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Indexes to Journals and Books:

SocINDEX with Full Text (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas such as criminology, demography, ethnic studies, gender studies, marriage, family, political sociology, religion, social development, social psychology, social work, anthropology, history, violence, and more. Contains full text for 708 journals (some dating back to 1908), 780 books, and 9,333 conference papers along with abstracts for more than 1,130 core coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. Also features over 25,000 author profiles.

ProQuest Social Science Journals (ProQuest) Remote access available Full text available
Includes over 565 titles - with more than 330 available in full text - that cover hundreds of topics in the social sciences including addiction studies, urban studies, family studies, international relations, and more. (See Using ProQuest Databases for searching tips)

Scopus (Elsevier SciVerse) Remote access available
Provides abstracts and citation data for peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources in the scientific, medical, social science, and humanities fields. Includes 19,000 journals from more than 5,000 international publishers, 400 trade publications, and 300 book series, as well as scientific web pages, patent records, and conference papers. Citation tracking features provide the number of citations an author, article, or journal has received each year and in total, along with who is citing them. An affiliation identifier automatically identifies and matches an organization with all of its research output.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


Online Video:

Current Affairs in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
These issue-based documentaries from around the world focus on the key issues and events of recent global history, including terrorism, immigration, human rights, public health, globalization, urban studies, border studies, political science, Middle East studies, and much more. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Ethnographic Video Online (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available
Provides anthropologists, sociologists, and cultural historians with an expansive and multifaceted survey of human culture and behavior the world over. Covers anthropology, history, politics, religion, linguistics, geography, economics, area studies, psychology, environmental studies, and more. Researchers can identify and compare materials by theme, cultural group, geographic location, ethnographer, content type, and anthropological subject. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Health and Society in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available
Defines and explores today's latest medical progress in health and wellness issues and their impact on society with hundreds of premium documentaries, profiles, reports, and interviews.


Online Encyclopedias and Books: General - Sociology - Population - Social Groups - Social Issues & Problems - Miscellaneous

General:

ebrary (ebrary) Remote access available Full text available
Currently offers over 100,000 full-text books, sheet music titles, maps, reports, and other authoritative documents from more than 180 leading academic, trade, and professional publishers. The collections are particularly strong in business, economics, education, computers, technology, science, medicine, history, language, literature, humanities, politics, and social sciences. Publishers include The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Penguin Classics, Taylor & Francis, Yale University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Greenwood, and more (more information).

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences - 2nd ed. (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers of a wide array of global topics such as sociology, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology, ethnicity, gender, and more. Highlights the expanding influence of economics, critical theory, and cultural studies in social science research as well as the mathematicization of empirical research. Also covers contemporary topics such as the "other", generation X, queer studies, marginalization, postcolonialism, the clash of civilizations, and more.

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest) Remote access available Full text available
Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878 and now maintained and updated by ProQuest, this comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States provides 1400 statistical tables from 400 different sources that are identified below each table. The online version includes: monthly updates to tables - deep searching at the line-item level - links to the websites of the data providers - image and spreadsheet versions of all current and historical tables - and powerful facets for narrowing search results by source, data date, subject, and type of data breakdown.


Sociology:

Encyclopedia of Sociology (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Population:
(See also: Culture & Area Studies and Statistics & Demographics)

Encyclopedia of Population (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Social Trends and Indicators USA (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Social Groups:
(See also: Ethnic Studies & Multiculturalism and Women & Gender)

Encyclopedia of Aging (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Community (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Disability (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the definitions, fundamental concepts, basic history, diversity, cultural contexts, experiences, health care issues, environmental constraints, helpful accommodations, social movements, laws, policies, theories, and practices in the disability arena for both the general reader and the specialist. Contributors are from the fields of sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, law, government, philosophy, and ethics. Includes a wealth of primary source documents.

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Addresses issues of sex and gender at the personal and the social level; examines issues of identity, status, class, ethnicity, race, and nation; covers sexuality and the body - social institutions and structures of representation - changing conceptions of "the feminine", the family and masculinity - religion, morality, cultural images, medical practice, public health, economy, society, and more.

Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides comprehensive coverage of the concepts and realities in the field of virtual communities and technologies, presenting an in-depth analysis of the conceptual and technical impacts of virtual environments in our global village. Includes definitions of over 830 terms and an extensive bibliography.

International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Social Issues and Problems:
(See also: Criminal Justice, Government & Politics, Social Work, and Terrorism & Homeland Security)

Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale/Cengage) Remote access available Full text available
Provides full-text viewpoint articles and topic overviews published by Greenhaven Press on today's hottest social and controversial issues to help students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of information. It includes statistics, primary sources, biographies, court cases, images, videos, audio, and selected weblinks. It also provides articles from academic journals, newspapers, magazines, and reference books. Content can be searched by reading level.

