Social Justice Resources

Social Justice specific databases

ATLA Religion

Produced by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), coverage in this database begins in 1908, with indexing for some journal titles extending back into the nineteenth century. Full text is provided for articles and reviews from more than 300 journals selected by leading religion scholars.

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher provides in depth coverage of current events and issues. Original reports are searchable or browsable by topic or date. Other features include an issue tracker; this provides links to a series of reports on a single topic, including reports from the CQR Archive that date back to the early 1900s. The pro/con feature provides opinions from two experts on a given issue and displays them side-by-side for easy comparison.

Education for Justice - Catholic Social Teaching

Education for Justice offers resources on Catholic Social Teaching including lesson plans, fact sheets, discussion guides, and reflections on current events. Education for Social Justice offers both print and multimedia resources.


The information presented in GreenFILE focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment. This is well-researched information, but it is still accessible to non-science researchers. This database can be searched in conjunction with Academic Search Premier by clicking "Choose Databases."

Peace Research Abstracts

The index contains more than 224,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Journal of Refugee Law, etc.

SocINDEX with Full Text

SocIndex with Full Text provides full text access to hundreds of journals, books and conference papers. Citations and abstracts are provided for many more, and these can be requested in full text through interlibrary loan. Primarily a sociology database, SocIndex also covers the leading journals in related fields such as criminology and criminal justice, demography, religion, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, political sociology, social psychology and the list goes on.

Social Justice reference ebooks

Congress and the Nation

This database allows you to search or browse by topic the eleven volumes of Congress and the Nation. Congressional decisions, trends and documents dating back to 1945 are included and explained.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. Covers concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including global warming, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage.

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society covers the major theories, research, people, and issues in contemporary gender studies. This comprehensive, two-volume encyclopedia is distinguished by a cross-national/cross-cultural perspective that provides comparative analyses of the life experiences of men and women around the world.

Human Trafficking

Provides an examination of this controversial topic and describes the suffering caused by human trafficking as well as the financial, cultural, and other conditions that make trafficking within national borders possible.

General/related databases

Academic Search Complete

This multidisciplinary database is a good place to start your research. For extra search capabilities, click "Choose Databases" and select more subject specific databases to simultaneously search.


Statisa is a statistics portal that provides data on over 80,000 topics from more than 10,000 different sources including agriculture, advertising, health, hospitality, and consumer goods. The content is geared towards business and marketing statistical needs, with a focus on current (not historical) statistics. Ready made tables are available for downloading.


Use WorldCat to find books about a research topic that are not available at Holy Spirit Library. Search by title or author if you are looking for something specific, or search by keyword or subject to find something new. Click "Borrow this item from another library" to request a book from another library.

Social Justice websites

Consumer Action

Consumer Action promotes financial literacy and consumer protection. Their website provides archives of their publications in full text. Their publications cover everything from tips for building financial stability to coverage of financial matters in Congress.

RHIN: Refugee Health Information Network

The Refugee Health Information Network offers three main areas of information: Health Information in Multiple Languages, Refugee Health Information for Providers, and Information about Health Services for Refugees. News relating to refugee populations and links to other free resources are also provided.

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance, founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is dedicated to reducing prejudices, racial and otherwise, in schools. Free educational materials, appropriate for a variety of age groups, are available on their website.

World Food Situation

This website, from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, looks at different issues regarding food levels and availability around the world such as: illegal fishing, climate change, food security, the rice market and more.