Search these free Internet resources selected by Scottish Government librarians. You can also search them all simultaneously using our Google Custom Search.
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Access to Research
Access to Research gives free, walk-in access to over 15 million academic articles in participating public libraries across the UK.
The site gives full-text access to 3 Journals – Agra Europe Daily, Agra Europe Weekly and Agra Europe Archive. It is also a specialist information service focusing on European and international policy, trade and legislation. It produces a range of publications, conferences and electronic services on food and commodities, and monitors EU legislation on agriculture, food, and the environment.
Materials relating to all aspects of agriculture, forestry, and animal science. Describes materials acquired by the (American) National Agriculture Library and cooperating institutions. Includes records of books, serials, audiovisual and other materials
AmCham EU – American Chamber of Commerce to the EU
Key organisation representing the view of companies of American parentage committed to Europe, with substantial input into the European legislative process.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
AHRB supports research within traditional humanities subjects, such as history, modern languages and English literature, to the creative and performing arts.
Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)
One of the world’s largest search engines especially for academic open access web resources.
BioMed Central is an independent publishing house providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. The site is free to use, but requires users to register to access resources.
Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
The leading funding agency for academic research and training in the biosciences at universities and institutes throughout the UK.
Promotes postdoctoral research and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
British and Irish Legal Information Institute
Comprehensive access to freely available British and Irish public legal information.
British Library catalogues
‘Explore the British Library’ allows users to search for and view items from the main catalogue of nearly 57 million records, or search the contents of the Library’s website.
British Sociological Association
Information about the Association, sociological research and professional standards. Includes a range of study groups.
BT Directory Enquiries
Find personal and business phone numbers in the UK with BT’s directory enquiry service.
Business Information on the Internet
A selection of key business information sites on the Internet.
Campaign for Better Transport
Fights for better public transport, walking and cycling, for the sake of communities and the environment.
The international Campbell Collaboration (C2) is a non-profit organization that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about the effects of interventions in the social, behavioral and educational arenas. C2 builds summaries and electronic brochures of reviews and reports of trials for policy makers, practitioners, researchers and the public.
The independent scrutiny and improvement body for care and children’s services across Scotland.
Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS)
The CLS collects and analyses large scale, longitudinal data.
Centre for Policy on Ageing
As an independent centre of research the Centre for Policy on Ageing informs and influences service providers. Its approach is to discover and advocate what older people themselves want and need.
Centre for Transport and Society
The centre’s research aim is to improve and promote understanding of the inherent links between lifestyles and personal travel in the context of continuing social and technological change.
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Funded by the World Bank, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), aimed at increasing food security in third world and developing nations.
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
Full text of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, as well as press releases, FAQs and a section on ‘Fundamental Rights and the EU, the wider context’
Chartered Institute of Housing
The Chartered Institute of Housing ensures everyone has a decent, affordable home in a thriving, safe community.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The professional body for those involved in the management and development of people.
Chief Government Social Research Office
The Government Chief Social Researcher and supporting office (GCSRO) provides strategic leadership to the Government Social Research service and supports it in delivering an effective service. It has a broad role in promoting the use of evidence in strategy, policy and delivery and leads on strategic social research issues and standards for social research in government.
Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Information on funded research projects. Site also features Research matters – Newsletter of the Chief Scientist Office.
The Cochrane Library is an electronic publication designed to supply high quality evidence to inform people providing and receiving care, and those responsible for research, teaching, funding and administration at all levels. The Library is published quarterly.
Collins English Dictionary
A beta site from Collins which explores potential new features for their online dictionaries.
Access a comprehensive list of Command Papers from 2001 onwards. Links to the full-text are provided where known. Command Papers are presented to the UK Parliament and are generally divided into those which outline major policy proposals (White Papers) and those which are Consultation Documents (Green Papers).
Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS)
The lead body for Commonwealth Sport in Scotland and our membership is made up of the Scottish governing bodies of the 26 Commonwealth Games Sports.
Companies House holds information on over 1.2 million registered companies and receives over 4 million documents every year. Details include Company Details, Director & Secretary Details, Mortgage Information, Company Filing Histories, Company Names Index. Basic Information is free, for more complex searches please contact the library.
COPAC (Consortium of University Research Libraries)
Unified access to the catalogues of over 20 of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland
CORDIS, the Community Research & Development Information Service provides access to a number of searchable databases containing information on EU funded research and development.
COSLA – the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, is the representative voice of Scotland’s unitary local authorities.
Council for Science and Technology
Advises the government on major science and technology issues.
Council of Europe – Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
The full text of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Council of Europe – Treaties
Links to full text of human rights treaties.
Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. It’s our job to help Scotland’s creativity shine at home and abroad.
Provides Scotland’s independent public prosecution and deaths investigation service. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is headed by the Lord Advocate who is assisted by the Solicitor General for Scotland. They are the Scottish Law Officers and members of the Scottish Government.
Web site of The Court of Justice of the European Communities & The Court of First Instance. Site includes recent case law, statistics, pending cases, as well as biographical and contact information about the members of the court.
An independent think tank aiming to create an open resource of knowledge and learning that operates beyond traditional parties, identities and disciplines.
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
The department brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change.
Department for Communities and Local Government
The Department for Communities and Local Government’s job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.
Department for Culture Media and Sport
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) helps to drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain abroad.
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) brings all aspects of the environment, rural matters, farming and food production together.
Department for International Development
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Our work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.
Department for International Trade
This Government department supports both companies in the UK trading internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to locate in the UK. Provides country overviews, including key facts, economic situation and an overview of doing business with a country. Information available includes market profiles, trade and investment contacts and current trade opportunities.
Department for Transport
We work with our agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.
Department of Health
The Department of Health (DH) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.
Dictionary of the Scots Language
The Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) comprises electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary (SND).
DirectGov UK Government Departments
Gateway site to public service information. Can be browsed by topic (education, employment, health etc) or by audience (parents, over 50s, disabled etc). It also retains some features from its predecessor Ukonline, such as an A-Z of central government and an A-Z of local government.
Directory of Open Access Journals
The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. A one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.
Provides access to the largest collection of online Economics working papers and journal articles.
Education and Lifelong Learning Research
Provides information on the Scottish Government’s research into education and lifelong learning (including schools). Research on this area is carried out by teams based in Education Analytical Services.
Education Scotland is a national public body which provides support, resources and staff development for early years and school education, and promotes learning throughout life.
Educational Evidence Portal
A portal to educational evidence from a range of reputable UK sources using a single search. It is designed for both professional and lay people interested in education and children’s services.
Part of the Institute of Development Studies, ELDIS provides access to thousands of documents supporting international development.
Direct access to full text articles from over 100 management journals.
Employment Tribunal Decisions
Find decisions on Employment Tribunal cases in England, Wales and Scotland.
ENDS Environmental Consultancy Directory
A source of contact and profile information on UK environmental consultants. Designed to enable clients to quickly review the characteristics of, and make comparisons between, different consultancies and has proved iteslf invaluable in helping clients produce shortlists.
Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
UK research council funding research and postgraduate training in the fields of engineering and the physical sciences and promoting public understanding in engineering and the physical sciences.
The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information Centre (EPPI-Centre) has reviews of research in the health and education area, and tools for those who wish to conduct systematic reviews. This site covers how researchers can make their work more relevant and how to use research findings.
Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland
Champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.
Created to provide extensive access to education-related literature, ERIC provides coverage of journal articles, conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs
The UK’s leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns.
EUR-Lex, the European Union Law site
Single entry point to the complete collections of EU legal texts as found in CURIA, CELEX and the official document repositories managed by EUR-OP. Free registration enables users to access full-text html documents including the Official Journal of the European Communities, treaties, legislation in force and in preparation, Case-law, Parliamentary questions and other documents of public interest. This site has now started charging for some documents. Many resources are also available in pdf, although these are no longer available free on this site.
