International and Transcultural Studies Research Guide

| August 19, 2010

This is a listing of databases of particular relevance for research and study in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies; the databases correlate with the programs and disciplines within the department. Many of these databases cover the periodical literature in their respective fields, but some also provide citations and abstracts for books, book chapters, papers, reports, dissertations, and curriculum materials, as well as statistical and directory information, and some are full-text resources and collections of non-print materials of various kinds.  Virtually all of the periodical indexes listed below are enabled to provide linkage to full text e-journal articles when available.

There are several key databases that are critical for searching the literature in essentially all subject fields at the College; these include ERIC, Education Full Text, PsycINFO, ProQuest, Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, and Digital Dissertations. These resources are not separately included below, but they are essential for serious study in many or most of the programs in International and Transcultural Studies.

This guide lists selected e-resources within the following categories:

Periodical Indexes


E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

Handbooks of Research

Reviews of Research

Statistical Resources



Periodical Indexes

APA PscyNET – Single search interface for PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycCRITIQUES, and PsycEXTRA (see E-Collections below).

Africa-Wide Information – Citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, and other types of publications pertaining to African studies across disciplines.

Anthropological Index Online – The index  to  journals currently received by the Anthropology Library at the British Museum’s Centre for Anthropology.

Anthropology Plus – Provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, and edited works in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

AnthroSource – Covers current issues of the American Anthropology Association’s journals and bulletins, as well as archived issues of all of the AAA’ s journals, newsletters, and bulletins.

EconLit – The American Economic Association’s database of the literature in economics, containing citations, abstracts, and full text for economic research dating back to 1969.  Covers journal articles, books, collective volume articles, dissertations, and working papers, among other types of publications.

Education Research Complete – Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

FRANCIS – An international, multilingual, multidisciplinary database providing extensive coverage of the social sciences and humanities.

Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) – Citations to articles and book reviews in scholarly journals published in Latin America and the Caribbean, or those dealing with topics relating to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Hispanic Americans.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences – A valuable online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research, IBSS includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951, providing broad coverage of international material and incorporating over 100 languages and countries.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts – Abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language science, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics; coverage from 1973 to present.

MLA International Bibliography – Indexes critical materials on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. Proved access to citations from worldwide publications, including periodicals, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations and bibliographies.

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) – Contains citations to journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, “gray literature,” research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, and Internet resources pertaining to public affairs and public policy issues.

Professional Development Collection – Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

Scopus – Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Social Sciences Full Text – Provides coverage of English-language journals across social science disciplines, with indexing from 1983, abstracting from 1984, and select access to full text from 1984 to the present.

Sociological Abstracts – Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, covering such major areas as culture and social structure, family and social welfare, history and theory of sociology, radical sociology, rural and urban sociology, and the sociology of the arts, business, and education.

Web of Science Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person’s work.

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Encyclopedia of Education (2nd Edition) – The 2003 version of the classic resource in education and related fields.

Europa World Plus – Economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of 250+ countries and global regions.

International Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family (2nd Edition) – Includes articles specific to countries and to religious traditions, examining the history of family life within these cultures and discussing how families have been affected by political and social change.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences – This key reference work comprises 4,000 articles, commissioned by 52 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.

Latinas in the United States:  A Historical Encyclopedia – The first comprehensive gathering of scholarship on the subject, this resource records the contribution of women of Latin American birth or heritage to the economic and cultural development of the United States.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States – Draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  Over 900 A-to-Z articles written by academics, scholars, writers, artists, and journalists address such broad topics as identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history.

World Education Encyclopedia (2nd Edition, 2002) – Provides detailed essays on the histories, legal foundations, and primary and secondary educational systems of 233 countries., including coverage of reorganized educational systems and high-interest topics such as technological advances.

World Factbook – Produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, this resource provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

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E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

Alexander Street Press Databases – Themed collections of print documents, video, and recorded sound across disciplines; notable databases include Alexander Street Literature (cross-searchable collections covering the literatures of place, race, and gender),  Caribbean Literature (a collection of poetry and fiction produced in the Caribbean during the 19th and 20th centuries),  Ethnographic Video Online (intended to be a visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video), and North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories (personal views of what it meant to immigrate to the United States and Canada between 1880 and 1950).

Bilingual Education and Bilingualism – A book series published by Multilingual Matters Publishers; of 99 titles owned by the library, 37 are available as e-books.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) – “Publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features like the analysis of a bin Laden recruitment tape with video.”

