Keep in mind that there are often several synonyms for the same topic – if you don’t find resources under ‘death penalty,’ for instance, you might try searching instead for ‘capital punishment.’
Looking for information or a pro/con argument on a social topic? Contexts is a wonderful magazine that reviews social issues: things like abortion, aging populations, incarceration, terrorism, etc. Click on the title, then click on the GO button next to the first database listed to search through the specific journal!
Find newspaper, magazine, trade, and academic journal articles from across disciplines in these databases.
Academic Search Premier - info
A general database that indexes articles in academic journals, newspapers and magazines covering nearly all academic disciplines.
ProQuest Research Library - info
A database with both popular and scholarly materials that span the academic disciplines. Some materials are full-text within this database, and some are not.
JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
An extensive, full-text database of academic journal articles, covering most academic disciplines with a particularly strong collection in the humanities. The results will be listed in order of relevance.
CQ Researcher - info
This is a great resource to look for articles arguing for or against a particular issue. Each weekly edition of this newsletter discusses a social issue from a pro and a con point of view.
Cambridge Companions Online
This is a collection of the digital versions of the print Cambridge Companion volumes. Over 280 volumes and over 2,800 scholarly essays are included, freely searchable, and available full-text in PDF format within the database.
Credo Reference - info
An online collection of Reference books that offer sometimes very brief, sometimes detailed information on subjects crossing academic disciplines. Both subject-specific and general resources are included.
Literature Online - info
Contains a full library of up-to-date, fully searchable works of poetry, prose and drama (over 350,000 works) as well as criticism and reference resources covering the seventh century to the present day.
Literature Resource Center - info
This is a great database for introductory materials about a particular writer or work. It provides very detailed biographical material, as well as criticism of a particular work, both older criticism and newer.
Lexis Nexis - info
A database that contains current, up-to-date newspapers, both regional and international. It also contains magazines, law reviews, medical journals, state and federal codes and case law.
MLA - info
The most important database for literary research, Modern Language Association International Bibliography is an enormous database indexing scholarly resources on all subjects related to linguistics and literature of any genre from any period. Please note that the database indexes not only journal articles, but also books, book chapters and dissertations. Please note that this is not a full-text database.
Newspaper Source - info
Another newspaper database that contains not only regional newspapers (both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News are searchable in full-text), but also news transcripts from radio and television news shows.
Oxford English Dictionary (OED) - info
The OED is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. OED traces the usage of words through 3 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources.
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