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Indexes can help you identify articles in scholarly journals and other resources. These include indexes in paper and electronic formats. Resources marked with the Stanford only icon are licensed for the non-profit educational use of Stanford University. If you are having problems accessing databases from off campus, see information on proxy access. For other indexes see the Databases A-Z list.

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ABELL: Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (1920+) "lists monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays and doctoral dissertations published anywhere in the world." Stanford only

ABI/INFORM Global index to business and management literature with much fulltext, including Wall Street Journal (1984+) Stanford only

Academic Search Premier from EBSCO is a general index with many fulltext articles. Stanford only

AccessUN (1952+) indexes current and retrospective UN documents and publications, plus providing fulltext of resolutions and selected meeting records. Stanford only

Africa-Wide: NiPAD, 19th century + incorporating South African Studies and African Studies Stanford only

Agricola (1970+) covers worldwide literature on agriculture and related topics. Includes abstracts Stanford only

Alternative Press Index (1991+ available on the Web ; 1969-71; 1974+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7164.S66A5) indexes periodicals devoted to social change, including some gay/lesbian periodicals. Stanford only

Alt-PressWatch provides fulltext of "a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press." Stanford only

America: History and Life (1964+) covers U.S. and Canadian history. Includes abstracts Stanford only

American Periodicals Series Online (1700-1900) Stanford only

Anthropology Plus (late 19th century +) includes Anthropological Literature and Anthropological Index. Stanford only

Art Abstracts (1984+). Stanford only

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984) Stanford only

ARTbibliographies Modern (1974+) "provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art" Stanford only

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975+) covers over 1,100 major journals across 25 disciplines in the arts and humanities. Search by author or title, or use to find who has cited an author's work. Also available through ISI's Web of Science now part of Web of Knowledge. Note: Ports to ISI are limited. Please log out when done. Stanford only

ATLA Religion Database (1949+) includes some fulltext (ATLAS) Stanford only

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1930s+) a comprehensive listing of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation Stanford only


Bibliography of Asian Studies, (1971+) index to western-language monographs, articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia. Stanford only

Bibliography of Native North Americans (16th C+) citations of works published from the 16th century to the present. Stanford only

Bibliography of the History of Art (1973+) covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Stanford only

Biography Resource Center fulltext access to many of the Gale biographical products, plus The Complete Marquis Who's Who Stanford only

BIOSIS at LANL (1969+) index to literature in the life sciences. Stanford only

Book Review Digest (1983+) cites and excerpts reviews of current English-language books. Stanford only

Black Studies on Disc SUNet ID required. (1988+ ) contains the Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and 1988+ of the Index to Black Periodicals (see information on print holdings below.) Contains information on materials by and about African Americans, Africa and peoples of African ancestry. Stanford only

British Humanities Index (1915+ Green Library Information Center AI3.B7)

Business Source Premier (Ebsco) provides full text for over 2,800 scholarly business journals. This database provides full text (PDF) for more than 300 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922. Stanford only


Chicago Tribune Index (1972+ Green Library Information Center AI21.C4N49) 1985+ is available in America's Newspapers from NewsBank Stanford only

Chicano Database (1967+) includes some citations for earlier years. A comprehensive bibliographic information resource about the Mexican American experience identifying the Chicano body of literature, including the broad Latino experience of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Central American immigrants. Stanford only

Christian Science Monitor (1949+ Green Library Information Center AI21.C46); 1987+ is available in America's Newspapers from NewsBank Stanford only

CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online Note: Works best with Netscape 4.0 (or higher) or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (or higher). Stanford only

Contemporary Women's Issues (1992+, full-text via the Web) reports, articles, and newsletters on issues affecting women. Stanford only full-text information on Congress and American politics. Stanford only

Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press Stanford only


Dissertation Abstracts (1881+), with links to free Stanford dissertations (1989+). Stanford only


Ecology Abstracts (1982+) Stanford only

Econlit (1969+). Stanford only

EI/Compendex (1969+) indexes engineering literature. Stanford only

Environmental Engineering Abstracts (1990+) Stanford only

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Databases Stanford only

ERIC various ways to search for works in education.