All the information made available on the Internet by the institutions and bodies of the European Union.
The European Commission is the executive of the European Union and promotes its general interest.
European Commission – Agriculture and Rural Development
Promotes the sustainable development of Europe’s agriculture and to ensure the well-being of its rural areas.
European Commission – Fisheries
DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is the Directorate-General responsible for the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and for developing a future maritime policy for the EU at the European Commission.
European Commission – Fundamental Rights
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Plus news, documents and relevant information on freedom, security and justice within the EU.
European Commission – Research & Innovation
The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation defines and implements European Research and Innovation (R&I) policy with a view to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy and its key flagship initiative, the Innovation Union.
European Commission in the UK
The European Commission has offices, called Representations, in all the Member States of the European Union. The UK Representation has offices in London (head office), Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast.
European Commission Library
The European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre is a primary source of information on EU policies, history and integration.
European Local Transport Information Service (ELTIS)
Eltis facilitates the exchange of information, knowledge and experiences in the field of sustainable urban mobility in Europe.
Web site of the European Parliament containing details of MEP’s parties as well as activities.
European Parliament in the UK
The European Parliament is an important forum for political debate and decision-making at the EU level. The Members of the European Parliament are directly elected by voters in all Member States to represent people’s interests with regard to EU law-making and to make sure other EU institutions are working democratically.
European Science Foundation (ESF)
ESF acts as a catalyst for the development of science by bringing together leading scientists and funding agencies to debate, plan and implement pan-European initiatives.
European Sources Online
European Sources Online, the added value information service that focuses on the European Union, the countries of Europe and on issues of concern to citizens and stakeholders in the Europe of today.
Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union and provides statistics at European level to enable comparisons between countries and regions. Eurostat does not collect data – Member States collect, verify and analyse national data and send them to Eurostat, whose role is to consolidate the data and ensure they are comparable.
The latest UK and international business, finance, economic and political news, comment and analysis from the Financial Times.
Flare Index to Treaties
The FLARE Index to Treaties is a searchable database of basic information on over 2,000 of the most significant multilateral treaties and some bilateral treaties concluded between 1353 and the present, with details of where the full text of each treaty may be obtained in paper and, if available, electronic form on the internet. The database is produced by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information.
Food Standards Agency
The research and survey work funded by the Food Standards Agency is focused on helping the Agency understand food issues and meet its policy aims and objectives. The Agency contracts research groups to address specific questions aimed at producing the background evidence on which it can base its policies.
Fraser of Allander Institute
The Institute is a research unit of the University of Strathclyde & carries out research & analysis on the Scottish economy. They publish the Quarterly Economic Commentary which is available from us on request.
Friends of Scotland
Search and obtain a breadth of information related to Scotland. Access a range of articles and useful links promoting innovation and development in Scottish culture, education and business.
An online initiative working for the sustainability of NGOs by increasing their access to donors, resources and skills.
Scottish Government site disseminating analysis of the Scottish labour market. The Labour Market toolkit enables you to look at key indicators of labour market performance at a range of geographies within Scotland.
Genamics JournalSeek is the largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information available on the internet. The database presently contains 104000 titles. Journal information includes the description (aims and scope), journal abbreviation, journal homepage link, subject category and ISSN. Searching this information allows the rapid identification of potential journals to publish your research in, as well as allow you to find new journals of interest to your field. Please note: JournalSeek does not contain articles or abstracts, and Genamics does not operate as a subscription agent. For article submissions and journal subscriptions, please contact the publisher directly.
Glasgow Centre for International Development
The University of Glasgow Centre for International Development builds on the University’s historical tradition of engagement with low-income countries through its unique range of expertise in the areas of human well being and animal health, the economy, the environment, learning and citizenship.
Global Reference Solution
Database contains information on 100 million companies from around the world
Enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, pre-prints, abstracts and technical reports for all broad areas of research.
