Databases for Articles

The catalogue cannot contain information about all journal articles -- there are too many.  This is why we purchase access to articles databases.

Recommended Databases

Recommended journal articles databases are found on the "journal articles" tab of the subject guides. 

Sociological Abstracts

For Sociology, Sociological Abstracts is the key database.  It should be your first choice when looking for information on subcultures.  To ensure that you are looking at "peer reviewed" articles (ones that have been closely checked by academic specialists in the discipline prior to being published) be sure to check the "peer reviewed" box just below the search data entry pane.  You may also wish to select the source type of Scholarly Journals and document type of Journal Article.

Consult the search guide for Sociological Abstracts on the right hand side of this page.

Canadian Business and Current Affairs Database

You can find both scholarly and non-scholarly resources in this database.  This is a Canadian Studies database which will give you information from the Canadian social angle.  If you do not choose peer-reviewed resources, you can then select from news or magazine articles.  You can also scan Canadian NewsStream for full-text access to articles from Canadian dailies.

Consider Other Subject Areas

It depends on your topic where else you may wish to search.  If you do not know the names of particular databases, you can obtain selections by looking at the journal articles tab of particular subject guides (Sociology, for instance).  If you are looking at deviant subcultures, you may wish to search the Criminology and Criminal Justice database called Criminal Justice Abstracts.  If you are interested in religious subcultures, you may wish to search Religion databases such as ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials.  If you are interested in music subcultures, you may wish to look at Music databases.

Other Databases

Other databases for scholarly articles in the social sciences:

Some multidisciplinary databases may be helpful: JSTOR and Project MUSE have easy access to full text articles.

Dress is important to some subcultures.  Try the Berg Fashion Library or the Vogue Archive (back issues of Vogue magazine).

For other suggestions, contact your subject specialist or come to the Research Help Desk.

What articles databases are supposed to give you...

The primary intent of journal articles databases is to make you aware that certain articles exist -- obtaining the article document itself is a separate process.  Some databases (particularly the publishers' collections) can offer you direct access to the text -- look for the Adobe PDF icon.  Some databases use the article linking feature so that you can link to the article within another electronic source.  This is represented by  .  The GetIt! service will attempt to map the citation information for the article onto what it knows about our electronic subscriptions, and create a list of places where you can go to access the article.  Look for the lines with the red Go button in the listing.

If doesn't work...

GetIt! works best for finding the text to journal articles after 1997.  It cannot say anything about what we might have in print.  As well, it cannot say anything about dissertations and theses (check Dissertations & Theses Full Text).  Our subscriptions change constantly, and GetIt! may not be up to date.

You can perform the GetIt! function yourself using information from the catalogue.  Since we do keep information about journal subscriptions in the catalogue, for any article that you cannot find using GetiIt!, take a close look at the citation for the article.

  1. Look up the name of the journal (not the title of the article) in the catalogue (use the Journals scope to filter out books by the same name).
  2. Look at the year of publication in the citation for the article.
  3. The catalogue record for the journal will list one or more subscriptions and the years of coverage.  Choose a subscription that covers the year of your article.  Click on the link.
  4. Check the citation for the volume and issue number.  When you get to the web site for the journal, locate the "backfile", or "archive" for the journal.  Find the year of coverage and/or the volume number and follow that link.  Then choose the correct issue number.
  5. When you click on the issue number, you should be looking at the table of contents for a particular issue of the journal.  You can scan the contents for the article title, or check the page numbers and scan for them as most tables of contents are laid out in page number order.
  6. When you find your article, you may see a link to the PDF text or to a HTML page for the article.  Follow the link.

Specific Journals

You may wish to browse these journals:

Content last updated: December 11, 2019