Databases & Indexes for the Social Sciences

Search these databases for articles in the areas of criminal justice, media communications, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,000 journals with full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications. Covers all subjects. Good place to start your search. (from EBSCO )

1975--current | Some full text | More info


America: History and Life

Comprehensive coverage of articles from journals, book reviews, and dissertations published worldwide on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. From pre-history to the present.

1964--current | Abstracts & citations only | More info


American Factfinder 2 | Legacy American Factfinder

From the U.S. Census Bureau, provides population, housing, economic, and geographic data.


Campus Research New and Improved at WestlawNEXT

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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Counseling and Therapy in Video

Rich collection of video for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling—400 hours and more than 330 videos on completion. Includes 291 videos totaling roughly 323 hours.

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Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

Contains some 300,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline. Subject areas covered include: criminology; criminal justice; criminal law and procedure; corrections and prisons; police and policing; criminal investigation; forensic sciences and investigation; history of crime; substance abuse and addiction; probation and parole. (from EBSCO)

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CQ Researcher

Provides in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Including pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, it is useful for term papers, debates, and speeches. Now includes PLUSArchive with articles going back to 1923 for an historical component and Global Researcher bringing an international perspective.

1923--current | Full text


CQ Weekly

From the Congressional Quarterly, covers Congress, politics, and public policy. Includes roll call votes, floor action, Supreme Court decisions, and election coverage. Online reports.

1983--current | Full text


DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers full text, quality-controlled, scholarly journals.

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Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980 --current | Some full text | More info



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

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Foreign Information by Country

From the University of Colorado, portal for many links to comprehensive information on 245 countries.


Google News Archive Search

Search the archives of newspapers, magazines, and other publications and create timelines.

Some pay for view, some free full text


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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Harp Week

Includes the full text of Harper's Weekly and provides a continuous record of what happened on a weekly basis from 1857 through 1912. The first segment includes the Civil War Era: 1857-1865. The next two cover Reconstruction: 1866-1871 and 1872-1877. The last six encompass the Gilded Age: 1878-1912. Covers much of the social, political, and economic history of the United States during this period.

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Historical Abstracts 
Index to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations in the area of world history. Covers topics from 1450-present and includes over 2,100 journals published throughout the world. Search with or without U.S. and Canadian history included.

1964--current | Abstracts & citations only | More info



Access to more than 100 scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. We subscribe to the Arts and Sciences 1 package which includes core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. This collection also contains titles in ecology, mathematics, and statistics. Overall, there are 119 titles in fifteen disciplines.

19th century --current | Full text


Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

Produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska, provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. Designed for an audience ranging from novice test consumers to experienced professionals, the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership.

Volume 9--current | Full text

Minnesota State Legislature
Follow the actions of the House and the Senate; search statues, laws, and rules; get status and history of bills; research the history of legislation in Minnesota; and much more.

New York Times

Full text articles. (from ProQuest)

1980--current | Full text



Access to over 500 national and international newspapers.(from ProQuest)

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OECD Factbook

Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics. A comprehensive and dynamic statistical annual publication from the OECD. More than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: agriculture, economic production, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health, industry, information and communications, international trade, labour force, population, taxation, public expenditure, and R&D.


Political Handbook of the World 

Provides thorough and accurate information on the major aspects of each country's government and political party system. In addition, the Handbook profiles 120 intergovernmental organizations, such as OPEC, NATO, the WTO, world and regional banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.

2005-2007, 2010 | Full text ebook


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, economics, and many others.

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Contains the full text of articles from APA journals and selected EPF (Educational Publishing Foundation) journals.

1988--current | Full text



PsycCRITIQUES is a searchable database of book reviews in psychology. In each weekly release, PsycCRITIQUES will deliver approximately 20 reviews of psychological books written by subject experts, most from the current copyright year.


Psychology Journals

Encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more. (from ProQuest)

1971--current | Partial full text | More info



From the American Psychological Association, contains over a million citations and summaries of articles from journals, books, book chapters, dissertations, and technical reports in psychology and related fields.

Abstracts & citations only


Sage--Social Sciences Collection

Full text access to SAGE scholarly publications in all areas of the social sciences.

1999--current | Full text


Salem History

Provides online access to the Milestone Documents of American Leaders reference set, a compilation of primary documents from notable Americans with commentary and analysis.

1754--current | Full text e-book



One of the world's largest providers of scientific, technical, and medical literature with a database of some 2 million articles and 59 million abstracts from all fields of science. Access to journals in mathematics, social sciences, arts and humanities, and business as well. 

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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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Tests in Print

Now with Mental Measurements Yearbook. Produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska, Tests in Print (TIP) serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s).

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USA Counties

From the U.S. Census Bureau, statistical data from a wide variety of federal agencies featuring state and county level data covering a wide range of years.


Winona Newspaper Project

Online archive of three late 19th century and early 20th century Winona newspapers. Includes available issues of the Winona Argus, the Winona Daily Republican and the Winona Republican Herald.

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Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being

In support of the Council on Women and Girls, the Office of Management and Budget and the Economics and Statistics Administration within the Department of Commerce worked together to create the Women in America (pdf) report which, for the first time in recent history, pulls together information from across the Federal statistical agencies to compile baseline information on how women are faring in the United States today and how these trends have changed over time.


World Factbook CIA

Country information - demographics, economies, climate, geography, government, military, and more.

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