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Decolonisation and Anti-Racism

Databases and Open Access Online Resources

Discover Diverse Databases: knowledge from the global majority

Library shelves with a globe in the foreground

This collection of databases includes resources we subscribe to as well as open access ones that cover literature and data from diverse global voices. Research has shown that dominant databases such as Scopus and Web of Science have a Global North and English language bias, so this collection is designed to encourage you to look for information from more marginalised sources to re-centre knowledge from the Global Majority. With thanks to Sally Dalton from University of Leeds Library for crowdsourcing many of recommendations in this collection. If you have suggestions of databases to include, please contact

The British Library for Development Studies

The British Library for Development Studies (BLDS) is Europe's most comprehensive research collection on development issues. It holds over 80,000 monographs, including individual research reports, working papers and books, and over 10,000 magazine, newspaper, annual report and newsletter titles. Over 50% of the collection is published in the Global South, including many unique holdings.

Search the BLDS catalogue

BLDS printed books are located in two areas in the Library. The sequence begins in the Rolling Racking on the Ground Floor (after shelfmark Z) for authors A-N then continues in the North Basement (again after shelfmark Z).

BLDS journals are located in a Library Store and will need to be requested at the Information Hub. Please do ask staff for help with finding the resources that you need.

You will need to use your University identity card to enter the University Library and to borrow books. If you have not yet obtained this, you will need to  go to the University Print Unit in Lancaster House. Information about access to library services for individuals who are not members of the University or IDS is available here: