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Mardigian Databases

Databases are a collection of data that have been organized and made searchable. Our library databases contain peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed journal articles, films, magazines, primary and secondary sources, and other useful research material. These databases can be found on our Databases and E-Resources page. They can be searched through alphabetically or by subject.

Anthropology, Environmental Science, Psychology, Sociology, and General Research Databases to start with:

  • Academic OneFile - "Full-text articles from more than 6,000 leading journals and reference sources, including many peer-reviewed journals. Also includes thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and CBC as well as links to hundreds of medical videos from OR-Live."
  • JSTOR - "Journal articles from core scholarly journals in the liberal arts and sciences. Coverage extends from the first issue of journals included to 3 - 5 years before the present. Our JSTOR collections include journals in economics, history, ecology, mathematics, statistics, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences." (The only downside of this wonderful database is that you cannot filter for just peer reviewed articles.)
  • OmniFile Full Text Select - "Full text articles on a variety of topics, from general and scholarly periodicals, covering 1994 - present."
  • ProQuest Research Library - "Includes articles from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. The broad range of subjects covered includes arts, business, education, general interest, health, humanities, law, military, multicultural, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's interests. Included are more than 5,060 titles — over 3,600 in full text — from 1971 to the present."
  • ScienceDirect - "More than 2,500 journals in science, medicine, and technology. Includes coverage of engineering, economics, business and management, and selected social science titles."

  • Scopus - "International multi-disciplinary indexing & abstracting database for scientific, medical, technical, and social sciences. Coverage includes journals, patents, and websites (18,000+ titles) from more than 5,000 publishers. Users can perform cited reference searching, citation analysis, get h-factor for authors, journal analyzing, etc."

  • Taylor & Francis Online - "Contains scholarly journals spanning all areas of the humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, science, technology, and medicine by Taylor & Francis, one of the world's leading publishers of scholarly journals."
  • Wiley Online Library - "Wiley Online Library hosts a multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It provides integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1,500 journals, almost 10,000 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases, many of which are purchased by the Library and accessible to current students, faculty and staff of the University."

Statistical Databases and Websites with Datasets

  • Data Driven Detroit  - "Data Driven Detroit houses a comprehensive data system that includes current and historic demographic, socioeconomic, educational, environmental, and other indicators. This data system allows analysts to illustrate complex relationships by combining different datasets to reveal the true stories of our regions, cities and blocks."
  • Dataset Search on Google - Provides a search engine for open source government datasets.
  • Data USA  - "Data USA, the most comprehensive website and visualization engine of public US Government data."
  • Explore Census Data - A new interface for the United States Census Bureau to make it easier to view the data. Simply put in the city or area you're interested into the search bar and start exploring!
  • Historical Statistics of the United States - Quantitative facts of American history, collected from over 1,000 sources. Topics include population, work and welfare, economics, government, international relations, and more. Provides advanced features such as the ability to create custom tables and to download tables in Excel or CSV.

  • Pew Research Center - "A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world." Great source of polling data!
  • Sierra Club Stop Sprawl Reports - The Sierra Club provides resources, including datasets on the effects of Sprawl.
  • Social Explorer  - "Social Explorer includes tools that allow you to explore U.S. Census data through the use of interactive data maps and also allows you to browse and download Census data in convenient formats for offline processing. Includes current and historical Census data from 1790 to 2010."
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Smart Location Mapping - Includes a National Walkability Index Interactive Map that "is a nationwide geographic data resource that ranks block groups according to their relative walkability. The national dataset includes walkability scores for all block groups as well as the underlying attributes that are used to rank the block groups.
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