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ABI/INFORM Collection
Coverage:1855 to the present; varies by database

The ABI/INFORM Collection is comprised of the following business research databases:

  • ABI/INFORM Global (1855 to current): Provides in-depth coverage of all business topics including management, human resources, marketing, accounting, finance and more . Includes over 4,400 business publications, most of which are available in full-text. Emphasis is on scholarly journal literature. 
  • ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry (1916 to current): Provides in-depth coverage of companies, products, executives and trends in a variety of industries. Includes over 4,100 business sources that include reports, magazines, newspapers, videos and journals. Emphasis is on practitioner and trade literature.
  • ABI/INFORM Dateline (1971 to current): Provides coverage of local and regional business information with news and analysis of local companies and markets, primarily in the United States. Includes approximately 400 sources which include major business tabloids, magazines, daily newspapers, wire services and area business publications. 

Together, the ABI/INFORM Collection provides citations, abstracts and some full-text content for almost 8,800 business publications.

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Academic OneFile
Coverage:1980 to the present, but varies by title. Updated daily.

A good general-purpose article index to scholarly journals and popular magazines. Provides coverage of over 60 million articles from over 12,000 scholarly, trade, and general-interest periodicals, newspapers, newswire services and magazines. Designed primarily to support undergraduate-level research, the database is useful to anyone seeking information on topics in the areas of current events, general sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. Contains a mix of citations, abstracts, and full-text articles. Database size as of April 1/09: 31,287,432 articles. 

Also contains:

  • Audio versions of every NPR broadcast since 1990 with transcripts
  • Podcasts and transcripts from major news sources
  • Full audio versions of all major medical journals
  • Links to hundreds of live surgeries
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Ad*Access
Coverage:1911-1955

The Ad*Access contains images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. The site concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II. Browse or search for ads by categories, company, product, date, publication, subject, medium, headline and audience.

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Advertising Educational Foundation

The not-for-profit Advertising Education Foundation (AEF) website provides content "to enrich the understanding of advertising and its role in culture, society and the economy." The content is categorized into three main sections:

  1. On Campus: Includes educational materials such as book excerpts, case histories of ad campaigns, videos, discussion group archives, must-read lists and more.
  2. Exhibits: Includes award winning advertising (e.g., Clio, OBIE), current and historical public service ads and links to advertising collections, museums and related content.
  3. Industry: Includes information and links related to advertising careers, insights from industry leaders and industry related links (e.g., associtions and trade press)
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America, History and Life
Coverage:1964 to the present

Covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present; 450,000+ citations and abstracts from over 2000 journals; also includes book and media reviews and dissertations.

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American Film Scripts Online

American Film Scripts Online (AFSO) contains 1,009 scripts by 1,062 writers together with detailed, fielded information on the scenes, characters and people related to the scripts. In addition, the database includes facsimilie images for more than 500 of these screenplays. Most of the scripts have never been published before, and are not otherwise available online.

The rationale behind the database is not only to provide access to many previously unpublished screenplays, but to allow scripts to become part of the established corpus of literary works. Legal, authoritative versions of these screenplays will, the producers hope, be consulted by a wide range of scholars, including historians, sociologists, and those who study literature.

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Business Source Complete (Business Searching Interface - Recommended)
Business Source Complete (Standard EBSCOhost Interface)
Coverage:1886 to the present; varies by title
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In January 2018, the Library's subscription to Business Source Complete will switch to Business Source Premier, resulting in the reduction of some content. To see the content changes, review the title lists of Business Source Complete and Business Source Premier.
On August 1, 2013, five hundred Harvard Business Review articles became read-only (i.e, the full-text cannot be printed or saved). 

Business Source Complete provides selected full text from 11,200 sources, including more than 1,100 scholarly business journals. Covers all areas of business, including accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and international business. Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports (by Datamonitor/Marketline), market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more. Also includes a Company Information section, a company directory of more than a million public and private companies worldwide. Entries include address, revenue, top executives, subsidiaries, NAICS & SIC codes, and more.

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Canadian Research Index
Coverage:1982 to the present

Includes publications produced by Canadian governments (federal, provincial, territorial & municipal), government agencies & departments, research institutes and government laboratories. Index to Microlog microfiche collection.  Contains over 200,000 records, including some from Statistics Canada and Canadian theses & dissertations.

