Social Sciences Resources


Find Articles (* WWCC Identification number required for off campus access.)

*Academic Search Premier: This is the largest collection of indexed full-text articles available through WWCC. The collection is interdisciplinary so be ready to find lots of articles on varying topics.

*ProQuest Research Library: Find scholarly research, trade publication, newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of topics. Many of the articles indexed in this database are full text.

*Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection: A collection of articles on psychology, therapy, behavioral studies and personality issues; most are peer reviewed.

*Religion and Philosophy Collection: An essential tool for writing about religion and philosophy.

Social Sciences Virtual Library: eJournals: A comprehensive list of all of the open access published web journals in the social sciences. This is a good tool for browsing, but you won’t be able to search by subject or keyword.

Directory of Open Access Journals: A collection of scholarly reviewed open access journals. This is a multi-disciplinary database. Please check with your instructor to make sure they will accept open access journals.

*National Newspapers Core: Search the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post all at the same time.

*Newspaper Source: Find news articles from around the world.

*Washington State Newsstand: Articles from newspapers such as the Seattle Times and Tri-City Herald.

*Culturegrams: Find out about cultures, major exports and customs of countries and states around the world. This source includes basic encyclopedic review of country histories.

*World Almanac: Basic background information on all kinds of fascinating topics.

*GPO Monthly Catalog: If the US Government prints it you will probably find it here.

*ArticleFirst: Index of more than 13,000 articles on a variety of topics. Most articles are not full-text.

*Films on Demand: FOD Digital Education Video provides high-quality multimedia films for academic, vocational, and life-skills content.


Selected Websites

IRIS: Research can be confusing. Sometimes you need a little help, whether it be getting started or getting past certain hurdles.  The Information & Research Instruction Suite (IRIS) provides tutorial modules for each stage of the research process.  IRIS is designed to help the researcher find, use, and convey information efficiently and effectively with proper citations.

Introduction to Sociology: This site is a wikibook on Sociology. This is a great source for definitions, explanations of terms and theories within Sociology. Beware of the wiki nature of the work- anyone can post to this work.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society: A web version of the 1998 print version of this encyclopedia. Check here for quick definitions of social theory and biographies of theorists.

Voice of the Shuttle Gender Studies Links: An impressive list of links to scholarly pages dealing with gender studies issues.

USA.gov: The US government keeps statistics on labor, policy, housing, families, education, crime and many other topics.

FedStats.gov: The US government makes available statistics from more than 100 government agencies.

United States Department of Labor: The place to go for employment statistics.

US Census Bereau: Population, employment, housing, statistics on everything related to the Census - free and available to you.

Google Public Data Explorer: Statistical information from the World Health Organization visually displayed on Google. (Still in beta.)


Assignment Guides

Class/Assignment Guides by Topic: Visit here for additional resources for assignments dealing with specific topics or themes.