Essay and General Literature Index (1985+ available on the Web; 1900+ shelved at Green Library Information Center AI3.E752) an author/subject index to essays published in collections, with particular emphasis on materials in the humanities and social sciences. Stanford only

Ethnic Newswatch (1960+) full-text database of newspapers, magazines and journals (in English or Spanish) of the ethnic and minority press. Stanford only

Evans Digital Edition (1639-1800) primary documents in early American history Stanford only

Expanded Academic ASAP general index to periodicals with some fulltext. (1980+) Stanford only


Family & Society Studies Worldwide (1970+) - part of BiblioLine. indexes and abstracts over a thousand journals, books, conference papers, government reports, etc., and includes all the records once published in the comprehensive Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature. Stanford only

Film Literature Index 1976-2001 on Web (1973+ Green Library Information Center Z5784.M9F53) includes reviews of films (about a 1 year lag) and discussions of various topics related to films and television.

Film Periodicals, Index, (1972+) Stanford only

FRANCIS (1984+) indexes humanities and social science articles, books (including some dissertations) from a European perspective. Stanford only


Gender Watch (1982+) fulltext articles, newsletters, reports focused on gender and women's issues. Stanford only

GeoRef (1755+ ) from Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. Stanford only

Global Newsbank (1996+) full text of selected articles from wire services, broadcasts, newspapers, and periodicals worldwide. Stanford only


Handbook of Latin American Studies (1935+) HLAS Online - Open to all

HAPI (1970+) Hispanic American Periodicals Index. Indexes "worldwide information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States." Stanford only

Historical Abstracts (1954+) covers world history except U.S. & Canada. Stanford only

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (1976+) Stanford only

Humanities Index (1974+; abstracts beginning in 1994) Green Library Information Center AI3.H8) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as area studies, folklore, history, language, literature, philosophy, religion & theology.


Index Islamicus (SUNet ID required) a bibliography of publications on Islam and the Muslin world. Stanford only

Index to American Periodicals (1700-1899) Stanford only

Index to Black Periodicals (1984+ Green Library Information Center Z1361.N39I55; also 1988+ on Black Studies on Disc requires a SUNet ID) (Formerly: Index to Periodical Articles by and about Blacks 1950-69; 1971-83). Indexes African-American periodicals of general and scholarly interest. Stanford only

Index to Jewish Periodicals, (1963+ Green Library Information Center Z6367.I5 and Information Center CD-ROM cluster) indexes 75 English-language journals of general and scholarly interest.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (Aug. 1981+). Stanford only

An Index to Women's Studies Anthologies: Research Across the Disciplines, 1980-1984 (Green Library Information Center HQ1180.B76 1994) indexes collections of articles on women's studies written between 1980 and 1984.

Info-Latinoamerica (1988+) indexes over 1,500 leading international and domestic newspapers, journals, news magazines, newsletters, and other sources, including fulltext for many beginning with 1995. Stanford only

INSPEC (1969+) physics, electrical engineering, etc. Stanford only

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1951+) citations from an international selection of publications in the fields of economics, political science, sociology and anthropology. Stanford only

International Index to Music Periodicals (1996+) Stanford only

International Medieval Bibliography Online Click "Go" Stanford only


Latin American Studies, Handbook (1935+ )HLAS Online - Open to all A selective annotated guide to recent publications in art, music, the humanities, and social sciences. It contains scholarly evaluations of books, book chapters, articles, and conference papers published worldwide in the field of Latin American studies.

