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Global Poverty: Articles by Subject

Academic Journals and Poverty

Most article databases are categorized by "discipline" which can present challenges for multidisciplinary topics such as those in this class.   Review each category and depending on your topic try experimenting with several of these. 

Political Economy

Consider using these for microfinance, philanthropy and international trade topics.

Business Source Complete.  Scholarly business journals and other sources in management, economics, finance, international business, and more. Look for articles here about "good" or "socially responsible" corporations.

EconLit. The most comprehensive index to scholarly journal articles in economics. It also lists books and dissertations, and indexes articles within 'collective works' (books consisting of collections of essays or individual papers). 

Eldis.  Materials on development, policy, practice and research.  Thousands of full text documents free to download as well as resource guides and country profiles. 

IDEAS: Economics and Finance Research. Citations and full-text access to thousands of working papers, books and book chapters, and articles from peer-reviewed journals in economics. (REPEC - Research Papers in Economics)

JSTOR. Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.

PAIS International. Indexes books, journals, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, and web sources related to public policy, politics, economics, and social issues worldwide. 

Project MUSE. Scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. Topics include literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics and many others.

ProQuest Social Sciences. Interdisciplinary metasearch of the Proquest social sciences databases. Includes EconLit, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), PAIS, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts and more.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.  Indexes books, journals, and dissertations within the field of political science and related to international relations, law and politics, political economy, public administration, and public policy. 

Environmental Policy

Agricultural & Environmental Science Database. Journal articles, conference proceedings, books, reports, and government publications in the agricultural and environmental sciences. 

CAB Abstracts. Indexes journals, monographs, conferences, books, annual reports, and other sources from the agricultural literature and from more than 100 countries.

Environment Complete.  Subjects include agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, environmental law, environmental technology, geography, natural resources, pollution & waste management, public policy, renewable energy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. 

GeoRef. Scholarly journals, books, maps, US and Canadian dissertations, conference proceedings, reports, and government documents published worldwide on subjects in the geosciences.

GreenFILE. Scholarly, government, and general-interest titles about human impact on the environment. Topics include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

ProQuest Social Sciences. Interdisciplinary metasearch of the Proquest social sciences databases. Includes EconLit, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), PAIS, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts and more.

Sociological Abstracts. Indexes over 1,900 journals, books, dissertations, and reviews in the social sciences on sociological topics as well as selected anthropology, criminology, demography, law, social psychology, and urban development. 

Women's Studies International. Indexes books, journals, and other resources related to research and commentary on women and women's issues, feminism, and gender.

Global Studies

Use these database for any topic that may have a regional/national focus - e.g. microfinance in Africa or sustainable development in Latin America.

Africa-Wide Information.  A comprehensive database covering journals, magazines, newspapers, broadcasts, books and more on Africa. 

Bibliography of Asian Studies. Citations to journal articles, books, and conference proceedings worldwide on the countries, of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

China Academic Journals 中国期刊全文数据库. Database of journals published in China. Covers politics, military affairs, law, education, the social sciences, economics, & management.

Eldis.  Materials on development, policy, practice and research.  Thousands of open access documents as well as resource guides and country profiles. 

Handbook of Latin American Studies. Indexes books, journals and proceedings on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars in humanities and social sciences.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS). Journals, books, chapters, and book reviews in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology from more than 100 countries. 

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies. Combines sources from: School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) Library Catalog, Middle East Bibliography, Middle East Book Bibliographies, Theses & Dissertations and MECAS Citations Database.

PAIS International. Indexes books, journals, government documents, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, and web sources related to public policy, politics, economics, and social issues.

SciELO: Scientific Electronic Library Online. Collection of open access scholarly online journals in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities in the Global South, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Books, journals, and dissertations in political science, international relations, law and politics, political economy, public administration, and public policy. 

Women's Studies International. Indexes books, journals, and other resources related to research and commentary on women and women's issues, feminism, and gender.

"Alternative" Databases

Consider using these databases for alternative, leftist, or heterodox perspectives on global economic problems.

Alternative Press Index. Progressive, radical, and left North American magazines, newsletters, and journals.

Alt-Press Watch (APW). Alternative, radical, and independent magazines, newspapers, and journals in North America Reporting on politics and government, policy and culture, international issues, education, environment as well as reviews of theater, movies and books.

Independent Voices. Over 1000 alternative press titles focusing on the 60s, 70s and 80s. Includes publications by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, gays, lesbians and more.

Left Index. A complete guide to the alternative, radical, and leftist literature, with an emphasis on  political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia.

Sociological Abstracts. Indexes over 1,900 journals, books, dissertations, and reviews in the social sciences on sociological topics as well as selected anthropology, criminology, demography, law, social psychology, and urban development.