'A' level website, but has some useful links to online resources
One of the better Sociology portals, based at the University of Amsterdam.
Gateway to some sociological resources on the Internet.
See also the BSA Guidelines on Ethical Research, which includes the new Statement of Ethical Practice (2017)
Independent UK think tank, offering full text access to its publications on a range of social issues
UK think tank concerned with politics and society. Full-text of most of their publications are available
Venerable left-leaning think tank, aligned with the Labour Party. Extensive Fabian Society Online Archive of its publications is maintained by LSE, including the majority of Fabian Tracts 1884-1997
Includes full text of the Survey methods newsletter, and details of other NCSR publications
Free access to the full text of over 300 sociology books published by the University of California Press.
Established UK charity (formerly known as National Children's Home) aiming to support vulnerable children. Publications freely available on its website
Major UK charity working on behalf of neglected children. Free access to its publications & reports
Collaborative UK academic effort
Statutory body overseeing children's rights, especially of those in care
Campaigning organisation on behalf of children in the UK. Includes archive of its early work (1881-1918) as the Waifs & Strays' Society
UK anti-bullying organisation. Free research reports and annual bullying survey (2013-)
Data on child welfare for the US at national, state & local level. Further documentation is available from the Dept. of Health & Human Services Child Welfare Information Gateway
LSE based research network looking at children's internet usage & online
safety. See also Net Children Go
Mobile project covering several
European countries including UK, and the Family Online Safety Institute
EU coordinated network of organisations and individuals working to improve the quality of life of children and young people in Europe
Concerned with the impact of UK policy on future generations. Publishes the annual Intergenerational Fairness index
Especially its online resource section NSPCC Inform
Longitudinal study commenced in 2002 led by University of Cambridge, focusing on situational influences of home, school & community on young people
Longstanding UK organisation supporting child rights and equality for girls
Charitable organisation working to support children, particularly in disaster-prone areas
UK's largest fostering & adoption charity. Research includes interrelations between crime and the care system
UK organisation campaigns to reduce pressures on family life
Major EU funded research project on family in Europe
Publications plus OECD Family Database for statistics
Numerous datasets, major current ones include: Family resources survey; Integrated household survey; Living costs & food survey (and associated publication Family spending
Major organisation campaigning against slavery & trafficking worldwide
US based organisation campaigning to end modern slavery and human trafficking. Maintains an extensive online library
UN Women project. Includes legislation, regulations, national policy documents, case studies of good practice, national and international statistics and full text research papers
Web portal maintained by the National MultiCultural Institute (US), enabling searching for internet resources (organisations, articles, news) on a wide range of topics.
Section on Forced Labour, Human Trafficking & Slavery
Research project based at King's College London
Investigative reporting website, focusing on E. Europe, Russia & Central Asia
Growing online resource with some interesting articles. Currently free ...
Forum for timely information and commentary about restorative justice worldwide
Major annual (2001-) report from the US Dept. of State looking at the problem globally
UNESCO project, database & bibliography
Italian research centre specialising in organised & transnational crime. Many useful publications available online
Based at the University of Hull. Has research interests in contemporary slavery. See also the UCL project Legacies of British Slave-ownership
Maintains a Worldwide Database of country by country information
Handy statistical summary for countries worldwide, compiled by Roy Walmsley at the International Centre for Prison Studies
Also offers the full text of its publications
The EU's official statistical agency offers comparative crime data
Main UK based organisation in the field. Full text of selected papers from the BSC Conferences also available.
Major research centre in criminology. Base for the
Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development
longitudinal study (1961-) led by David Farrington and colleagues. Other longitudinal studies include Britta Kyvsgaard's study of 45 000 Danish offenders, published as: The criminal career (2003). See also research on the night-time economy and associated article. See also the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS), another longitudinal study that commenced in 2002.
Research institute founded in 1931, affiliated to King's College London. Includes the Harm and Society Project. Offers access to full text of online publications
Well established research centre at London Metropolitan University. Links to online publications.
