Course Research Pages

SSC 150 - Introduction to Social Science

From off campus, you will need the library barcode on the back of your student ID to access most of these resources.

Finding Background Information

Country Watch - Search here by country and then see the sections on Social Overview and Human Rights.

Credo Reference - A collection of online reference books. Search by keyword; can also select subject and geography from left menu.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Includes articles on topics such as social welfare, unemployment, child welfare, housing, mental health, prisons, and individual industrialized countries.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Search by keyword on social welfare topics, such as family leave; on results page, note left column, which groups articles by topic.

Finding Information on Social Welfare Topics in the Online Catalog

Bowman Library Book and Media Catalog - search by keyword or subject heading to find books in the Bowman Library collection. Some suggested subject headings are below.

Reference Books

Atlas of European Values - HM681 .A85 2005 (reference collection)

The Statesman's Yearbook 2010 - JA51 .S7 2010 (reference collection)

Research Databases for Articles and Reports

CQ Researcher - Search here for reports on social welfare topics in the US such as homelessness, veteran benefits, and child care.

EBSCOhost - Use to find articles on all aspects of social welfare benefits.

ERIC - Journal articles and reports from the education field. Also available from

JSTOR - Scholarly journals in various fields, with many articles on social welfare benefits, in both the United States and other industrialized nations.

Google Scholar - The section of Google that searches only scholarly articles and books. You can also restrict a Google search to only government web sites by adding "site:gov" to your search terms.

This is the official portal to American government web sites at the federal, state and local level.

Selected Web Sites for Statistics and Country Information

Industrialized Nations

Encyclopedia Britannica Online World Data - Use the Country Snapshots to view statistics about other countries; note links to resources at the bottom of each snapshot. The Country Comparisons section allows you to create comparison charts for countries of your choice.

Information on living and working conditions in Europe.

Statistics and reports from countries in the European Union.

International Statistical Agencies
International statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Note that some countries have limited documents available in English.

OECD Factbook 2014
Economic, environmental, and social statistics and information.

OECD Stat Extracts
Statistics on countries of the world, including social and welfare statistics, as well as employment figures. Also contains reports on social issues.

OFFSTATS (Official Statistics on the Web)
Free statistics from official sources on the web, though not all links are functional. Search by country or subject for links to worldwide statistics.

Social Security Programs Throughout the World
Information about social welfare programs in other countries, from the U.S. Social Security Administration. This page shows countries in Europe. Other continents can be found in the drop-down box on the right-hand side under "Other Editions."

United States

A list of government agencies providing statistics in areas such as labor, health, and crime.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Contains many reports and publications on criminal justice issues. See the A-Z Topics list and the Publications list.

Social Security Administration Annual Statistical Supplement
Major source of information about social insurance and welfare programs in the U.S., including veteran, unemployment, and disability benefits. Scroll down the page to select documents from the table of contents.

Social Security Administration Fast Facts & Figures
Summary of facts (with charts and short explanations) about veteran, unemployment, and disability benefits in the U.S. Select HTML or PDF under Table of Contents.

U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Statistics on criminal offenders and prisons.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Statistics on employment, employment benefits, and unemployment figures.

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