Database List

The following 34 databases are best for: Sociology

See our Sociology Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

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AgeLine    
Focuses on aging and other issues regarding the population aged 50+. Includes the literature of social gerontology and aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy. Also includes information for professionals working in aging-related fields and for consumers.
  • Coverage Range: 1970s to present
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Criminal Justice    
A database of U.S. and international criminal justice journals. Fields covered include criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.
  • Coverage Range: 1981-current
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
CWI (Contemporary Women's Issues)    
A global resource addressing women's issues, including health, human rights, law, the workplace, gender equity, family, education, sexual concerns, feminism, arts, culture, and reproductive rights. Includes English-language titles from North and South America, East and West Africa, South and Central American, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe.
  • Coverage Range: 1992-current
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Ethnic News Watch    
Covers news, culture and history from publications of the ethnic, minority, and native press.
  • Coverage Range: 1990 to present
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Family Studies Abstracts    
Covers essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, family therapy, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
  • Coverage Range: 1979-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
FRANCIS    
This database provides multidisciplinary and multilingual coverage of humanities and social sciences. It is strong in areas such as archaeology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, religion, and sociology. Records are mainly English, French, and German, with some Italian, Spanish, and other languages.
  • Coverage Range: 1972 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
GenderWatch    
Resource addressing the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community, and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications are mostly full-text and date from 1970 to the present. They include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, and reports from government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
  • Coverage Range: 1970 to present
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)    
A comprehensive bibliographic database providing information about behavioral measurement instruments. Information in the database is abstracted from hundreds of leading journals covering health sciences and psychosocial sciences. Additionally, instruments from Industrial/Organizational Behavior and Education are included. Records provide citation information for questionnaires, interview schedules, vignettes/scenarios, coding schemes, rating and other scales, checklists, indexes, tests, projective techniques, and more. Use the citation to identify the source document which may contain the full-text of an instrument. Some instruments will only be available for a fee from the developer.
  • Coverage Range: 19th century to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • 1 Simultaneous User

 
Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective    
A citation-only database that includes articles from English-language periodicals on such subjects as Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Community Health & Medical Care, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Gender Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. Articles in this database were published between 1907 and 1984. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link.
  • Coverage Range: 1907 to 1984
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
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ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)    
Maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data from around the world for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. You must create a My Data account, or log in with a Google or Facebook ID to download data.
  • Coverage Range: 1850 to present
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: University of Michigan

 
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)    
Bibliographic references to journal articles and books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. Offers broad international coverage. Many journal articles indexed have abstracts; some have full text.
  • Coverage Range: 1951-current
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences    
This digital version of the nine-volume set provides an overview of a variety of social science topics, as well as a bibliography and cross-linking to related topics. It also provides biographical information on scholars in social science fields.
  • Coverage Range: Regularly updated
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Left index    
A complete guide to the diverse literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Other topics covered include the labor movement, ecology & environment, race & ethnicity, social & cultural theory, sociology, art & aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law and globalization. Also included are classic texts by Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels and others,
  • Coverage Range: 1891-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
LGBT Studies in Video    
Streaming video of documentaries, interviews, archival footage and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture, civil rights, and other issues. Part of LGBT Studies, which includes LGBT Thought and Culture, though the collections can be searched or browsed separately.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press, LLC.

 
Making of America (Cornell University)    
Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
  • Coverage Range: 1850 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Cornell University

 
Making of America (U. of Michigan)    
Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
  • Coverage Range: see description
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: University of Michigan

 
Polling the Nations    
Provides access to over 14,000 surveys conducted in the United States, as well as countries around the world. It includes surveys from a variety of pollsters and detailed information on the questions.
  • Coverage Range: 1986 - present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ORS Publishing

 
POPLINE® (POPulation information onLINE)    
POPLINE® (POPulation information onLINE) provides more than 350,000 citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population studies, family planning, women’s studies, and related environmental and health issues. Primarily English, but also includes many abstracts in French and Spanish. A limit to peer-reviewed articles feature is available. Maintained by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and funded primarily by the United States Agency for International Development.
  • Coverage Range: 1970 to present (some of the materials indexed date back to 1886)
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Johns Hopkins University

 
Population Index    
An annotated bibliography of published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics including migration, demographics, fertility, spatial distribution. Browse or Search.
  • Coverage Range: 1986 to 2000
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Princeton University

 
Project Muse    
A multi-disciplinary database of full text scholarly journals and e-books in both humanities and social sciences. Most journals covered are up to date. Can be used as complementary to JStor as the latter covers mostly archival issues. E-books include titles in Global Cultural Studies, Poetry, Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction.
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Johns Hopkins University Press

 
PubMed (with Dickinson links)    
PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. This special version includes Dickinson library's "Get It" links to additional full-text.
  • Coverage Range: 1950's to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Race Relations Abstracts    
Includes ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to racial relations.
  • Coverage Range: 1975-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Social Science Journals    
Includes a variety of scientific journals covering social science topics, including addiction studies, urban studies, family studies, and international relations.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Social Sciences Full Text    
Covers English-language periodicals, published in the Unites States or internationally, in sociology, anthropology, psychology, geography, economics, political science, and law. Indexes material from 1983-present, includes abstracts for material 1984-present and contains some full-text for 1994 to present.
  • Coverage Range: Indexing 1983+, Abstracting 1984+ and “select” Full Text 1994+
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Social Services Abstracts    
Bibliographic coverage of research social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. Contains abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews. See also the Sociology database, which provides full text to some titles indexed here.
  • Coverage Range: 1979-current
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
SocIndex with Full-Text    
Comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. These include abortion, criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions, violence and many others.
  • Coverage Range: 1895-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Sociological Abstracts    
Indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Includes abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers Advanced search tools include Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms, an aid for picking search terms.
  • Coverage Range: 1963 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Sociology    
Covers journals in sociology and social work and has full text of some titles indexed in Sociological Abstracts and Social Services Abstracts.
  • Coverage Range: 1985-current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Sociology Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)    
Covers health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.
  • Coverage Range: 1987-current
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
U.S. Census Bureau    
The official U.S. government web page for census information. Covers demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics of the United States population, as well as business, industry and trade data.
  • Coverage Range: 2002 - present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. Census Bureau

 
Urban Studies Abstracts    
Covers essential areas related to urban studies, including urban affairs, community development, and urban history.
  • Coverage Range: 1973-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Women and Social Movements in the United States    
Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection advances scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible. The collection currently includes 94 document projects and archives with more than 3,750 documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, and almost 2,100 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. Includes access to the online version of Notable American Women and the database on Commissions on the Status of Women.
  • Coverage Range: 1600-2000
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press, LLC.

 
Women's Experiences at Dickinson Blog    
This blog contains stories about all aspects of female students’ experiences at Dickinson from the 19th century to the present. Includes digital images of original documents and select soundclips from oral history interviews with alumnae. Visit the Dickinson Archives for access to original materials.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Dickinson College

 
Women's Studies International    
Core database for feminist research from 1972 to the present. Contains citations and some full-text of journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, non-governmental organization studies, Web sites & Web documents, and grey literature.
  • Coverage Range: 1972-Present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable