Sources of information

Subject Resources

For subject specific resources visit the subject support information.

For information resources not in EHU library collections try our Inter-library loans facility or Add a Book to the collection.

General Resources

Abstracting and indexing databases

Abstracting and indexing databases are useful resources to utilise for your research strategy as they contain numerous records of research outputs.

Web of Science

Here at Edge Hill University we have a subscription to the Web of Science abstracting and indexing database.  This database indexes science, social science, arts and humanities and emerging sources research outputs including articles, books, and conferences.  This is a useful database for scoping out research outputs beyond our full text content. Where available full text links to our subscribed content and freely available open access material are provided.

Although Edge Hill University does not have an institutional subscription there are free to access abstracting and indexing databases that you might find useful when undertaking your research strategy. If there is an open access full text version available, these sites will direct you towards them. If there is no link to access the full text for free, please try the  Journal A-Z to see if we have access to the journal in our collection. If not, then you could apply for an inter library loan copy.

Dimensions (Digital Science)

The free access does not give you access to all the site features (grants, patents, clinical trials etc.) but is sufficient to identify useful outputs.

1Findr (Science-Metrix)

The free access only provides a basis search but will provide access to legally downloadable full text items if available.

Current Awareness

Zetoc provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database covers 1993 to date, and is updated on a daily basis. Access it through the Library Catalogue.

Alerts and RSS Feeds

Rather than spending time repeating searches, set up alerts to receive recently published results from our databases via email. Access the help links in the individual e-resources for how to do this.

RSS feeds can be sourced from websites, publishers and information providers. They remove the need for you to manually check websites for new content.


The  Proquest Dissertations and Theses: UK and Ireland (formerly Index to Theses) is a comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. Links are provided advising how to obtain the full text of the theses.

The British Library’s Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) holds details of over 300,000 UK theses which can be downloaded or a digitised copy requested.

If you would like to expand your search for theses beyond the UK and Ireland there are free to use sites that provide links (although they do not always display the full text)

DART- Europe

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD)

External Libraries and Library Catalogues

The COPAC library catalogue provides access to the catalogues of major university, specialist, and national libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library.

Staff and research students can use the SCONUL Access scheme to access material held in higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland.


The Archives Hub provides details of the archives of nearly 200 institutions in England, Scotland and Wales.

The National Archives is the UK Government’s archive service.