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Easy access to Library resources - Databases

UWS Library subscribes to a wide range of external websites and provides free access to students and staff.

Bibliographic databases are subject-specific search engines related to an area of study or profession. They index journals, articles, guidance and other documents. A selection of the main databases available at UWS are listed on the One Search homepage. You may need to login to using your student / staff username and password, particularly if you are off-campus.

Acceptable Use

The Library signs a licence with each publisher which governs the use of that publisher's database. 

Acceptable use:

  • You can print or download one copy of an article or other resource for personal and non-commercial use, which includes for private study, teaching and research.
  • You can send one copy of any article or other resource to a current UWS student or member of staff. 
  • If you wish to share articles or other resources with more than one other UWS student or member of staff you must do this by using appropriate sharing platforms and/or tools. Please contact the e-resources team in the Library at for more information about this.

Not acceptable use:

  • You cannot make multiple copies of an article or other resources.
  • You cannot print or download articles or other resources for commercial use.
  • You cannot send any copies of articles or other resources to people who are not current UWS students or members of staff.

Engaging in activities that are not permitted could be considered as misconduct, as noted in the University’s IT Acceptable Use Policy.

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ACM Portal - full text collection of all Association for Computing Machinery publications, including journals, conference proceedings and books

ACS - American Chemical Society full-text peer-reviewed journals

American Doctoral Dissertations - citations and some full text access to US dissertations from 1902-

ArXiv - full text database of physics, computing and maths articles

ASME Digital Collection - journal articles, conference proceedings and books provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Autism Data - free database from the National Autistic Society


Barbour Index - specialist database covering environmental and health & safety information

Bioline International - quality bio-science journal articles from the developing world

BioMed Central - full text from 200 peer-reviewed bio-medical journals

Biosis Previews - information about life sciences and biomedical journal articles published between 1969-2008

Blended Online Learning and Distance Education (BOLDE) - details of books, articles and conference papers on Blended Online Learning and Distance Education from the Australian Council for Educational Research - not full text

BMJ Journals - selected articles published by the British Medical Journal Group

British Library - Sounds - unique sound recordings from all over the world, cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds 

British Periodicals - full text of periodical articles from the late 1600s to the early 1900s 

British Standards Online - database of all current British, European and International Standards



Cambridge Core - Cambridge e-books and journals covering a wide range of subjects

ChemSpider - structural chemistry information and diagrams

CINAHL - access to over 3000 health, nursing & midwifery related journals

ClickView - TV & radio programmes from major UK channels - broadcasts from the last month

Coaching Science Abstracts - summaries of sports coaching journal articles - not full text

Cochrane Library - evidence-based care and reviews of clinical interventions 

Construction Information Service - construction industry standards and regulations


DART-Europe e-thesis portal - e-thesis portal for European research theses

Dawsonera - e-books on a variety of subjects

Digimap Ordnance Survey Collection - Ordnance Survey maps for educational use

Drama Online - full text of classic and contemporary playtexts plus live performances, audio plays, theory and practice

Early European Books (EEB) - full colour images of books printed in Europe from the invention of printing to the late 1600s

EBSCO - e-books and articles covering nursing, psychology, sociology, sports science and environmental issues - not all full text

Edinburgh University Press - assorted electronic journals

Education Source - large collection of full-text journals covering all levels of education from early childhood to higher education

Emerald - full text articles covering management, business, education, library studies, health care and engineering

Education Resources Information Center - ERIC - 
information about education related articles (mostly US based). Not full text

EThOS - PhD theses submitted to UK universities that are held by the British Library.  Registration is required.

European Sources Online - information from official and primary sources across Europe on a wide range of subjects


GALE InfoTrac Newsstand - full-text newspaper resource that provides access to more than 2,300 major world newspapers, and includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts. 

Greenfile - information about journal and magazine articles on environmental issues - not full text

Hansard - debates, questions and answers in the House of Commons and the House of Lords

Health Source: Nursing Academic Edition - full text of over 500 nursing journals

Henry Stewart Journals - Marketing, Finance, Real Estate and Management titles: a database of over 5,000 case studies, vocational articles and applied research studies. 

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers - House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (18th-20th Century) 

IEEE Xplore Digital Library - full text articles on electrical engineering, computer science and electronics

Independent Radio - archives of independent radio programmes from 1973-1996 - select UWS from the 'sign in' box to use

Informa Healthcare - full text medical journals and e-books

Ingenta Connect - full text journals covering a variety of subjects

Institution of Civil Engineers Virtual Library Archive - 
civil engineering journals and books dating back to 1836

IOPScience (Institute of Physics) - full text physics journals including archive editions


John Johnson Collection - searchable colour images of items from the Bodleian Library's John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera. (18th-early 20th Century)

Karger Journals - full text journals on biomedical topics

Knowledge Unlatched - open access e-books on a range of subjects provided by academic libraries including UWS

Learning Exchange - Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education repository of digital learning resources

LexisLibrary - full text of UK, English & Welsh case law, legislation and commentary

Medline - comprehensive medical citation database that provides authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and may also provide full text links to other databases

Mintel Market Research Reports - on a range of subjects including finance, media and leisure

MyiLibrary - e-books on a variety of subjects


OVID - journal articles and books on a wide range of health and nursing topics

Oxford Scholarship Online - e-books on social science, humanities, science, medicine and law

Oxford University Press - full text of journals in humanities, social science, law, science and medicine

PsycARTICLES - full text of journals covering psychology, psychiatry and counselling

PsycBOOKS - includes over 38,000 chapters in PDF from over 2,500 books, published by the American Psychological Association and other publishers, and includes digitized content of historical significance from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) collection

Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection - the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals


SAGE Journals Online - full text covering social sciences, business, health, life science, materials and engineering

SAGE Knowledge - e-books covering social science topics

ScienceDirect - full text journals and e-books on a range of subjects. Free but registration may be required

SciFinder - Industry Standard detail about Organic and Inorganic Substances. Contact the library to register for a password

SCRAN - images, movies and sounds covering Scotland's history and culture

Screen Online - British Film Institute videos, sound extracts and information covering the history of British film and television (on-campus use only)

Social Care Online - UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work 

SocINDEX - full text social science resources

SportDISCUS - sport science articles (some full text)

Springerlink - full text science, technology and medical journals and e-books - On-campus access

StairMemorial Encyclopedia - Stair Memorial Encyclopedia of Scot's Law

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) - the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work

Statista - wide variety of statistics, industry data and analysis from the UK, Europe and around the world. Enhance your presentations with the downloadable tables, charts and infographics; UK Data Service: UK survey data including census data between 1971-2011


Taylor & Francis e-books - multi-subject electronic book collection

Taylor & Francis Journals - full text journals covering social sciences, education and humanities 

Times Digital Archive 1785-2008 - The Times Digital Archive is an online, full text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for the 19th – 20th Century history detailing every complete page of every issue since 1785

UK Data Service - health, social and economic data from the UK - registration required

UK Network of Sex Work Projects - special collection at UWS Paisley Campus

Vogue Archive - Current and historical articles from Vogue fashion magazine

Web of Science - journal article and e-book citation indexing service that also provides full text links to other databases

Westlaw UK - full text Scots and UK legislation and law related e-books and journals (registration required)

Wiley Online Library - e-books and journals covering science, social science and humanities subjects

Zetoc - table of contents from research journals. Not full text

Last updated: 24/04/2018