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This guide covers general social sciences topics, including human geography, politics, social anthropology, and sociology.

Articles (journals, newspapers, magazines)

Key Databases

Multidisciplinary databases recommended for the social sciences, with significant linking to full-text scholarly articles.

Arrow Discover Click for more information View a demonstration.
Mega-searches selected journal article databases simultaneously. Databases include Academic Search Premier and PsycINFO. Includes NZ content. Excellent starting point for undergraduates.

Arrow Scopus Click for more information View a demonstration.

Arrow Web of Science Click for more information View a demonstration.

Arrow Google Scholar Click for more information View a demonstration.

Arrow Full list of article databases recommended for Social Sciences

Arrow Database Licence Information
Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Books & Ebooks

Arrow Search Discover
Search to find Library books, journals, DVDs & other material.

Arrow Postgraduate students and staff: Search Libraries Worldwide to find and request books that are not held by any Massey University Library.

Arrow Books and Ebooks at Massey Library
How to find ebooks View a Demonstration.

Arrow Google Books
Searches across the full-text content of a huge range of books. You can then check by searching Discover to see if the book is held by Massey University Library.

Arrow Theses
Locate Massey, New Zealand, and international theses.

Arrow The Treaty of Waitangi Collection
A collection of ebooks from Bridget Williams Books.

More Information

Background Information

Search across a range of specialist encyclopedias for a comprehensive overview of a topic.

Arrow ScienceDirect Reference Works
Not all content is available - look for the green icon for Massey-available items

Arrow International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Arrow International Encyclopedia of Political Science

Arrow Encyclopedia of Political Thought

Arrow Oxford Handbooks Online: Political Science
Reviews key issues and concepts. Search tip: use the Search within results box in the left-hand margin.

Research Methods

Arrow Search Discover for material on research methods in the Social Sciences

Arrow Sage Research Methods Click for more information

Concepts & Definitions

Arrow Oxford Reference Online Premium

Arrow Dictionary of the Social Sciences

Arrow Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics

Documentaries & Television Programmes

Arrow eTV Click for more information

Arrow Academic Video Online Click for more information

Arrow Ethnographic Video Online

Arrow Culture Unplugged

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Useful Links

Help & Demonstrations

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    Help on finding information
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