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  • Academic Search Complete

    Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, scholarly full-text database including peer-reviewed journals, full-text
    periodicals, reports, books, and much more. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. It includes over 13,690 indexed and abstracted journals and full-text for nearly 9,100 journals.  [Details]

  • JSTOR

    Archive of selected scholarly journals in ecology, economics, history, mathematics, music, political science, statistics, and other humanities and social sciences.  [Details]

  • Social Services Abstracts

    Current research focused on social work, human services and related areas, including social welfare, social policy and community development.  [Details]

  • PsycINFO

    This database is the American Psychological Association (APA)'s renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations. PsycINFO is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health, with ninety-nine percent of the covered material peer-reviewed.  [Details]

  • Web of Science

    This collection of databases offers an integrated, versatile research platform, it delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content. Includes Web of Science Core Collection, which consists of multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Citation Report and H-index with Web of Science

  • Sage Journals Online

    SAGE Journals Online offers full text access to journals in Communication Studies, Criminology, Education, Health Sciences, Management & Organization Studies, Materials Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Humanities, Science and Technology. Includes Sage Journals Backfiles 1999-2009.  [Details]

  • Emerald Full Text

    Search the full text collection of 138 titles in management, marketing, engineering, and information science journals.  [Details]

  • Oxford Journals

    Collections cover Life Sciences, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Law, and include some of the most authoritative journals in their fields.  [Details]

  • ScienceDirect

    Offers access to most of the Elsevier Journal collection covering the sciences, business, child development, computer science, economics, history, hospitality, industrial technology, library and information science and tourism.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   ScienceDirect Interactive Tutorials

  • PILOTS

    The PILOTS bibliographic database covers the Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress.  [Details]

  • Wiley Online Library

    A multidiscipinary collection of academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, psychology, law and criminology, life sciences, and business.  [Details]

  • Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)

    ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts on the Web is an indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Updated monthly, ASSIA provides a comprehensive source of social science and health information for the practical and academic professional.  [Details]

  • SpringerLink

    SpringerLink offers online access to over 1400 fully peer reviewed journals and hundreds of ebooks in biomedicine, life science, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, humanities, and economics.  [Details]

  • ICPSR (Inter University Consortium for Political and Social Research)

    ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. Brought to you by the UNCW Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs 
    Currently available from on campus only.  [Details]

  • EBSCOHost

    Offers Academic Search Complete, MasterFile Complete, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, and many more. Several databases may be searched at once. Full text articles are offered in both HTML and PDF format on thousands of titles.   [Details]

    Tutorial:   EBSCOhost - Creating an Advanced Search

  • Directory of Open Access journals - (DOAJ)

    The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. Includes multidisciplinary scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers in full text.  [Details]

  • Cambridge Journals Online

    Cambridge Journals Online is the online Cambridge University Press’s collection of several journals across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.   [Details]

  • ArticleFirst

    OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals in the fields of business humanities, medicine, popular culture, science, sociology, and technology.  [Details]

  • Legal Information Reference Center

    Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. The full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Legal Information Reference Center

  • Academic Search Complete

    Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, scholarly full-text database including peer-reviewed journals, full-text
    periodicals, reports, books, and much more. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. It includes over 13,690 indexed and abstracted journals and full-text for nearly 9,100 journals.  [Details]

  • JSTOR

    Archive of selected scholarly journals in ecology, economics, history, mathematics, music, political science, statistics, and other humanities and social sciences.  [Details]

  • Social Services Abstracts

    Current research focused on social work, human services and related areas, including social welfare, social policy and community development.  [Details]

  • PsycINFO

    This database is the American Psychological Association (APA)'s renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations. PsycINFO is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health, with ninety-nine percent of the covered material peer-reviewed.  [Details]

  • Web of Science

    This collection of databases offers an integrated, versatile research platform, it delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content. Includes Web of Science Core Collection, which consists of multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Citation Report and H-index with Web of Science

  • Sage Journals Online

    SAGE Journals Online offers full text access to journals in Communication Studies, Criminology, Education, Health Sciences, Management & Organization Studies, Materials Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Humanities, Science and Technology. Includes Sage Journals Backfiles 1999-2009.  [Details]

  • Emerald Full Text

    Search the full text collection of 138 titles in management, marketing, engineering, and information science journals.  [Details]

  • Oxford Journals

    Collections cover Life Sciences, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Law, and include some of the most authoritative journals in their fields.  [Details]

  • ScienceDirect

    Offers access to most of the Elsevier Journal collection covering the sciences, business, child development, computer science, economics, history, hospitality, industrial technology, library and information science and tourism.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   ScienceDirect Interactive Tutorials

  • PILOTS

    The PILOTS bibliographic database covers the Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress.  [Details]

  • Wiley Online Library

    A multidiscipinary collection of academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, psychology, law and criminology, life sciences, and business.  [Details]

  • Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)

    ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts on the Web is an indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Updated monthly, ASSIA provides a comprehensive source of social science and health information for the practical and academic professional.  [Details]

  • SpringerLink

    SpringerLink offers online access to over 1400 fully peer reviewed journals and hundreds of ebooks in biomedicine, life science, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, humanities, and economics.  [Details]

  • ICPSR (Inter University Consortium for Political and Social Research)

    ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. Brought to you by the UNCW Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs 
    Currently available from on campus only.  [Details]

  • EBSCOHost

    Offers Academic Search Complete, MasterFile Complete, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, and many more. Several databases may be searched at once. Full text articles are offered in both HTML and PDF format on thousands of titles.   [Details]

    Tutorial:   EBSCOhost - Creating an Advanced Search

  • Directory of Open Access journals - (DOAJ)

    The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. Includes multidisciplinary scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers in full text.  [Details]

  • Cambridge Journals Online

    Cambridge Journals Online is the online Cambridge University Press’s collection of several journals across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.   [Details]

  • ArticleFirst

    OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals in the fields of business humanities, medicine, popular culture, science, sociology, and technology.  [Details]

  • Legal Information Reference Center

    Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. The full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Legal Information Reference Center

  • ebrary

    This resource contains scholarly eBook titles supporting student and faculty research, and general nonfiction titles on topics such as school & studying, career development, arts & leisure, and practical life skills. There are no limits on concurrent multi-user access to ebrary titles, and most titles can be downloaded and read via the new ebrary Reader and on the Bluefire Reader app for Android and iOS.  [Details]

  • Films on Demand Master Academic Collection

    Access to this resource will begin in January 2015.

    17,000+ videos in business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, and science & mathematics. Includes Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Central

    This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Research Library

    A multidisciplinary, general reference database covering covering over 150 academic disciplines. Consists of a diversified mix of over 6,000 titles - over 75% in full text - from 1971 forward, including scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines. Part of ProQuest Central.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Social Science Journals

    This database offers indexing and full text for hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work and sociology. Includes over 1000 titles, with the majority available in full text. Part of ProQuest Central.  [Details]


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