Crime, Punishment & Popular Culture (1790-1920) - Library Database
Interesting digitised collection covering hard to find historical source material
The major official survey, published as Crime in England and
Results from 4th quarter 2011- onwards available from Office for
Datasets for 1982- onwards available from UK Data Service (registration required) and older publications up to 2010 on Home Office archived site (National Archives)
News feed from The Guardian newspaper, useful for current events
Publications & statistics since 2010 available from the Home Office website on Gov.UK. Material up to the end of 2010 is archived on the National Archives web pages, including: Crime in England & Wales (formerly the British Crime Survey). Also includes the following series: Statistical Bulletin; Findings/Research Findings; Research Studies; Statistics on Race & the Criminal Justice System; Statistics on Women & the Criminal Justice System. See also: Office for National Statistics. Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Crime & Justice section offers access to UK statistical data, including Crime in England & Wales
Comes under the remit of the National Crime Agency (see above)
New index compiled by the Institute for Economics & Peace
Campaigning organisation in support of victims of crime
Campaigns to end domestic violence against women & children. See especially their Annual Survey (2010-)
Useful annotated bibliography compiled by the British Library, mainly focusing on the UK situation
UK - CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Ministry of Justice agency which delivers correctional services through the Probation Service and HM Prison Service.
Great historical source material - details of nearly 200 000 trials held at England's central criminal court, 1674-1913
Independent charity seeking to create a just, humane & effective penal system
Charity aiming to be the national voice in promoting restorative justice in the UK
Campaigning group aims to help women avoid, survive & exit the criminal justice system
Government quango overseeing the youth justice system in England & Wales
UK - POLICE
Crime statistics from the police
Includes access to a wide range of reports relating to policing London, statistics (eg: stop & search), etc
Government agency tasked with tackling serious & organised crime in UK. Previously SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency)
National Police Chiefs' Council (previously ACPO)
Independent think tank working to improve policing
Data on Gov.uk relating to arrests, stop & search, etc, for England & Wales (2013-)
US counterpart to the BSC. Details of members, sections, and publications, available on the website
Center for Problem-Oriented Policing (State University of New York at Albany)
Very useful center that offers a range of guides on specific policing problem areas, including useful literature reviews and full-text documents
Provides access to a wide range of resources, notably the Uniform Crime Reports which include the statistical series: Crime in the United States and Hate Crime Statistics (both from 1995)
City University New York project to track news reports of hate crime since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016. See also Documenting Hate cooperative project to establish a reliable national database on the nature & prevalence of hate crime
Maintained by the Human Trafficking Law Project at University of Michigan
Major source of statistical data, hosted by ICPSR at University of Michigan. Comprises a large number of data sets, mostly at federal or local level, plus some international data. Main contributors are the Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention
Includes its abstracts database, covering over 200 000 publications dealing with the US crime & justice system since 1970, as well as links to other federal online resources.
Federally funded centre looking at gangs in US. Many publications available, plus data from the National Youth Gang Survey (1996-2012)
Free access to some useful publications
Major organisation that monitors and combats hate crimes in the US
US body, with many sections covering the range of specialisms within the discipline
Well established & respected database of reviews across all areas of anthropology
Venerable (1964) organisation dedicated to Aboriginal studies
Respected organisation, established in 1972 & based in the US. Free access to its journal Cultural Survival Quarterly.
Covers over 1400 cultures, enabling users to compare different cultures, environments, languages and ethnicities. Based on coded cultural data drawn the Ethnographic Atlas and the Binford Hunter-Gatherer dataset. Mainly pre industrial societies described by ethnographers.
Originally collected by Ted Robert Gurr, this major project & dataset tracks around 300 politically active ethnic minorities around the world since 1945
Main UK organisation for anthropologists. It's database Anthropological Index Online is an excellent source of references to journal articles
Important organisation campaigning on behalf of indigenous peoples
An international organisation comprising indigenous peoples, occupied nations, minorities, and independent states or territories
Coordinating body for cultural studies scholars across the world. Useful links & resources
Main US organisation for researchers in the field
Section of the ASA
Leading UK academic organisation
Established portal with detailed lists of resources
Interesting database of public library issue records, indicating the reading habits of small town America around 1900
A good starting point might be: Doing research in cultural studies. Saukko, Paula. 2003. HM 102.R4
Useful reference sources in the include:
A dictionary of cultural and critical theory. Payne, Michael, ed. 1997. Ref. HM 101.D5
Cultural theory : the key concepts. Edgar, Andrew & Sedgwick, Peter. 2nd ed., 2008. Ref. HM 101.E4
The SAGE dictionary of cultural studies. Barker, Chris. 2004. Ref. HM 101.B2
St. James' encyclopedia of popular culture. Pendergast, Tom & Sara, eds. 2000. Ref. E 169.1.S7
Mapping tool using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for data visualisation
Maintains a useful list of software programs for social network analysis
Free online tutorials. ESRC funded project based at Stirling University
Online tutorials for SPSS & STATA
Great resource covering the whole range of methods across the social sciences - as well as books & articles, SRM also includes case studies & data sets
See especially Resources
Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support at UCL. Access to the ONS Longitudinal Study data set, which comprises linked census and event records for 1% of the population of England and Wales (about 500,000 people at any one census). Data from census returns since 1971, including occupation, economic activity, housing, ethnicity, age, sex, marital status, and education. Also event data on vital statistics, migration, and cancer registrations. Geographic data is available.
