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SURF Guide to Humanities and Social Sciences Resources: Articles

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Example article databases

Databases grouped by subject:


Primary subjects: All. Broad in scope, each of these resources links to citing articles for every result.


Primary subjects: art, celtic studies, classics, comparative literature, dutch studies, english, film, french, german, italian studies, music, near eastern studies, philosophy, rhetoric, scandinavian, slavic languages and literature, south and southeast asian studies, spanish & portuguese, theater, dance & performance studies


Primary subjects: african american studies, anthropology, business, cognitive science, demography, economics, education, ethnic studies, gender and women's studies, geography, global studies, history, linguistics, political science, political economy, psychology, sociology

Finding Article Databases

Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic.  The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.

1.  Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic.  Examples:  literature, film, anthropology, history...

2.  From the Library home page, select "Databases" and then click on "Browse All Databases." On the next screen, use the drop down menu for All Subjects to find your discipline.

UC Library Search box on library homepage

Select the appropriate academic disciplines and then look for "Recommended" databases.

Get it at UC and UC e-Links

Once you've searched an index to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks  or Get it at UC Get it at UC icon to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is:

  • When you see either icon, click on it to view your article access options (ex: full text, call number, Interlibrary Loan request, etc.)