BIDS is the best known bibliographic
service for the academic community in the UK. BIDS also provides
access to the Ingenta Journals full
text service, both directly and also through links from database
Its mission is to provide, on a not-for-profit basis, the highest possible
level of service to allow UK Academic institutions and their members
access to bibliographic data, scholarly publications and research data.
Launched in 1991, BIDS is believed to have been a world first - a national
service providing widespread network access to commercially supplied
bibliographic databases, free at the point of delivery.
BIDS performs an important role in the information strategy of the Joint
Information Systems Committee of the Higher Education Funding Councils
(JISC), and is one
of three data centres funded by the JISC, along with MIMAS (located
at Manchester University) and EDINA (located at Edinburgh University).
BIDS is managed by Ingenta on a fully accountable and not-for-profit
basis. A major benefit of the relationship with ingenta is the seamless
access for BIDS users to well over 5,000 full-text electronic journals.
It contains International
Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) - the essential online
resource for social science and interdisciplinary research. It includes
over 2 million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books,
reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. Over 2,700 journals
are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books included each year. Abstracts
are provided for up to half of all current journal articles and full
text availability is increasing steadily.
an abstract database of psychological literature from 1887-present.
It contains more than 1.5 million references to journal articles, books,
book chapters, technical reports, and dissertations published in over
45 countries. All abstracts in PsycINFO are written in English, but
the covered literature includes material in more than 30 languages.
PsycINFO covers literature that is relevant to psychology. In addition
to "core" psychology topics such as personality or mental
health, PsycINFO contains abstracts on behavioural topics from related
disciplines. You can find references about health care, education, business,
organisational behaviour, consumer behaviour, criminal justice, artificial
intelligence, and much more.
The British Official Publications Current Awareness Service. Registered
users can use this website to search and browse over 28,000 references
to key British Official Publications from July 1995 onwards (updated
every week). Access to resources is mainly through paid subscription.
Care Online (formerly the Electronic Library for Social Care or
eLSC) is a site for anyone interested in social care issues. It is a
product of the Social
Care Institute for Excellence, an independent organisation launched
in 2001, and dedicated to disseminating knowledge to improve social
care practice. This site enables social care practitioners and managers
- have access to the best available research
- learn the skills needed to understand and critically appraise research
- have the tools to ensure that practice is based on solid evidence
about what works.
It also enables users of social services and carers to:
- promote their knowledge and expertise
- to provide information of use to them