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The Library has licenses to certain journal article databases, which are commercial products with access restrictions. If you have the proper affiliation to UC Berkeley you can access these databases and retrieve the full text of an article.

General Resources

General Anthropology

The Alternative Press Index Online (@OCLC) UCB Only
Coverage: 1991- present
Number of titles: ~380
Includes periodicals such as: Cineaste, Environmental Action, Socialist Review, and Women's Review of Books (entire listing)
Types of media indexed: editorials, regular columns, essays, fiction; speeches, interviews, statistics, reprints; bibliographies, directories, resource lists; autobiographies, biographies, obituaries, memoirs; and reviews: book, film, record, TV, drama, arts, and multimedia.

The Alternative Press Index (API), a leading guide to the alternative press in North America, draws citations from some 380 alternative, radical, and left publications which report and analyze issues of cultural, economic, political, and social change. Amongst periodicals included are Cineaste, Environmental Action, Socialist Review, and Women's Review of Books; 90% of publications included herein are not indexed elsewhere. API indexes editorials, regular columns, essays, fiction; speeches, interviews, statistics, reprints; bibliographies, biographies, obituaries, memoirs; and reviews. Coverage begins in 1991.

Anthropological Index Online

The Anthropological Index Online is based on the journal holdings of The Anthropology Library at The British Museum (Museum of Mankind) which receives periodicals in all branches of anthropology, from academic institutions and publishers around the world.

Anthropology Plus KEY, UC Only
Coverage: late 19th century - present

Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.

Anthrosource UCB only
Coverage: 1880 - present

A complete electronic archive covering 11 widely-read American Anthropological Association (AAA) journals (American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Anthropology and Humanism, Archeological Publications of the American Anthropological Association, Cultural Anthropology, Ethos, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, NAPA bulletin and PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review). Other AAA journals are available up to 2003.

Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (AATA) Online
Coverage: 1955 - present

The AATA is a major reference work for the conservation field. AATA Online offers all 36 volumes of Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts and its predecessor, International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) Abstacts, published between 1955 and the present.

Type of media indexed: books, articles, reports, conference proceedings, dissertations, and other print publications, as well as audiovisual and selected digital resources.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) UCB Only, full text available
Type of media indexed:
Full text of conference proceedings, working papers, and books; abstracts of journal articles; links to international affairs Internet sources.

Provides one-stop shopping for those doing research in the international affairs arena.

eHRAF World Cultures KEY, UC Only, full text available
1949 - present

The HRAF Files are a collection of mostly primary source materials on cultures or societies representing all major areas of the world. Books and articles are arranged in subject order (cultural material code number order). The materials include many rare sources as well as English translations of foreign texts.

Geography UCB Only
January 1990 - present
Number of titles: 2,000+
Print equivalents: Geographical Abstracts: Human & Physical; International Development Abstracts.
Types of media indexed: journals, monographs, books, conference proceedings reports, and theses

Indexing and abstracts covering the international literature in physical and human geography, as well as international development issues, providing access to information from over 2000 journals, monographs, books, conference proceedings reports, and theses. Coverage includes 1990 to the present. Print equivalents: Geographical Abstracts: Human & Physical; International Development Abstracts.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) KEY, UCB Only
1981 - present
Number of titles:
Types of media indexed: journals, books, book reviews, and book chapters (in the case of edited monographs)

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences is compiled by the British Library of Political & Economic Science of the London School of Economics & Political Science. This database contains bibliographic information from an international selection of publications (including over 2600 journals) in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology. International coverage means that about 30 percent of records in the database are published in languages other than English. Records come from more than 100 countries and 70 languages. Most articles and books not in English are provided with an English title translation. This database provides citations of journals, books, book reviews, and chapters when multiple authors have worked on a book. About 100,000 citations per year are added to the database. Coverage includes 1981 to the present

PAIS International (@CSA) UC Only
Coverage: 1972 - present

The CSA PAIS International database contains records for all types of materials in the area of public affairs. Topics covered include agriculture, banking, demographics, education, environment, finance, government, law, legislation, political science, social sciences, and statistics. The database is updated monthly.

Periodicals Index Online UC Only
1770 - 1993

Periodicals Contents Index, 1770-1995, is an electronic index to millions of articles published in thousands of periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences since 1770. PCI's scope is world-wide and includes journals in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish and other Western languages. The focus of PCI is on journals produced throughout the twentieth century; journals beginning in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which continue into the twentieth are indexes from their inception. Full text articles are being added to the database, beginning with 200 journal titles, PCI also provides link to full text articles in the JSTOR database. There are 3,615 journals included so far in PCI Web.

Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) (@Web of Science) KEY, UCB Only
1970 - present
Number of titles: 5,000+

The Social Sciences Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the social sciences. It indexes 1,700 journals spanning 50 disciplines, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.

Sociological Abstracts UC Only
1963 - present
Number of titles: 1,900
Types of media indexed: journals, books, book chapters, and reviews

Citations for articles in the social sciences. Topics covered include anthropology, criminology, demography, education, law, social psychology, sociology, and urban development.

Area Studies

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) UCB Only
Coverage: 1971 - presentÙ

The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains more than 519,000 records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.

