Recommended Databases: Deaf Studies

Research, Psychology, Sociology and Education
Sign Language and Linguistics
aw and Government
Medical Science
Reference and ebooks

Research, Psychology, Sociology and Education
NTID Deaf Index
An index to help locate articles, papers, publications, and information on Interpreting, Interpreting Issues, Sign Language, Deaf Studies, and more.

ERIC via Ebsco (with links to full text ERIC Documents)
A complete bibliography of educational materials from the Educational Resources Information Center at the US Department of Education. MORE DETAILS...

Abstracts: 1966
Full text: 1996
Academic Search Elite via Ebsco
Broad coverage —including biological sciences, economics, communications, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and women's studies. MORE DETAILS...

Abstracts: 1984+
Full text: 1990+
Professional Development Collection via Ebsco
Provides a highly specialized collection of information especially for professional educators, professional librarians and education researchers.

Full text: 1965+
PsycARTICLES via Ebsco
PsycARTICLES is an online database containing full-text articles from 49 peer reviewed journals published by APA and allied organizations. Covers general psychology and specialized basic, applied, clinical, and theoretical research in psychology. MORE DETAILS...


PsycINFO via Ebsco
PsycINFO extensively covers psychological literature and includes relevant materials from related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, education, social work, law, criminology, social science, and organizational behavior.


Communication & Mass Media Complete
Provides research in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study.


Wilson Omni Full Text Mega
Covers six of Wilson's full-text databases: Education, General Science, Humanities, Readers' Guide, Social Sciences and Business. In addition, select full-text articles from five additional periodical databases are also included when available: Applied Science & Technology, Art, Biological & Agricultural, Index to Legal Periodicals & Books, Library Literature & Information Science. MORE DETAILS...

Full text: 1994+
Research Library via ProQuest Direct
Provides access to full-text journals across a wide range of subject areas, including business, education, literature, political science, and psychology.MORE DETAILS...

Dissertations & Theses via Proquest
The database includes citations for materials ranging from the first U.S. dissertation, accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester; those published from 1980 forward also include 350- word abstracts, written by the author. Citations for master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Of the millions of titles listed, UMI offers over 1.8 million in full text.

The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities. MORE DETAILS...

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the: * Most frequently cited journals in a field * Highest impact journals in a field * Largest journals in a field.  MORE DETAILS...

JCR comes with two editions:

    1. JCR Science Edition: Contains data from over 5,900 journals in 171 subject categories.
    2. JCR Social Sciences Edition: Over 1,700 journals in the 55 subject categories
Current Contents Connect
A multidisciplinary current awareness Web resource providing access to complete bibliographic information from over 8,000 of the world's leading scholarly journals and more than 2,000 books. MORE DETAILS...


Anthropology Plus
Brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. MORE DETAILS...

Sociological Abstracts via CSA
Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. MORE DETAILS...


Social Sciences Citation Index
Published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI); Delivered via the Web of Science platform.
The Social Sciences Citation Index® (SSCI®) and Social SciSearch® provide access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in over 1,700 of the world's leading scholarly social sciences journals covering more than 50 disciplines. They also cover individually selected, relevant items from approximately 3,300 of the world's leading science and technology journals. MORE DETAILS...


The world's most comprehensive bibliography, with more than 44 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Covers information back to the 11th Century. MORE ABOUT FIRSTSEARCH DATABASES...

Sign Language and Linguistics

International Bibliography of Sign Language
The bibliography contains 30,100 titles of academic literature focusing on modern sign language research. Beyond that, the bibliography records text related to Deaf culture, sign language interpreting as well as education of the deaf.

Sign, Gesture & Deafness in South Asian & South-West Asian Histories
An introductory historical bibliography comprised ofsome 220 items, mainly of English-language materials (some being translations).

Linguistics Abstracts Online
The online edition of Linguistics Abstracts annually indexes and abstracts articles from some 300 journals in linguistics studies worldwide. MORE DETAILS...

ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide (NTID)
The ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide contains 2,700 examples of sign language on-line. This resource is extremely user friendly and enables those learning sign language or just wanting to expand their sign vocabulary to click on a word of their choice. They will see how the sign is properly made and what facial expression is appropriate with that sign.   MORE DETAILS...

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Science Math Sign Lexicon
This web-based Science/Mathematics Sign Lexicon identifies published sources (books, CDs) where a sign may be found for a term.

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Medical Video Dictionary

Gallaudet University Index to Deaf Periodicals
An index to articles in selected deaf-related journals.
Gallaudet University Deaf Biographies Index
This work contains primarily deaf and notable hard-of-hearing people, as wellas hearing people who have been important/ influential on the deaf.
Gallaudet University Deaf Video Library Database
This is a database of videos about deaf culture, deaf history and ASL. You need to register and then you can log in to view videos.
The Silent Worker
A popular national newspaper among the deaf population of the United States during the end of the 1890's through the end of the first quarter of the 20th century. Deaf American authors wrote almost all articles, although occasional contributions by deaf individuals from other countries were also printed.