Gateway to UK census data for 1971 onwards (registration required). See the Library's statistics web page for further links to census data
Catalogue offering access to 25 000 data sets.
Official gateway to around 5000 publicly available government & public sector data sets
Gateway to data sets and data archives around the world. See also the UK Data Service around the world
Based at the University of Essex, the UK Data Service acquires digital data collections from qualitative and mixed methods research and from UK-based 'classic studies'.
Interesting attempt to quantify levels of globalisation among countries. Data from 1970 onwards
The UK National Archives maintains the national archive of government & public sector data sets
UK body for official statistics. See especially the theme sections for Crime & Justice and People & Places. Social trends is a major ONS publication
The national data archive of the academic community, based at Essex. See the various thematic guides available to help you
Portal to over 30 UN databases offering a wealth of social & economic data for over 200 countries
Major international cross-cultural survey of changing attitudes and values since 1981. For Europe see the European Values Survey. Datasets for both WVS and EVS are available through the UK Data Service
Collaboration between OUP & University of Utah to provide freely available primary texts in this area
Independent expert body that advises the UK government on drugs policy
Maintains a very useful online library of relevant publications
The UK's leading independent research centre
Project investigating substance abuse among 15-16 year olds, surveys every 4 years since 1995, now covering 40+ countries. Reports freely available, datasets upon application
(European Alcohol Policy Alliance) - formed in 1990, now comprises 55 voluntary and non-governmental organisations representing a diversity of views on alcohol policy in member states of the EU. Publications & data for EU countries is freely available online.
Includes free online access to its annual report and to reports from individual countries
UK quango charged with regulating commercial gambling. Various reports available and links to the British Gambling Prevalence Survey (1999, 2007, 2010 - available from UK Data Archive).
Commenced in 2014. Basic findings & some articles are freely available data, the rest is chargeable.
WHO effort to inform about the worldwide problem of alcohol abuse. Reports and statistics available
Independent UK organisation which aims to serve the public interest on public policy issues linked to alcohol. Its publications are freely available on the website
Useful bibliography compiled by the British Library in July 2010
Useful Mexican website offering a visual data approach to drug cartels & organised crime (in Spanish)
Charitable think tank that argues that drug prohibition is the major cause of drug-related harm to individuals & communities, and should be replaced by effective and humane government regulation. Full text publications freely available.
Independent body set up in 2007 to provide objective analysis of UK drug policy. Full text of publications available.
Gives access to many online publications, including the World drug report (print copies at HV 5801)
The NDIC was officially closed in 2012, but its archive still provides access to a wide range of publications on the US drugs problem
Super data set from two noted economists, offering enrolment & attainment data for countries worldwide (back to 1870 in some cases) & projections forward to 2040
Huge database of education literature, some full text. Strong US focus
Bibliographic database of journal article and report citations on higher education compiled by the International Association of Universities
Free access to article abstracts and links to some full text materials covering evidence based research into higher education. Material included: academic journals, statistics and government reports, mostly since 1996
Report, country profiles and data from the Economist Intelligence Unit, aiming to compare educational systems around the world
US Dept. of Education tool for comparing data from international studies such as PISA, PIRLS, etc.
Main international body researching education, is now making its publications freely available. Its World Data on Education is a useful resource, as well as the Unesco Institute for Statistics for data - UIS.Stat, and its annual Global education digest
Collects data on education systems worldwide. For statistics see World Bank EdStats
EU database of information on education systems and policies in EU countries
This is a subscription resource. The University does not subscribe, but parts of the database are freely searchable
UK primary & secondary education
Network of researchers who specialise in quantitative studies of available datasets (especially the National Pupil Database) to better inform UK education policy relating to schools
Major resource for the study of education. Free access for reference purposes. Hosts the Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) of online publications in the field of UK education emanating from the government and other bodies. The Centre for Longitudinal Studies is also housed at the IoE
UK organisation seeks to undertake research aimed at improving educational outcomes
Attainment and other data for English schoolchildren since 1996. Application necessary to access data.
