Find Non-Law Articles
*Simultaneously searches the following seven databases by default: ABI/INFORM Global (ProQuest), Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost), Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale), Humanities Abstracts (Wilson), Social Sciences Abstracts (Wilson), Web of Knowledge, and NUcat: Northwestern University Library Catalog.
This selected list of multi-disciplinary resources for finding non-law articles includes exclusively full-text resources (indicated by an *) and indexes that sometimes link to full-text documents. For Foreign and Comparative (Non-Law) Interdisciplinary topics, see also here.
Academic Search Premier - Multi-disciplinary coverage of journal literature, including biological sciences, economics, communications, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and women's studies. Provides citations and abstracts for nearly 2900 scholarly journals (1666 peer-reviewed), as well as over 1250 full-text titles.
Expanded Academic ASAP (EXAC) - Citations, abstracts and selected full-text articles in more than one thousand periodicals covering the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences, and current affairs.
FirstSearch - A collection of databases, each of which covers a particular subject area or type of publication, such as articles, papers, or proceedings. To search more than one database simultaneously, select any database, such as ArticleFirst, click on the "databases" tab, and select the databases you would like to search.
Google Scholar -
"Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations." While Google Scholar can be a good starting point, the many specialized indexes available through Northwestern University may be more useful for in-depth research.
*JSTOR - Searchable, digitized, full-text backfile of core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. Since JSTOR is intended to be an archive, it does not include the current issues of journals nor the most recent four or five years.
*Legal and Law-Related Journals on the Web - The Pritzker Legal Research Center's list of journals to which it has full-text online access. Many of the journals on the list are not strictly legal in focus.
PAIS International (1972-present) and PAIS International Archive (1937-1976) - An index to the literature on public policy, social policy, and the social sciences. Includes citations to books, documents, pamphlets, reports of public and private agencies, and periodical articles published throughout the world. Indexed materials are in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) - A service providing scholarly research papers, working papers, and journals in numerous social science disciplines, including law, economics, and financial economics.
Social Sciences Abstracts - Bibliographic citations and abstracts to articles from more than 550 international, English-language periodicals in the social sciences, including sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, and law. Some records include links to the full-text of the article.
Web of Knowledge - Web of Knowledge contains five individual databases, which may be searched separately or simultaneously: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Book Citation Index-Science, and Book Citation Index-Social Sciences and Humanities. Between these databases, virtually all areas of scholarship are covered. Users may search by topic, author, source title, or by cited reference: authors and titles from an article's bibliography. Searches may also lead to related records: articles with citations in common.
This is a selective list. For a more complete list of electronic resources by discipline available through the Northwestern University Main library, see also Electronic Resources @ NU Main Library .
ABI-INFORM - " Citations, abstracts, and selected full-text of articles from 1800+ business and management journals."
Business Source Premier - "[P]rovides nearly 3,300 full-text scholarly publications, including more than 1,000 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full-text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 4,100 journals. This database offers information in nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more."
Management Research Network - A searchable database of published papers with abstracts and full bibliographic descriptions relating to research in various area of management research network. Site includes professional announcements and job listings.
Berkeley Law and Economics Working Papers - Search or browse for papers published by the John M. Olin Foundation Program in Law, Economic, and Institutions at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
Economics Research Network - A searchable database of published papers with abstracts and full bibliographic descriptions relating to research in various area of economics.
Economist Historical Archive (1843-2003) - Fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, the weekly paper which is essential reading for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs and all aspects of business and trade worldwide.
EconLit - A comprehensive, indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world's economic literature, produced by the American Economic Association. It covers more than 400 economics journals, as well as citations from edited collections, dissertations and working papers licensed from the Cambridge University Press Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics.
Financial Economics Network - A searchable database of published papers with abstracts and full bibliographic descriptions relating to research in various area of finance and economics.
John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business Discussion Papers - From Harvard University; some of the papers are not strictly legal in focus. Full-text is available for all papers issued in 1999 and 2000; most of the papers issued in 1997 and 1998 are also available in full-text. The Center plans to add the full texts of more papers in the future.
America: History and Life - Citations and abstracts from more than 2,100 journals published in approximately 40 languages covering the history of the United States and Canada. Of these journals, about 900 are published in the U.S. and Canada, including journals of state and local historical societies, and journals in the social sciences and related fields of knowledge. Also included are citations and abstracts of dissertations, as well as reviews cited from a subgroup of 140 journals.
Philosopher's Index - Citations and abstracts to articles from books and over 480 journals dealing with philosophy and related interdisciplinary fields. International in scope, Philosopher's Index covers literature from 38 countries in seven languages.
CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online - Citations, abstracts, and selected full-text articles covering topics in international affairs, collected largely from university- and foundation-funded research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and academic conferences. Includes working papers, conference proceedings, journal and book abstracts, and links to related resources.
International Political Science Abstracts - Provides indexing and abstracting of articles from English and non-English language periodicals throughout the world. Major journals in political science, public law, international public law, and international relations are covered.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts - Citations with abstracts from more than 1100 journals in political science and related disciplines. Coverage is international is scope.
PsychInfo - Citations and abstracts to articles in the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines. This broad range of fields includes medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, and linguistics, among others. Updated monthly, its worldwide coverage contains references and abstracts to over 1,300 journals in more than 25 languages, and to book chapters and books in the English language (beginning in 1987).
Gender Studies Database - Combines Women's Studies International, Men's Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies databases with relevant contributions from the Child Development & Adolescent Studies as well as Family & Society Studies Worldwide databases. GSD covers the spectrum of gender engaged scholarship inside and outside academia.
Sociological Abstracts - Citations and abstracts of articles from approximately 2500 journals, as well as conference papers, dissertations, book reviews and selected sociology books. The database covers sociology and sociological topics in fields such as anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science and social psychology.