Research Databases

Are you looking for journal articles and other scholarly information? The research databases will help you find information on your topic.
 

General Databases

You can start looking for general journal articles on your subject to give you some context. 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

 

Social Work Subject Databases

Once you have some background on your topic, begin focusing on scholarly research articles. The following databases highlight specific subject areas:

  • AgeLine
    Subjects: aging, gerontology
    Formats: journal articles, books, book chapters
    Publication dates: Selected coverage 1966 to 1977; inclusive coverage from 1978 to present
  • Chicano Database
    Subjects: Mexican-American and Latino topics; Spanish Speaking Mental Health Database, covering psychological, sociological, and educational literature
    Formats: journal articles, books, book chapters, newspaper articles
    Publication dates: 1967 – present
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    Subjects: nursing, allied health
    Formats: journal articles, books, dissertations
    Publication dates: 1981 – present
  • Education Research Complete
    Subjects: education
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings
    Publication dates: 1865 – present
  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
    Subjects: education
    Formats: journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers
    Publication dates: 1966-present
  • Ethnic Newswatch
    Subjects: ethnic, minority, and native press
    Formats: newspaper articles, magazine articles, journal articles
    Publication dates: 1990 – present
  • Gender Studies Database
    Subjects: gender inequality, masculinity, postfeminism, gender identity
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings
    Publication dates: 1972 – present
  • GenderWatch
    Subjects: gender and women’s studies, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) research
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings, newspaper articles, trade journals
    Publication dates: 1970 – present
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments
    Subjects: tests
    Formats: journal articles, books, technical reports, and test publishers’ catalogs
    Publication dates: 1985 – present
  • Historical Abstracts
    Subjects: world history (excluding the United States and Canada)
    Formats: journal articles, magazine articles, books
    Publication dates: 1450 – 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
  • ProQuest Congressional
    Subjects: U.S. Congress
    Formats: Congressional hearings, bills and public laws, legislative histories, the Congressional Record
    Publication dates: 1970-present
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States
    Subjects: statistics on the social, political and economic conditions of the United States
    Formats: statistical tables
    Publication dates: 1950-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 Sciences Citation Index
    Subjects: anthropology, sociology, urban studies, business and communication, criminology, penology, law, nursing, rehabilitation, and information and library sciences
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings; allows cited reference searching
    Publication dates: journal articles – 1900 to present; conference proceedings – 1990 to present; Books – 2005 to 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
  • Women’s Studies International
    Subjects: feminist research in sociology, history, political science and economy, public policy, international relations, arts and humanities, business and education
    Formats: journals, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, reports, theses, dissertations and grey literature
    Publication dates: 1972-present

 

Looking for something else?

If you are seeking additional information, please try the databases under the following categories: