CSCR 22100 Researching Social Justice Seminar

Periodical Databases

To find articles from both magazines and scholarly journals, these periodical databases should provide you with many options.
  • Academic Search Premier  -- a multidisciplinary periodical database that includes popular and scholarly periodicals, making it useful for research and current events coverage both.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text -- The principal periodical database for sociology and social isssues.
  • Project Muse -- A full text database of mostly scholarly journals, with coverage in humanities and social sciences.
  • Diversity Studies Collection -- Has an emphasis on cultural differences in the disciplines of social science, history and liberal arts. Global in scope.
  • JSTOR -- Especially good for historical research, but contemporary isssues as well. Disciplines covered include many in the social sciences.
  • ERIC (Ebsco interface) -- The primary education database.
  • Gender Studies Collection  -- Covers cultural topics related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender gender issues.
  • Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis) -- For coverage of legal issues and current events.

Government Documents

Different government agencies provide a wealth of information. Much of it will be raw and statistical data that you will have to compile and compare in your research.
  For more statistics, see also Statista

Think Tanks / Policy Tanks

Think tanks are private, independent policy-oriented organizations that generate research and analysis to better inform citizens and policymakers about public policy. Through their focus on research, they have become among the most influencial advocates in policy decision-making.
  • Pew Charitable Trusts -- works to "protect our shared environment, encourage responsive government, support scientific research, and improve civic life."
  • Heritage Foundation -- a conservative research think tank focusing on free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom.
  • Center for Global Development -- works to reduce global poverty and inequality.
  • Cato Institute -- founded as the Charles Koch Foundation, a libertarian think tank promoting individual liberty, limited government, and free markets.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace -- founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1910, this non-partisan think-tank is dedicated to advancing cooperation among nations.
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies -- "dedicated to finding ways to sustain American prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world."
  • Urban Institute --  carries out economic and social policy research to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions.

Non-Governmental Organizations

Included here are advocacy groups that are concerned with and committed to social justice. The organizations on this list all include reports, research and other materials on their websites.
  • The Sentencing Project includes a clearinghouse of over 500 books, articles, and reports on racial disparity in the criminal justice system.
  • Justice Policy Institute is dedicated to reducing the use of incarceration and the justice system by promoting fair and effective policies. Both news and research reports can be found on the site.
  • Alliance for Justice Reports is a national association of over 100 organizations committed to the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. Reports, press releases, and multimedia are available on its website.
  • Campaign for Youth Justice is a national initiative focused entirely on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. Provided on the site are research and advocacy materials.
  • Children's Defense Fund calls itself a "strong, effective, independent voice for all the children of America. On its site is a news room and a research library.
  • Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. Provides resources related to criminal justice, juvenile justice, and workers' rights.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center has among its resources a case docket, extremist files, Hatewatch, and articles from its journal Intelligence Report.