 

NOTE: To view the fullt--text of an item included in the Canadian Research Index, take note of the Microlog number included in the record(s)(e.g., Microlog 104-05853). The item(s) will be located in the Microlog microfiche collection housed in MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor)(CA7MC-M31). Earlier coverage available under previous titles: ProFile Index (1973-78) Urban Canada (1977-78) and Publicat Index (1977-78).

# of users:4
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CBCA Reference and Current Events
Coverage:varies by title

Provides access to a wide range of Canadian periodicals, from academic titles to special interest publications to general magazines. The academic titles include the most prominent journals from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Other magazines focus on opinion, public policy, children/youth, lifestyles, arts and culture, health, regional concerns, etc.

Current events content includes Canadian newspapers, newswires, transcripts and magazines. Covers politics, business, the arts, sports, and any other kind of news, whether happening in Canada or abroad. Newspapers, newswires, newsmagazines, as well as television and radio transcripts are indexed. Full-text is available for selected titles. Provides indexing for the following Canadian newspapers:

  • Calgary Herald: Jan. 2, 1982 to Dec. 31, 2001
  • Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia): Jan. 2, 1982 to current
  • Gazette (Montreal): Jan. 2, 1982 to Dec. 30, 2001
  • Globe and Mail: Jan. 1, 1982 to current
  • National Post: Oct. 27, 1998 to current
  • Sunday Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia): April 26, 1998 to Dec. 30, 2001
  • Toronto Star: Jan. 1, 1982 to Dec. 31, 2001
  • Vancouver Sun: Jan. 2, 1982 to Dec. 31, 2001
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Communication Source
Coverage:1915 to the present; varies by title
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Formed from the merger of Communication Abstracts and Communication & Mass Media Complete.

Communication Source supports research on mass media, communications theory, linguistics, organizational communication, phonetics and speech pathology.  Content is derived from academic journals, conference papers, conference proceedings, trade publications, magazines and other periodicals.  Provides indexing and abstracting for over 1,100 core titles and contains the full text for more than 700 journals.

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CPI.Q - Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly
Coverage:1980 to the present; selected full text 1983 to present.

Covers about 17 million articles from over 1,500 Canadian journals, magazines and newspapers (English and French). Full-text availability for about 800 periodicals from 1983 to the present, and of selected sections of the Globe and Mail newspaper (Toronto) from 1985 to the present. Covers a broad range of subjects including current events, health, technology, the arts, history, literature, culture and business; emphasis on mainstream and academic titles available in Canadian libraries.

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EBSCOhost Databases
Coverage:varies by database

Allows you to cross-search over 25 indexing, abstracting, and fulltext databases in a range of subjects. For the most part, these databases help you find scholarly journal articles, although you may also find scholarly books and other types of documents. Some databases provide the full text of online articles, and some only provide citations. Use the get it! button to link to available full text.

 

McMaster has access to the following databases on the EBSCOhost platform:

  • AgeLine
  • America: History & Life
  • Anthropology Plus
  • Art Abstracts
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
  • Business Source Complete
  • CINAHL
  • Communication Source (combines 'Communication Abstracts' and 'Communication & Mass Media Complete')
  • eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary eBooks; all titles in this collection are listed individually in McMaster's library catalogue)
  • EconLit with Fulltext
  • Film & Television Literature Index
  • GreenFILE
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Humanities Abstracts
  • L'Annee Philologique
  • LGBT Life with Full Text
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Music Index
  • New Testament Abstracts
  • Old Testament Abstracts
  • Regional Business News
  • Social Sciences Abstracts
  • Social Work Abstracts
  • SPORTDiscus
  • Teacher Reference Center
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Factiva
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Factiva will automatically timeout after 20 minutes of browser inactivity. This default is set by the database provider and cannot be changed. To prevent unintentional logouts, make sure you click somewhere in the browser to keep your session active or save/email document(s) to read off-line.

To disconnect from Factiva, click the gear icon (i.e., the Setting/Tools/Support menu) in the upper right corner and select LOGOUT. This will allow another user to access the database immediately. 

