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Library Services for Distance Learning

Background Research

The Library's online encyclopedias, handbooks and companions are a great starting point for any research paper. Encyclopedia articles are written by scholars in the field and generally include recommended reading lists. Encyclopedia articles can save you valuable time in getting a solid overview over your topic of choice. They can also help you generate ideas for topics, if you are still brainstorming for a suitable topic.

Journal Articles

  • Sociological Abstracts
    Indexes scholarly journals in fields such as sociology, anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science, and social psychology.
    Use findit.gif to link to the full text of articles.
  • PAIS International
    The PAIS International database contains references to more than 460,000 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, and more.
  • International Political Science Abstracts
    Abstracts of political science articles published in scholarly journals and yearbooks worldwide.
  • EconLit
    The American Economic Association's electronic bibliography. Indexes journals, books, dissertations, working papers and collective volumes.

Watch this short tutorial to learn the ins and outs of Sociological Abstracts and PAIS International:

Please contact your librarian for further database recommendations or consult the Library's subject guides for sociology and/or political science.

2 helpful tips

findit.gif  Your gateway to the full text of journal articles:

Content is available via the following links:  Click on the Article link(s) to go to the full text.
Request from another library:  Submit an interlibrary loan request online. It takes on average 3-5 days for the article to arrive via email.


Search multiple databases simultaneously:

You can choose to search Sociological Abstracts and PAIS International simultaneously.  Click on the Specific Databases link below the search box after you logged into Sociological Abstracts or PAIS International. You will be prompted to select from a list of databases. Select the databases that you would like to include into your search and click on Continue to Search. The search screen will identify your selections under Now selected.


Statistical Data

  • Statistical (Lexis-Nexis)
    Contains over 100,000 statistical publications, including publications from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and is searchable by subject, category, title and author. Search results may be limited to full text and/or tables.
  • OFFstats
    Official statistics on India online via the University of Auckland Library.
  • Global Economic Monitor (World Bank)
    Download World Bank data into Excel spreadsheets or manipulate it online.
  • Global Market Information (Euromonitor)
    This resource is a database of demographic, economic, lifestyle, and consumer market information for over 350 markets and 207 countries.
    Data archive that covers a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes.
    Some of the data sets can be manipulated online, all of the data can be downloaded into statistical software packages such as SPSS.
    Example:  India Human Development Survey, 2005

Books and Dissertations

Citing Your Sources

  • Research and Documentation Online - APA
    Online guide to citing in APA style.
  • Export references in APA style from the databases/journal indexes listed above.

    Sociological Abstracts/PAIS International: Check off selected articles  and click on Save, Print, Email. The QuickBib feature offers a selection of citation styles. APA style is the most widely used style in the social sciences.


  • RefWorks
    Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.

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