The best place to find government services and information
Government Office for Science
We ensure that government policies and decisions are informed by the best scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking.
A freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.
Health and Safety Executive
Britain’s Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain.
Historic Environment Scotland
Historic Scotland safeguards the nation’s built heritage and promotes its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
HM Treasury is the government’s economic and finance ministry, maintaining control over public spending, setting the direction of the UK’s economic policy and working to achieve strong and sustainable economic growth.
Full text access to Holyrood Magazine from April 2007.
Containing “…in-depth, independent analysis on the financial crisis, development, macroeconomics, poverty reduction, trade, globalization, and much more…”, this website provides access to a range of IMF publications, including Finance & Development Quarterly, Global and Regional Economic Analyses, Research Bulletins, Country Reports, Working Papers, and manuals and guides. Features include a recommended reading list.
Independent Development Association
The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. Overseen by 173 shareholder nations, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing loans (called credits) and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions.
Ingenta allows you to search the tables of contents of over 28,000 publications, providing title details and occasionally summaries of articles. In a small number of cases it is also possible to download full-text electronic versions of individual articles.
Innovation Digital – Intelligent Web Solutions
Looks at Knowledge Transfer strategy and innovation across Scotland, taking an overarching role in encouraging the commercialisation of Scotland’s Science and Technology research, particularly from the perspective of business.
Institute for Fiscal Studies
The IFS is a politically independent centre of policy research. It is a registered charity, financed by corporate donation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), private foundations, research sponsorship and individual members. It aims to bridge the gap between policy-makers and academics in interpreting policy issues.
Institute for Social and Economic Research
ISER incorporates the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-social Change and the ESRC UK Longitudinal Studies Centre.
The Institute of Public Policy Research is an UK independent think tank on the centre left. This site provides access to their articles and current research projects.
Jinfo (formerly FreePint)
Supports your organisation’s information strategy through unique and practical content, community and consulting on information sources, technology and value.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Independent, non-political body which supports programmes of research and innovative development in the fields of housing, social care and social policy. The site contains several hundred research summaries (Findings) which can be accessed by keyword, research category or most recent Findings, as well as press releases and list of publications.
King’s College Associates Network
Fosters contact between members of a diverse and growing evidence-based policy and practice (EBPP) community. Membership is free and includes a free bi-monthly newsletter covering what’s new in evidence and policy.
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England.
Knowledge Network (formerly the NHSScotland elibrary)
Desktop access to the full-text of thousands of Health, Psychology and Sociology Journals; Abstracting and indexing databases such as Cochrane, Medline and CINAHL.
Legal Action Group
Group working with lawyers and advisers to promote equal access to justice.
Legal Services Research Centre
Research division of the Legal Services Commission. Remit is to inform legal aid policy and the implementation of reform. Provides information on current projects and recent publications.
brings together the legislative content previously held on the OPSI website and revised legislation from the Statute Law Database to provide a single legislation service.
The Trust makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust encompasses all subject areas.
Licensed Digital Collections : National Library of Scotland
All of these resources are available in our George IV Bridge Building. If your main address is in Scotland you can access many of them from any computer outwith NLS, subject to the publishers’ licensing terms and conditions. You can also use a number of open access resources without registering
Local Authorities Research – Intelligence Association
LARIA promotes the role and practice of research within the field of local government and provides a supportive network for those conducting or commissioning research.
Local Government Association
Supporting self-sustaining improvement from within local government.
LSE Housing and Communities
LSE Housing and Communities is a research and consultancy group within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics.
Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS)
A consortium of organisations engaged in marine science and represents the majority of Scotland’s marine research capacity.
The lead marine management organisation in Scotland and the champion of Scotland’s Seas.
Market Research Society (MRS) Research Buyer’s Guide
An on-line directory of contractors who are members of the Market Research Society, searchable by research specialism.
The McKinsey Quarterly is McKinsey & Company’s business journal, containing the firm’s latest thinking on management, strategy and finance across a global range of industries and functions.