A multi-disciplinary database that provides access to current and archived news and business information worldwide. The database contains content from more than 31,000 sources from 200 countries in 26 languages. It includes:

  • more than 2,500 newspapers, with same-day and archival coverage (e.g., Financial Times [current month embargoed], Globe and Mail, Hamilton Spectator, New York Times, Wall Street Journal )
  • more than 1,000 newswires, including more than 400 that update continuously (e.g., The Associated Press, PR Newswire)
  • television and radio transcripts along with audio and video coverage (e.g., BBC, CNN, NPR)
  • Web and blog content from thousands of business and news sites worldwide
  • more than 5,000 business and industry publications (e.g., Economist, Far Eastern Economic Review, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek)
  • over 40,000 company profiles for publicly traded companies wordwide
  • photographs from Reuters and other image sources
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Film & Television Literature Index
Coverage:1990's to present, but varies by title; selective coverage back to 50 years prior

Citations to articles in film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 380 publications, and selected coverage of 300 more.

Covers industry papers, news journalism, and scholarly academic journals on topics for film and television. Titles include Film Journal International, Journal of British Cinema & Television, Film Criticism, Post Script, and Variety, as well as technical publications such as SMPTE.

Also covers international film and television publications such as Cahiers du Cinema, Cinema in India, Cinemamaya, Filmkultura, Segnocinema, and Kinetoscopio.

 

 

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Historical Abstracts
Coverage:1955 to the present

Indexes and abstracts over 500,000 journal articles, books and dissertations. Covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). Over 2,000 key historical journals from every major country, and selective coverage of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of interest to researchers and students of history.

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Humanities Abstracts
Coverage:1984 to present

Broad coverage of all humanities disciplines including scholarly articles, book reviews, reviews of motion pictures, plays, and radio and television programs. Searchable abstracts of 643,000+ articles from 500 English-language periodicals covering the areas of archaeology, classical studies, art, performing arts, philosophy, history, music, linguistics, literature, and religion, with 36,000+ new records added annually.

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Images Canada

Provides a central point to start a cross-collection search through more than 75,000 images held by participating Canadian museums, archives, and libraries. Search by keyword or browse by topic. Includes photo essays and educational resources.

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Journals @ Scholars Portal

The Scholars Portal e-journals database contains over 50 million articles from over 20,000 full text journals covering many disciplines. Allows you to

  • search and access full text articles from a range of academic publishers
  • browse journals by subject
  • subscribe to RSS feeds for journal updates
  • search for figures and tables within articles
  • link to cited and citing references
  • print, email and download records
  • save citations to bibliographic management software
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LexisNexis Academic
Coverage:Coverage by date varies by publication. Some sources date back as far as the 1970s, but the majority of sources are indexed from the early 1990's to the present.
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  • The default Academic Search on the home page does not search all content in LexisNexis. It searches a selection of newspapers (U.S. & international), law reviews, company profiles and U.S. federal & state cases. For a more comprehensive and/or precise search, click Search by Subject or Topic (just above the Academic Search box) and select from the resulting menu of sources/categories (e.g., All News). Once a category has been selected from the menu, click Advanced Options (appearing below the search box) to refine your search by date, segment, publication, source type, etc. (e.g., All News (English)).
  • When entering search terms in LexisNexis, try using an ! exclamation mark to replace endings (one or more letters, unlimited) and an * asterisk to replace one letter (or none).

LexisNexis provides access to over 5,000 sources covering a wide range of subject areas. Select SEARCH BY SUBJECT OR TOPIC (near the Academic Search box) to search the following categories: 

  • NEWS: Over 350 full text newspapers, including the Financial Times (back to 1982), the New York Times (back to 1980), the Observer (back to 1990), the Times / Sunday Times (back to 1985), the Hamilton Spectator (back to Oct. 7, 1991), Canada NewsWire (back to 1992), the Globe & Mail (back to 1977) and the Toronto Star (back to 1985).
  • LEGAL (U.S.): Includes federal & state cases, statutes, regulations, patents and other legal materials from the United States. 
  • INTERNATIONAL LEGAL:  Includes legal materials from Canada, the European Union, and other countries. 
  • COMPANIES: Includes public & private U.S., Canadian and international company profiles and industry reports. 
  • PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS: Includes biographical, consumer and country information.  

