Social and policy studies

Providing access to quality Social and policy studies resources and subject support.

Databases View more

Here are the key databases/online resources to start finding information in your subject area. Click on 'View more' to go to the full listing for the Library, and use the filters to find more for this subject and others.

Books Catalogue

The shelf marks tell you where you can browse for books on popular topics in the Library (the level is for the Library in Loughborough). Click on ‘Catalogue’ to search for specific books and check their availability.

Subject / title Pilkington level Shelfmark
Sociology 2 301
Social psychology 2 302
Social science research methodology 2 300.72
Social Groups 2 305
Culture and institutions 2 306
Criminal law 2 345
Criminology 2 364

Videos View more

Use the videos to learn more about some resources or finding information.

Frequently asked questions View more

Here are some of the most popular questions asked by students in this subject. If you have a different question, check 'View more' or ask your Academic Librarian.

How can I access an article in a database?

Some databases provide the full-text of the article in the database in either HTML or PDF format. Others just give you the basic details but you have to access the full-text via a link that might say 'SFX' or 'Full-text'.

If you are on-campus or have the VPN activated on your device when you are off-campus, you should click on the link and it will take you to the full-text if the Library subscribes to the journal.

If it doesn't do this, then search Library Catalogue Plus to see if we subscribe to the journal you need (including the correct year).  If you get stuck, contact the Library (library@lboro.ac.uk).

How do I access an eBook?

From Library Catalogue Plus look at the options at the side of the page and click on ‘eBook’ in the ‘Format’ section to limit the results to eBooks. Click on ‘Get full text’ to open the eBook.

How do I find newspapers?

Go to All Databases listing and filter to newspapers. Nexis UK  includes the text of all of the main English language newspapers (regional, national, international), plus non-english language sources too. You can search current up-to-date stories or do more historical searches. Some UK titles date back to 1985; international titles vary. You can also access archives of historical newspapers

How do I reference correctly for my school or department?

You need to find out which referencing style your lecturer, supervisor or marker is expecting you to use.  This information is usually in a school or department handbook and in Learn. If you get stuck, contact your Academic Librarian.