Medical Research Council (MRC)
MRC aims “to promote and support, by any means, high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and related post-graduate training in the biomedical and other sciences with the aim of maintaining and improving human health.”
MESH (Medical Subject Headings) is the (US) National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary thesaurus. Thesauri are carefully constructed sets of terms often connected by “broader-than,” narrower-than,” and “related” links. These links show the relationship between related terms and provide a hierarchical structure that assists the searcher in finding the correct term for the search. A useful tool for anyone searching medical databases such as Pubmed.
MORI Local Government Research Unit
MORI Social Research Institute is the largest provider of research to local government. This site provides details of recent research and publications.
Access to public services in Scotland
National Academic Mailing List Service
This is a mailing list service for the UK education and research communities. A mailing list is a service where email messages sent to the list are forwarded to the entire list group. This allows discussion with a wide number of people on a specific topic.
National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)
NatCen is the largest independent social research institute in Britain. It carries out and analyses research studies in the fields of social and public policy – including extensive research among members of the public.
National Children’s Bureau
NCB promotes the voices, interests and well-being of all children and young people across every aspect of their lives. The member website provides exclusive access to a wide range of downloadable resources including; regular research findings and member briefings on key issues and policy developments in the children’s sector.
National Institute for Social Work
Site includes Database of research covering local authority, academic and voluntary. Also includes Caredata abstracts, which provides free access to abstracts of over 250 journal articles, monographs, reports, central and local government publications.
National Library of Scotland
Provides access the National Library of Scotland’s main online catalogue and to a number of other special NLS collection catalogues.
National Records of Scotland
The General Register has census data publications and Scottish Census Results Online (SCROL). Long-term demographic statistics are available through their data library, and paid NHS central register searches are available on request.
This site allows you to search the latest comprehensive range of official UK statistics and information about statistics as well as providing free access to a selection of recently released publications and press releases in downloadable formats.
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
NERC is the leading body in the UK for research, survey, monitoring and training in the environmental sciences.
New Local Government Network (NLGN)
Seeks to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities through publications, conferences and seminars.
New Policy Institute
A progressive think tank founded in 1996 to advance social justice in a market economy.
UK orientated news aggregation service, updated every 5 minutes.
Scotland’s national Telehealth and Telecare organisation.
NHS Health Scotland
NHS Health Scotland is a national Health Board working to reduce health inequalities and improve health.
Access the most detailed and up-to-date labour market statistics from official sources for local areas throughout the UK.
searches the Web for annual reports that companies have published on the Web. There are approximately 835 companies on the site. Supplementary information includes interim statements, press releases, investor information, contacts, latest share price, and video clips. The site also offers direct access to reports from the following groups of companies: FTSE 100, FTSE 250, FTSE 350, FTSE All Share, and FTSE Small Cap.
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
This organisation has responsibility for the registration of births, marriages, adoptions and deaths in Northern Ireland. The site contains a comprehensive range of official Northern Ireland statistics.
The Nuffield Foundation funds research and practical work in social policy, education and science.
A catalog of more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors.
Office for National Statistics
Contains a comprehensive collection of statistics covering the nation. It contains statistics on the UK’s economy, industry, society and demography presented in easy to read tables and backed up with explanatory notes and definitions. It is compiled from 100 sources and has more than 10,000 series.
Office of the Queen’s Printer for Scotland
Performs a role similar to that which Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) performs for the UK parliament. The site provides access to Scottish Legislation and the Edinburgh Gazette. The OQPS also manages the licensing of Scottish Parliamentary copyright under the terms of an agreement with the Scottish Parliament, and the site contains guidance on the reuse of Scottish Government publications.
Command Papers and other Governmental publications
Links to Scottish Regional and Local Newspapers publishing online news and information.
Oxfam Policy & Practice
“This website provides an insight into Oxfam’s development and humanitarian policy, practice, and research. The publications section allows free access to over 3,000 advocacy, training, and research publications from Oxfam and its partners worldwide.”
