The Collections strongly support interdisciplinary research into all areas of the Humanities. Holdings span the disciplines of sociology and anthropology, economics and politics, with emphasis on historical, philosophical, and cultural aspects of the subjects. Social and economic history are particular strengths. Women’s history, economic and political thought are also widely covered.
Geographical focus is on British and European material, however much related material can also be found in our area studies collections.
The Social Sciences Collections are enhanced by important Special Collections holdings, which include rich periodical, monograph, and archival holdings dating back to the 15th century.
- Most books are located on open access shelves on the 7th floor.
- Recent issues of periodicals are on display in the Periodicals Room 4th floor.
- Most back issues of periodicals and some monographs are shelved in closed access stacks.These will display the location Stack Service. Please request these through the Catalogue using the Fetch Service.
You can search multiple journals at once using electronic resources such as Academic Search Complete and the Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge).
The printed Collections are complemented by an excellent range of Databases. These provide significant and rich digitised research materials. View the Social Sciences database list.
- Special Collections – especially the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature, Family Welfare Association Library, and Ron Heisler Collection
- Latin American Studies
- United States Studies
- Commonwealth Studies