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Databases for literature reviews

A common question we are asked by people doing literature reviews is: which database should I use?

Google Scholar is good for finding specific articles, including grey literature. But it has limited functionality if you want to build a more advanced search, or extract lots of results at once. 

So we would recommend using a literature database designed for you subject. Not every subject has a good database, but many do. Below are a selection, you cna find more resources at the My Subject pages. For further information on doing a literature search see our advice here.


Biological Sciences and Medicine

  • Criminology




Literature and Languages
  • ABELL: Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature
  • MLAIB: MLA International Bibliography


Museum Studies 

  • Art Full Text   (despite its name not just fine art, but indexes many publications relating to museums)


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