Ebrary – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under All Subjects, by Geography, Anthropology, Recreation; Political Science; Social Sciences, etc., and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

PsycARTICLES – A full-text database of journals published by the American Psychological Association and other publishers in subject areas such as applied psychology, health, theory, research, social/personality, and more.

PsycBOOKS – A full text database of books published by the American Psychological Association, classic books, and entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.

PsycCRITIQUES – Full-text reviews of current books and some popular films, videos, and software, as well as comparative reviews of books in the field of psychology.

PsycEXTRA – A gray literature database comprised of material written for professionals and disseminated outside of peer-reviewed journals; documents include newsletters, magazines, newspapers, technical and annual reports, government reports, consumer brochures, and more.

RAND Books and Publications – Contains citations and abstracts for policy-related materials produced by the RAND Corporation for 1946 through 1997, and full text from 1998 to present.

SAGE Education Full-Text Collection – A subset of Sage Journals Online, this database provides access to and advanced searching of the full text of 36 education-related journals.

SAGE Psychology Full-Text Collection – Provides access to the full text of 34 psychology-related journals from SAGE Publications.

SAGE Sociology Full-Text Collection – A subset of Sage Journals Online, provides access to and advanced searching of the full text of 36 sociology-related journals.

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Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Handbook of Research on Literacy and Diversity (2009)


Blackwell Reference Online – Provides full-text access to reference works in the social sciences and humanities; see research handbooks and companions in Cultural Studies, Race and Ethnicity Studies, and other subject areas.  Notable titles in the Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics series include The Handbook of Bilingualism, The Handbook of Discourse Analysis,  and The Handbook of Sociolinguistics.

Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning – The electronic version of the 2005 edition of a key resource for research in second language acquisition, TESOL, and related fields in applied linguistics.

Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States – Comprised of 29 chapters by experts in the field who guide readers through major controversies, while evaluating and assessing the subfields of urban politics and policy. Each chapter addresses methodological and theoretical issues, current states of the field, and directions for future research.

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Reviews of Research

Annual Review of Applied Linguistics – Reviews research in key areas in the broad field of applied linguistics.  Each issue is thematic, and every fourth or fifth issue surveys applied linguistics broadly, covering language learning and pedagogy, discourse analysis, teaching innovations, second language acquisition, computer-assisted instruction, language use in professional contexts, sociolinguistics, language policy, and language assessment, among other topics.

Annual Reviews – Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical and social sciences published as annual journals; see series for Anthropology, Economics, Law and Social Science, Political Science.

Review of Educational Research – A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RER publishes quarterly critical, integrative reviews of research literature bearing on education, including conceptualizations, interpretations, and syntheses of scholarly work.

Review of Research in Education A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RRE provides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.

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Statistical Resources

International Data Base (IDB)A product of the U.S. Census Bureau, this resource provides statistics on country rankings, world population information, and tabular data for countries and regions as well as demographic indicators, population pyramids, and source information for countries.

Lehman Social Sciences Library International Statistics Page – An impressive gathering of print and electronic resources pertaining to key subject areas (education and energy, environment, health, population and demography, etc.) as well as major world geopolitical regions.

National Bureau of Economic Research – Contains the full-text of working papers from the Bureau, “a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.”  The NBER covers four areas of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals.

OECD iLibrary – The online library of statistical databases, books, and periodicals produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development.

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Cabell’s Educational Directories (Educational Curriculum & Methods; Educational Psychology &Administration; Educational Technology & Library Science)] – A directory of academic journals in various subfields in education, providing information on publishing opportunities for authors, submission guidelines, types of editorial review and numbers of external reviewers, acceptance rates, and links to journal websites.

Directory of Development Organizations – Listing 65,000 development organizations, this directory is intended to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work, both among civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, governments, and the private sector.

Europa World of Learning – Lists and provides essential information about learned societies, museums, libraries, research institutions, and universities throughout the world.

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) – Information on approximately 15,000 measurement instruments (i.e. questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, coding schemes, rating scales, etc.) in the fields of health and psychosocial sciences.

Mental Measurements Yearbook (Ovid) – Produced by the Buros Institute, this database contains extensive information about and reviews of all English-language standardized tests covering educational skills, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, and related areas, as included in the printed Mental Measurements Yearbooks.

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