Use the SOURCE DIRECTORY (top of screen) to find or browse for titles within LexisNexis by name, publication type and/or topic. Once a source is located, click on the i icon to view coverage details.

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LGBT Life with Fulltext

LGBT Life provides indexing and abstracts for more than 190 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-specific core periodicals, with fulltext for 120  of the most important and historically significant journals, magazines and regional newspapers. In addition, it contains more than 330 LGBT-specific core books and reference works, grey literature, including newsletters, case studies, speeches, etc. and a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing over 6,400 terms. Disciplines covered by LGBT Life include civil liberties, culture, employment, family, history, politics, psychology, religion, sociology and more.

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Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
Coverage:1973 to the present

Abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences; provides over 361,000 abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations. Covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

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National Film Board View films
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The National Film Board (NFB) Campus database features streaming videos of films, clips and trailers from the NFB collection, including NFB world-renowned documentaries, films that chronicle key moments in the lives of Canadians and works that take a stand on issues of global importance: the environment, human rights, international conflict and more. It also features acclaimed Canadian dramatic features, documentaries, animated films, and experimental works.

 

Register to activate your Campus account and gain access to:

  • Over 3,000 high-quality, trusted films  and Interactive Productions including award winners, new releases and exclusive content in English and in French
  • Educational descriptions by Canadian educators
  • A unique chaptering tool that allows you to customize films to meet your needs
  • A playlist tool that allows you to prepare for your class or presentation in advance
  • Educator’s Guides and Educational Resources

 

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Outdoor Advertising Association of America Archives
Coverage:1885-1990s

Contains more than 16,000 images of outdoor advertisements (i.e., billboards, shelter ads, wall murals, posters, etc.) and other scenes from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. Browse or search the collection by company name, product, date, place of coverage, subject, tone and medium.

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PAIS International
Coverage:PAIS Archive: 1915-1976; PAIS: 1972 to present

An index to the literature of public affairs, covering topical public and social issues and the making and evaluating of public policy. Contains references to more than 553,300 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. In addition to English, some of the indexed materials are published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Now includes access to PAIS Archive, a retrospective database which provides a historical perspective on many of the 20th century's public and social policies. Contains more than 850,000 references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics, covering the years 1915-1976.

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Project MUSE
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McMaster has access to all journals in the Project MUSE Premier collection.

A collection of over 380 fulltext scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.  Individual journal titles are accessible through the e-journal A-Z and the library catalogue.

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ProQuest Databases
Coverage:Varies by database

Allows you to cross-search over 30 indexing, abstracting, and fulltext databases in a range of subjects.

For the most part, these databases help you find scholarly journal articles, although you may also find scholarly websites and other types of documents. Some databases provide the full text of online articles, and some only provide citations. Use the get it! button to link to available full text. 

The following databases are included on the ProQuest platform:

  • ABI/INFORM Collection (Dateline, Global, Trade & Industry)
  • Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection
  • Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)
  • Asian & European Business Collection
  • BHI: British Humanities Index (or Humanities Index)
  • Business Market Research Collection
  • Business Premium Collection
  • Canadian Research Index
  • CBCA Reference and Current Events
  • Dissertations & Theses @ McMaster University
  • ebrary e-books
  • Entrepreneurship Database
  • ERIC
  • Humanities Index
  • Index Islamicus
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • J.P. Morgan Research
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Nursing & Allied Health Database
  • PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) Index
  • Periodicals Archive Online‎ 
  • Philosopher's Index
  • Physical Education Index
  • PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress‎
  • Political Science Database 
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (A & I; UK & Ireland)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers (Globe & Mail; The New York Times; Washington Post; Wall Street Journal)
  • ProQuest Sociology Collection
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Sociology Database
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
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PsycINFO ProQuest interface
PsycINFO Ovid interface
Coverage:1806 to present

Provides over 2.5 million citations and abstracts to journal articles in the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, and linguistics. Covers over 1,800 international professional journals, as well as books, book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations. Nearly all records contain nonevaluative summaries. Produced by the American Psychological Association. Beginning in 2001, many citations include references, their abstracts, and links to cited references.

