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Sociology

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AgeLine
Coverage:1978 to present, with selected coverage from 1966-1977.

Contains over 115,274 citations, with abstracts, to the literature on social gerontology, as well as aging-related research from psychology, sociology, social work, economics, public policy, and the health sciences. It covers aging-related issues for professionals in aging services, health, business, law, and mental health; also includes selected consumer content.

AgeLine summarizes articles from over 200 journals and magazines, books and book chapters, government and research reports, dissertations, conference proceedings, gray literature, newsletters, and educational videos. Topics include demographics, economics, employment, health and health care services, housing, intergenerational relationships, social and family relationships, psychological aspects, retirement, transportation, consumer aspects, and leisure; does not cover clinical medicine or biological and physiological aspects of aging.

Searches can be restricted to research or public policy publications, professional/provider publications, or general/consumer publications by using the Target Audience index in the Advanced Search option.

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Asian American Drama

This edition of Asian American Drama contains 252 plays by 42 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.
Some 50% of these plays have never been published before. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
In the late nineteenth century, when Asian American drama made its debut, the spotlight was firmly on the lives and struggles of Asians in North America, rather than on the cultures and traditions of the Asian homeland. Today, Asian American playwrights continue to challenge established theatrical conventions by calling attention to issues and experiences that might otherwise be ignored or marginalized.
The plays have relevance well beyond the study of literature, drama, and Asian American studies. They present views of important historical events, such as the construction of the railroads in the nineteenth century, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Vietnam conflict. The plays also address sociological issues, such as assimilation, integration, cultural identity in a Western context, and the effect of Western religion.

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ASSIA - Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
Coverage:1987 to present

An indexing and abstracting tool covering social science and health information; over 312,000 references to articles from 650 journals in 16 different countries, including the UK and US. Coverage includes health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.

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Bibliography of Native North Americans
Coverage:16th century to present

Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present. The database is an essential research tool for anthropologists, educators, historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, legal and medical researchers, linguists, theologians, ethnobotanists, and policy makers. Bibliography of Native North Americans will appeal to anyone interested in exploring the contributions, struggles, and issues surrounding North America's indigenous peoples.

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Black Thought and Culture

Contains approximately 1300 sources from 1100 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material.

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CAIRN - French-Language Ejournals
Coverage:From 2001 to present

Provides over 200 fulltext French-language journals in the disciplines of economics, law, history and geography, literature and linguistics, psychology, education, political science, sociology, and sport.

"Retrouvez sur ce site 44 697 articles parus depuis 2001 dans 161 revues de recherche et de débat. Les archives sont en accès gratuit, ainsi que les résumés, sommaires et plans d'articles, et le texte intégral de certains articles récents."

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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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Contemporary Women's Issues
Coverage:1992 to the present
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Maximum concurrent users: 4
A database of over 60,000 full text contributions on a broad range of women's issues, extracted from over 2,245 sources world wide, including more than 200 periodicals. Content from mainstream periodicals, gray literature, and the alternative press. Includes English-language titles from East and West Africa, Asia, and South and Central America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe. Publication types include: journals, newsletters, pamphlets, reports; bibliographies, directories, fact sheets and guides.
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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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Defining Gender, 1450-1910

Brings together approximately 50,000 images of original manuscript and printed material, including a strong core of documents from the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Ephemeral material such as ballads, cartoons and pamphlets is featured alongside diaries, advice literature, medical journals, conduct books and periodicals. The database is structured into five thematic sections:

  • Conduct and Politeness
  • Domesticity and the Family 
  • Consumption and Leisure
  • Education and Sensibility
  • The Body
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Early Canadiana Online
Coverage:16th - early 20th century
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Early Canadiana Online (ECO) provides access to over 80,000 rare books, journals, and government publications printed in the 1600s up to the 1940s, giving documentary evidence of Canada's early days.  Content is in some 21 languages including English, French, 10 First Nations languages, and several European languages.

This primary source database began in 1997 as a pilot project to create an online digital library.  Over three years, 550,000 pages of text were scanned from CIHM's historical microfiche collection.  This part of the collection remains freely accessible to the public.

