Pathfinder: Alcohol and Substance Abuse

The following list identifies resources about alcohol and substance abuse.

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1. Start by locating resources that provide an overview of your topic.

This will help you define search terms related to your topic and provide background information in your subject area. Encyclopedias, handbooks and subject specific dictionaries offer good places to start.

Some titles specifically related to alcohol and substance abuse are:

Abbott, A. A. (Ed.). (2010). Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs: Challenging myths, assessing theories, individualizing interventions (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Benton, S. A. (2009). Understanding the high-functioning alcoholic: Professional views and personal insights. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Blum, K. (1984). Handbook of abusable drugs. New York, NY: Gardner Press.

Brady, K. T., Back, S. E., & Greenfield, S. F. (Eds.). (2009). Women and addiction: A comprehensive handbook. New York: Guilford Press.

Frances, R. J., Miller, S. I., & Mack, A. H. (Eds.). (2005). Clinical textbook of addictive disorders. (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Galanter, M., & Kleber, H. D. (Eds.). (2008). The American Psychiatric Publishing textbook of substance abuse treatment. (4th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Pub.

Glantz, M. D., & Hartel, C. R. (Eds.). (1999). Drug abuse: Origins & interventions. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Gold, M. S., & Adamec, C. A. (2010). The encyclopedia of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. New York: Facts on File.

Hester, R. K., & Miller, W. R. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of alcoholism treatment approaches: Effective alternatives. (3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Kleiman, M. A. R., & Hawdon, J. E. (Eds.). (2011). Encyclopedia of drug policy. (Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Korsmeyer, P., & Kranzler, H. R. (Eds.). (2009). Encyclopedia of drugs, alcohol, and addictive behavior. (3rd ed., Vols. 1-4). Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA. (Also available ONLINE)

Lowinson, J. H. (Ed.). (2005). Substance abuse: A comprehensive textbook. (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Miller, R. L. (2002). The encyclopedia of addictive drugs. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Natarajan, M. (Ed.). (2010). The library of drug abuse and crime. (Vols. 1-3). Farnham [England]: Ashgate.

Ott, P. J., Tarter, R. E., & Ammerman, R. T. (Eds.). (1999). Sourcebook on substance abuse: Etiology, epidemiology, assessment, and treatment. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Padwa, H., & Cunningham, J. (2010). Addiction: A reference encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Prevention primer: An encyclopedia of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention terms(1994).

Rockville MD: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Scheier, L. M. (Ed.). (2010). Handbook of drug use etiology: Theory, methods, and empirical findings. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Smith, D. E., & Seymour, R. B. (2001). Clinician’s guide to substance abuse. New York: McGraw-Hill, Medical Publications Division.

Thombs, D. L. (2006). Introduction to addictive behaviors (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

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2. Search the online catalog for additional books that will give you the history, context, definitions and theories.

Below are suggested keywords to use when searching for information. You can use them when searching the catalog or the research databases. Try combining them with another concept having to do with your subject:

  • Addiction (addict*)
  • Alcohol (alcohol*)
  • Chemical dependency
  • Chemically dependent
  • Street drugs
  • Substance abuse

 

NOTE: Using a truncating symbol (in this example, the asterisk “*”) at the end of the root word allows you to search for variations of that word.

Also try using specific names of drugs: cocaine, crack, heroin, marijuana, etc., and using these subject headings in the library catalog may improve your search results:

 

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3. Find some general articles on your topic.

After you have located books on your topic, start looking for general journal articles on your subject. Several general databases include:

  • Academic Search Complete
    Subjects: most academic topics
    Formats: journals, magazines, newspapers, books, book reviews
    Publication dates: 1887-present
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Subjects: news, law, business
    Formats: newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, company profiles, court cases
    Publication dates: most are 1990s – present; court cases are 1789 – present
  • Article First (OCLC)
    Subjects: business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, popular culture
    Formats: journal articles
    Publication dates: 1990 – present
  • Summon
    Subjects: interdisciplinary
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings, newspapers, images, databases and more available at CWRU
    Publication dates: Ongoing
  • TOPICsearch
    Subjects: current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries
    Formats: journal articles, magazine articles, biographies, book reviews, government information, public opinion polls, international newspapers
    Publication dates: 1990 – present

These databases are interdisciplinary and most provide a mix of popular magazine articles and scholarly research articles.

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4. Search subject specific databases for more scholarly journal articles.

After finding general journal articles on your topic, begin focusing on scholarly research articles. Citations, abstracts and, sometimes, the full-text of journal articles are found in a variety of research databases:

  • AgeLine
    Subjects: aging, gerontology
    Formats: journal articles, books, book chapters
    Publication dates: Selected coverage 1966 to 1977; inclusive coverage from 1978 to present
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    Subjects: nursing, allied health
    Formats: journal articles, books, dissertations
    Publication dates: 1981 – present
  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
    Subjects: education
    Formats: journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers
    Publication dates: 1966-present
  • MEDLINE with Full Text (EBSCO)
    Subjects: medicine
    Formats: journal articles
    Publication dates: 1949-present
  • PsycINFO
    Subjects: psychology and related disciplines
    Formats: journal articles, books, dissertations
    Publication dates: 17th century – present
  • Social Work Abstracts
    Subjects: addictions, aging, child and family welfare, community organization, homelessness, human services, mental health, therapy
    Formats: journal articles
    Publication dates: 1965-present
  • SocINDEX
    Subjects: sociology, criminal justice, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, religion, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, substance abuse, violence
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings
    Publication dates: 1895-present

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5. Browse current issues of journals that contain literature on your topic.

Journals that are most likely to contain information on the topic of alcohol and substance abuse include:

Addictive Behaviors online at: OhioLINK, E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

Alcohol Research & Health online at: NIAAA, E-Journal Portal, and the (Public Catalog)

Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly online at: Taylor & Francis Online, E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

American Journal on Addictions online at: Taylor & Francis Online, EBSCOhost Research Databases, E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

Child Abuse & Neglect online at: OhioLINK, E-Journal Portal, and the (Public Catalog)

Contemporary Drug Problems online at: Proquest, E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

Drug and Alcohol Dependence online at: OhioLINK, E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse online at: Taylor & Francis Online, E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

Journal of Dual Diagnosis online at: Taylor & Francis Online, E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

Journal of Drug Issues online at:E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions online at: Taylor & Francis Online. E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

Journal of Studies on Alcohol online at: EBSCOhost Research Databases. (Public Catalog) [Title changed to: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (JSAD), 2007-]

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: Public Catalog [Formerly: Journal of Studies on Alcohol]

Journal of Substance Abuse online at: OhioLINK, EBSCOhost Research Databases, E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog) [Ceased]

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment online at: OhioLINK, EBSCOhost Research Databases, E-Journal Portal. (Public Catalog)

Additional journals that cover general topics in sociology and social studies are available in the Electronic Journal Center and the E-Journal Portal.

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6. Search online for additional information.

Information located through the Internet can provide supplemental material to scholarly research articles. Information retrieved from websites should always be evaluated.

Here are selected websites on alcohol and substance abuse:

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7. Evaluate the information you have collected from books and articles.

Consult the bibliographies of the books and articles you have selected. This will lead you to additional references and authors to investigate. Make notes of the gaps in your literature so that you can use this information when you do additional searches.

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