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A guide to the most useful resources provided by the UI Libraries, plus some sites on the Web.
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Databases / Indexes

What are they good for? Locating articles in both scholarly journals and the popular press on sociological topics. Sociological Abstracts is your best bet if you just want articles from the sociological literature. Be sure to click on the InfoLink button  to locate full text articles. To search for books and articles together, try Smart Search.

  • Sociological Abstracts  Icon
    View a short (4:18) tutorial on SocAbs. Provides article abstracts from 1,800 journals in sociology and related fields, from 1952 to the present. For a list of features, see the SocAbs LibGuide.
  • Academic Search Elite  Icon  Icon
    This multi-disciplinary database offers full text for nearly 2,000 scholarly journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. Covering virtually every area of academic study, Academic Search Elite offers full text information dating as far back as 1985. This database is updated on a daily basis.
  • Abstracts in Social Gerontology  Icon  Icon
    Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to social gerontology, including the psychology of aging, elder abuse, society and the elderly, and other key areas of relevance to the discipline. The index contains 70,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Journals of Gerontology Series, American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Experimental Gerontology, etc. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, bringing coverage back to 1990.
  • AgeLine  Icon
    Produced by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), AgeLine provides bibliographic coverage of social gerontology, i.e. the study of aging in psychological, health-related, social, and economic contexts. Also covered are the delivery of health care to the older population and its associated costs and policies, and consumer, employment, and public policy issues. Of interest to researchers, health professionals, service planners, policymakers, employers, older adults and their families, and consumer advocates.
  • Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference interface  Icon
    Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. government agencies, states, private organizations, and major international organizations.
  • Defining Gender, 1450-1910  Icon
    Brings together over 50,000 images of original documents relating to gender studies. The images are sourced from libraries and archives around the world, including a strong core of document images from the Bodelian Library, Oxford. In addition to documents and and search engine, the database includes contextual essays, biographies, a chronology and tips for instructors.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch  Icon
    Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. [Not compatible with Internet Explorer 9]
  • Everyday Life & Women in America  Icon
    This digital collection provides access to rare primary source material on American social, cultural, and popular history from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History, Duke University and The New York Public Library. It comprises thousands of fully searchable images (alongside transcriptions) of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes, emphasizing conduct of life and domestic management literature, the daily lives of women and men, and contrasts in regional, urban and rural cultures.
  • Family Studies Abstracts  Icon  Icon
    Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, family therapy, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains 45,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Journal of Family Studies, Journal of Marriage & Family, Family Relations, etc. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, bringing coverage back to 1979.
  • GenderWatch  Icon
    Primarily a full text database with some abstracts that contains periodicals, academic journals, newsletters, magazines, regional publications, and government reports focused on gender and women's issues. [Not compatible with Internet Explorer 9]
  • iPoll databank  Icon
    IPoll is a comprehensive, up-to-date source for US nationwide public opinion. A full-text retrieval system, the iPoll online database is organized at the question level, providing the tools to sift through nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys, 1935 to present. Surveys archived in the Roper Catalog were originally gathered by academic, commercial and media survey organizations such as Gallup Organization, Harris Interactive, Pew Research Associates, and many more.
  • JSTOR (Journal Storage)  Icon  Icon
    Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, philosophy, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title. Note that this database contains ONLY back issues. Journals may be searched across multiple titles as well as by the individual titles below. The JSTOR database does NOT include full-text of the most recent 3 to 5 years.
  • LexisNexis Academic  Icon  Icon
    Provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal research, medical and reference information. The news section provides access to full text of newspapers from the U.S., Europe, Africa, North and South America and Australia in English, as well as some in Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish; news wires, television and radio transcripts are also available.
  • LGBT Thought and Culture  Icon
    Books, periodicals, and archival material documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day.
  • Periodicals Index Online  Icon
    Electronic index to over 4,500 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences, covering each periodical from its first issue (as early as 1665) . Every article is indexed. The scope is international, including journals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and other languages.
  • PolicyFile  Icon
    The PolicyFile service regularly reviews the websites of think tanks, research organizations, and advocacy groups in an effort to identify and index gray literature. Each PolicyFile record contains basic information including the publication's title, author, issuing organization, and date of publication. The records also provide the email address and phone number for the author and a URL that connects researchers to the full text document, which is typically available in a PDF format. Researchers may use the PolicyFile subject index to locate information on a specific topic or may enter a keyword search. Coverage varies by organization and may extend as far back as the year 1990.
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses  
    ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (Full Text) is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. The official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research. It includes 2.4 million dissertation and theses citations from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. [Not compatible with Internet Explorer 9]
  • PsycINFO  Icon
    The PsycINFO database covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas. PsycINFO's coverage is worldwide, and includes references and abstracts to over 1500 journals in more than 35 languages, and book chapters and books in the English language. Over 50,000 references are added annually. Popular literature is excluded.
  • Scopus  Icon
    Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. It contains 47 million records, 70% with abstracts and over 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide. It also includes over 4.6 million conference papers, 100% of MEDLINE and most of EMBASE, and interoperability with Engineering Village and Reaxys. In addition, Scopus offers sophisticated tools to track, analyze and visualize research. [Scopus Apps are not compatible with Internet Explorer 9]
  • Urban Studies Abstracts  Icon  Icon
    Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to urban studies, including urban affairs, community development, urban history, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains 40,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Urban Affairs Review, Urban studies, Journal of Urban Affairs, etc. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, bringing coverage back to 1973.
  • Web of Science  Icon
    A citation reference that includes Science Citation Index (1900-present), Social Science Citation Index (1900-present), Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present), Book Citation Index- Science (2005-present), Book Citation Index- Social Sciences & Humanities (2005-present), and Medline, and links to Journal Citation Reports and EndNote web version.

Reference Sources

  • Annual Review of Sociology  Icon
    Contains articles summarizing current research on a variety of sociological topics. See also Annual Reviews in related disciplines. Also available in print on 4th floor of Main Library: HM15 .A55.
  • Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology  Icon
    The encyclopedia consists of over 1800 entries on all aspects of social organization. It is updated three times a year.
  • LGBT Studies in Video  Icon
    LGBT Studies in Video is a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community. It features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, transgender issues, religious perspectives on homosexuality, global comparative experiences, and other topics.
  • Oxford African American Studies Center : The Online Authority on the African American Experience.  Icon
    Comprehensive collection of scholarship focused on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture, coupled with precise search and browse capabilities. Features over 7,500 articles from Oxford's reference works, approximately 100 primary sources with specially written commentaries, over 1,300 images, over 100 maps, over 200 charts and tables, timelines to guide researchers through the history of African Americans and over 6,000 biographies. The core content includes: Africana, which presents an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes ; the Encyclopedia of African American history ; Black women in America, 2nd ed ; and the African American national biography. [LIMITED TO 3 SIMULTANEOUS USERS]
  • Oxford Reference  Icon
    Multi-part database of the online versions of seminal Oxford University Press texts. Each topical division contains the searchable version of the latest edition of published dictionaries and encyclopedias. Additionally, information about Oxford University Press is provided. Online texts will be updated after new editions of the print monographs are published.
  • SAGE eReference  Icon
    A database of reference books published by SAGE covering the social sciences and education, including such areas as African American Studies, Aging & Gerontology, Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Politics, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Work & Social Policy, and Sociology.
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S.  Icon
    A good starting point for locating social statistics. The Main Library Service Desk has the current print edition.
    Older versions:
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000  Icon
    A set of learning modules in the form of mini-monographs, each of which is organized around a specific question about a single social movement. Each module contains fifteen to twenty documents that address the question.
  • Women and Social Movements, International— 1840 to Present  Icon
    Online archive of published and manuscript primary sources focusing on women’s international activism since the mid-nineteenth century. The archive includes proceedings of women’s international conferences, books, pamphlets, articles from newspapers and journals, as well as correspondence, diary entries, and memoirs. Also contains numerous online publications of contemporary Non-Governmental Organizations.

Other Resources

  • American Sociological Association
    The ASA home page provides access to information about current issues of interest to sociologists, online text of ASA's code of ethics, policies, and procedures, ASA publications, and home pages of ASA's specialized sections.
  • Great Social Theorists
    A university professor's Web site collecting writings by and commentary about a number of prominent social theorists.
  • Guide to Gay and Lesbian Resources
    A classified bibliography based upon the collections of the University of Chicago.
  • Iowa State Data Center
    Provides custom data sets and publications based on U.S. Census data for Iowa.
  • Justice Information Center
    Maintained by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Topical sections such as Criminal Justice Statistics, Juvenile Justice, Research, and Victims provide links to additional Internet resources.
  • LocalLabs
    Local socioeconomic data from public sources.
  • Making of America, Cornell University  Icon
    A digital library of primary sources in American social history, this site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
  • Mass Observation  Icon
    Mass Observation Online provides integrated access to c115,000 digital images of material from the Mass Observation Archive (MOA). In addition, it functions as a finding aid for all material held on Adam Matthew Publications microfilm, and in the Mass Observation Archive. To make best use of the resource, users should have an understanding of the different types of material and how to approach using these online. The Archive holds all the material generated by Mass Observation (MO) between 1937 and 1949, with a few later additions from the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Poverty Related Resources
    A comprehensive site for information about all aspects of poverty maintained by the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty.
  • SimplyMap (USE your UI email address as username)  Icon
    SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data for the United States. [Not compatible with Internet Explorer 9]
  • Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives, 1960 to 1974  Icon
  • Social Explorer  Icon
    Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to historical census data and demographic information. It creates fast, intuitive, and appealing maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. The site currently includes the entire US Census history from 1790 to 2000, all annual updates from the American Community Survey, and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000.
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Contains a wealth of information about the population of the United States. It also provides links to International Statistical Agencies and State Data Centers.

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