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Social Sciences Guide

Welcome to the Social Sciences Subject Guide.

Audience: CUW undergraduate students in Communication, HistoryPolitical Science and Sociology courses.

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APA Citation Style Guide 6th ed.


Gale Academic OneFile (Gale) Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with full-text periodicals, including peer-reviewed journals. Indexing and abstracts for journals monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

Gale in Context: Global Issues (Gale) Supports global awareness and provides a global perspective while integrating news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more

JSTOR 1,000+ full-text scholarly journals are articles on a wide variety of subjects.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints (Gale) Covering today’s hottest social issues. Includes pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies of social activists and reformers, court-case overviews, periodical articles, statistical tables, charts and graphs, images, and podcasts.

ProQuest Central Coverage of over 160 subject areas, including business and economics, health and medical, news and world affairs and more.

Social Sciences Specific

Public Health Database (ProQuest) Journals, videos, news, trade publications, reports, and more. Topics: social sciences, business, and biological sciences. Includes Full-text dissertations.

SAGE Premier Provides access to SAGE journal titles in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine. 1999-present.

Social Science Database (ProQuest) Covers hundreds of topics including: addiction studies, urban studies, family studies and international relations.

SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCOhost) Comprehensive sociology research database.

Sociology Database (ProQuest) Coverage of the international literature of sociology and social work, including culture and social structure, history and theory of sociology, social psychology, substance abuse and addiction, and more.

Geographic Area Specific

Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies (Gale) The Diversity Studies Collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community.

East & South Asia Database (ProQuest) Interdisciplinary collection of full-text academic journals that are locally published in East and South Asia countries, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Major subject areas: social sciences, political science, and law

East Europe, Central Europe Database (ProQuest) Interdisciplinary collection of full-text academic journals that are locally published in the East and Central Europe region. Major subject areas: social sciences and history

Latin America & Iberian Database (ProQuest) Interdisciplinary collection of full-text academic journals that are locally published in Latin American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, plus Spain and Portugal. Major subject areas: business, technology, social sciences, anthropology,

Middle East & Africa Database (ProQuest) Interdisciplinary collection of full-text academic journals that are locally published in countries in the Middle East and Africa. Major subject areas: social sciences.

Communication Specific

Telecommunications Database (ProQuest) Covers changes in the field including computer applications, data communications and transmission systems, data processing systems, information science and theory.

We also recommend Primo’s Advanced Search for communications topics.

History Specific

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection (EBSCOhost) This collection comprises full-text American periodicals published between 1684-1912 documenting the life of America’s people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction

  • Series 1 Titles dating from 1684 through 1820.
  • Series 2 Collection representing the Jacksonian Democracy Era from 1821 through 1837.
  • Series 3 Titles dating from 1838 through 1852.
  • Series 4 Collection focusing on the Civil War from 1853 through 1865.
  • Series 5 Collection covering broad subjects areas of American life from 1866 through 1912.

Gale Primary Sources: Archives Unbound (Gale) Search both “Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s” and “We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death: Freedom Riders in the South 1961”.

Gale in Context: Biography (Gale) Built on a foundation of more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. It offers authoritative reference content alongside videos, audio selections, images, primary sources, and magazine and journal articles.

European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Resources from the John Carter Brown Library include a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.

History Reference Center (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Full text history periodicals, historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and historical video. It also includes full text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.

International Newsstream (ProQuest) Features newspapers, newswires, transcripts and digital-only news sites from outside of the US and Canada, with archives stretching back decades, from sources including 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.

Political Science Specific

Military & Government Collection (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government including periodicals, academic journals, and other content.

Military Database (ProQuest) Topics across all government and military branches.

Political Science Database (ProQuest) Access to leading political science and international relations journals plus recent, full-text political science dissertations from U.S. and Canadian universities as well as country reports and policy papers.

Reference Shelf Series of books that explores various topics of importance in modern society.

Gale OneFile: War & Terrorism (Gale) More than 1.7 million articles  offering insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale.

WestlawNext Legal database. Content: Court cases; statutes and court rules; regulations; administrative decisions and guidance; trial court orders; secondary sources; forms; briefs; pleadings, motions, and memoranda; expert materials; jury verdicts and settlements; proposed and enacted legislation; and proposed and adopted regulations.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases Guide


You can search for books & ebooks in Primo


For General Instructions: Finding Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers

D               World History

E & F         History of the Americas

G               Geography & Anthropology

HM-HV     Sociology & Society

J                Political Science

P 87          Communication & Mass Media


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

Reference Books are located in the short stacks in the center of the Library. Need Help? Using Online Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of SociologyREF HM425 .E5 2000
International Encyclopedia of the Social SciencesEbook
Encyclopedia of World HistoryEbook
Encyclopedia of American Indian HistoryREF E77 .E48 2008

Encyclopedia of Media and Communication


Demographic Data & Statistics

Learn about groups of people and their characteristics


Gapminder  international economic, medical and social statistics

UNICEF: international data about children and women

International Database: demographic information for 228 countries with 5,000 or more people from UDS.

American Fact Finder United States Community Information based on the US Census (2010)

Open Data Network U.S. Data organized by state and metro area.

Statistical Abstract of the United States: historical census data 1889-2010

Always use neutral and bias-rating sources below to verify information that sounds too good, bad, or strange to be true, especially when it comes to political or social opinions.  

UGA Fact Checking the News Guide

Fact Checking Websites

List of Fake News Sources (Don’t use these websites)

Web News Sources Organized by Social/Political Bias

Media Bias/Fact Check Website

All Sides Website

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