Immigration Policy Guide: Find Articles- Databases

Research guide for CUSSW course on Immigration Policy

How to start looking for academic articles or studies

To find scholarly articles or studies, you will need to use a database (not CLIO). Scholarly journals are periodicals in which researchers publish articles on their work. Most often these articles discuss recent research. Journals also publish theoretical discussions and articles that critically review already published work. Scholarly journals are typically peer-reviewed journals.

Some search engines that search for periodical sources identify whether or not the sources are from peer-reviewed publications. On this page you will find a lot of options to start your research, but these are not all of the databases that you have access to as a Columbia University student! Explore the other research guides to find other databases for different disciplines, or make an appointment with a librarian. 

General, interdisciplinary databases:

  • ​​EBSCO: A powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers.
  • JSTOR: Provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.
  • Project MUSE: Current collection of journals in the humanities and history, maintained by Johns Hopkins University Press. Full-text searching available. It also provides access to individual titles within the collection, such as Africa TodayAmerican ImagoContemporary PacificEthnohistory, and Public Culture, as well as to other interdisciplinary journals which may also prove useful to anthropological research.
  • ProQuest: This resource includes citations and full text articles in academic & professional disciplines, e.g., business, economics, gender studies, health, literature, management, political science; as well as news and general interest items. 
  • Scopus: Provides indexing, abstracting of and citation linking to journals in biology ,physics, chemistry, geosciences, agriculture, medicine, business, social work, and the social sciences.
  • Web of science core collection: Consists of seven databases containing information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals, books, book series, reports, conferences, and more."Provides access to records from the top journals, conference proceedings, and books in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities to find the high quality research most relevant to the area of interest. Using linked cited references, subject connections between articles that are established by the expert researchers can be explored.

News Databases

  • 60 Minutes 1997-2014: Provides streaming video access to the 60 Minutes news show archive for the third and fourth decades of this long-running show, plus segments from the CBS News program Sunday Morning.
  • Alt-PressWatch: Full text database of selected newspapers, magazines, journals of the alternative and independent press.
  • AP Images: Associated Press archive of over photographs from 1844 to the present.
  • Associated Press collections online: Includes a decades' worth of wire copy, correspondence, memos, internal publications, and more.
  • CQ.com: News and analysis service. Tracks legislation before Congress and alerts users to late-breaking news and updated Hill schedules, status of bills, committee coverage with votes and markups, votes analysis, member biographies, daily news wrap-up, comparisons of competing versions of bills, and more. 
  • CQ Homeland Security: Provides daily news, legislation, bills and analyses on the latest homeland security spending and policy issues.
  • Factiva: Full-text database providing news sources from around the world. It also provides detailed facts, figures and analyses of companies, industries and financial markets. Coverage varies by source.
  • GlobalSecurity.org - Reliable Security Information: Source for reliable news and security information.
  • Meet the Press:  Includes every surviving program of NBC's Meet the Pressfrom the show's inception in 1947 through the present day.
  • Mideastwire.com: Offers a daily email newsletter of concise, translated briefs covering some of the key political, cultural, economic and opinion pieces appearing via the print, radio and television media of the 22 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora.
  • National Journal: A collection of resources on U.S. politics and policy, including the National Journal, The Hotline, Congress Daily, Technology Daily, Poll Track, Ad Spotlight, and The Almanac of American Politics. Also provides Congressional markup reports and update reports on key legislation.
  • Television News Archive: Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present (ABC, CBS, NBC), 1995 to present (CNN), selected content from PBS and FOX News. Video content from CNN viewable with RealOne media player.
  • Voxgov: Access to news, media and information direct from U.S. government web locations, including: press releases, speeches, transcripts, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
  • World Politics Review: Daily online publication and resource for foreign policy professionals.

International Databases

  • Africa Wide Information: Coverage of all facets of African studies, dating back to the 16th century.
  • Cairn.info: Full text French language publications in the disciplines of economics, political science, sociology, law, history, and  psychology, education, and more.
  • China Academic Journals: Access to Chinese academic periodicals in social science, economics/politics/law, history/philosophy, and education.
  • Contemporary women's issues: Provides information about women in over 190 countries.
  • Country Studies - Library of Congress: Book-length country profiles previously published in hardcover by the Library of Congress between 1988 and 1998.
  • CountryWatch forecast: A globally integrated 5-year macroeconomic forecast for each country of the world.
  • eHRAF World Cultures: A collection of full-text primary source materials on ca. 400 different cultural, ethnic, religious and national groups in the following regions of the world: Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America, Oceania, Eurasia and South America. Access is via keyword, as well as through geographic (OWC) codes and a topical (OCM) classification scheme.
  • Europa World plus: Provides economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of 250+ countries and global regions. Contact information for political, business, media, and cultural agencies and officials, including 1,900 international organizations. Search or browse by country, region, organization, or people.
  • Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports: This database is a unique online archive of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)'s quarterly country reports, from their beginning in 1952 up to 1995. The reports combine detailed statistical information with expert commentary and analysis from the EIU's analysts, providing high quality summaries of political, economic and commercial developments in almost 200 countries. 

  • Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS): Full-text news, financial and economic information on emerging market countries in Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe, East, South and Southeast Asia, Southeast Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus, Africa and Middle East.
  • Hispanic American Periodical Index (HAPI): Articles 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: Core social sciences and related materials from over 100 countries in more than 90 languages. Coverage 1951 to the present.

  • OECD Databases: The online publications portal of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • PAIS: Citations and abstracts for publications related to public affairs, 1915 to the present.
  • PARLINE Database: Information about parliaments in over 190 countries
  • Social Theory: Offers an extensive selection of documents that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behavior and organization.

Health & Mental Health Databases

For all three of these resources you must select the database in EBSCO, by clicking "Choose databases." EBSCO does not automatically apply CINAHL, PsycINFO, or MEDLINE because of limited amounts of users at once. 

CINAHLThis is the definitive research tool for nursing and allied health professionals. 

PsycINFO: American Psychological Association's resource for behavioral science and mental health resources. 

Medline: Created by the National Library of Medicine. 

 

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PsycARTICLES : Provides full text access to articles from journals published by American Psychological Association. Covers general psychology as well as applied, clinical, developmental, and social psychology.

Gender Databases

  • Contemporary women's issues: Provides information about women in over 190 countries.
  • Gender Studies Database: Women's studies, gender studies, feminist theory and criticism. Coverage 1972 to the present
  • LGBT lifeProvides indexing and abstracts of worldwide literature on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
  • Women's studies internationalProvides citations and some abstracts to the core areas of Women's studies. Covers journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, websites and grey literature. annually.

Law Databases