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SAGE Research Methods (SRMO)

Contains information on the full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences, as well as many methods commonly used in the hard sciences, pulled from over 750 handbooks, encyclopedias, and journal articles. Supports researchers in every step of a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings.

Includes

  • Fulltext e-books
  • Handbooks, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries
  • “Little Green Books” (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences)
  • “Little Blue Books” (Qualitative Methods in Social Science)
  • short videos
  • Methods Map - a visualization tool showing the relationships between methods

 

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Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
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Maximum concurrent users: 5

Online collection of recorded sound, including folk, popular, classical and world music, speeches, and oral histories, delivered via streaming audio.

 

Browse by musical instrument, geographic area, or topic, e.g. American folk traditions, blues, bluegrass and old-time country, American Indian traditions, world traditions (by continent), jazz, classical, spoken word, sound effects.

 

Historical content includes: ballads from the American Revolution, War of 1812, or the American Civil War; freedom and protest songs from the Civil Rights era; songs from the Slave Coast; Canada's history in song. Spoken word content includes: speeches, biography, memoir, drama (e.g. ancient Greek tragedies), poetry, language instruction.

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Social Sciences Abstracts
Coverage:1983 to present; abstracts from 1994 to present

Searchable abstracts of 750,000+ articles from more than 518 English-language periodicals in both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, with 47,000+ new records added annually. Subjects include anthropology, criminology, economics, law, geography, policy studies, psychology, sociology, social work, and urban studies.

 
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Social Sciences Citation Index (via the Web of Science)
Coverage:1976 to present
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 New, January 2010:  includes the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990- )

Citations, author abstracts and cited references from over 1,700 scholarly social sciences journals, and individually selected, relevant items from approximately 3,300 science and technology journals. Contains bibliographic information on all types of documents appearing in journals including articles, citations, letters, corrections, additions, excerpts, editorials and reviews. author abstracts available from 1992 forward

Information from these indexes can be retrieved by author, subject, journal title, address, or cited reference (or bibliography). Direct links to full-text from the full record display screen are provided only for journals published by the Academic Press, American Institute of Physics, Annual Reviews, Elsevier Science, IEEE, Kluwer, Nature Publishing Group, Royal Society of Chemistry, SIAM, Springer-Verlag and Wiley. For other journals, please check Get It! or the Library Catalogue to determine if we have a subscription to the journal.

Includes access to the Endnote Web citation manager: accounts must initially be created from within the McMaster IP range.

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Social Services Abstracts
Coverage:1980 to present

Indexes current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development; covers over 1,406 serial publications; includes over 95,224 abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.

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Sociological Abstracts
Coverage:1952 to the present

The premiere database for locating articles in the field of sociology, Sociological Abstracts indexes some 1,800 international serial publications. Related disciplines include social and behavioral sciences, including anthropology, criminology, demography, education, law and penology, race relations, social psychology and urban studies. Also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, and conference papers.
Records added since 1973 contain in-depth, nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles. Many records from key journals in sociology, published since 2001, also include the references cited in the bibliography of the source article.

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Television News Archive
Coverage:index only

The world's most available, extensive and complete archive of television news. Since 1968, the Archive has consistently recorded, indexed, and preserved network television news for research, review, and study.

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VoS : Voice of the Shuttle

Links to humanities and humanities-related resources on the Internet. With annotations.

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Web of Science
Coverage:1976 to the present, but can vary by index

The Web of Science Core Collection consists of several separate multidisciplinary citation indexes that can be searched independently or in combination. Included by default are the:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI)
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

​Indexing over 12,000 scholarly journals (including open-access titles) and over 160,000 conference proceedings, the Web of Science contains bibliographic information on all types of documents appearing in journals including articles, citations, letters, corrections, additions, excerpts, editorials and reviews. Information from these indexes can be retrieved by topic (i.e., includes title,abstract and keywords), by author, by publication name, by address, by organization, by cited reference (or bibliography) and more. 

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WorldCat (McMaster only)
WorldCat Open WorldCat

WorldCat is the world's largest library catalogue, merging the holdings of over 72,000 institutions worldwide. The database includes books, journals, maps, recordings, films, scores, and other materials located in public, academic, corporate, school and specialized libraries all over the world. McMaster's holdings will be listed first. Items not in our library can be requested via RACER (interlibrary loans).

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