A subject guide to research

Not everyone who does research intends to actually do something, but this is one of those great fields where that seems quite likely. Resources for psychology may also be useful.


Annual Reviews
Here, the "Annual Review of Sociology" is listed under "Physical Sciences." You can search and browse it back to 1986, and view articles in .pdf format. If you register, you can use the site to organize your searching.

As ever, EBSCO is a great way to do research. It is actually an aggregator, and that means that it searches lots of different databases at the same time. You might want to select these particular ones (to avoid getting irrelevant hits):

Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Complete
Book Collection: Nonfiction
Fuente Academica
MEDLINE with Full Text
Newspaper Source
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
SocINDEX with Full Text
World History Collection
MLA International Bibliography

Electronic Journals
This allows you to browse ULM's available journals by name, so you can know very quickly whether or not we have the publication you want.

JSTOR - The scholarly journal archive
There are many journals on JSTOR-- it means "Journal storage." You can search by issues and genres, and inside the article text itself. JSTOR brings you journal pages just as they appear in print-- and just about as usefully. It is Known for the humanities and social sciences, but there's Mathematics journals here too.

LexisNexis Academic Search
This allows searching of countless periodicals and other news resources around the world. There are also special search for law and business information.

NetLIbrary is best accessible through the ULM catalog, as when you search for books, because these are books too. They can also be access 24 hours a day and off campus, so don't forget about it.


Many of the sites on this list have links to other resources on the web. Since this list cannot cover absolutely everything, links such as those will be most helpful for finding the specific topics you need.

The American Public Human Services Association
"The American Public Human Services Association, founded in 1930, is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization of state and local human service agencies and individuals who work in or are interested in public human service programs." The site has information on conferences, a code of ethics, stands on issues, links, and more.

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
"The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is the association of boards that regulate social work. ASWB develops and maintains the social work licensing examination used across the country, and is a central resource for information on the legal regulation of social work." There is information here on exams and licenses, and there are links under "other resources."
This website offers quick statistics of large and small cities on sundry topics, including graphs, maps, weather, and even pictures. The most specific reason I've placed this site on this guide is its discussion forum. This makes it possible to see more than only data about locales (the "why" behind it). But don't expect what you read there to be academic or reliable.

One does not necessarily need to be a lawyer to need legal news, and one doesn't need to be a lawyer to get it, either. JURSIT is a free resource with a very pleasing interface made by The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. It covers US and world legal news, and can be searched, browsed, and watched.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
This is the largest organization of its kind on the world. The site is well-designed and has information in parts of the site set aside for several topics (aging, health, families). There is also news, a code of ethics, and more.

Social Work - J. Murrey Atkins Library
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has here a well-organized collation of social work links divided by subject and purpose, including data sets, lobbying, employment, and much more.
This is a hub of links that is arranged by subjects and needs, like Disabilities, Mental Health, Education, Employment, etc. Watch out for the ads.
Formerly known as, this website is the quickest way to find government information on the Internet. Its search offers topics as you search as well as results. This should be particularly useful for reaching government agencies.

U.S. Census Bureau
This is great place to find statistical data about the U.S. The American Fact Finder brings such demographic information as age, race, income, education, employment, and more.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics
This site can be useful in numerous ways, beginning with Demographics, the Consumer Price Index, unemployment rates, The Occupational Outlook Handbook, and much more.

Yahoo! Social work
The portal site Yahoo! also has a directory for social work, with a number of fairly popular links related to it.

Of course, that can't represent absolutely everything that there is. Don't forget that NetLibrary is a big part of the collection, and that Interlibrary Loan can get you even more materials. For more information, see the library catalog. It is also entirely possible to find information related to your topic in other disciplines.