Useful Social Sciences Resources on the Internet

Note: These links are not intended to be exhaustive. They simply highlight some of the most useful resources.


Information Gateways

Archives Hub provides access to descriptions of unique and unpublished primary source material for education and research. The archives cover a rich and diverse subject matter from the Scottish Brewing Archives to Anglo-Saxons, from British politicians to pressure groups such as CND, from Antarctic expeditions to volcanoes. The site also includes information about the Archives Hub and its’ contributors, and provides professional information for archivists.

Copac is a freely available library catalogue, giving access to the merged online catalogues of many major UK and Irish academic and National libraries, as well as increasing numbers of specialist libraries.

ESRC Society Today is a site produced by the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK's leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns. The web site aims to bring together information about ESRC funded research and its outputs, with a variety of other data sources to offer a unique social science research resource. As well as providing access to ESRC corporate information, the web site details funding opportunities, support for ESRC Award Holders, press releases, a research contacts database and discussion forum. ESRC Society Today is freely available, although users may register for the site to enable them to personalise content, receive e-mail updates and contribute to online discussions

Jorum is a JISC funded service provided for the UK HE and FE community. It aims to collect and share teaching and learning materials. 

 Social Care online is a portal maintained by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) which provides free access to information on social work and social care. It includes references and links to journal articles, government reports and more.

Data Archives

UK Data Archive is a searchable archive of the largest collection of computer-readable data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK. Users complete a Data Access Application Form to receive the datasets. The data is available in different media and various formats.

MIMAS also specialises in the provision of data relevant to the Social Sciences. Particular datasets held include: 1981 & 1991 Censuses and the General Household Survey. The site gives information on registration procedures.

Online tutorials

The Internet detective is a free tutorial on assessing and evaluating Internet resources.

The Information Literacy website has news and links to materials on library training and information literacy.