Library Databases: Social Sciences

Databases by Subject

Alphabetical Database List:

| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O |
| P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

The following 38 databases have been selected as good resources for your Social Sciences research.

Most databases can be accessed from on- and off-campus, using your WPUNJ username and password, unless noted otherwise.

To see more databases, either select a new subject or use the alphabetical list to jump to a specific database from our complete list.


Large, interdisciplinary full-text database contains over 8,500 full-text publications, including academic journals, magazines, books, and trade publications. Offers broad subject coverage for a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, area studies, biology, chemistry, ethnic and multicultural studies, food science and technology, general science, geography, law, mathematics, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion and theology, women's studies, and many other fields. Partially funded by the the New Jersey State Library.

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications is the finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. The Catalog contains over 500,000 descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. [July 1976 - present]


The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, maintains an extensive library of materials relating to child welfare, including child abuse prevention, out-of-home care, and adoption. Approximately 200 new items are added each month to its current collection of close to 50,000 items, including peer-reviewed articles, books, evaluation reports, grantee final reports, and program reports. This is a bibliographic database, but many of the items can be found in the Cheng Library's collection or online. [1908 - present]


The Chronicle of Higher Education is a major news publication covering the college and university sector. The online edition of the Chronicle is published every weekday and features news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's Web site features the complete contents of the latest print format issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; an archive of previously published content; discussion forums; and career-building tools. Free personal accounts are available to members of the WPUNJ community in addition to the campus-wide subscription access. [1989 - Present]


Full-text resource containing working papers, policy briefs, books and book chapters, journal articles and abstracts, conference proceedings, case studies, and teaching materials for a wide range of topics in international affairs.


Full-text index to articles from over 200 periodical titles in the field of communications and mass media studies, with citations and abstracts for articles from over 100 additional periodicals.

From the opening screen, select the "CQ Researcher" or the "CQ Magazine" (formerly the "CQ Weekly"). Full-text coverage is available for the Magazine/Weekly from 1983 to the present and for the Researcher from November 1923 to the present.


Criminal Justice Abstracts, now provided through EBSCO, contains comprehensive coverage of international journals, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines. Subject areas covered by this database include crime trends, crime prevention and deterrence, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, police, courts, punishment and sentencing. Updated quarterly, there are currently over 100,000 citation records in the database. [1968 - Present]

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

Large database of full-text electronic books ("e-books"), including over 4,100 titles covering a wide variety of subjects and available for online reading.

Full-text access to over 140,000 electronic books from a wide variety of academic publishers, covering every subject.

The ERIC database, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, provides access to more than 1.6 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials. Included in the database are citation records, abstracts, and (where available) full-text links for journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials. [1966 - present]

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

Bibliographic database provides indexing and abstracts from over 380 publications related to film and television literature. This database includes extensive content for all applicable areas of film and television research, including film and television theory, preservation and restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects and reviews. [1976 - present]

Online version of Salem Press' three-volume reference encyclopedia contains 465 articles ranging in length from 500 to 3,000 words and covering a wide variety of topics in forensic science, including specific types of investigations, techniques, equipment, evidence, the role of forensic science in the legal system, specific historical subjects, depictions of forensics in the media, and much more.

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

The Health and Psychosocial Instruments database provides access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes and manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes and scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science. [1985 - present]

Full-text cross-cultural database containing ethnographic field studies.

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

Archive of over 1,900 major journals in the humanities, social sciences, business, education, area studies, mathematics and statistics, and much more. Funding for the acquisition of the JSTOR Arts and Sciences V, VI, VIII, and IX Collections was provided by a generous gift from the Student Government Association. [18th Century - Present]

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

Full-text database contains current and archives files for U.S. and foreign newspapers, broadcast media transcripts, congressional news releases, transcripts of congressional hearings, presidential and departmental press briefings, legal news, federal and state statutes and case law, federal regulations, polling data from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and biographical sources.

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

The National Bureau of Economic Research is the nation's leading nonprofit economic research organization. Founded in 1920, the NBER is a private, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The Working Papers collection makes available online several thousand papers produced by NBER researchers from 1973 to the present. The full text of the papers is available in PDF format. [1973 - Present]


Full text access to articles from the New York Times. [1851 - 1922]


Full text access to articles from the New York Times. [1980 - present]

NJVID provides access to hundreds of educational streaming video titles that can be viewed online, by members of the William Paterson University community (faculty, staff and students). Videos are available from multiple vendors, and include the entire Intelecom collection of video clips from a variety of disciplines (Sociology, Psychology, Health, etc.). Use your WPUNJ username and password to access these videos.

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

Full-text database designed to provide multiple sides of a variety of current issues. The database currently offers materials on 200 topics, and each topic section features an overview along with point and counterpoint essays drawn from a variety of sources, plus supplementary information including primary source documents and guides to critical thinking.