Government quango charged with inspecting schools & maintaining standards
UK HIGHER EDUCATION
UK further & higher education. Also publishes Graduate Labour Market (employability statistics)
Funded by Universities UK and others to raise awareness & carry out research in the equality & diversity sphere
Government quango that distributes cash to the UK higher education sector. Also administers the National Student Survey
Free access to older statistics on UK higher education (c.1994-2006), but with an embargo on the most recent 5 years or so - these can be accessed upon application to the Strategic Planning office of the University of Essex. UCAS also offers some data for free
Champions high quality teaching & carries out surveys of undergraduate & postgraduate experiences of higher education
Independent body with members from higher education, business and parliament. Produces reports for policymakers
The UKs only independent think tank focusing solely on
higher education. Includes the
Student Academic Experience Survey which looks at
broad subject areas (annual since 2006)
Very useful portal maintained by the Open University & others, linking to freely available resources covering all areas of academic research.
Think tank aiming to improve social mobility through education
Trades union representing staff working in the HE sector. Useful
publications, including an annual survey of executive remuneration -
Transparency at the top
National advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them
The voice of UK universities. See also Universities Scotland. Also bodies representing groups of UK universities - the Russell Group (large research universities) and Million Plus (mainly newer universities, ex-polytechnics)
Interesting website founded 2011 focusing on HE policy for academics, administrators & policy wonks
Includes copies of most university publications & Students' Union magazines, as well as press cuttings, minutes of university committees, etc. Good range of material on the student unrest of 1968 & 1974.
Other websites with digital content relating to 1968:
Der Zurcher Sommer 1968 Zurich (material in German)
Digitised student magazines from UK universities:
Aberdeen - The Gaudie October 2011-
Warwick - The Boar 1973-
There are some useful guides to funding at Ref. L 900 on floor 5. The following websites may also be helpful:
useful website from Directgov
maintained by the National Postgraduate Committee
website of funding opportunities
Compiled by Shanghai Jiaotong University
Fairly newish (2012) addition to the rankings industry
Rankings of & guide to UK universities
See also the more subjective Reputation Rankings
Search & compare official information for UK universities and courses (includes data from the National Student Survey). Further data & documents relating to Essex are available on the university's Planning Information Portal (PIP)
Charity promoting needs of the elderly in the UK, formed by the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged, maintains a useful online document library.
Independent UK research centre, established in 1947. See especially its Ageinfo database of publications.
UK think tank seeking to inform government policy in the light of demographic changes
Gateway to major ESRC project based at Sheffield University, and associated resources
Offers the Labour History Index - a union catalogue of the holdings of IAHLI members (major research libraries and archives covering labour and trade union history, socialism, communism and labour parties).
Useful database from the LSEs Grantham Institute
UK government ministry responsible for environmental matters
UN database. See also for the US major resource is the National Library of Energy for access to Dept. of Energy publications
Compiled by Yale & Columbia universities to compare the environmental performance of countries around the world since 2000- (originally called the Environmental Sustainability Index)
Nonprofit network of organisations, formed in 2003, focusing on data relating to human impact on the environment. It's National Footprint Accounts data (1961-) is freely available
Independent UK charity. Free access to some online reports
Interesting indices for 17 countries on the impact of consumption on the environment
Freely accessible database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprises scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. Includes abstracts & indexing for more than 600 titles and full text is provided for more than 4,600 records from open access titles.
UN portal offering full text of multilateral environmental treaties & associated documentation
Major research organisation promoting sustainable development
Including the IISD publications database SD-Cite
World pollution map, updated daily, from Plume Labs
From the publicly available datasets on Data.gov
Charity promoting recycling & waste reduction in the UK
Particularly useful for UK data
Leading thinktank on race equality issues
Network of UK non-governmental organisations aiming to combat racism in Europe
Leading African-American civil rights organisation, founded in 1909.
Major civil rights organisation
See also the Library web pages for Health & Human Sciences
Ranks pharmaceutical companies efforts to promote access to medicines in developing countries
Major database indexing journals in nursing and allied health fields. Includes many full text journal articles
US-based organisation that collects and disseminates health & population survey datasets for countries worldwide
Huge database covering al fields of health & including full text articles from around 1500 journals
Some free data and publications, mainly covering OECD member countries
From the Economist Intelligence Unit, compares palliative care around the world
In particular its Global Health Observatory portal to datasets, including World health statistics. See also its flagship publication, the World health report and its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Also MiNDbank for mental health resources, and Global Abortion Policies database
Includes information on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
Coalition of interest groups aiming to secure better mental health legislation for the UK
Respected UK charity. Publications available online
Leading mental health charity in the UK
Leading annual analysis since 2005 of the performance of healthcare systems in 35 countries, based on 48 indicators.
Independent regulator of health & social care provision
Support organisation for the 6.5m carers in the UK
Publications and data regarding children, health & food
Open access repository of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) offering research reports and papers funded by the UK government. Key topics include food safety, food regulation, diet and health, and the delivery of government food policy. Many documents full text
Respected UK charity working to improve health care & the health system. Produces useful publications
Provides national guidance & advice to improve health & social care. Search NICE Evidence for free selected health and social care evidence-based information
Data analysis & evidence synthesis to generate reviews & economic
evaluations to inform policy. Upto 2014 this work was carried out by the
Centre for Reviews & Dissemination (University of York) - see its DARE and NHS EED databases for details
Access to a wide range of full text reports, statistics, etc. produced by the Dept. of Health and other bodies
Aims to improve healthcare in the UK through independent research and policy advice
Starting point for official UK statistics
Free access to its online publications from 2005
Notably its Wider Determinants of Health tool, providing localised data on social, economic & environmental impacts on health. Data from around 2010 onwards
Handy & up to date (2014) brief paper from the House of Commons Library, for those new to the subject
Portal to some of the main health datasets held by UKDS
Growing collection on all aspects of medicine from the outstanding collections of the NLM
Independent charity with historic roots concerned with housing provision in UK
DCLG is the government department responsible for housing. Official statistics of homelessness
Maintained by the Nationwide. Monthly figures for 1991 onwards. See also the Land Registry
Including its annual homelessness monitor
Body representing UK housing associations
Quarterly statistics and data on the UK housing market
Leading UK housing charity with an online library provides full text access to many of its publications relating to housing policy, homelessness and social exclusion.
Useful guide from the UK Data Service on accessing its data on housing and the local environment, notably the English Housing Survey and other relevant data sets.
Useful annual reports from 2010 about the adoption of new technologies in selected countries around the world
Seeks to protect freedom of expression in the digital sphere - & through its Online Censorship.org project to hold social media corporations to account
Based in Germany, but includes numerous English language publications on children & the media. Full text of some publications available
Offers some free data on newspaper circulation figures worldwide
UN agency for information & communication technologies. Offers some free publications, data and statistics
Useful series of country studies from the Open Society Foundations (Soros Foundation)
Open Source platform offering tools for tracking how media stories develop & spread
Respected Australian website offering access to its journal (M/C journal) and a reviews section (M/C reviews)
US based international project to digitise runs of important periodicals, mainly cinema & film, but broadcasting also covered.
Free API interface for harvesting articles from the internet (excludes Asia, Africa).
Leading website maintained by academic David Gauntlett covering media, popular culture & social theory
The UPU offers postal statistics for countries around the world from 1980 onwards
Based at USC Annenberg, coordinates the Digital Future project reports (US, annual, 2000-) and the periodic World Internet Project reports (2009-)
New effort by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society to analyse the impact of the internet
Body representing UK service providers, seeks to promote innovation, self-regulation & positive development of the internet industry
Contains statistics for internet usage worldwide
Google backed project aimed at illustrating the economic value of the internet worldwide
Major collaborative effort, featuring reports from the 30 or so countries participating
Organisation seeking to eradicate the digital divide & make the Web available to all. Notably its Web Index attempt to measure the impact of the WWW around the world
UK based research centre (led by DEMOS) with international reach
Body responsible for producing viewing figures for UK television. Some free statistics available on their website. The Library does not subscribe to the BARB database.
UK think tank created by the Advertising Association. Free online reports available.
Campaigning group aiming for an accountable press & implementation of the Leveson Report
The largest archive of British advertising in the world. Material from the 19th century onwards, some available online
A treasure trove of TV adverts from the 1960s-1980s
Independent coalition of groups and individuals set up in 2011 to maximise the public interest in media &communications
UK quango, communications & media regulator. Useful annual survey Adults' media use & attitudes report and Children's media literacy, as well as Communications market reports for international comparisons
Detailed insight into the influence of the internet on everyday life in Britain, based on survey data every 2 years since 2003. A similar exercise in the US is the Pew Internet & American Life Project
US body (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations) concerned with collecting circulation statistics for print & online serials (newspapers, magazines, periodicals). This is a subscription service (the University does not subscribe), but some free data is available
Similar to the Oxford Internet Surveys above, but covering the US. See also the annual Pew survey - State of the news media
For Statistical data please see the main Statistics web page
Collaborative open access project to bring together datasets & analysis relating to all aspects of humanitarian work
Established in 1998 by the Norwegian Refugee Council, the IDMC is a leading international body monitoring conflict-induced internal displacement worldwide. Its website has a wealth of full text reports and statistics.
Based at the University of Oxford. Its database Forced Migration Online contains full-text reports and journal articles, research guides which can be browsed by country or thematic topic, news headlines, a catalogue of links to useful websites and a directory of organisations. It is also building a database of multimedia materials including photographs, online digital images and videos.
The leading database of information about refugees, international migration and asylum-seekers. Maintained by the UNHCR the United Nation's refugee agency. Free access to a vast collection of country profiles, maps, international and national treaties and legislation. Also accessible are UNHCR press releases, policy decisions and documents
UN refugee agency offers extensive resources via its website, notably publications (including flagship publications: Asylum trends, Global report, State of the world's refugees) and statistics. Also its RefWorld country resource (see above)
Publications plus datasets
Database assembled by VU Amsterdam giving data on migrant mortality in the Mediterranean area 1990-2013
Detailed migration data from official EU statistics body (2008-), under heading Population & Social Conditions
Research network specialising in migration to and within the EU. Free access to its working papers and links to other online resources
EU funded institute based at the EUI Florence
Based at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at Oxford University. Focuses on migration to and from the UK
Pressure group campaigning for the removal of immigration controls
Official UK government statistics
Superb collection of digitised materials from Harvard University library & archives. Approximately 1800 books & pamphlets, 6000 photographs & 200 maps.
Collaborative project on US immigration. Includes a large collection of official reports on immigration, mostly from 2000 onwards
Full text access to House of Commons Papers 1688-2003/04. For more recent papers see Public Information Online
Full text access to parliamentary papers (Command Papers, House of Commons and House of Lords Papers, Bills, Explanatory Notes, Public Bill and Standing Committee Debates) for the 2006/07 session onwards. For earlier House of Commons papers see House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
For more information see the Information Skills web page on Parliamentary Papers
Long established UK campaigning organisation. See also End Child Poverty campaign
Directorate of the EU's European Commission
Official UK data on Gov.uk
Major organisation working in this field. Numerous publications, including the annual Monitoring poverty & social exclusion (free online 2000-)
Formerly the Human Poverty Index, as used in the UNDP's Human Development Report
Useful website linked to ESRC funded project
Major source of statistical indicators for poverty & social exclusion in the UK up to 2011 (no longer updated)
Campaigns against anti-Semitism, especially in the US, and see the ADL Global 100 for its international survey
Useful website at Pennsylvania State University offering data on religion worldwide, with a strong contemporary & US focus.
Compiled by the US Dept. of State. Full text of reports from 2001 available
Canadian effort at building an online encyclopaedia of the history of religion
EU portal to research on religions, law & society in Europe
A bibliographic database relating to Muslims in contemporary Europe. Includes references to books, journal articles, papers & reports. Abstracts are provided
Useful annual (2001-) report from the US Dept. of State
Useful resource for the sociology of religion in the UK
See also Lambeth Palace Library
Campaigns against racism & records incidents of anti-Semitism
Forum for discussing the role of religion in public life
Umbrella for numerous research projects under AHRC/ESRC auspices
Think tank conducting research on religion, society and politics in the UK
Dedicated to the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims
A guide highlighting the University of Essex's LGBT-related library resources, compiled February 2014 on the occasion on LGBT History Month.
