Revision (c.2008) of the classic first edition. Features new articles and biographies contributed by scholars from around the world on a wide array of global topics in the social sciences.
Major Research Tools
Online application for locating and mapping US Census data and other demographic resources. Maps created on Social Explorer can be exported as images. To download the data itself in tabular and GIS formats see National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS).
Indexes journal articles, books, and conference papers in sociology. Includes a substantial amount of full text
Index covering the journal literature of the social sciences. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.
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Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present
Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.
Weekly reports on "hot" topics. Each report focuses on one topic and includes an explanation of the issues, a "pro and con" debate feature, a chronology, and a bibliography that can lead to additional resources. Especially useful for political and social issues.
Coverage: 1963 to present
Results of weekly public opinion polls conducted by Harris Interactive.
Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.
Social science datasets available for download and analysis in statistical software. Datasets are made available through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.
Coverage: 1935 to present
Database of U.S. national public opinion surveys. From The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
Quantitative and qualitative data about the Lehigh Valley. Includes public opinion data, election polls, and research papers (e.g.,"The Effects of Gambling in the Lehigh Valley"). Requires free registration.
Data on international migration and refugee trends by country. Includes country profiles with discussions of migration policies and patterns and detailed data on foreign-born residents of the U.S.
Essays on problems related to social movements and social change. Includes "dialogues" between scholars and activists. From the Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame,
Athabasca University's social science dictionary has over 1000 entries covering the disciplines of sociology, criminology, political science, and women's studies.
Digest versions of public opinion polls conducted by various organizations.
Indexes journal articles, books, and technical reports on population, family planning, and related issues. In addition, POPLINE focuses on particular developing-country issues including demography and population and the environment.
Provides abstracts and indexes of statistical information from U.S. government publications from 1973, state and private sources from 1980, and documents from international organizations from 1983.
Survey conducted by a global network of social scientists on the basic values and beliefs in more than 80 societies around the world. Offers data files, questionnaires used 1990 to present, as well as some summary data.