Key Article Databases
Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
Covers scholarly journals in the field of sociology. Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, and books in criminology and related fields. Includes abstracts and selected full-text. Coverage goes back to the middle of the 18th century. Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides abstracts and citations for peer-reviewed journals in all major disciplines. Offers comprehensive coverage of the scientific, technical, medical, geographic and social sciences (including arts and humanities). Includes complete contents of GEOBASE multidisciplinary database.
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Social Sciences Citation Index/Web of Science
Provides access to current bibliographic information and cited references from the journal literature in the physical and social sciences. Search by article title word, journal title, author, cited author or reference, or address word (e.g. author's institution). Coverage begins 1956 to present. National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Contains summaries of more than 215,000 criminal justice publications, including federal, state and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles and unpublished research. Topic coverage includes corrections, courts, crime, crime prevention, drugs, justice system, juvenile justice, law enforcement, victims, and more. Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
ProQuest Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,600 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews. Gender Studies Database (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals and popular magazines, books, conference proceedings, dissertations and newspapers in the fields of gender studies. Includes abstracts for most citations. Coverage goes back to the early seventies. ERIC (EBSCO)
Indexes and abstracts education journals, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, books, and Department of Education research reports. Many ED research reports have full-text links. Coverage goes back to 1966. The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. CQ Researcher (CQ Press)
Features in-depth reports of political and social issues, including health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Reports include overview, background, current situation, pro/con views, chronology, and a bibliography. The issue tracker links to related reports. Coverage goes back to 1923. HeinOnline
Provides full-text access to legal periodicals, books, government documents, legal texts and other primary source collections in the legal field. ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Subscription courtesy of Charles Widger School of Law.
Provides access to scholarly journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, and country-and industry-focused reports. Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences, including the legal research network and political science network. You must have permission or rights to post content to SSRN
The Library's catalog enables patrons to search & browse Falvey Memorial Library’s collection of books, journals, audio/video materials, electronic resources and more.WorldCat (OCLC)
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form. WorldCat Step-by-Step
is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology SAGE Knowledge
SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 2,700 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including reference works, handbooks and more. The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source. Gale Virtual Reference Library
Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press)
Offers access to a collection of digital encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and directories in the arts, social sciences, business, and sciences. A self-paced interactive tutorial is available for those new to this resource.
Provides digital access in selected disciplines. Each handbook introduces and surveys the state of scholarship in a field of study through review articles written by leading subject specialists. Articles review key issues and debates and set the agenda for new research. Villanova University does not have access to the complete collection. Try access through the Library’s print collection and/or interlibrary loan services. Blackwell Companion to Criminology
Create maps and download tables of U.S. Census & American Community Survey data from 1790 through the most recent available data. Social Explorer also offers access to a variety of other data sets, including U.S. election, health, crime, religion, & environmental data; UK Census 2011; Canadian Census 2011; selected Eurostat data (1990- 2014); and World Development Indicators (1960- 2013) from the World Bank. ICPSR (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)
Provides access to archived social science data. Includes information about the Consortium's (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) resources and services including data management and curation services for member institutions and data-driven learning guides designed for the classroom. Data-Planet (Sage)
A free ICPSR account is required to download data. The account must be created on-campus.
Provides access to a wide variety of economic, social, and political indicators including data sets from the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the OECD, Eurostat, the United Nations, the world’s stock exchanges, and Zillow. Offers customized graphing and mapping. Crime in the United States (Uniform Crime Report - FBI)
Crime in the United States (CIUS) is an annual publication in which the FBI compiles volume and rate of crime offenses for the nation, the states, and individual agencies. This report also includes arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data. Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Presents a broad spectrum of criminal justice statistics from over one hundred sources. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Federal crime statistics on a wide variety of subjects from crime and victims, to criminal offenders and courts and sentencing.
Data sets for analysis available online. National Archive of Criminal Justice Data Uniform Crime Report (Pennsylvania State Police) Statistical Abstract of the United States
Site provides access to current 2012 PDF and past editions. Includes everything from government spending to the environment to communications. It is a most comprehensive one-volume reference source on the Nation's economic and social condition. American FactFinder
American FactFinder is a web site used to distribute data collected by the United States Census Bureau. Data.gov
It provides data for recent survey years for a range of geographies, including by Census tract, Zip Code Tabulation Area, Metropolitan Statistical Area, county, and state.
Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
The Roper Center is to collect, preserve, and disseminate public opinion data; to serve as a resource to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and around the world. Polling the Nations
The database includes 18,000 surveys and 600,000 questions on more than 7,000 topics. Scope is international, from the United States to more than 100 other countries.