The Government’s one stop portal for planning information and services online.
Established on 1 April 2013 and is responsible for policing across the length and breadth of Scotland.
Policy Library places public policy knowledge in the public domain. Its aim is to contribute to public understanding of social, economic and political questions through research, dissemination and publication.
The UK’s leading voluntary organization engaged in policy and performance review and is a valuable resource for all levels of local government.
Policy Studies Institute
Independent research organization, undertaking studies of social and economic policy.
Politics Home is a free to use politics internet site which aims to improve communication between elected representatives and the public. It hosts the largest collection of MPs’ websites on the internet, as well as providing up-to-date information on news and events around the UK.
Public Information Notices for Scotland
A portal for accessing public information notices issued by local authorities across Scotland.
Interactive site which tracks MP voting patterns in the UK parliament, giving constituents a chance to hold their MP accountable for what they do.
PublicNet – The Public Sector Web Community
PublicNet provides an e-mail and search service regarding the governance and management of public services. The archive dates from May 1997.
Free online version of Medline produced by the US National Library of Medicine. Searchable bibliographical database covering articles in medical and health journals.
The Question Bank holds the questionnaires for large-scale social surveys which have a nationally representative sample and are generally conducted by a large and professional survey organisation. It also includes survey research links, bibliographies and survey measurement information.
Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707
The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 (RPS) is a fully searchable database containing the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving act of 1235 to the union of 1707.
Research Councils UK
A strategic partnership set up to champion science, engineering and technology. Research Councils UK has links to the seven UK Research Councils, their activities, research and funding.
Research Resources for the Social Sciences
A wide variety of links about general reference materials, search engines, data archives, news sources and subject areas. This site goes with Craig McKie’s book Research Resources for the Social Sciences.
The Roslin Institute is a leading centre for research on farm animals. Its research interests lie in animal breeding, animal welfare and behaviour, genomics and bioinformatics, and transgenics and biotechnology.
Royal Institution of Great Britain
The Royal Institution acts as a forum for informing people about how science affects their daily lives and prides itself on its reputation for engaging the public in scientific debate.
The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK dedicated to promoting excellence in science. It supports developments in science engineering and technology in a wide range of ways.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
Scotland’s foremost learned society, the RSE’s purpose is ‘the advancement of learning and useful knowledge’ both by supporting research and by disseminating knowledge to a wider public.
Royal Statistical Society
Information about the RSS, their events, and continuing professional development
Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture
A community of scientists, whose work helps to ensure the quality, safety and security of our food supply in Scotland, and contributes to the quality of our environment.
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Provides research facilities and expertise for the research councils and other organisations.
Scotland Europa is a membership-based organisation that promotes Scotland’s interests across the institutions of the European Union and to the representatives of Europe’s regions and Member States.
Scotland’s Census provides free access to all of the results from the 2011 Census in Scotland.
Scotland’s Health on the Web (SHOW)
A focal point for National Health Service in Scotland web sites.
Scotland’s Rural College
Scotland’s Rural College delivers comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy.
Scottish Assessors Association
The SAA Portal provides all Scotland Valuation Rolls & Council Tax Lists on-line.
Scottish Bibliographies Online
Bibliographic databases containing details of publications relating to Scotland or held in Scottish Libraries.
Scottish Consortium for Rural Research
A consortium bringing together 26 research, consultancy and teaching organisations, each having a strong focus on rural development in their work. Includes keyword searchable database of experts involved in 400 scientific subject areas.
Scottish Court Service
Provides information relating to all civil and criminal courts within Scotland, including the Court of Session, the High Court of Justiciary, the Sheriff Courts and a number of other courts, commissions and tribunals as well the District Courts. The information includes location details, contact numbers, advice and details of recent significant opinions.
Access point to information relating to all civil and criminal courts within Scotland, including the Court of Session, the High Court of Justiciary, the Sheriff Courts and a number of other courts, commissions and tribunals as well the District Courts. The information includes location details, contact numbers, advice and details of recent significant judgements.
