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Resources for Writing Program Instructors & TAs: Articles, Essays, & Data

This guide contains links to resources that will be helpful to Writing Program TAs and their students in their WRT 105 and WRT 205 assignments.

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Use the databases on these lists to locate full-text articles, essays, and data for research and writing projects.

More databases, on a wide variety of subjects are also available from the Database Search page.

General Full Text Resources

For both popular and scholarly articles, you can try a general/interdisciplinary database like:

  • Wilson OmniFile Select
    Provides full text articles, with their accompanying indexing and abstracts, from the the majority of our Wilson periodical databases.
  • ProQuest Research Library
    From business and political science to literature and psychology, ProQuest Research Library provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects.

These resources search a variety of databases and reference sources to return a wide spectrum of scholarly and popular material.

Topical Full Text Resources

General Social Sciences:

General Humanities:

  • Humanities Full Text
    Full-text access to articles in journals covering Communications, Folklore, Gender Studies, Journalism, Literary & Social Criticism, and Literature.
    Full-text articles from over 1,300 journals in Language and Literature, African American Studies, Film Studies, British Studies, and Folklore and many other areas.

Communities and Cultures:

  • eHraf World Cultures
    A cross-cultural database with reference works on all aspects of cultural and social life.
  • Ethnic Newswatch
    Full-text of newspapers and periodicals published by the ethnic and minority press in America.
  • LGBT Life
    provides access to literature regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
  • Contemporary Women's Issues
    Full-text articles on a broad range of women's issues, bringing together such disciplines as sociology, psychology, health, education, child and family studies, marriage and family therapy, aging, gerontology and human rights.
  • AgeLine
    Includes literature of social gerontology and includes aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy, AgeLine also includes information for professionals working in aging-related fields and for consumers.
  • Race Relations Abstracts
    Despite the name, this database includes many full text articles  related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas (make sure to click "Linked Full Text" when you search).
  • GenderWatch
    indexes publications that focus on gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.
  • Women's Studies International
    Includes materials ranging from core writings to ground-breaking feminist scholarship in the areas of sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, gender studies, arts & humanities, business and education.

Geography and Environment:

  • GreenFILE
    Multidisciplinary; draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines.
    Gateway to numerous authoritative scientific databases and websites provided by U.S. Government agencies, including the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • CQ Researcher
    Consists of reports on public policy issues including environment, health and nutrition, education, international affairs, economics, and science and technology.
  • Social Explorer
    Social Explorer allows the researcher to make maps and reports, visually analyze, explore and understand the current and historical demography of the Untied States.
  • American Community Survey
    A community-specific resource on the U.S. Census Bureau website

Current and Historical Mass-Media Coverage:

  • Access World News
    Full-text local and regional newspapers, offering a variety of viewpoints on local and world issues
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text files focusing on general news, legal news, & business and industry information.
  • Alt-Press Watch
    Full text of selected newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.

Film, Television, and Performance:

  • FIAF: Index to Film Periodicals Plus FIAF Index to Film Periodicals Plus is a bibliographical resource offering coverage of hundreds of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals right up to the present day. Many of these key titles are available here in full text including complete runs.
  • Film & television literature index Covers over 300 journal and magazine titles for film and television reviews, scholarly and critical analysis of cinema and television, and articles of popular interest about film and television.
  • NexisUni Access more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790, together with extensive current and historical U.S. state and federal statutes, published court decisions and regulations. Registering for a free ID and password within the interface is recommended for those looking to take advantage of personalization features such as alerts, saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete Full text access to hundreds of journals and magazines in Communications Studies.

Bibliographies, Indices, Abstracts to the Scholarly Literature


The resources in this list provide detailed citations of articles in journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference works. To gain access to these materials, check to see if SU holds a copy electronically or in print.

  • British Humanities Index
    References for articles in over 370 journals and newspapers from the UK and other English-speaking countries. Topics covered include Current Events, Cinema, Literature, Poetry, and Gender Studies.
  • MLA Bibliography
    Over one million citations for items from journals, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, bibliographies, and websites from over 4,000 sources.Covers literature, film, linguistics, and folklore.

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