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Archaeology: Finding and using library resources for assignments: 5. Research databases

Online tutorial introducing you to the skills and techniques needed when searching for information

We subscribe to range of databases that contain scholarly information on the subject of archaeology.

The databases in this section are mainly multi-disciplinary in their scope. Most contain predominantly secondary sources (journal articles, books, reviews etc), although some may contain a mix of both primary and secondary sources.


Explore each section and then complete the tutorial.


1. Archaeology Data Service

​Archaeology Data Service (ADS)

ADS is the accredited UK digital depository for archaeological and historic data. Its extensive collection is split into 3 areas to aid with searching:

1. Archsearch - search for short records about a monument tor historic environment event from the UK

2. ADS Library -  The ADS Library brings together material from the British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (BIAB), the ADS library of unpublished fieldwork reports as well as documents from the ADS archives and archaeological publishers such as Oxbow

3. ADS Archives Search - Raw archaeological data from around the world

2. Digimap

Digimap provides map and map data of Great Britain. The database is split into separate collections (not all of which we subscribe to) and the most useful collections for archaeology are listed below:


NOTE: You will need to register and accept the licence agreement for each collection before you can access Digimap content. Help on how to do this can be found here.

The video below shows you how to use Aerial Digimap.

Further help videos on the different Digimap collections can be found here.

3. Web of Science

Web of Science is a large multidisciplinary research database covering all subject areas, including archaeology.


Note: This is an index database which means that it does not contain full text. However, content that we subscribe to  can be accessed via links within the database.


​JSTOR is a multidisciplinary research database of full-text journals and e-books in all subject areas. The content includes some primary sources. 

You can browse the content available in the Archaeology collections. 

JSTOR is an archive with material only being uploaded periodically. The very latest journal articles and books will not be found in this database. However, it is a good source for older material.



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