes over 650,000 copyright cleared images sourced from the world’s major museums, galleries, contemporary artists and private collections; providing access to the visual culture of every civilization from prehistory to the present day.

Download

Images can be downloaded to your computer or you can save them as slideshow online.  The license covers for all educational non-commercial use of images only.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Brill Online Reference Works
Access to reference works: Brill's New Pauly, Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, Encyclopaedia of Early Christianity, Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Encyclopaedia of Judaism, Encyclopedia of Sikhism and Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān. 
Brill Online Reference Works
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, Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopaedia of Judaism and Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān.

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

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Brockelmann Online in English
This online publication is the English translation of Brockelmann's famous Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL). Brockelmann's work offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period. 
Brockelmann Online in English

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:
This online publication is the English translation of Brockelmann's famous Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL). Brockelmann's work offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period. It is divided in chronologically organized sections, which are subdivided by literary genre. Individual entries typically consist of a biographical section and a list of the author’s works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature.

Unlike the German original, the English translation spells out all the authors' names, which makes the translation much easier to consult. 

Besides reading this online edition as a book (using the table of contents and the previous and next chapter links), this online edition allows full text searching using the search box at the top of the screen.

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