Research Guide: Philanthropy and Development

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Databases & Indexes: Find Journal Articles and More


ACM Digital Library

From the Association for Computing Machinery, provides full text access to every article published by ACM, including over 50 years of archives. Use ACM to explore the link between philanthropy and computer technologies. Link here to citations and abstracts from other publishers as well in The Guide to Computing Literature.

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Powered by Westlaw, a comprehensive collection of news, business, and law-related information sources. Provides hundreds of newspapers--national and international, magazines, news wires, trade journals, and company information. Includes federal and state case law, statues, regulations, and administrative codes, as well as European Union information, law reviews and journals, American Law Reports, and American Jurisprudence 2d. Campus Research will soon be part of the new Westlaw database, WestlawNEXT.

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EBSCO Host Databases

Select from a wide variety of databases including Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Regional Business News, ATLA/S, CPLI, Historical Abstracts and more. Search each database individually or in a combination of your choosing. Those databases most likely to be relevant to philanthropy issues are listed below:

  • Academic Search Premier
    Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed publications. Indexes and delivers full text for Chronicle of Philanthropy from 10/05/2000 to current.
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  • ATLA/S
    ATLA/S is the premier scholarly tool for researching theological perspectives on history, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as biblical studies, world religions and church history.
    19th century--current | Some full text | More info
  • Business Source Premier 
    Designed for business researchers, provides full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. Use the Business Searching Interface for the journals along with easy access to country economic data, company profiles, industry information, SWOT analyses, and market research
    1965-current | Some full text | More info
  • CPLI (Catholic Periodical and Literature Index)
    Covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 370,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers.
    1981-current | Citations & abstracts only | More info
  • Professional Development Collection

    Designed for professional educators, provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles as well as more than 200 educational reports.

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ECO Electronic Collections Online

Indexing for over 5,000 scholarly journal titles in all disciplines. Provides abstracts and links to full text articles. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

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Database containing all peer reviewed journal titles focusing on management issues. Subjects covered include management, HRM, marketing, librarianship, mechanical engineering, and electronic and electrical engineering.

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources.  Just click on "Find Full Text @SMU."

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Provides access to scholarly journals. Our collection (Arts & Sciences 1) includes core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities. This collection also contains titles in ecology, mathematics, and statistics. Overall, there are 119 titles in fifteen disciplines.

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Management and Organization Studies Collection--Sage

Full text access to high-quality, scholarly journals in the areas of organization studies, management, business, human resources, marketing, public policy, public administration, and industrial relations.

1999--current | Full text & abstract


Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, business and economics, and many others.

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ProQuest Databases 

Select from a wide variety of databases including Criminal Justice Periodicals, Dissertations & Theses, Psychology Journals, Religion Journals, and NewsStand. Search each database individually or in a combination of your choosing.



One of the world's largest provider of scholarly, peer-reviewed scientific, technical, and medical literature. Includes access to journals in philanthropy, as well as in mathematics, social sciences, arts and humanities, and business. 

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Social Science Research Network eLibrary Search

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research. It's eLibrary contains abstracts on over 399,600 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 328,300 downloadable full text documents. The eLibrary also includes the research papers of a number of Fee Based Partner Publications.

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Journals A-Z

Provides an A-Z list of all journals, magazines, and newspapers in the Fitzgerald collection, both online and in print. If the journal you are looking for does not appear in our Journal Finder, you may order the article needed from that journal through our interlibrary loan service. If you are off campus and the journal article you need is available in one of our print journals, you can contact Rachel Thomas (507 457-1489/ to request a copy and we will mail it to you.


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Recommended Web Sites


American Council on Education

American Institute of Philanthropy: CharityWatch--Helping you give wisely to charity

This site is a prominent charity watchdog service.

Americans for the Arts
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Association of Small Foundations


"Increases the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening boards of directors through our highly acclaimed consulting practice, publications, tools, and membership program."


The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.

Charity Channel

"A resource that connects you to your nonprofit colleagues across town, across the country, and around the world," whose stated goal is "to create a place where nonprofit professionals can connect, learn from each other, share information and work together to advance the cause of philanthropy. "

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Find articles that connect "the non-profit world with news, jobs, and ideas." For archived articles go to EBSCO's Academic Search Premier.

Council on Foundations

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

The Giving Forum networks 32 regional associations of grantmakers

Foundation Center

Foundation Center Catalog of Nonprofit Literature

LNPS Online is a searchable database of the literature of philanthropy. It incorporates the unique contents of the Foundation Center's five libraries and contains more than 28,000 full bibliographic citations, of which more than 20,000 have descriptive abstracts.

Foundation Center For Independent Higher Education

Giving USA

Available on Blackboard and in print in the reference section of the Winona library

Guide Star

The national database of nonprofit organizations. This is a directory of 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations.

900 programs from 26 grant-making agencies.

Independent Sector

Provides a "forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world." "IS is currently focusing on issues such as protecting advocacy rights of nonprofits, promoting tax incentives for charitable giving, and addressing federal and state budget concerns."


"Where nonprofit research is brought into focus. Every day nonprofits worldwide serve millions of people. IssueLab makes it easy to learn about and access the knowledge and analysis that these vital organizations collect and publish. "

Integrity in Science: Nonprofit Organizations with Ties to Industry

PDF file listing corporate sponsorship from Integrity in Science

Nonprofit Philanthropy at the Urban Institute

This contains State and County statistics on charitable giving.

Outcome Measurement Resource Network

"As leaders in results-oriented philanthropy, United Way of America and United Way organizations across the country have championed the adoption of outcome measurement by health and human service programs. The Resource Network offers information, down loadable documents, and links to resources related to the identification and measurement of program and community-level outcomes."

Leader to Leader Institute

Peter F. Drucker Foundation For Nonprofit Management


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Government Web Sites


Bureau of Economic Analysis 
Bureau of the Census 

The official U.S. gateway to all governmental information.

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GPO Access

A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free access to a wealth of important information produced by the Federal Government. Information on all three branches of government, statistical abstracts, economic indicators, the Congressional Record, Supreme Court decisions, and much more.

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National Center for Education Statistics


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