ProQuest Central is a large multidisciplinary database indexing over 14,000 publications, the majority of them available in full text. Over 160 subjects areas are covered extensively in this product including business and economics, health and medical, news and world affairs, technology, social sciences, and more. The publications include over 6,500 scholarly journals, over 3,600 trade publications, over 2,000 magazines and newspapers, and over 800 industry reports, plus dissertations and theses, company annual reports, and videos.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm offers high-quality, cover-to-cover page images from Barron's, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, including all graphics, advertisements and other features from the print editions. Although the database does not support searching of any kind, it can be used in conjunction with other databases that index Barron's, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal so you can obtain the citation information needed to view a specific page image. Our subscription to ProQuest Digital Microfilm currently provides the backfiles of Barron's, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal to January 2008. [2008 - 3 Months Ago]


Full-text access to newspapers and other news media from the United States, Canada, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Important titles include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Times (London), The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the BBC Monitoring series of publications, plus many other major news publications.

ProQuest Social Science Journals, a subset of the ProQuest Central database, is a collection of over 630 periodicals covering scholarly research in the social sciences. Subjects covered include anthropology, area studies, criminology, cultural and ethnic studies, demography, economics, gender studies, geography, labor and management studies, politics and policy, and urban studies. Full-text content is available for over 400 titles in the collection. [1971 - Present]

PsycARTICLES offers complete access to the full text of more than 80 landmark journals in behavioral science and related fields ranging from education, to nursing, to business, to neuroscience. The database currently contains over 160,000 articles from many of the most important journals in psychology, including 34 journals published by the American Psychological Association. Most titles feature complete content from the current issue back to volume 1, issue 1, with complete coverage of all subject areas relevant to psychological science including basic/experimental psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, education and school psychology, health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology and social processes. Articles in PsycARTICLES are also accessible through links in the (larger) PsycINFO database. [1894 - present]

PsycINFO is the principal abstracting and indexing database covering peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health. The database currently contains over 3.3 million records for articles from over 2,500 journals, books, and dissertations. Although the major focus of the database is psychology, it also includes information about the psychological aspects of related fields such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, technology, linguistics, anthropology, business, law, and others. The records in PsycINFO are organized by a rigorous and detailed system of subject classification to support high-precision searching, and links to full-text content are provided where available. [1887 - present]

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

Access to citations from over 3 million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines spanning the period from 1890 to 1982. Includes articles from the most widely read popular periodicals of the day, journals of news and opinion, and a selection of research publications. [1890 - 1982]

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

Approximately 1200 full-text journals in the sciences and social sciences, plus indexing and abstracting for over 500 other journals.

Scopus is a comprehensive database providing access to the research literature of the natural and physical sciences and the social sciences. The database currently provides over 50 million citation records and indexes over 20,000 peer-reviewed journals, over 390 trade publications, and over 370 book series. Also included are citations for over 5.5 million conference papers from proceedings and journals, over 25 million patent records from five patent offices, and articles in press from over 3,800 journals. [1823 - Present]

This research database provide access to the broad spectrum of sociological study. It features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 28,000+ term sociological thesaurus and contains citations and abstracts from over 4,400 journals, over 1,000 books, and over 400 magazines, plus additional references to working papers, educational reports, trade publications, conference papers, and more. Subject coverage extends to all areas of sociology and its sub-disciplines, including criminology and criminal justice, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, political sociology, religion, rural and urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse and other addictions, violence and many others topics. [1895 - Present]


Over 1,900 full-text scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines including behavioral sciences, biomedical and life sciences, business and economics, chemistry and materials science, computer science, earth and environmental science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and law, mathematics, medicine, physics and astronomy.

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

The product of a collaboration between the Cheng Library and the University's Graduate programs, a collection of over 230 digitized master's theses is now available online through the ProQuest search interface. The majority of titles in the collection are from recent Communication Disorders and Music program graduates, but in 2010 the program is expanding to include other programs and the collection will grow as new theses are submitted for digitization. Please contact Jane Bambrick [] if you have any questions about digital theses at WPUNJ. [2008 - Present]

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

Index to articles on topics in urban studies from over 190 periodicals, with links to full-text content where available. [1988 - present]

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |  

Full-text database featuring federal and state legislative materials, case law, administrative materials, selected municipal codes and charteres, and the West KeyCite citation research service. PLEASE NOTE THAT access to this database is by password only.


Limited user licenses. If you cannot access, please try again later. [1972 - present]

WorldCat is the world's largest and most comprehensive union catalog, currently featuring over 271 million bibliographic records that represent more than 1 billion individual items held by participating institutions. WorldCat includes records for books, videos, serial publications, articles, recorded books and music, electronic books, sheet music, genealogical references, cultural artifacts, digital objects, Web sites and much more. The cataloged works span thousands of years and nearly every form of human expression, with materials in over 470 languages from 112 countries and territories.

| Top of page | Use RefWorks to store and manage your citation lists |