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Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO and ECCO II)
Coverage:1701 - 1800

ECCO provides online access to every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom between 1701 and 1800, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Content consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, ephemera, and more.

McMaster has purchased both ECCO and the update, ECCO II, giving us access to over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes).  Subject coverage includes history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science.

 

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Eighteenth Century Journals, I-IV (Adam Matthew Digital)
Coverage:c1680 - 1816

Brings together rare journals printed between c1680 and 1816, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. Topics covered are extremely wide-ranging and include: the writings of Sir Isaac Newton; the French Revolution; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and coffee house gossip and discussion.

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Globe and Mail: Canada's Heritage from 1844 / Historical G&M
Coverage:May 8, 1844 to 3 years ago

Electronic full-page newspaper archive of The Globe from June 1844, current 4 years embargoed. Coverage includes all the stories, plus thousands of images, advertisements, classifieds, political cartoons, births and deaths from more than 1.4 million pages of Canada's National Newspaper, dating back to the pre-confederation era.

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IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences)
Coverage:1951 to the present

Covers social science and interdisciplinary research; includes nearly two million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,700 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books included each year. Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

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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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JSTOR
Coverage:Does not include the most recent 3-5 years for most titles
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McMaster does not have access to the Irish collection, Business III, or JSTOR's e-books.

JSTOR provides access to a digital archive of journals in the areas of Arts, Business, Economics, and Sciences. JSTOR includes the entire runs of these journals, from the very first issue to the volumes published a few years ago. With a small number of exceptions - the "Current Scholarship" titles - JSTOR is a backfile collection and excludes the most recent issues (as part of the terms of the agreement with the journal publishers).

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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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Mass Observation Online : British Social History, 1937-1967

The Mass Observation project collected information about everyday life in Britain during the mid-twentieth century, reflecting attitudes, behaviors, and public opinion. Created by three British researchers as a personal research project, its focus changed as it served the government during the Second World War and then emerged as a market research organization. The findings continue to be valued for their insight into British society, although sometimes criticized for the self-selecting methodology  used to collect the data.
 

The online database provides over 2,000 File Reports (top-level summaries), Day Surveys from 1937-38, Diaries from 1939-67, and a range of Topic collections including: Household Matters and Household Budgeting, 1939-1950; Juvenile Delinquency; Korea, 1950; Radio Listening, 1939-1948; World Outlook, 1945-1950, Film; Reading Habits; Dreams; Religion; Victory Celebrations, and Capital Punishment.

 

McMaster has purchased the complete database, including updates I-IV.

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National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts

The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of the more than 200,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the NCJRS Library collection.   Sources include U.S. and international publications, federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, audiovisual presentations, and unpublished research. The NCJRS Abstracts Database excludes most legal decisions, opinions, and statutes.

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National Film Board View films
National Film Board Register to create playlists

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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North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories
Coverage:1840 to present

Contemporaneous letters and diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives provide a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950. Includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, and in selected cases, the actual audio voices of the immigrants.

Time period: 1840 to the present, focusing heavily on the period from 1920 to 1980.

Scope: People from many countries are represented, including more recent waves of immigrants from Latin America and Asia; includes several thousand pages of Ellis Island Oral History interviews.

Disciplines: Labour historians will benefit from details describing work in restaurants, meat packing plants, mines, railroads, and factories. Sociologists will find lengthy passages describing immigrant schooling, social life, domestic life, and community rituals. Students of literature will find descriptions of the events that inspired Upton Sinclair and Theodore Dreiser.

Content: Provides perspectives both on North America and on the immigrants

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North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial to 1950.

The largest collection of women's diaries and correspondence ever assembled, spanning more than 300 years, and bringing the personal experiences of some 1,325 women to researchers, students, and general readers.

Subjects include what women wore, the conditions under which they worked, what they ate, what they read, and how they amused themselves; how frequently they attended church, how they viewed their connection to God, and how they prayed; their relationships with lovers, family and friends.

