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Databases (eResources) - Introduction

Databases  (or eResources) provide access to quality academic resources for your work.  The Finding Information tab will take you through the stages to find information efficiently and effectively.  

The databases have been subdivided into sections to reflect their content.  


Databases (eResources)

Statistical Sources



‚ÄčOffice for National Statistics 

The UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.  Has a section on people, population and community.

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Grey Literature

What is "grey Literature"?

Grey literature is the term given to publications produced by government departments,  charities, business, industries, etc in short anything that is not produced commercially.   It is a great source of authoritative information on quite narrow areas of research.  Be careful and apply the normal criteria in establishing the reliability of the publication before you use it.  

Where to find grey literature

Ethos PhDs held in the British Library, great source of research

Pre-print Servers -listed separately in the Libguide -ArXiv is one such example

GreyNet - provides links to sources of information

Social Science Research Network  (SSRN) - papers, research, conference papers, etc

Library eResources/Databases

The list is not exhaustive and many databases/eResources have grey literature included on them

Not in the Libary? - Inter-Library Loans

If the library does not have the article you need you can request an inter-library loan.  A copy of the article will in most cases be emailed to you within a 2-3 working days.  Books can also be requested via inter-library loan, but will take longer to arrive as they have to be posted.


  • L4 & L5 students may have 5 inter-library loans a year 
  • Final year students can request 15 inter-library loans per year
  • All postgraduates and staff can request 30 inter-library loans.

If you need more, please contact me. 

Inter-Library Loan Request form

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