Points of View Reference Center (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Provides essays on controversial issues, presenting multiple sides, along with questions for further thought. Essays are accompanied by relevant periodical and newspaper articles, radio and television news transcripts, primary source documents, biographies, and images.

Current Affairs in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
These issue-based documentaries from around the world focus on the key issues and events of recent global history, including terrorism, immigration, human rights, public health, globalization, urban studies, border studies, political science, Middle East studies, and much more. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Americans at War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Explains how mobilization for war and how wars themselves have altered the fabric of everyday life by placing major American conflicts - from the Colonial Wars through the War on Terrorism - in the context of cultural and social events and conditions on the homefront, covering the fields of history, literature, arts, sociology, law, political science, and psychology. Articles include biographies and topics such as civil liberties, media, politics, popular culture, religion, memory, national identity, civic celebrations, monumental art, literature, veterans, science and technology, humor, music, and the roles of women & minorities.

Encyclopedia of Homelessness (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Power (Sage) Remote access available Full text available
Covers most aspects of the personal, institutional, agency-based, and structural uses of power in society as a whole with interdisciplinary views from political science, international relations, public administration, public policy, urban studies, sociology, social psychology, cultural studies, economics, and animal behavior. Includes biographies, key debates, and the role of power in grand social scientific theories along with topics such as conflict, freedom, consensus, game theory, decision theory, ability & capability, interpersonal relationships, and more.

Encyclopedia of War and American Society (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Ethical and Socially Responsible Investment: A Reference Guide for Researchers (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Annotated bibliography of 500 information sources that discuss ethical issues that can relate to business: the environment, human rights, working conditions, animal welfare, arms issues, food safety, sexual exploitation, health & safety, and tobacco. Includes a chapter that describes sources on socially responsible investment (SRI) and a selected list of ethical and SRI investment funds available on the UK and US markets.

Gender and Violence in the Middle East (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contends that violence is fundamental to the functioning of the patriarchal gender structure that governs daily life in Middle Eastern societies.

Information Plus® Reference Series (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Fall 2005, Spring 2005. (See database page for description)

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive, multidisciplinary work that provides diverse, cross-cultural perspectives from thinkers around the globe on the main ideas and movements of human concern, ranging from ideas created by humanity several millennia ago to contemporary concepts, in order to make the often complex history of "what we think" accessible to readers. Its chronological scope permits examination of the timeless questions about the individual and society over centuries of development, focusing not only on the ideas themselves but also on the cultural environments within which those ideas arose, on the transformations and intermingling of the ideas, and on the ideas' influences, far in time or place, from their site of origin. Covers such topics as animism, communication, deconstruction, physics, postmodernism, race theory, sexual harassment, untouchability, and more.

Nonfiction Classics for Students (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides in-depth literary and historical background on the most commonly studied nonfiction essays, books, biographies, and memoirs in a streamlined, easy-to-use format. This reference series gives high-school and undergraduate students an ideal starting point for class assignments, term papers, and special projects.

Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
The histories of science, technology, and mathematics merge with the study of humanities and social science to offer students a fascinating way to understand the impact of science on the course of human history and how science affects everyday life.

Science in Dispute (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
vol.01, vol.02, vol.03. Explores controversial topics in science and technology by featuring essays - both pro and con - on the major theories, ethical questions and commercial applications of science from all disciplines. 3 volumes.

St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide: Major Events in Labor History and Their Impact (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides in-depth analysis of more than 300 key events in labor history over the last 200 years, focusing on the relevance of these events to both the labor movement as a whole and to societal changes around the world. Each entry, written and signed by an expert in the field, is three to five pages in length and includes a description of the event, information about the key players involved and discusses the event in historical context.


Miscellaneous:

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features.

Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a comprehensive survey a broad range of activities, including rodeos, quilting bees, stickball, stock car racing, and more, from the Colonial era to the present, examining how the pursuit of leisure has changed over time, reflecting shifting social, cultural, political and economic trends in the United States. Particular attention is paid to how leisure activities have varied by region, class, ethnicity, gender and age.

Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides academics and practitioners with an authoritative collection of research on the implications and social effects computers have had on communication.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the culture of mass appeal - all the experiences in life shared by a people in common as well as those things created for the majority to be easily understandable and accessible (often disseminated by the mass media) to them. Includes: social life, music, print, film, television, radio, sports, art, performance, food, fashion, holidays, hairstyles, and more, emphasizing American popular culture in the second half of the 20th century. Each entry analyzes the topic and its significance within the broader cultural context.


Database descriptions are adapted from each database's website.




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