Contains 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries from individuals writing from Colonial times to 1950, more than 6,000 pages of previously unpublished materials, drawn from more than 600 sources, including journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings, and 300 biographies. All age groups, life stages, and ethnicities, many geographical regions, the famous and the not so famous are represented.

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ODESI: a Voyage in Data Discovery

Provides university researchers with access to datasets in a web-based data extraction system, and allows the downloading of data into external statistical analysis packages. The odesi project targets Statistics Canada datasets, datafiles from Gallup Canada and other polling companies, public-domain files such as the Canadian National Election Surveys and selected files from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). As of May 2008, content is still being added.

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OECD iLibrary
Coverage:McMaster does not subscribe to the IEA Statistics

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) online library of books, reports, working papers, periodicals and statistical data covering a wide range of subjects including agriculture & food, development, economics, education, employment, energy, environment, finance & investment, governance, industry & services,  social issues, migration & health, taxation and transport.  Search by keyword(s) or browse by theme or by country name.

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OECD iLibrary - Statistics
Coverage:1998 to the present
Some databases provide data as far back as 1960.

The OECD iLibrary is the full-text online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. McMaster University Libraries subscribe to all three components of the iLibrary - Books, Periodicals and Statistics. Contains international publications and statistics on a wide variety of subjects including agriculture, business, development, economics, education, employment, finance, investment, migration, science, technology, telecommunications and trade. The statistical databases allow you to build your own tables and have them exported to Excel, Beyond 20/20 and other formats.

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Periodicals Archive Online: PAO, Collections 1-6
Coverage:v. 1 to 1995, for most titles

Periodicals Archive Online is a major online periodical archive that makes the backfiles of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences available electronically.  Currently, PAO contains over 500 journals from their first issue up to 1995, representing over 1.9 million articles.  McMaster's subscription includes PAO collections 1-6.

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PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress

The PILOTS bibliographic database, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, includes citations to literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events.  Subjects include:

  • Traumatic stress and mental health
  • Assessment
  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Mental health services
  • Professional ethics
  • Public Policy
  • Traumatized populations
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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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ProQuest Sociology

ProQuest Sociology covers the international literature of sociology and social work, including culture and social structure, history and theory of sociology, social psychology, substance abuse and addiction and more. This collection provides full-text journal coverage of many core titles indexed in Sociological Abstracts and Social Services Abstracts.

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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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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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United Nations Common Database: UNdata

Provides a single entry point to a range of UN statistical databases.  The datasets cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.

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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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Wall Street Journal Historical Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal Search across the Historical Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post
Coverage:July 8, 1889 to 17 years ago

Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Other full text access to the Wall Street Journal:

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Wiley Online
Coverage:Varies: 1995 onwards for many titles. Includes backfiles for former Blackwell titles.

Provides fulltext articles from more than 1400 journals in a wide range of subjects.

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Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000

Gives access to more than 2400 primary documents, as well as books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, and teaching tools, all documenting the multiplicity of women

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World agricultural economics and rural sociology abstracts
Coverage:1973-

Indexes globally published articles on the economic and social aspects of agriculture.  Topics include agricultural economics, regional policy and development, employment and income, food policy and food security, marketing and distribution, finance, natural resource economics, and rural sociology.

WAERSA includes a fully searchable backfile to 1973 of over 364,000 abstracts with approximately 15,000 new records added each year.
 

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World DataBank
Coverage:1960s to current, but varies by database and by indicator

International selection of economic, social and environmental indicators from the World Bank. Website includes over 35 databases providing data on a wide variety of subjects. Popular databases include:

  • World Development Indicators (WDI) and Global Development Finance (GDF): WDI is the primary World Bank database for development data from officially-recognized international sources. GDF provides external debt and financial flows statistics for countries that report public and publicly-guaranteed debt under the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS).
  • Gender Statistics: Provides data on key gender topics. Themes included are demographics, education, health, labor force, and political participatio
  • Health Nutrition and Population (HNP) Statistics: Provides key health, nutrition and population statistics gathered from a variety of international sources.
  • Education Statistics: Provides data on education from national statistical reports, statistical annexes of new publications, and other data sources. 
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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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