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Best Resources for Research on Social, Cultural, and Ethical Issues
The list below begins with a general database that covers all topics and then includes communication, sociology and social sciences databases that focus on specific topics like communication, business, technology, culture, society, and behaviors.
If a keyword search does not turn up the kind of article you need, check to see if there is an "all text" or "document" search option, that would let you search the full text of any full text articles in the database. Then use quotation marks around the words in any multi-word phrase, like "privacy in public places."
Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary resource containing a large number of peer-reviewed journals.
This is good place to start for most topics, including all sciences, religion, law, history, psychology, political science, criminal justice, literature, current events, sociology and communications.
Abstracts and full-text for most journal articles; Varies by title many from 1980s-present
Broadest resource of scholarly research on human cultural, social, environmental and political behaviors
Covers a variety of social sciences including: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, International Relations, Minority Studies, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Public Welfare, Social Work, and Sociology.; Full-text, abstracts, and citations; Full-text & abstracts: 1995 - present; Citations: 1907 - present
Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more. Abstracts: 1886 - present; Full-text: 1990 – present.
Additional full-text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses; Citations, abstracts, and full-text; Abstracts: 1886 - present; Full-text: 1990 - present