LexisNexis Academic - selected Lexis-Nexis files especially good for fulltext news, business, and law information. Limited to Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Stanford only

LexisNexis Congressional (1970+) full-text of U.S. legislative information. Stanford only

LLBA: Linguistic and Language Behavior Abstracts (1973+) Stanford only

Los Angeles Times Index (1972+ Green Library Information Center AI21.L65L6); 1985+ is available in America's Newspapers from Newsbank Stanford only


Medline is available through PubMed. It is also available through OCLC, Ovid, and NLM Gateway. Stanford only

MLA Bibliography (1963+) literature, languages, and folklore. Paper volumes for 1921-1963 are shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7006.M64. Stanford only

Music Index, (1979+) subject/author guide to music periodicals. Stanford only


New York Times Historical (1851-2001) fulltext; more recent issues in LexisNexis Academic Stanford only


PAIS International, 1972+ ; 1915+ volumes are shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7163.P9) indexes selected books, government documents, and periodical articles on contemporary public issues and the making of public policy. Stanford only

PCI: Periodical Contents Index author/title index to thousands of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences from their first issues to 1995. Stanford only

Philosopher's Index (1940+) Stanford only

Policy File: Public Policy Research and Analysis - collects data from world renowned public policy think tanks. Stanford only

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1902 (Green Library Information Center AI3.P7; also on the Web as part of 19th Century Masterfile ) Stanford only

PsycArticles Fulltext Search fulltext of articles in journals published by the American Psychological Association. Stanford only

Psycinfo (1887+) indexes and abstracts books, periodicals and other literature in psychology. Also Available from OVID.


Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (Green Library Information Center AI3.S6) index to popular periodicals that goes back to the nineteenth century. See also Readers' Guide Retrospective (1963-1982) Stanford only

Religion Index part of ATLA Religion Database (1946+) includes some fulltext (ATLAS). Stanford only

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature(1967+). Stanford only


Sage Family Studies Abstracts (1981-2003 Green Library Information Center HQ546.S23; 1999+ on the Web ) Stanford only

Sage Public Administration Abstracts (1974+ Greeen Library Information Center JA1.S27; 1998+ on the Web ) Stanford only

Sage Urban Studies Abstracts (1973+ Green Library Information Center HT101.S2; 1998+ on the Web ) Stanford only

San Francisco Chronicle Index, (1976+ Green Library Information Center AI21.S4N4; earlier index in Media-Microtext Center on microtext as part of the California Information File; 1985+ is available in full text on America's Newspapers) Stanford only

Social Science Citation Index (1973+) Also available through ISI's Web of Science now part of Web of Knowledge. Note: Ports to ISI are limited. Please log out when done. Stanford only

Social Science Module from ProQuest - fulltext of journals in the social sciences. Stanford only

SciSearch[help] (1945+) - Web version of Science Citation Index, also available through ISI's Web of Science now part of Web of Knowledge. Note: Ports to ISI are limited. Please log out when done. Stanford only

Social Sciences and Humanities Index (formerly International Index to Periodicals) 1907-1974. (Green Library Information Center AI3.S6)

Social Sciences Index, 1974+ (Green Library Information Center AI3S62; abstracts beginning in 1994) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as anthropology, economics, family studies, geography, international relations, law and criminology, political science, policy studies, psychology, social work, sociology, and urban studies.

Sociological Abstracts (1963+) (1952-1973 shelved at Green Library Information Center HM1.S67) Indexes articles concerned spectrum of social behavior (individuals, small groups, large organizations, communities, institutions, and societies). Covers sociology and related disciplines such as anthropology, criminology, law, social psychology, urban studies, race relations, demography, and education. Stanford only


Times (London) Digital Archive (1785-1985) fulltext; see also Times (London) Index, 1785+ Green Library Information Center AI21.T44-46 Stanford only

TV Periodicals, Index (1979+) Stanford only


Wall Street Journal (1984+) fulltext Stanford only
Wall Street Journal Historical Archive (1889-1985) - fulltext. Stanford only
Wall Street Journal Index, 1955+ (Green Library Information Center AI21.W26)

Women Studies Abstracts (1972+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7962/W65; 1984+ also in Women's Studies International on the Web) indexes feminist and scholarly books and periodicals. Stanford only

Women's Studies Index (1989+ shelved at Green Library Information Center HQ1180.W68; also on Web as Women's Studies on Disc SUNet ID required) indexes a wide range of periodicals. Stanford only

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts covers periodical literature in political science and government, plus related disciplines such as law, sociology and economics. Stanford only

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