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Resources for Young Scholars Program

Librarian for Literature

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Arianne Hartsell-Gundy
William R. Perkins Library, 233G
Duke University, Box 90195
Durham, NC 27708

General Databases

The following databases are good starting points for research.

Academic Search Complete - Contains both scholarly and popular articles (i.e. newspapers and magazines) on a broad range of topics. 

JSTOR - Full-text database of major scholarly journals from their earliest issues to within a few years of current publication. NOTE: If you are researching a topic that is very recent (ex: police body cameras) you may not find many articles in JSTOR.

Subject-specific Databases

The following databases focus on particular subjects. These databases can be very helpful to use if you know which field or discipline is studying your topic. NOTE: Some of your topics fall under multiple subjects, so you'll want to look at several of these databases.

ERIC - Search for journal articles and reports in education

SocINDEX - Search for articles in the field of sociology

Sociological Abstracts - Search for international literature in sociology and related social and behavioral science disciplines

Political Science Complete - Search for journal articles in political science and public policy

EconLit - search scholarly literature in the field of economics

Women's Studies International - Search for articles in core disciplines in Women's Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research