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General Databases in the Humanities & Social Sciences

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Librarian subject specialist and bibliographer for African and African American Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Cultural Studies, Geography, Human and Community and Regional Development, Psychology, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies.

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General Databases

Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO] ( [Restricted] VPN
Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides coverage of multidisciplinary, full-text academic journals to support scholarly research in all areas of the arts, humanities and the social, life and physical sciences. The database includes the full-text articles from 9,100 journals, with an additional 13,690 journals indexed and abstracted. Searches can be restricted to peer-reviewed articles.
Coverage: 1887-present
American National Biography (ANB)
Location: H/SS/GIS Reference CT213 A68 1999
American Periodicals Series Online [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
Searchable database of citations and digitized images of the pages of more than 1100 American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century.
Coverage: 1741-1940s
ArticleFirst [via FirstSearch/OCLC] ( [Restricted] VPN
Citations from the table of contents pages of over 12,000 journals in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, and popular culture.
Coverage: 1990-present
Arts & Humanities Citation Index [via Web of Knowledge] ( [Restricted] VPN
Multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.
Coverage: 1975-present
Biography and Genealogy Master Index [via Galenet] ( [Restricted] VPN
Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.
Business Source Complete [via Ebsco] ( [Restricted] VPN
"Indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals, Business Source Complete contains detailed author profiles for the 25,000 most-cited authors in the database." Business Source Complete is an upgrade from Business Source Premier
Coverage: coverage varies by title with some going as far back as 1886.
Expanded Academic ASAP [via Thomson/Gale] ( [Restricted] VPN
Licensed access to this multi disciplinary periodicals database ended June 30, 2008. Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO] replaces it.
Coverage: 1980-present
Google Scholar (
Google Scholar searches for scholarly literature on the web, including "peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports..from a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities." Google Scholar also analyzes and extracts citations from online documents, so your search results may include citations to older works that are not online. Results are ordered by relevancy. Often articles cited in Google Scholar results are available to UC Davis users through electronic journal and database subscriptions that the Library has licensed and paid for. To assist you in locating print and electronic versions of cited content, the University of California has arranged UC-eLinks in Google Scholar. After setting up UC-eLinks, click on the linked "UC-elinks" phrase, which will open a window from which you can get the full-text, check the library catalog to see if we own a book or journal, or Request an article we don't own.
  • To see UCe-links from off campus, go to "Scholar Preferences" from the Google Scholar opening screen. Search for "University of California Davis" and then check "University of California, Davis (UC-eLinks)"
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  • Library VPN (
    When off campus, log into the VPN before using Google Scholar so that you will have access to our many electronic subscriptions.
LexisNexis Academic ( [Restricted] VPN
One of the largest web-based full-text databases for current news, business and legal information, supporting a broad range of interdisciplinary research, LexisNexis Academic provides full-text access to nearly 6,000 individual titles. Includes a wide range of U.S. and foreign newspapers, plus transcripts of television and radio news programs. Business resources include business articles, accounting literature, company financial information. Legal resources include state and federal laws and regulations, a full range of case law, and law review articles.
Library Literature and Information Science Full Text [via WilsonWeb]
The subscription to this database has been discontinued. The University Library now subscribes to Library Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA), a database which indexes and abstracts library science and information studies periodical literature. See link below.
MasterFILE Premier [via EBSCO] (,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=f5h) [Restricted] VPN
MasterFile Premier indexes and abstracts over 2,600 popular magazines and periodicals covering topics in the general sciences, technology and health, consumer interests, cultural diversity, education, and current and historical events. More than 1,750 of the periodicals, 500 reference books, 86, 000 biographies, 105,000 primary source documents and thousands of book reviews are available in full text. Included is an Image Collection of nearly 400,000 photos, maps and flags.
Coverage: Some publications have PDF files dating back to 1975.
  • See also Academic Search Complete (,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=a9h)
    a general multidisciplinary database that indexes and abstracts nearly 10,000 academic journals, many with full text.
Military & Government Collection [via EBSCO] (,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=mth)
The Collection indexes and abstracts 400 journals pertaining to all branches of the military and government; full text is available for close to 300 titles, including some U.S. government documents.
National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) ( [Restricted] VPN
NTRL (National Technical Reports Library) is from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTRL indexes government-sponsored research, development and technical reports and provides full-text access to reports that have been digitized. Searches over 2 million reports with links to over 500,000 full-text reports. NTRL replaces NTIS via CSA bibliographic database as of 9/2009.
Coverage: 1964-present
Periodicals Index Online (PIO) ( [Restricted] VPN
Periodicals Index Online is a retrospective database (1665-1995); over 300 philosophy titles are included. It also provides access to a smaller set of titles in fulltext electronic form.
Coverage: 1665-1995
Readers' Guide Retrospective ( [Restricted] VPN
An electronic version of the classic Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. Readers' Guide Retrospective, produced by The H. W. Wilson Company, is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.
Coverage: 1890-1982
  • The print version of the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-present) is located in the Humanities/Social Sciences Department in Shields Library, AI3.R4
Social Science Citation Index [via Web of Knowledge] ( [Restricted] VPN

The Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the social sciences. It is particularly suited to trace citations to authors and articles across publications. It indexes 1,700 journals spanning 50 disciplines, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.

