Social Sciences

Most Important Databases:

Academic Search Complete 

This is a good starting place for finding articles on almost any topic. Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Credo Reference

Full-text online reference. Contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of reference books and encyclopedias in electronic format. Titles cover a wide range of subjects, from the arts to medicine, and from multicultural studies, religion, philosophy, and theology to social science. 

Coverage:  1999 -         Paid for by Greenlease Library


JSTOR provides an archive of important scholarly journal literature in nearly all the humanities and social sciences disciplines, international and foreign areas studies, and many of the sciences. A moving end-date wall excludes the most recent 2-5 years of currently available journals.

Coverage:   Varies. End-date wall excludes most recent 2-5 years of titles        Paid for by Greenlease Library

Other Helpful Databases:

Accessible Archives

This is an archive of full-text American periodicals and primary documents of the 18th and 19th centuries of particular interest to researchers in American history

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

ACLS Humanities E-Book Collection

ACLS Humanities E-Book is an online collection of over 3,300 full-text digitized books of high quality in the humanities, searchable by keyword. 

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

American: History & Life

Index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Caribbean Search

Caribbean Search is a multidisciplinary database that provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles pertinent to the countries and people of the Caribbean region. The collection contains over 730 Caribbean focused scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, reports and reference books. 

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Child Development & Adolescent Studies

Source for references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexedS

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Communication & Mass Media Complete

Quality research in areas related to communication and mass media.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

CQ Weekly Archives 

Published by Congressional Quarterly, Inc, this resource covers United States government, politics and commerce. Archive content includes articles, vote charts, legislation and congressional calendars.

Coverage: 1983-2009          Paid for by Greenlease Library

CQ Public Affairs Collection

This full text document and image database covers public affairs and public policy, social work, government, political science, journalism, education,and communications. Chronologies, case studies,bibliographies, links to websites legislative analysis, primary documents, maps, voting records are just some of the items types available.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Encyclopedia of Human Relationships

Encyclopedia on relationship science.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas. 

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library


Information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Historical Abstracts

Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more - essential for libraries supporting upper-division and graduate research.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

LexisNexis Academic

Full-text access to general, regional and international news, company news and financial information, legal information, and other topics such as biographical information.

Coverage: Varies. Some files back to 1970s         Paid for by Greenlease Library

MAS Ultra- School Edition

Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular magazines. Also has full text reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of  photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

MasterFile Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this general interest multidisciplinary database provides coverage of periodicals, reference books, primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of photos, maps & flags.

Coverage:  1975 to present         Paid for by Greenlease Library

Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies

Systematic and non-evaluative bibliographic index of research, policy and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa .

Coverage: 1900 to present           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Philosopher's Index

Indexing and abstracts from books and journals of philosophy and related fields. It covers the areas of ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic as well as material on the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language.

Coverage:   1940 to present        Paid for by Greenlease Library


Source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library


Resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library


A repository for ready-to-use tests and measures from the APA features instruments that are relevant to psychology and related fields, such as psychiatry, education, medicine, business, social work and more.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Public Affairs Index

Index covering all aspects of global contemporary public policy issues ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international conflict and natural disasters. It draws on a diverse array of scholarly publications, conference papers, government documents and current reference works.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library

Statistical Insight

Access to statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. The service allows users to search summaries of statistical publications, then link to the full-text of selected publications or government Web sites.

Coverage:  Varies.          Paid for by Greenlease Library



WorldCat is a database that allows researchers to search the combined catalogs of hundreds of libraries around the world. This source can help researchers find items, verify citations, and see which libraries and given item is available at.

Coverage:           Paid for by Greenlease Library


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