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Fertility and Mortality in Cultural Context (GHCS 300R)

Fall 2011, Dr. Parsons

Social Sciences/Public Policy Databases (scholarly articles & NGO and government reports)

Some of these databases focus on scholarly articles.  Others also include government and NGO reports and links to organizations. Don't forget you can also find great reports at the WHO and CDC websites.

POPLINE  focus on reproductive health, family planning, health policy, AIDS, environmental health, public health, and development.  Includes scholarly articles, published & unpublished reports.  [NOTE: THIS DATABASE CAN BE SLOW!]

Global Health  Comprehensive, international coverage of the core public health literature as well as significant unique content (compared with the other mainstream health databases) particularly in the areas of tropical medicine, infectious diseases, vector control, food safety and epidemiology.

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International (general/public policy) Indexes books, periodicals and selected local, state, national, and international government documents in the areas of public policy, social policy and the social sciences.

Web of Science (general)  Multidisciplinary database covering the top journals in science, social science, and the arts & humanities. GREAT database for anthro-related topics!

Sociological Abstracts (sociology) Indexes sociology and sociological topics in anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science and social psychology.

SOCINDEX (sociology) Similar to Sociological Abstracts

Anthropology Plus (anthropology) Unites Harvard's "Anthropological Literature" and the Royal Anthropological Institute's (UK) "Anthropological Index". It indexes articles and essays in over 2500 journals and edited works on all aspects of anthropology and archaeology (in English and other European languages).

SEARCH TIP: Anthro Plus is a bit difficult to search -- it does not have abstracts (but does link to full-text) so when you search you are only searching article titles and a few keywords assigned to each article. THEREFORE, to get better results use general/broad search terms for your searches.  Also note that as the database is actually two databases, unless you go to ADVANCED search and change the RANK BY field, the results from the two databases will not interfile (and you may miss some good articles if you don't scroll to the middle of the results).

Women's Studies International  Covers the core disciplines in Women' Studies and the latest scholarship in feminist research. Includes sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education. Sources include: journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, important websites & web documents, and grey literature.

Medline (Ovid)
Indexes journals in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences.

Google Scholar Don't forget Google Scholar -- many resources are available here.  To have Google Scholar connect with Emory resources if you are off-campus: click on "SCHOLAR PREFERENCES", then go to the LIBRARY LINKS section to search for Emory University, then check all the Emory related boxes and click on the SAVE PREFERENCES button.  This will connect Google Scholar to Emory and display Emory links in the search results that connect you directly to our resources (when you click on the link you will be prompted to enter your Emory netid/password).


Annual Reviews Online (literature reviews) Review articles (that review the existing literature on specific topics) in the areas of biomedical, physical and social sciences. This is a really great place to start your research. It includes fantastic bibliographies (usually of over 100 sources) that can lead you to related articles/books.

ELDIS Gateway to Develoment Information (development) Includes research reports, working papers, discussion papers, conference papers, statistics, case studies, policy briefings, etc. related to development that concentrate on information covering countries in the Southern Hemisphere (also includes items on other regions if the information could be applied to Southern-based research). The editors select and abstract full-text online documents from more than 4,500 different publishers focusing on materials which are of strategic, policy or practical interest for development practitioners. The database includes country profiles as well as 30 subject-focused guides. All documents are available free of charge.

HURISEARCH (Human Rights Information and Documentation System) Portal to quality human rights information on the web. A web research tool that increases the visibility of information published by human rights organizations, in particular small local organizations with first-hand information. Provides direct access to the content of over 3000 human rights websites and filters out the non-relevant content: only the pages from websites with a main focus on human rights are indexed. Includes over 50 languages. Includes health information.

Area Studies Databases

These multidisciplinary databases focus on articles about specific regions. Some good ones are listed below.  Others are available via the drop-down "Find by subject" menu (choose "Area Studies") on the Databases webpage.

Africa-Wide: NiPAD (Africa -- primarily South Africa)

Bibliography of Asian Studies  (East, Southeast, and South Asia)

Amercian Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES) (East Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union)

Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) (Latin America)

Index Islamicus (the Islamic world including the Middle East, main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, and Muslim minorities elsewhere.)


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