Justice, Community, and Leadership

Subject Guides

These Subject Guides will be retired in December. You can start using the new Justice, Community, and Leadership (JCL) guide now. This page will no longer be updated. 

Update your bookmarks to https://stmarys-ca.libguides.com/jcl

Or, navigate on the new website down to "Research Guides" 

Scan capture of where the new Research Guides link is

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Or you can browse our largest e-book collection:


Looking for video interviews?

Try our video collections and browse by general subject or person's name:



Discover articles and books from many of our databases.

Scholarly Articles (general multidisciplinary searching)

Search nineteen of the Proquest databases at one time. These include: PAIS, Worldwide Political Science Abstract, ABI/Inform, ERIC, and Sociological Abstracts.

Articles and reports on education and schools.  You can also use  and other education databases, many available through  or Albert Plus (search box above).

Good for environmental issues.

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.

This database studies and analyzes social science research.

Good for topics relating to science, including environmental science.


Want to be sure your journal is peer-reviewed?  Use:

Type in the journal name into the search box.  There is a peer-reviewed symbol that is black and looks like gritted teeth.  If you see that symbol, you have a peer-reviewed journal.


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

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


Dissertations are a great place to find resource lists and bibliographies that could be helpful for your own literature review or research paper. Many of these dissertations or theses are 100+ pages, so it is best to save it to your desktop, and then go through the resource list at the end.


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). There are some excellent statistics on the General Statistics page for the Library.

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive...

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

Center for Disease Control (CDC) - National health statistics, including wellness, violence, and full reports

Fedstats - Employment statistics, governmental stats (public policy) such as food, energy, economy, and much more

General Social Survey - The GSS "contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings."

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) - Contains a digest of statistics, and other searchable tables and figures. This includes National Assessment of Educational Progress, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, National Household Educational Surveys Program, Education Longitudinal Study, and Schools and Staffing Survey.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Includes National Longitudinal Surveys, amongst many other statistics relating to the workforce.

Panel Study of Income Dynamics - The "longest running longitudinal household study in the world."

United States Census - Demographics, economic indicators, ethnicity, and so much more, including Current Population Surveys, American Community Survey, and American Housing Surveys.


Social Science Databases (scholarly literature)

Articles and reports on education and schools.  You can also use 


Guides to Writing Literature Reviews

The Literature Review: A Research Journey - An overview of the literature review iterative process. This particular guide has an educational focus, but a literature review for any discipline has similar steps and processes. From the Harvard Library.

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students - This 9-1/2 minute video explains what a literature review is, and why it is important for graduate student research. From North Carolina State University.

Oxford Index - Find scholarly research, including scholarly bibliographies on a variety of subjects from within Oxford publications.  Let a librarian know if would like to locate something from within this database. Ask Us!

Boolean Searching - A brief (less than 2 minutes) video explaining boolean searching for your database searches. This is one of many short videos from the Library's YouTube channel. From SMC Library.

Locating Experts in your Research - A help guide on how to do this from SMC Library. [pdf file]

Primary and Secondary Sources - A chart that looks at the differences between primary and secondary sources for the humanities and social sciences. From SMC Library. [pdf file]

Ulrich's Directory of Periodicals - To determine whether a journal is peer-reviewed

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.

APA Style Guide for Business  supplement to the regular APA Style Guide highlighting common, hard to cite data-focused resources.

Find examples of citation and hints on how to have a properly formatted research paper.

Citation Management Software

Consider getting the Firefox (browser) extension called Zotero to better manage your online citations.  You can also use Mendeley. Both are free!

Writing Assistance

Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by the first floor of DeLaSalle, or call us: 925.631.4684