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Social Science, Sociology Databases

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Academic Search Complete TUTORIAL - A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary database that offers indexing and abstracts for 13,797 journals and a total of 862 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Featuring full text for 7,871 academic journals, 963 magazines, and 163 trade publications, this scholarly collection offers unmatched coverage of information spanning a broad range of important areas of academic study including: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology, and many other fields.

Bibliography of Native North Americans TUTORIAL - This bibliographic database covers all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics, including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. Contains more than 141,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present. The database is an essential research tool for anthropologists, archaeologists, educators, historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, legal and medical researchers, linguists, theologians, ethnobotanists, and policy makers. NO FULL TEXT ARTICLES.

Global Road Warrior TUTORIAL - Provides country data related to society and culture, communications, travel, trade, business, money and banking, and country maps for 175 countries.

MAS Ultra - School Edition TUTORIAL - Provides full text articles for 477 popular general interest and current events publications with information dating as far back as 1975 for key magazines. This database also contains 362 full text reference books (including the Columbia Encyclopedia and the CIA World Fact Book), 944 biographies, 202 country fact sheets, 395 country reports, 11 educational reports, 3 government documents, 4 law books, 3 newspapers, 77 pamphlets, 155 speeches, 139 state/provincial fact sheets, and an Image Collection of over 960,000 photos, maps, flags, and color PDFs.

MAS Ultra also includes 5 databases: American Heritage Dictionary; American Reference Library: Biographies (9,541); American Reference Library: Primary Source Documents (54,154); Britannica Biographies (26,088); and Hutchinson’s Biography Database (58,080).

Under the law category all Supreme Court Cases from 1790-present.

MasterFILE Premier TUTORIAL - Contains full text for 1,657 periodicals covering general subject areas: arts and entertainment, business, education, general science, health, history, literature, multicultural issues, science and technology, social science, and much more. This database also contains full text for 469 reference books, 1,062 biographies, 203 country fact sheets, 117 country reports, 5 databases, 71 educational reports, 4 government documents, 25 health reports, 4 law documents, 5 newspapers, 100 pamphlets, 155 speeches, 139 state/provincial fact sheets, and an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps and flags.

Professional Development Collection TUTORIAL - Provides a highly specialized collection of 752 high quality education journals, of which 484 are full-text, including 314 peer-reviewed titles. Also contains 229 educational reports and 1 database (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition).

Race Relations Abstracts - Is an index containing thousands of records carefully selected from the most important sources relating to this discipline. Such sources include Race & Class, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Social Issues, etc. Specific areas covered include ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline, as listed.

SIRS Issues Researcher TRAINING VIDEO - Provides the best article selections from more than 2,100 domestic and international magazines, journals, newspapers, and websites (1989-present), exploring social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. This database also includes "Leading Issues" which provides instant access to information on : Today’s news/current events, world conflicts, Spotlight on... curriculum pathfinders, focus on terrorism, and World Almanac and maps.

Texas Reference Center TUTORIAL - Includes full text from 32 academic journals, 37 magazines, 38 newspapers, and 178 books about Texas history, ethnic and cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health and business, as well as home and garden, and sports and leisure. The database contains biographies portraying famous historical and contemporary Texans such as George Herbert Walker Bush, Lady Bird Johnson, Dan Moody, Susanna Dickinson, and Sam Houston. Newspapers providing Texas and national news coverage are also included.

TOPICsearch TUTORIAL - This database allows researchers to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics. Contains full text for tens of thousands of articles from diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets and government information.

References (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks)

Encyclopedia Britannica TUTORIAL - Search by index, A-Z browse, or author, title, subject browse. Videos are included in the World Atlas section on countries.

Funk and Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia - Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Merriam Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus - Contains 225,000 entries, including more than 10,000 new words and definitions.

Thomas (Library of Congress) - THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include the features and content listed : Bills, Resolutions Activity in Congress Congressional Record Schedules, Calendars Committee Information Presidential Nominations Treaties Government Resources For Teachers.

U.S. Department of State - The Bureau of Resource Management (RM) assists foreign affairs agency heads with developing policies, plans, and programs to achieve foreign policy goals. The Assistant Secretary of RM and Chief Financial Officer also coordinates resource requirements to enable the Secretary of State to present integrated international affairs resource submissions to the Office of Management and Budget and to the Congress.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary. Unabridged - Search by headword, keyword, etymology keyword, author/quotation keyword, or part of speech.

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