UK's longest established (1966) organisation for the transgender community
International collaborative effort led by College of the Holy Cross in US, contains historical materials (especially pre-2000) & information on archival holdings around the world
Established organisation, concerned to ensure fair representation of homosexuality in the media
See also the historical ILGA website
Global Facebook network of academics & activists focusing on LGBT sexualities
Portal to LGBTQ oral histories
Founded in 1952, ONE is the oldest active LGBTQ organisation in the US. It's library & archives are the largest in the world in this sphere, and were deposited with University of Southern California Libraries in 2010
Useful source for US gay history, founded by Jonathan Katz in 2008
Data for the UK, based on its Annual Population Survey
UK gay rights organisation. Conducts an annual survey to produce its Workplace Equality Index
Voice of the transgender community in Europe. Useful resources section
The world's largest documentation and research centre in the field of social history. See its Social History Portal to digitised collections of social and labour history
Respected series of reports taking stock of the social & economic situation globally, regionally & in individual countries around the world
New independent think tank focusing on what British identity in a multicultural context means
Portal to digital resources for British history 1500-1900. Access to some resources may be by subscription only
Index to to letters, diaries, archives and oral history narratives in English written before 1900 which is made available by Alexander Street Press. Includes archives, free and subscription websites. Useful finding aid for researchers seeking biographical information and social history accounts
ESRC funded project on the capital & its citizens, 1690-1800, offering a huge amount of digitised archival material & datasets (especially covering crime, poverty, and social policy). See also Charles Booth's London for late 19th century digitised material on poverty & crime
Based at University of Reading. Large scale digitisation project of photographic images from its archives
Major resource for the UK
Important statistical publication from the Office for National Statistics offering data on British society, ceased publication in 2012. Print version (from 1970-2012) at HA 1122
ESRC Project coordinated by ISER at the University of Essex
Extensive library housed at Salford, recording over 200 years of activism by working people in Britain
Important resource for US social history, maintained by the Library of Congress
Coordinated by the Social Science Research Council in an effort to measure well-being & quality of life in the US at national, state and local level.
Interesting index for 34 OECD countries, combining 11 key social & economic indicators to enable comparisons of well-being across nations.
Attempts to include measures of well-being as well as economic factors. All countries, 2010- onwards
LSE project, attempting to map happiness across the UK
Champions an evidence led approach to social policy by the UK government
Offers an historical approach to public policy
Evidence for Policy & Practice Information. Excellent source of systematic reviews & research syntheses for a multitude of social science and health topics
Its main database provides data on social security schemes in over 170 countries, others covers pensions, reforms, and good practice.
Research centre at Goteborg University offers free access to its cross-national time series dataset on social policy. Data for 40 countries from 1946, with an emphasis on social policy in relation to quality of government
High profile organisation aiming to influence UK public policy to benefit those on low & middle income.
Produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). Its database indexes documents of all kinds in the areas of social policy & welfare, including mental health, criminology, social work, care of the elderly, housing, etc.
Online supplement to the Journal of social policy (Cambridge University Press) since 2003. Useful coverage of grey literature
Extremely useful datasets on social protection and benefits. 34 countries covered (mainly Europe and N. America). Registration required
Useful weekly listing maintained by LSE Library for keeping up to date with government & other publications
Index (& some full text) to the social policy & welfare literature. Useful monthly Welfare reform digest for current awareness
Repository of educational resources for social policy and social work, hosted at the University of Southampton.
Great website maintained by Christopher Green (York University, Canada) offering the full text of numerous valuable books & papers by key figures in psychology
Useful portal maintained by Scott Plous (Wesleyan University)
Interesting database covering 14,000 business & political leaders, based on surveys done in 1910, 1937, 1957, and 1980
Collaborative project between academics, the BBC and the UK Data Service.
UK government agency charged with tackling impediments to social
mobility. Publications freely available. Previously known as the Social
Mobility & Child Poverty Commission
Free access to survey data from 1995
A social survey of the well-being of American citizens. It provides indexes of the health, economic and social well-being of American citizens using data from daily market research polls.
World Bank project to improve access to surveys, especially in developing countries. Searchable catalogue of over 4,000 surveys covering hundreds of nations, enabling users to identify surveys in a specific country by national or international agencies. They include census and population surveys, household and economic surveys. Surveys date from 1950s onwards.
