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University Libraries - Article Databases


Top Databases

  • Education Source *and* ERIC

    Search both of the major education databases at the same time.


    Sponsored by the US Department of Education, ERIC leads you to articles, books, and documents.

  • Education Source

    Covers an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks in the field of education.

Additional Databases (alphabetical)

  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in . . .

    Does not include impact factors but you can find acceptance rates, manuscript guidelines, and review process information for journals.  Search by topic areas, words in journal name, acceptance rate, type of review process, or publisher.  Directories for the fields of:

    • Business (Accounting, Economics & Finance, Management, Marketing)
    • Computer ScienceBusiness Information Systems
    • Education (Educational Curriculum & Methods, Educational Psychology & Administration, Educational Technology & Library Science)
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology & Psychiatry
    • Nursing and Health Administration
    • Science (Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Oceanography, Physics)
  • Chronicle of Higher Education

    Full text access to the newspaper The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    Academe Today is a daily e-mail newsletter summarizing the Chronice's latest news  with links to the article. This service is made available through the USC Libraries system-wide subscription.  Go to to create a free Chronicle account. Once you have confirmed your e-mail address, you'll receive your own copy of Academe Today the next weekday morning (Eastern Time).

  • College Source Online

    College catalogs in complete cover-to-cover original page format including 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional schools.

  • Counseling and Therapy in Video (Volumes I - III)

    Streaming video for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling.

  • Dissertations and Theses

    Contains citations,abstracts and possibly full text for over 2 million dissertations and theses. The database accepts over 90 percent of doctoral dissertations in North America.

  • Education Index Retrospective, 1929 - 1983

    Indexing to over 800 education periodicals.  

  • Google Scholar

    Google Chrome browser won't work for wireless and off campus access.  Chrome also does not display USC Columbia e-text options for times cited by Web of Science.

    Enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature.  To access the full-text to which the University Libraries subscribes from Google Scholar
    - Select Settings
    - Click Library Links then enter University of South Carolina
    - Select University of South Carolina - Columbia-USC - FullText@USC Columbia
    - Click Save

    Take a look at our Google and Google Scholar guide for some advanced searching tips.

  • HAPI - Health and Psychosocial Instruments

    Index to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, rating scales, etc.) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science.

    To see if we have the sources,  search our Ejournals and library catalog.

  • Higher Education Abstracts

    Identifies journal articles, research reports, and books pertaining to college students, faculty, administrators, and related topics in higher education.  Search this online version of the print abstracting service as an article database or browse the classified arrangement of each issue. Search the University Libraries online journals and library catalog to see if we have the the material.

  • International Encyclopedia of Education

    This 8 volume set, published in 2010, encompasses all aspects of education.


    Full-text of back issues of more than 100 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Issues are entered on-line after having been published for 2-5 years.

  • LearningExpress Library

    Collection of practice tests and study aides (k-12, college, job preparation, citizenship).   Free registration required to take practice tests.

  • LexisNexis Academic - University Newspapers

    Search By Content Type, then click Advanced Options, then select University Newspapers as the Source Type.

  • LLBA - Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts

    Covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

  • Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

    Combines two related reference works: Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print.

    Mental Measurements Yearbook (coverage is from Volume 9 forward, updated monthly) offers descriptive information and critical reviews of more than 2,000 commercially-available standardized English-language educational, personality, aptitude, neuropsychological, achievement and intelligence tests.  Earlier print volumes available in Thomas Cooper Library, Reference Z 5814 .P8 B932.

    Tests in Print is a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. Volumes of Tests in Print from 1961 to present are also available in Thomas Cooper Library, Reference Z5814.E9 B8.

  • Physical Education Index

    Subject areas covered include: physical education curricula, sports medicine, dance, sport law, kinesiology, motor learning, recreation, standardized fitness tests, sports equipment, business and marketing, coaching and training, sport sociology/psychology, health education and physical therapy.

  • Professional Development Collection

    Specialized collection of journal articles and pamphlets especially for professional educators covering the most current topics in the field of education and training.

  • PsycINFO

    Premier database for psychology and related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, education, social work, law, criminology, social science, and organizational behavior.

  • PsycTESTS

    Contains psychological assessments, primarily unpublished tests developed by researchers but not made available commercially. The assessments include tests, measures, scales, and surveys. All records provide a summary of the assessment and the purpose and history of development. Most records include the testing instrument and link to the peer-reviewed literature describing test development, review, or use.

  • Sage Reference Online

     Includes over 120 handbooks, encyclopedias, and directories primarily in the social sciences.

  • Sociological Abstracts

    Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social, behavioral and policy sciences.

  • Web of Science Core Collection (includes Citation Indexes)

    Indexes thousands of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world. Also has cited reference searching and ways to refine and analyze your search results. Includes three indexes: Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 to present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1900 to present), Science Citation Index Expanded (1899 to present). 

    Note:  Previously our subscription began social sciences coverage in 1956. Coverage now extends back to 1900 in the social sciences. 

    Besides the subject citation databases, the Web of Science Core Collection also includes: Book Citation Index (2005 to present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present), Current Chemical Reactions, and Index Chemicus

  • Women's Studies International

    Women's Studies International covers the core disciplines in Women's Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research.