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Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.

Beyond the DNL

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  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
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Before searching in a specialized subject database, you might want to try a broad interdisciplinary database, like our new All Search tool.

Selected Databases for Public Administration Research

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.

  • Social Sciences Full Text
    Social Sciences Full Text covers the latest concepts, trends, opinions, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, including the literature of anthropology, economics, geography, law and criminology, political science, social work, and sociology. This database is full text and peer reviewed.
    Coverage: 1983 - Present. Updated: Daily.
  • Social Science Journals
    Social Science Journals contains full text and citations covering the social sciences including subjects: Addiction Studies, Family Studies, and International Affairs.
    Coverage: 1994- Present. Updated: Regularly.
  • PAIS International & Archive
    PAIS International & Archive contains citations and abstracts to articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, and statistical directories in the fields of economics, political science, public policy, business, finance, law, international trade and relations, public administration, and government.
    Coverage: 1915 - Present. Updated: Monthly.
  • Business Source Elite
    Business Source Elite provides popular and scholarly articles on a variety of business topics, including management and economics, accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, and sales. Contains access to Harvard Business review, AAA journals, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal.
  • International Political Science Abstracts
    International Political Science Abstracts includes citations and abstracts of journals in political science. Simultaneous user limit: 4
    Coverage: 1951 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)  Icon  Icon
    CIAO is a source for theory and research in International Affairs. Includes working papers from university research institutes, papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. Source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes.
    Coverage: 1991 - Present. Updated: Monthly.
    JSTOR archives images and full text of scholarly journals. Subscription includes: Life Sciences Collection (which includes Biological Science, Ecology & Botany and Health & General Sciences), Arts and Sciences Collections I through XII (which includes many disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences including: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architectural History, Area Studies, Art & Art History, Asian Studies, Business, Classical Studies, Economics & Finance, Education, Feminist & Women’s Studies, Film Studies, History, Language & Literature, Law, Library Science, Linguistics, Mathematics & Statistics, Medicine, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Religion, and Technology.) and many individual journal titles.
    Updated: Continually.
  • Global Issues in Context
    Global Issues in Context is a non-U.S. centric resource that provides information and analysis on a variety of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health and cultural issues, from a global perspective.

Selected Databases for Healthcare Management Research

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    CINAHL provides full text and indexing to articles in nursing, allied health, and biomedicine literature. Covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and several allied health disciplines.
    Coverage: 1982 - Present. Updated: Bimonthly.
  • Health Management
    Health Management provides access to scholarly and trade publications in health care administration. Topics include: hospitals, insurance, law, statistics, business management, personnel management, ethics, health economics, and public health administration.
    Coverage: 1986 - Present. Updated: Regularly.

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
("health care" OR "medical care") AND (law* OR bill*)
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