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Information sources


Find articles relevant to your subject by searching databases.

Look at the guides to get the most from each database.

These databases are available for use by Leeds staff and students both on and off-site within the terms of the license agreements. Off-site users will need to login using their Leeds username and password.

Key databases

AES Electronic Library

This is a full-text database from the AES (Audio Engineering Society - US) and has all the AES papers from the journal, conventions and conferences in PDF form from 1953 to the present. The AES is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.

Bridgeman Education

Bridgeman Education is a complete visual resource offering over 1,000,000 digital images of art, history and culture from global museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use. Due to technical limitations, Bridgeman Education is only available on campus, or through Desktop Anywhere.

Guide to using Bridgeman Education

Naxos Music Library

Search for and listen to over 160,000 works of music, including classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. Full text notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists are also available. This database is updated monthly.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Search for full text biographies of all notable deceased public figures who have influenced British history and culture. Useful for any subject. The database is updated three times a year. The printed volumes of all editions and supplemental volumes are shelved in the Brotherton Library General Reference Collection.

Guide to using Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford Music Online

Allows searching of the Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford Companion to Music and Grove Music Online. The Oxford Companion to Music offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works. The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), supplements Grove's more extensive articles with content aimed at undergraduates and general users.

Guide to using Oxford Music Online

Rock's Backpages

An online library of pop music journalism, covering 50 years of rock'n'roll history, with a discussion forum, links to audio interviews and a selection of specialist websites. Articles are in full text and categorised by genre.


Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature from more than 18,500 journals and quality web sources, with smart tools to track, analyse and visualize research. Coverage starts from 1823.

Guide to using Scopus

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science