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Social Sciences

Welcome to the Social Sciences Subject Guide.

Audience: CUAA undergraduate students in Communications, History, Sociology, & Geography.

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Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database

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

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (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.


Social Science Database (ProQuest)
Disciplines represented range from anthropology, sociology, political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.

SocINDEX with Full Text (Ebsco)
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.

Area Specific

Journals published in other parts of the world about business, culture, and education.


Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (Ebsco)
Journals on psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines 

Psychology Database (ProQuest)
Coverage ranges from behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial and social psychology, along with personality, psychobiology and psychometrics.

Political Science

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.


Westlaw Next
Legal research: cases; statutes and court rules; regulations; administrative decisions and guidance; trial court orders; secondary sources; forms; briefs; pleadings, motions, and memorandum; expert materials; jury verdicts and settlements; proposed and enacted legislation; and proposed and adopted regulations.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases Tutorial

Search for books and 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


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

Social Science EncyclopediaREF H41 .S63 2004
Encyclopedia of New MediaREF QA76 .575 .E536 2003
International Encyclopedia of Social SciencesREF H40 .A2 I5

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.  

Web News Sources Organized by Social/Political Bias

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).
See Finding Journal Articles for instructions on finding and accessing electronic and print journal articles.
Search for more journal titles inside Primo: EJournals Search

Demographic Data & Statistics

Learn about groups of people and their characteristics

Video Tutorials

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