Libraries of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College


Databases by Subject | Social Sciences

Awesome Stories

  • AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites. Its features include 15,000 images plus documents, narrations, video/audio clips and organized slide shows.

Cambridge Journals Online

  • Includes "Journal of Tropical Ecology", "New Theatre Quarterly"

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

  • Subject areas covered include: criminology; criminal justice; criminal law and procedure; corrections and prisons; police and policing; criminal investigation; forensic sciences and investigation; history of crime; substance abuse and addiction; probation and parole.


European Views of the Americas 1493-1750

  • This bibliographic database is a valuable index for libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas.  The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples.


  • GenderWatch is a full text database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas.

Gerritsen Collection

  • The Gerritsen Collection of Women's History, 1543-1945, is possibly the greatest single source for the study of international women's history and the feminist movement.

Homeland Security Digital Library

  • Provides quick access to U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources from universities, organizations and local and state agencies.

International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center

  • ISCTRC provides a comprehensive Open Source Intelligence Resource for analysts, risk management professionals, and students. Content includes hundreds of full text journals and periodicals, hundreds of thousands of selected articles, news feeds, reports, summaries, books, FAQs, and proprietary Background Information Summaries that pertain to terrorism and security.


LexisNexis Academic

  • <Important : LexisNexis Academic will be retired soon and will be replaced by Nexis Uni.>

Making of America (University of Michigan)

  • Making of America (MoA) is a free, digital library of approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles featuring primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction, particularly in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. (MoA is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.)

National Security Archive (George Washington University)

  • The National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions and resources.  Operating as an investigative journalism center and research institute on international affairs, the National Security Archive also acts as  library and archive of declassified U.S. government documents.  As a leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), this public interest law firm defends and expands public access to government information as a global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of formerly classified materials.

Nelson Mandela Digital Archive

  • The purpose of Nelson Mandela Digital Archive (in conjunction with Google’s Cultural Institute) is to locate, document, digitize, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. A selection of the currently available materials has been arranged in exhibits for viewing. 

Points of View Reference Center

  • Full text database designed to provide students and schools with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.


  • PolicyArchive is a digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research. Summaries and full texts, videos, reports, briefs, and multimedia material of think tank, university, government, and foundation-funded policy research.

ProQuest Criminal Justice

  • This comprehensive database focuses on U.S. and international criminal justice journals, providing research support for students interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law and industrial security.


ProQuest Military Collection

  • This database covers topics across all government and military branches, including international relations, political science, criminology, defense, aeronautics and space flight, communications, civil engineering and more.


ProQuest Religion

  • This database provides a wide range of primarily full-text, international periodicals for diverse religious and spiritual studies, covering formal theological studies of major religions, as well as the most recent trends and scholarly thought. Included are titles from religious publishing bodies and nondenominational organizations.


ProQuest Social Science Journals

  • Social sciences - journal articles. Disciplines represented range from anthropology, sociology, political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.


ProQuest Statistical Insight

  • Statistics produced by the U.S. government, major international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, state government agencies, and universities.


Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983

  • Offers the ability to search a wide range of important journals in the social sciences dating as far back as 1907