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Social Sciences Databases


Air University Library

Search the Air University Library's Index to Military Periodicals or the Library's catalog. Also offered on this site are bibliographies on military science, aeronautics, and related topics.

American Memory

American Memory provides digitized collections of photographs, maps, music, paintings, and other visual objects from the collections at the Library of Congress. This page covers all subject areas and searches by format, time, region, and also searches across collections. A learning page for teachers and students is also available.

American Religion Data Archive

"The American Religion Data Archive (ARDA) … acts to preserve quantitative data on American religion, to improve access to this data, to increase the use of the data, and to allow comparisons across data files. The ARDA collection includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations and denominations)." The data includes statistics at the state and county level along with maps to the state level.

CIA FOIA Electronic Reading Room

The CIA has established this site to provide the public with an overview of access to CIA information, including electronic access to previously released documents.

Congressional Research Service Reports (University of North Texas)

OpenCRS

"The Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. Congress created CRS in order to have its own source of nonpartisan, objective analysis and research on all legislative issues. Indeed, the sole mission of CRS is to serve the United States Congress. CRS is organized into six interdisciplinary research divisions and within each division, CRS staff are organized into smaller sections, which focus on specific areas of public policy." Reports of the CRS are not available to the general public and must be requested from a member of Congress. The two sites above provide access to a number of these reports from the early 1990s to present.

Crime and Justice Electronic Data Abstracts, U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Crime and Justice Electronic Data Abstracts are aggregated data from a wide variety of published sources that are presented in spreadsheets to facilitate use with analytic software. Files are displayed by jurisdiction and time.

Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center

The Center's database of information on suspects and defendants processed in the Federal court system allows downloading of data about specific events and outcomes, such as the number of defendants prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced in a given year, etc. Online versions of the Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics are also offered.

GenderStats (World Bank)

This site presents national-level statistical data broken down by gender. Data can be retrieved by country and theme or by a country profile.

Geo.Data.Gov

This resource is an index of federal GIS databases with data categories ranging from atmosphere to water resources and combining mapping and statistical data. Site also contains annotations, metadata, and links to primary web sites.

Geographic Names and Information System

Developed by the USGS in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN), GNIS contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States. The United States and Territories GNIS searchable online database allows searches for any United States feature. A search retrieves basic information about the feature including latitude, longitude, type of feature (populated place, cave, river, etc.), and the USGS 7.5' X 7.5' quadrangle map on which the feature may be found. You may click to view a location map. An Antarctica Geographic Names Database is also included.

GeoNames Search

The GEOnet Names Server (GNS) provides access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (NIMA) database of foreign geographic feature names. Approximately 20,000 of the databases 3.5 million features are updated monthly. Search for world geographical names by specifying name and country (or coordinate bounding rectangle).

NARA Archival Research Catalog (ARC)

Nail is the National Archive's database of holdings both in Washington regional centers and the Presidential Libraries. Text, pictures, maps, and recordings are described and links provided to selected digital collections.

National Anthropological Archives

This site, which is part of the Smithsonian Institute's extensive site, includes online exhibitions as well as a guide to the Association's collections (click on guides to the collections), which describe the letters, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials that are available for research. The site also provides information about ordering copies.

National Archaeological Database


The National Archaeological Database page connects to the National Archaeological Database Online System, a database which consists of more than 100,000 archeological citation references relating to archaeological sites in the area which is now the United States. Information on the North American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and a GIS Package are also included on the site.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data


The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) offers "downloadable access to over 550 computer-readable data collections relating to criminal justice." Abstracts of data sets and survey data are provided.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database


This searchable database contains summaries of more than 140,000 criminal justice publications, including federal, state, and local government reports, as well as books, journal articles, and unpublished research." Time period covered includes 1970s to the present.

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

Search 5 Smithsonian databases including the Library catalogs of paintings and sculpture, archival material, sound recordings, films and photographs.