Scotland’s main economic development agency funded by the Scottish Government. Access key research and publications in word and pdf format from Scottish Enterprise.
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
Aims to provide an efficient and integrative environmental protection system for Scotland. Provides access to its publications & resources including a weekly briefing of SEPA issues in the public eye
Scottish Funding Council
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) distributes more than £1.6 billion to Scotland’s colleges and universities for teaching and learning, research and other activities in support of Scottish government priorities.
News, publications, statistics and consultations for all responsibilities devolved to the Scottish Government by topic. Including health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and the environment.
Scottish Government Library blog
Provides access to the Scottish Government Library’s key services on the Web and on Saltire (SG Intranet). Including our staff blog, course materials, plus our daily email newsletters and topic newsfeeds designed to help you keep up to date across all Scottish Government topic areas.
Scottish Government topics
A list of Scottish Government topics including links to where the information is located
Scottish Health Statistics
Information and Statistics Division Online, the leading source of health data in Scotland.
Scottish Health Statistics
Information and Statsitics Division Online, the leading source of health data in Scotland offers a topic based service, providing the latest news and publications as well as a range of other topics and links to related sites
Scottish Household Survey
Information about the characteristics and behaviour of Scottish households and individuals.
Scottish Housing Regulator
The independent regulator of registered social landlords and local authority housing services in Scotland.
Scottish Human Rights Commission
The Scottish Human Rights Commission promotes and protects human rights for everyone in Scotland. It is an independent public body.
Scottish Legal Aid Board
Manages legal aid in Scotland. A non-departmental public body responsible to the Scottish Government.
Scottish Natural Heritage
News and publications from Scottish National Heritage.
Information on the business of the Scottish Parliament and its committees. Verbatim transcripts of meetings of the Parliament. Biographies of all MSPs.
Scottish Parliament Research Briefings
Research produced by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) featuring impartial background papers on all aspects of policy likely to be of interest to Parliament and MSPs.
Scottish Police Federation
The SPF represents every constable, sergeant, inspector, chief inspector, police cadet and special constable in Scotland.
Scottish Police Service Gateway
Gateway to Scottish Police web Sites
Scottish Prison Service
Provides information on the prisons. The site is aimed largely at the general public and includes useful information like the visiting arrangements for each prison.
Scottish Qualifications Authority
News, research and consultations from the SQA.
SCRE – Scottish Council for Research in Education
Provides research, evaluation and training services under contract and expert gateways to educational research in Scotland. Includes links to a number of education journals and newsletters available online. From this site it is possible to access SCRE Research Reports and Briefing Papers.
Show : Scottish Health on the Web
A focal point for National Health Service in Scotland web sites, this site features an organisational index of all NHS Scotland sites as well as access to publications and consultation documents.
Social Care Online (Formerly Electronic Library for Social Care and Caredata)
Provides access to a range of information and research on all aspects of social care, updated daily. Also provides email alerts and RSS feeds. Content is drawn from a range of resources including journal articles, websites, research reviews, legislation and government documents, and service user knowledge.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
“Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.” The SSRN eLibrary consists of an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 650,000 scholarly working papers and an Electronic Paper Collection containing over 550,000 full text documents. It is not necessary to register for an SSRN account to search, view abstracts or download free full text papers.
Social Sciences Research Network
A world wide collaborative of over 241,000 authors and more than 1.7 million users that is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research.
Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS)
A portal to a wealth of knowledge and evidence relevant to social services policy and practice. Much of the material on SSKS is freely available but some materials, particularly journal articles, are password protected.
Socitm Insight (Society of Information Technology Management)
Identifies and promotes best practice in ICT management in the UK public sector. Access the full contents of all reports and executive briefings published by Socitm since 1998.
News and research from the national agency for sport in Scotland.