Coverage: 1956-present
  • Online tutorial (
    For help in using the Web of Knowledge Citation indexes.
SPORTDiscus [via EBSCO] (,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=sph) [Restricted] VPN

SPORTDiscus is the world's leading database in sport, health, fitness and sports medicine. SportDiscus has over 1.7 million qualified references from thousands of international periodicals, books, e-journals, conference proceedings, theses, dissertations, and websites that focus on different areas involving sport, including: sport sciences, engineering, psychology, administration, sociology, history, coaching, training, physical education, physical fitness, health and recreation.

As of July 2012+: Unlimited users access.

Coverage: 1800-Present

Full-Text Resources

Project Muse: Scholarly Journals Online ( [Restricted] VPN
Project Muse provides full text access to hundreds of journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and mathematics. It is useful for searching interdisciplinary cultural studies topics. Its full-text search engine permits finer-grained searching than any other index for these journals. Coverage varies by journal.
JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive ( [Restricted] VPN
JSTOR provides Full-Text access to back files of hundreds important scholarly journals in nearly 50 disciplines spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences and the sciences. Current issues are now included for selected titles. Holdings vary by journal. JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization established with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • About J Stor (
    Visit this page to learn about the holdings of JSTOR journals. See Harvest Library Catalog for UC Davis access to recent and current materials.
Taylor and Francis: collection of online journals. ( [Restricted] VPN
Advanced search interface for nearly 1000 online journals published with the Routledge, Taylor & Francis, and Psychology Press imprints. Browse list of titles available. Disciplinary scope and coverage vary.
Highwire Search and Retrieve ( [Restricted] VPN
Highwire Search and Retrieve is a search engine that allows one to search through the full text of numerous scholarly and peer-reviewed journals, including many that are accessible from the UC Davis IP address or proxy server. The collection contains Duke University Press, Oxford University Press and Sage Electronic Journals, as well as many other university press journals and important academic society publications. Highwire Press is a product of Stanford University.
Sage Journals FullText ( [Restricted] VPN

Search interface to the fulltext of journals published by Sage, and subscribed to by the University Library, UC Davis. Contains over 400 titles. Particularly strong in the social sciences, (including cultural studies and management) material sciences, and health sciences. Database can be subdivided by subject "collection". Coverage varies by title.

17th - 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers ( [Restricted] VPN
The digital Burney Collection provides full text access to almost 1 million pages and approximately 1,270 newspapers, pamphlets, broadsides and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). The resource represents the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English and British colonial news media that helps chart the development of the concept of 'news' and 'newspapers' and the "free press".

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Britannica Online , No Longer Available ( [Restricted] VPN
UC Davis no longer subscribes to the Encyclopedia Britannica online, Britannica Book of the Year, maps, and selected classic articles from earlier editions of the Encyclopedia. Also included is an Internet Directory of sites reviewed and rated by Britannica editors, and the online Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
Encyclopedia of Aesthetics [Oxford University Press] ( [Restricted] VPN
Part of Oxford Art Online, this encyclopedia surveys critical thought on art, culture, and society, including major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts -- from painting and sculpture to literature, music, theater, dance, television, film, and popular culture. Because it is included in Oxford Art Online, it can be searched alone when individually selected or in conjunction with the other reference works in the collection.
Urban Dictionary (
The Urban Dictionary claims "3,446,841 definitions written since 1999". This wiki-style slang / profanity dictionary utilizes open contributions to capture contemporary prospectives on the unofficial vocabulary or phraseology of the "street". It is useful for those looking to read multiple interpretations on controversial terms.

Handbooks & Tables

Turabian Citation Guide (
A concise reference list from Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. Provides basic guidelines for bibliographic information in footnotes, endnotes and a bibliography.
  • Complete print version available
    Peter J Shields (H/SS Reference) LB2369 T8 1996
    A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations By Kate L Turabian: 6th edition (1996). (Another copy located in Peter J Shields Reserves).

Other Resources

Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue KVK (
The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue KVK is a meta search interface which allows you to access library and book trade catalogues from many countries around the world. It lists more than 500 million titles.
Library Research in the Social Sciences Tips Handout (
This research tips handout introduces the basic research tools for Library Research in the Social Sciences at UC Davis. It provides a basic description of Catalogs and Databases, search strategies and the display of records.
Date: 10/01/2006