Sociology Research Guide

Finding Journal Articles

Additional Specialized Indexes

There are also indexes covering specific topics that could also be of interest to sociologists. Examples include:

These two databases contain some information on rural sociology. AGRICOLA (1970 to date) is the primary bibliography produced by the National Agricultural Library, and CAB (1972 to date) is an intergovernmental organization (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux) dedicated to improving human welfare worldwide.


Criminal Justice Abstracts, v. 9 - 1977 to date
Satellite Shelving Facility HV6001 .C76, v. 9 - 28, 1977 - 1996
D. H. Hill Reference HV6001 .C76, v. 29 - , 1997 to present (Ready Reference - Reserve Room)


ERIC (Educational Resources Information Clearinghouse) contains references to journal articles, conference proceedings, and research reports issued from 1966 to the present.


Social Work Abstracts
SWAB contains more than 35,000 records, from 1977 to the present, from social work and other related journals on topics such as homelessness, AIDS, child and family welfare, aging, substance abuse, legislation, community organization, and more.


Women Studies Abstracts, v. 2-30, 1973-2001
D. H. Hill Tower stacks Z7962 .W65 (9th floor)


World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts, v. 1-37, 1959-1995
Satellite Shelving Facility H10 .W63
Electronic coverage of this title, after 1972, is contained in theCAB database.

Multi-disciplinary Databases

These two databases are examples of much more broadly focused resources than those above. The first offers many full-text articles, while the second provides a current awareness feature.

Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete provides full text for over 1,530 academic, social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multi-cultural journals. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 2,720 journals. Over 1,700 journals are peer reviewed. Full text backfiles go as far back as January of 1990, while indexing and abstract backfiles go as far back as January of 1984


Ingenta has broad coverage, but it has another forte. It's a table of contents database, and the provider indexes its content quickly. Look here for current event topics.