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Global Studies: Article Databases

Resources for the Global Studies programme offered by NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Multi-Disciplinary Databases

Best Bets

The following platforms host several databases for various subject areas. It is possible to search across several databases within each of these platforms.

  • ProQuest 
    This resource includes citations and full text articles in academic & professional disciplines, e.g., business, economics, gender studies, health, literature, management, political science; as well as news and general interest items. Search multiple databases simultaneously or select individually from among ABI/INFORM (business); Accounting & tax; the American Medical Association; Dissertations; Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch, Research Library, or major current and historical US newspapers.
  • EBSCOHost 
    EBSCOHost is a single, easy-to-use platform to access subscribed content from various publishers, covering numerous subjects. Databases accessible on this platform include: Business Source Premier, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Communication & mass media complete, Avery index to architectural periodicals, Regional Business News, Music Index Online, GreenFILE, and Urban Studies Abstracts.
    The database aggregates scientific, technical, humanties, social science and medical journals. It covers PsycArticles, Econlit, Food science and technology abstracts, Geobase, Iconda, International pharmaceutical abstracts, The Philosopher's index, PsycInfo, Social work abstracts, NASW clinical register, Index to foreign legal periodicals, International Political science abstracts and RILM abstracts of music literature
Multidisciplinary Databases

The following databases are multi-disciplinary and allows you to search through a multitude of different fields, subjects, and/or disciplines.

  • Scopus 
    Covers scientific, technical, medical, social sciences, arts and humanities fields. Scopus also keeps tracks of citation counts and is able to generate citation metric. Updated daily.
  • Web of Science 
    Indexes thousands of academic journals in virtually every discipline in sciences, humanities and social sciences, including demography, economics and statistics. Its unique feature is the ability to trace related articles, using a citation as a starting point.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences 
    ‚ÄčIBSS’s main focus is on the 4 core social science subjects of Anthropology, Economics, Politics and Sociology.
  • JSTOR 
    An archive of articles especially in the discipline of Humanities and the Social Sciences. A 3- to 5-year embargo usually applies.
  • Social Science Abstracts (on EBSCOHost platform)
    Social Science Abstracts covers a number of disciplines in the social sciences including Family Studies, Gender Studies, and Minority Studies.
  • Academic OneFile 
    A collection of peer-reviewed, full-text articles in HTML and PDF format from more than 8000 journals with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other subject; intended primarily for academic researchers.

Core Databases for Subjects & Disciplines

It may be necessary to use several subject/discipline-based resources for different issues in Global Studies. The following are the main databases according to the traditional subjects/disciplines. Go to the specific subject guides if you require more databases.

Subject & Guide Key Database


Business Source Premier




Humanities Abstracts

Historical Abstracts

Communications & New Media 

Communications & Mass Media Complete

Public Health 

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)

Political Science 

Public Policy 

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Columbia International Affairs Online


Sociological Abstracts




Environmental Management 

Environment Abstracts 


Food & Agriculture 

Food Science and Technology Abstracts


Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts 






Area Studies

Area Studies Databases

South Asian Studies 

Southeast Asian Studies 

Japanese Studies 

Comparative Asian Studies 

Chinese Studies 

Malay Studies

Bibliography of Asian Studies

Asia-Studies Full-Text Online

China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database (CNKI)

PERIND (on Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & ASEAN)

American Studies

America: History and Life

European Studies

See History above

Google Scholar

To gain access to full text from Google Scholar, use the Find It @ NUSLibraries feature or the Proxy Bookmarklet tool.

Google Scholar Search

Other Information Sources

Sites and databases comprising laws and treaties, statistics, speeches, news articles, and other types of documents are listed in this column.

Government and Other Documents