Subject Guides

Starting Points

For good background essays, and quick definitions on general issues and topics.

For more good background essays on social science issues.

A good place to start for overviews on environmental and social issues, with emphasis on the U.S.

Country studies, with some background essays for different countries dealing with the economy or social issues
Books (includes ebooks and video)

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Advanced Search

Or you can browse our largest e-book collection:

Find Articles


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.



Scholarly Articles

Both scholarly and popular articles.

Also searches Historical Abstracts for world history

Articles and reports on education and schools

Articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, and publications of international agencies. Excellent for analyses of public issues & laws

Articles, theses, and books from academic publishers, and professional societies. An archive of scholarly literature.  Current articles (the last couple of years) can be found in other databases.


Newspapers / Government Reports 

Some scholarly articles, but much of this is conference papers and reports on a variety of social science issues.

Good place for getting an overview on social problems

Excellent summaries and contrasting viewpoints on legislation, with emphasis on U.S. government. Best to browse by topic (e.g. Education, Immigration)

News articles from newspapers and other sources; laws, legislation, court cases, legal opinions, law review articles with analyses of laws and proposed laws.



There are a variety of places to find statistics, depending on the type of statistic you are seeking!  Here are some general places to get demographic and social science statistics.  Please ask for help if you are seeking something more specific, or try going to the subject guide that closely fits your topic (for example, education, business administration, politics, or sociology).

RAND California is an online source for California and U.S. public policy issues with an...

ProQuest Statistical DataSets is a Web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy...


International Energy Agency- For a brief status report, see World Energy Outlook (published annually)

International Museum of Women- Dedicated to women and the global economy

The Keystone Center - Focuses on energy, environment, health and social policy including sustainable agriculture

World Digital Library - A project of UNESCO and the U.S. Library of Congress to "promote international andand intercultural understanding, [and] expand ... cultural content on the internet... (from the WDL Mission).

Multicultural Pavilion - Alternative views and opinions on reforming education - not necessarily scholarly

Southern Poverty Law Center

United Nations

World Bank

World Health Organization (WHO)

Yale Center for the Study of Globalization- Organized "to bridge the gap between the academy and the world of public policy" including focus on global trade reform, climate change, peace, health, and protecting environmental resources.

Citing your sources

APA Style Guide The Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association is available in the library reference and reserves collection at Call # 150.149 Am35b. In addition, the library subscribes to the APA Style Guide to Electronic References for formatting rules that apply to resources not found in the print manual.


Writing Help

English Department Writing Center

Maps & Directories

Mailing Address

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
Google Map | Campus Map | PO Boxes