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Reference Books

The Reference collection is an excellent starting point for research projects. Reference books are cannot be checked out and are designed to be used to look for specific information rather than read cover to cover.


Research databases are a collection magazines, journals, newspapers, and books, many of which are available full-text. You can access this information from on-campus or off-campus using your Lakeland ID. Below is a list of databases most useful for research in the social sciences.

The following databases are available from on or off-campus. To log in from off-campus view the remote access tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOV6h-9sZBs&feature=youtu.be)

  • SocINDEX: Index, abstracts, and full text for articles and other publications in sociology.
  • Academic Search Complete: Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary full-text database.
  • CQ Researcher In-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects.


  • Global Issues.org Social, Political, Economic and Environmental Issues That Affect Us All
  • electronic International Journal of Time Use Research (http://www.eijtur.org/) is an online referred full text research journal that focuses on time-use from a socio-economic interdependency perspective.
  • Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences (http://bitbucket.icaap.org/dict.pl) has 1000 entires that most sociological topics with comments and examples.
  • Web Center for Social Research Methods (http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/) is a website that provides resources and links for applied social reasearch and evaluation methods.
  • Women and Gender Studies Websites
    (http://www.libr.org/wgss/wgsslinks/index.html) is collection of websites that identify resources supporting women's and gender studies research. The resources are compiled and maintained by the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College and Research libraries.
  • The Urban Institute (http://urban.org/) is a policy research organization that provides information on social and economic issues. The institute gathers and analyzes data, conducts policy research on critical economic and social trends.
  • Public Agenda (http://publicagenda.org/) is a non-partisan, nonprofit public opinion research organization. Public Agenda provides information relating to current social issues.
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation (http://www.aecf.org/) provides information to foster public policies, human services reforms that address the issues facing at-risk children and families.
  • National Coalition for the Homeless (http://nationalhomeless.org/) provides information on various components of homelessness as well as policy proposals for economic, health care and housing justice.
  • The Heritage Foundation (http://www.heritage.org/) provides information on public policy from the conservative viewpoint.
  • National Center for Policy Analysis (http://ncpa.org/) promotes alternative policy initiatives from a conservative orientation emphasizing, in a polemic style, free entreprise solutions over further goverment regulation.
  • FEDSTATS (http://www.fedstats.gov/) provides access to statistical information from over 100 government agencies.

Questions or comments, contact:

Emily Szymanski, Reference & Instruction Librarian

440.525.7424 (Circulation) | 440.525.7425 (Reference)