Independent social survey/research institute, which coordinates the BSA survey (see above)
The world's most popular free online survey tool
Useful book on the topic
Important source for social data on countries around the world from 1981. Surveys are currently carried out every 5 years
Biographical & critical information on the major social theorists from Comte onwards
Website maintained by academic Paul ten Have, devoted to ethnomethodology & conversation analysis
Useful starting point for modern postcolonial thinkers, maintained by Gurminder Bhambra (Warwick)
Some online resources plus further links
Leading website maintained by academic David Gauntlett covering media, popular culture & social theory
Includes the new Statement of Ethical Practice (2017)
A useful online guide to undertaking a dissertation in the social sciences
Website maintained by Charles Antaki, Loughborough University
UK think tank promoting the use of longitudinal research methodology
Useful portal to resources for social research
ESRC network promoting the use of high quality social research methods
ESRC funded project based at Leicester University
Useful online text book by William Trochim (Cornell University)
SAGE Research Methods (Library database)
Very useful database with content from books, articles, case studies and some videos to help students with all aspects of research methods
UK organisation for social researchers since 1968
Based at ISER, University of Essex
see the Politics subject guide for resources on terrorism
UK urban policy institute that monitors the economic health of cities
UN agency seeking to improve urban conditions, especially in developing countries
Documentary films from the 20th century onwards capturing social history & change in the UK from the BFI's National Archive. Also its Colonial Film Catalogue (over 150 films are free to view)
Collection of documentary films portraying British life in the 1940s
Branch of the BL covering all aspects of recorded sound & music. Interesting Oral history section. The British Library has also compiled a national Directory of UK Sound Collections (2015)
See especially their guide to film, TV & radio collections in the UK, soon to be updated (March 2017), and Box of Broadcasts (BoB) media recording and archive service, to which the Library subscribes (key TV & radio channels have an archive back to about 2007). TRILT - the database behind BoB - has details of recordings from 1995, and it's possible to request copies of these.
EU project to make available themed selections from national television broadcasters around Europe
Largely free digital collections covering art, music, fashion, photography from libraries, museums, galleries & archives across Europe
Extensive library of historical photographs of Britain from 1850-1970s. Users may view images free of charge, reproduction and use requires registration and payment. Many images are in black and white & include buildings, parliament, street scenes and images of roads, railways and shops.
Free audio & video resources for educational purposes
A single point of access to video film, image and audio resources from numerous UK collections
Free access to historic American sound recordings, currently covering the period 1901-1925.
see the Business subject guide for resources on charities & social enterprises
Maintained by the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University, BRIDGE offers a catalogue of over 3,000 documents relating to gender and the development process. They include articles, reports, case studies of good practice and guidelines. In many cases the full text can be downloaded.
Based at Rutgers University CWGL develops and facilitates women's leadership for women's human rights and social justice worldwide
Extensive resource maintained by the H-Net academic community
News on conferences and events; fact files on women's political involvement in specific countries and online discussion forums. It also contains a large online library of full text reports, papers and handbooks.
Periodically updated by Michael Flood
Formed in 2010 from previous bodies including UNIFEM & DAW. Notable publications include Progress of the world's women (print volumes at HQ 1154.P7). See also CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women), and the WomenWatch information & resources on gender equality & empowerment of women
Maintained by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, it provides bibliographic references to books, reports and journal articles on all aspects of women's participation in political life worldwide.
Maintained by University of Toronto Libraries, includes extensive database of documents
Maintained by the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries (American Library Association)
Electronic library of full text feminist books, pamphlets and articles published since the 1960s, as a result of a pan-European digitization project. Includes The Women's Library (UK) and 28 other libraries, archives and organisations across Europe.
National resource library for gender studies at Goteborgs Universitet library, maintains a number of databases of particular interest to Swedish & Scandinavian research
Large scale survey of men in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine
Annual poll of gender experts organised by the Thomson Reuters Foundation
Database containing 50,000 images of original documents linked to essays by leading scholars in the field. Section I: Conduct and Politeness; Section II: Domesticity and the Family; Section III: Consumption and Leisure; Section IV: Education and Sensibility; and Section V: The Body
Including online access to annual surveys such as: Sex and power (Who runs Britain), and Facts about women and men in Great Britain.
Campaigning organisation working for women's rights in the UK
Various publications & resources. See the 2015 report of the Gender Inequality & Power Commission
Oral history of the UK feminist movement in the 1960s-1980s
The UK Home Office section responsible for women's issues. N.B. From 2012 this will become the responsibility of the Dept. of Media Culture & Sport