The library subscribes to a number of databases which specialise in your subject area. They are not available freely via the web, so you won’t be able to find the resources we have here by using Google. They give you access to quality, up to date, peer-reviewed material such as journal articles, case studies and research papers.
To begin with, you may want to search for books using SOLAR library search. If you want to do an in-depth search for journals relating to a particular topic you might find it easier to search within a subject database.
It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with these databases and learn how to use them. They’re a great source of information and will be useful throughout your time at Salford.
Sociology and Criminology Databases
For the full list of Sociology databases that the library subscribes to, click here.
For Criminology, click here.
Alternatively, follow the steps shown in the screenshots below.
From the library website, click on ‘Resources’ at the top of the page, and select either Sociology or Criminology from the dropdown menu.
After selecting a database, click on ‘link to Database’ to proceed. If you’re off campus, you will be prompted to log in using your University of Salford network username (e.g. ABC123) and password.
Recommended Databases Include
ProQuest Social Science Database
ProQuest Social Science Database is a definitive resource for those who need access to a variety of social science journals. The database includes over 1000 titles, with the majority available in full text. It covers core disciplines across the social sciences, featuring journals from over 50 countries.
You can read more information in this blog post and watch a video guide here
Oxford Handbooks Online (Criminology and Criminal Justice)
These handbooks contain over 300 articles written by leading scholars, which evaluate the current thinking on criminology and criminal justice topics and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate.
We have access to more than 400 essays and articles, on topics such as:
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Crime and Public Policy
- Criminological Theory
- Police and Policing
You can read more information about Oxford Handbooks and how to search the database, in this blog post:
Routledge Handbooks Online
This resource brings together the world’s leading scholars to provide cutting-edge overviews of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. You can read more information in this blog post
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online
A resource giving instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship in the field of sociology. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology is the reference for students, researchers, librarians, and academics in the field. It brings together specially commissioned entries written and edited by an international team of the world’s best scholars and teachers with over 1800 entries.
Academic Search Premier
Designed specifically for academic institutions, Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. It is part of the EBSCO platform.
The following video from the library demonstrates how to carry out a search using EBSCO databases and is designed for Health & Social Care students.
JSTOR provides access to quality academic journals, books, and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Primary sources include select monographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, letters, oral histories, government documents and more.
Help and Support
If you’re having any problems accessing these resources or would like any advice on how to search for information, you contact your Academic Support Librarian, Matt Adams on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 2952110.