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International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS): About

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Subject Coverage

    • Anthropology
    • Archaeology
    • Area studies
    • Business and management
    • Demography
    • Development studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Ethnology and ethnography
    • Gender and sexuality
    • Health
    • History
    • Human geography and environment
    • International relations
    • Law
    • Media and communication
    • Philosophy
    • Policy studies
    • Political science
    • Psychology
    • Religious studies
    • Sociology

    Publication Types

    • Book
    • Chapter
    • Conference
    • Conference paper
    • Journal article
    • Review

    What is IBSS

    International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

    International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) is an essential online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research focusing on the four core social science subjects of anthropology, economics, politics, and sociology. IBSS includes over 2.5 million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 book and chapter records are included each year. Abstracts are provided for around 80% of all current journal articles and users can link to the full text of articles in journals subscribed to by their institution.


    One of the unique benefits of IBSS is its extensive coverage of international material with over 50% of journals published outside the US or UK and with 25% of references in languages other than English. Records include material from 100 countries and in 60 languages. Access to this breadth of coverage helps provide researchers with a truly international perspective to their work.

    The online database is updated weekly to ensure that researchers have access to the very latest information relating to their particular field of interest. Some 100,000 records are added to the database annually.


    ProQuest Deep Indexing

    We’ve indexed millions of figures, photos, graphs and tables from over 1200 journal titles the Social Sciences component of ProQuest Illustrata. Indexed images enhance researchers’ ability to retrieve the most relevant literature – an article featuring a relevant table indexed with terms matching your search query is very likely to be highly relevant to your research.

    Selection Policy

    To meet the information needs of social science researchers, the majority of current IBSS records are articles and book reviews drawn from scholarly social science journals. The service regularly covers around 2,800 journals and indexes selected monograph and chapters.

    Publication Coverage

    To view the latest title list and publication coverage, please visit: