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Social Sciences Databases

Academic Search Premier
What you'll find here: Newspaper, magazine, trade publication and scholarly journal articles covering a wide variety of topics. This is a broad, general database and a great starting place for information about almost any topic.
How to search this database: Read the Academic Search Premier Visual Guide.

CQ Researcher
What you'll find here: Comprehensive, analytical reports on popular news topics. The reports provide background on the topics along with competing viewpoints to avoid bias.
How to search this database: Take the CQ Researcher tour.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text
What you'll find here: Magazine and journal articles, books, conference material, and reviews focused on criminology and related disciplines. These include law enforcement, courts, victims, and juvenile delinquency.
How to search this database: Visit the EBSCOhost help page.

Criminal Justice Periodicals
What you'll find here: Magazine, trade publication, and journal articles from criminal justice journals worldwide. It also features reports and books.
How to search this database: Visit the ProQuest help page.

Criminology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection
What you'll find here: Articles published in the SAGE company's 24 scholarly, educational, and professional journals on that focus on different aspects of criminal justice.
How to search this database: Visit SAGE's help page.

ERIC
What you'll find here: Articles and other documents from journals and other publications focused on education. It is one of the most popular and useful resources for material on education at all levels.
How to search this database: Visit the EBSCOhost help page.

JSTOR
What you'll find here: Digital reproductions of science, social science, and humanities scholarly journals along with digitized primary sources, such as letters and images.
How to search this database: Look at JSTOR's help page.

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
What you’ll find here: Descriptions and information of various tests used in the fields of education, psychology, and business. The database also includes evaluations and reviews of these tests. Although the database can be useful for education and business professionals, it is mainly geared toward those in the psychology field.
How to search this database: Visit the EBSCOhost help page.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database
What you'll find here: Summaries of journal articles and other resources dealing with criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse. Many of these are produced by various bureaus and offices of the U.S. Department of Justice, so government information is a strength of this database.
How to search this database: Take the database's online tutorial.

Professional Development Collection
What you'll find here: Journal and magazine articles focusing on helping teachers at all levels of education improve their skills and performance. As opposed to other education databases that provide material teachers can use in the classroom, this one provides material for the teachers themselves.
How to search this database: Visit the EBSCOhost help page.

PsycARTICLES
What you'll find here: Journal articles focusing on all aspects of psychology. Both the database and the journals are produced by the American Psychological Association and allied organizations, so the articles are pretty reliable for good information. More material is also available through PsycINFO.
How to search this database: Visit the EBSCOhost help page.

PsycINFO
What you'll find here: Books, book chapters, dissertations, and journal articles focusing on behavioral and mental health. This database augments PsycARTICLES with other media and journals outside the American Psychological Association's circle.
How to search this database: Visit the EBSCOhost help page.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
What you'll find here: Journal articles dealing with psychology, psychiatry, and anthropology. There is an international focus with the journals that are part of the database.
How to search this database: Visit the EBSCOhost help page.

PsycTESTS
What you'll find here: Descriptions, contents, and histories of various tests used to assess psychological and mental capabilities. It is most useful for psychology professionals and includes reviews and citations that show how widely adopted the test is.
How to search this database: View the PsycTESTS information page which includes links to tutorials.

Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
What you'll find here: See Web of Knowledge for more information.

SocINDEX with Full Text
What you'll find here: Journal articles, books, and conference papers focusing on sociology and sociological issues. These include criminology, religion, politics, family studies, anthropology, and more.
How to search this database: Visit the EBSCOhost help page.

Web of Science
What you'll find here: Once you have an article or book relevant to your topic, this database provides a list of other works that cite your item. This helps you gauge the influence of the work you have and find similar works. A few tools are found within this database.
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) 1995-present: Searched by default by Web of Knowledge for items related to art, music, dance, history, literature, drama, language, and philosophy.
Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) 1995-present: Searched by default by Web of Knowledge for items related to sociology, anthropology, criminology, religion, and politics.
Journal Citation Reports Social Science Edition: Evaluation of scholarly social science journals based the number of times theyíve been cited elsewhere. Found under the "Additional Resources" tab in Web of Knowledge.
How to search this database: View the Web of Science training video.