The UM Library system has a large collection of journal article databases that allow you to locate articles by subject, author, title and more. We have gathered some frequently used social sciences databases.
Web of Knowledge
Provides cross-search of multiple databases: ISI Web of Science with Conference Proceedings (citation indexes), Current Contents Connect (tables of contents), Biosis Previews, and Medline.
Description: International multi-disciplinary indexing & abstracting database for scientific, medical, technical, and social sciences.
Indexes over 3,800 journals and magazines covering all fields and topics, academic and popular.
Provides full-text access to the archives of 1,500 core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and science.
Access to over 80 databases provided by EBSCO including AgeLine, Child Development, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Family & Society Studies, Global Health, Health and Psychosocial Instruments, Mental Measurements Yearbook, PsycINFO and Social Science Abstracts
Google Scholar (with U-M Ann Arbor MGet It Links)
The Google Scholar search engine with the added feature of MGet IT links from University of Michigan that connect you to the online and print versions held by the University Library. If you are off campus, the link will prompt you to sign in to UM so that you will see the "Availability at UMichigan" option.
We have compiled a list of article indexes in social sciences available to University of Michigan affiliates. For a more comprehensive list of all resources available to the UM community, visit the University Library Search Tools.
- Break your topic down into component concepts
- Decide on the words/phrases to describe concepts. Think of possible alternatives such as terminology, spelling, and synonyms
- Use Boolean operators, truncation or wild cards if necessary
- Try the search and learn/use new concepts and terms as you go
- Refine, broaden or narrow the search terms as you go
- Be aware of database specific search strategies and symbols
- Try “related articles” links in a database
- Use a bibliographic management tool (EndNote, Zotero, RefWorks etc)