Statistical Accounts of Scotland: 1791-1799 and 1845
The two Statistical Accounts of Scotland, covering the 1790s and the 1830s, are among the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Europe. Based largely on information supplied by each parish church minister, the original (first) Statistical Account and the New (second) Statistical Account provide a rich record of a wide variety of topics: wealth, class and poverty; climate, agriculture, fishing and wildlife; population, schools, and the moral health of the people.
Statistics in the Scottish Government
This site allows you to search official Scottish statistics and information about statistics as well as providing free access to a selection of recently released publications and press releases.
Access to Scotland’s official statistics
SUNCAT (Serials UNion CATalogue)
Contains information on print and electronic journals and other serials held in over 50 UK libraries, including the British Library, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, some of the largest Higher Education institutions in the UK, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RGBE) journal holdings and a number of specialist libraries.
UK sustainable transport charity working on practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
Tagish’s Essential List
Directory of Web based Information Sources in the UK. Covers UK Government, education and health web sites and a directory of UK local Government web sites down to Parish level.
Teacher Reference Center
Indexes over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more.
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
A global organization for enhanced ocean sustainability. It is a network of more than 4000 scientists from almost 300 institutes, with 1600 scientists participating in activities annually.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
A policy research and advocacy organization based in Winnipeg, Canada, offering online access to publications on climate change, trade, knowledge networks, and other sustainable development topics.
Voluntary website providing information about the work and parliamentary activity of MPs and MSPs. It also offers a searchable database of UK and Scottish parliamentary debates plus Scottish Parliament Written Answers.
Times Educational Supplement (TES)
The newspaper for educational related matters, which includes a free searchable archive dating back to 1994.
Times Literary Supplement (TLS)
The TLS Subscriber Archive gives you exclusive access to articles from every issue of the TLS from 1994.
Transport Planning Society
Seeks to facilitate, develop and promote knowledge, understanding and best practice in transport planning.
Transport Research International Documentation
Combines the records from the Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD’s Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database, providing access to over 900,000 records of transport research worldwide.
Transport Research Laboratory
A leading UK Research company which specialises in surface transport.
The national agency responsible for all operational and strategic matters involving the transport infrastructure.
Transport Research Laboratory is a leading UK Research company which specialises in surface transport.
UCAS – Universities & Colleges admissions service
Information on Higher Education courses and institutions, including an extensive collection of statistical information.
UK Criminal Justice Weblog
The latest news about criminal justice issues from around the UK, drawn from media websites, government sources and criminal justice organisations.
UK Data Archive (formerly the ESRC Data Archive)
The Data Archive is the largest collection of digital data about the social sciences and humanities in the UK. It has approximately five thousand datasets covering a range of different disciplines, including data from the 1970 British Cohort Study and the National Child Development Study. First time users need to register to have access.
UK Parliament Bill Index
Enables you to search for the progress of a Bill in the current session of Parliament. Contains all the details of the Parliamentary Stages of a Bill with links to the fulltext documents.
Geographical map of UK Higher Education Institutes.
United Kingdom Parliament
A comprehensive and detailed information service about Parliament. You can find out about the work of the House of Commons and Lords, their Members, Committees, as well as accessing contact details and publications. Offers an advanced search facility to enable more effective searching of the site.
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.
United Nations – Millennium Development Goals
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.
United Nations Human Development Report Office
Aims to advance human development. The goal is to contribute towards the expansion of opportunities, choice and freedom by promoting innovative new ideas, advocating practical policy changes, and constructively challenging policies and approaches that constrain human development.
Facts & Figures and publications concerning Scotland’s Universities.
Urban Transport Group
Brings together and promotes the interests of Britain’s largest urban areas on transport.
The national tourism organisation for Scotland. Our main aim is to contribute significantly to the advancement of Scottish tourism by giving it a real presence in the global marketplace and benefiting the whole of Scotland.
The Assembly’s pages for Research and Evaluation provide a central contact point for external users so that they can easily find the information that is already available.
This site allows you to search UK government announcements and government news. It offers a personalised email service, sending news by department or subject.
A source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.
World Health Organization
Aims to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.