Handbook of Latin American Studies
1935 - present
Types of media indexed: journals, books, conferences

HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index) UC Only

HAPI is your source for authoritative, worldwide information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States.

South African Studies UCB Only

Presents fifteen different databases, which provide access to over 851,000 records. Represented are the great majority of documents published in and about South Africa, including the South African National Bibliography, current research, and listings for theses and dissertations. Coverage: 1987 to present.

Ethnic/Gender Studies

Chicano (@RLG) database UC Only
1967 - present

Use the Chicano Database (@RLG) to retrieve records for all types of materials in the areas of Mexican-American topics, and since 1992, materials on other Latino cultures, e.g., Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants. Subject coverage includes art, language, sociology, public policy, economics, history, literature, politics, and law. The database is produced by the Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley. Coverage includes 1967 to the present.

Using the telnet version: When the telnet session opens, hit the "enter" key, then type "cdb".

Chicano/LatinoNet (CLNET)
Types of media indexed:
library catalogs, research guides, bibliographies, brochures, and archival inventories; information on conferences, scholarships, funding agencies, and jobs; research information and resources; statistics

The Chicano/LatinoNet database (CLNET) contains information on Chicano/Latino-related courses being taught at various institutions.

Ethnic NewsWatch UC Only, full text available
mid 1980s - present
Number of titles: 200

The Ethnic NewsWatch database contains news, culture and history from 275 publications of the ethnic, minority and native press. Nearly 998,000 full text articles dating back to 1960 (coverage varies by title) are available. Updated monthly, Ethnic NewsWatch is searchable in both English and Spanish, with titles in both languages; more than 200,000 articles are in Spanish.

GenderWatch UCB Only
1970s - present
Types of media indexed: magazines, academic journals, newspapers, newsletters, books, pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government reports

GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Publications include magazines, academic journals, newspapers, newsletters, books, pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government reports. Coverage extends in some cases back to the 1970s.

International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP) UCB Only, full text available
1910 - present
Number of titles: 150+ (see the title list for periodicals included)
Types of media indexed: scholarly and popular journals, newspapers and newsletters

IIBP Full Text includes current and retrospective (dating back as far as 1910) bibliographic citations and abstracts from periodicals from the United States, Africa and the Caribbean–and full text coverage of 25 core Black Studies periodicals (1998 forward). Most IIBP Full Text records in the current coverage (1998 forward) contain an abstract, and additionally many IIBP Full Text records contain the corresponding full text of the original article; some records contain the table of contents of the journal. Coverage is international in scope and multidisciplinary–spanning cultural, economic, historical, religious, social, and political issues of vital importance to the Black Studies discipline. IIBP Full Text covers a wide array of humanities-related disciplines including art, cultural criticism, economics, education, health, history, language and literature, law, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology among others.

Statistics & Population Information

Population Index, 1986-1998
1986 - present
Types of media indexed: recently published books, journal articles, working papers, etc.

Population Index is the primary index to the world's population literature. It includes an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers, and other material on population topics. It also includes 40,243 abstracts for the period 1986-present. Earlier coverage (v.3(1937)-51(1985)) is available through JSTOR (UC Only).

Statistical Universe via Lexis-Nexis UCB Only
1973 - present

Lexis-Nexis Statistical includes all index and abstract records from: American Statistics Index (ASI) [1973-present], Statistics Reference Index (SRI) [1980-present], and Index to International Statistics (IIS) [1983-present]. ASI links to many full-text documents published during 1994- and stored on LEXIS-NEXIS and links to 2,000 publications on federal agency web sites. Materials abstracted in ASI and IIS are available on microfiche in the East Reading Room, 2nd Floor Doe Library. Most of the materials abstracted in SRI are available on microfiche in The Business Library.


The Library's Newspapers and News Archives page with links to 28 news sources.


Digital Dissertations UCB Only, full text available
Number of titles:
1.4 million
1861 - present

This service gives you access to the entire Dissertations Abstracts International (print) and Dissertation Abstracts Ondisc (CD-ROM) via the web. It includes citations for materials ranging from the first U.S. dissertation, accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester; those published from 1980 forward also include 350- word abstracts, written by the author. Citations for master's theses from 1988 forward include 150- word abstracts. For these titles, the database citation includes UMI's order number. The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities. With the exception of the U.C. dissertations that may turn up in your searches, these titles are not free for downloading; you may, however, buy these titles in a variety of formats, including PDF. To order titles online you must put them in your shopping cart by checking the boxes to the left of the citation or by clicking the "order now" link to the left of the citation. Once you're ready to order, click the "shopping cart" link in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

A price schedule and guide to using Digital Dissertations is available at See the Web database Current Research@ for free access to the full text of nearly all U.C. Berkeley dissertations filed 1996—.

Book Reviews

Book Review Digest UCB Only
January 1983 - present
Number of titles: ~90

Provides citations and excerpts of reviews of current English-language fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. Abstracts of each book are also provided. Periodical coverage includes leading magazines from the United States, Canada and Great Britain.


Biography and Genealogy Master Index UCB Only

Indexes current reference sources as well as the most important retrospective works that cover more than 13 million individuals, both living and deceased, from all fields and all nationalities.

More biographical links

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