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Wilson Omni Full Text Mega (Readers' Guide)
Covers six of Wilson's full-text databases: Education, General Science, Humanities, Readers' Guide, Social Sciences and Business. In addition, select full-text articles from five additional periodical databases are also included when available: Applied Science & Technology, Art, Biological & Agricultural, Index to Legal Periodicals & Books, Library Literature & Information Science. MORE DETAILS...

Full text: 1994+
Deaf Art / Deaf Artists (formerly known as IADA: International Archive of Deaf Artists Images)
A Web site to showcase and promote the works of national deaf and hard-of-hearing artists available through the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology. The site is designed for artists, students, teachers, scholars, and researchers. It offers access to video interviews with various artists, biographies of the artists with descriptions of their chosen mediums, portfolios of their work, and a forum section with networking and dialogue opportunities. Several articles and resources are also available.

Deaf Rochester Film Festival
The Deaf Rochester Film Festival presents full length features, student films, documentaries and animation shorts, which address the Deaf experience and/or visual aesthetics of Deaf filmmakers.

MLA International Bibliography
Produced by the Modern Language Association covers literature, languages, linguistics, folklore, etc. MORE DETAILS...

Arts & Humanities Search via FirstSearch
Online version ISI's Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers world's leading arts and humanities journals in a broad range of disciplines and more. MORE DETAILS...


Art Full Text via WilsonWeb
Covers the world of the arts such as art history, graphic arts, interior design, architecture, video and more. MORE DETAILS...

Abstracts: 1994+
Full text: 1997+

Humanities Full Text [a subset of Wilson's Omnifile]
Feature articles, book reviews, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, reviews of plays, operas, ballets, dance, musicals, movies, and TV and radio programs.

Abstracts: 1984+
Full text: 1995+

choose Omnifile with Humanities as subject
A unique database of the complete backfiles of core scholarly journals in a wide variety of humanities and social science disciplines. Not only text, but accompanying charts, graphs, equations, and pictures are reproduced. MORE DETAILS...

Full text: starts from volume 1; excludes latest 3-5 years
FIAF International Film Archive via SilverPlatter
Acclaimed international compendium of information on film and television from International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). MORE DETAILS...

ARTbibliographies Modern
Covers current literature of modern art, photography and design. MORE DETAILS...

Art Index Retrospective via WilsonWeb
Spanning 55 years of art journalism from around the globe from 1929 through 1984. MORE DETAILS...


Design & Applied Arts Index
An international index to present design and applied arts journals. MORE DETAILS...


AG Bell Archives
The online version of the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress comprises a selection of 4,695 items (totaling about 51,500 images). This presentation contains correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles, and photographs documenting Bell's invention of the telephone and his involvement in the first telephone company, his family life, his interest in the education of the deaf, and his aeronautical and other scientific research.

The Eugene and Inez Petersen Collection (NTID Life Histories Project)
During the mid-1980s a deaf couple, Gene and Inez Petersen, set out to meet, document, and eventually to publish the life stories of ordinary and extraordinary deaf Americans. Traveling across the country, they conducted videotaped interviews with over 160 people. Inez spent hours transcribing the videotapes. Completed transcripts were then sent to those interviewed for review, correction, approval, and return. Approximately fifty of the approved and returned transcripts were selected for inclusion in the final collection. This manuscript represents deaf Americans from various walks of life--old and young, men and women, blue collar and professionals.

Deaf People and WWII
This website is the result of several years of gathering materials about Deaf people’s experiences related to World War II for Deaf Studies courses taught at NTID/RIT.

The site focuses on three spheres of the world involved in this conflict. Deaf Americans, Deaf Europeans, and Deaf Asians people’s lives are examined before, during and after the war. It also features videotape clips and full testimonies, articles, scripts, artwork, books and links to other related sites.

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Benjamin Marshall Schowe, Sr. Papers
While Schowe was a labor economist for Firestone, he corresponded with federal authorities about hiring Deaf employees during the New Deal and World War II. The digital collection focuses on recruiting, promotion, insurance, and discrimination related to Deaf people and employment from 1920 through 1975.

RIT Archives Photography Collection

Through Deaf Eyes
Through Deaf Eyes is a two-hour HDTV documentary that explores 200 years of Deaf life in America.

Law and Government

LexisNexis Academic
Access to full-text legal, medical, business, biographical and news and information from over 5000 sources. MORE DETAILS...

ADA Compliance Guide
Covers disability, reasonable accommodation, undue hardship, readily achievable barrier removal, program accessibility and the law's many other key terms in plain English. MORE DETAILS...

annual guide

SIRs Government Reporter
Documents from the U.S. government. Information on health, science, economics, environment, politics, foreign affairs, workplace issues, business and industry is included. MORE DETAILS...

Abstracts: 1971+
Full text: 1991+

PAIS International with PAIS Archive
Offers access to the international literature in public affairs, public and social policies, and international relations. The database contains references to more than 460,000 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed.

Medical Science

Abstracts articles published in the primary professional literature of the communication(s) field covering communication studies, rhetoric, journalism, mass communication, speech and more.

Elsevier Science Direct
Access to the full text of 1,000+ scientific, technical, medical, mathematical, management and social science journals from Elsevier. MORE DETAILS...


Health & Wellness Resource Center
Find magazines, journals, newspapers and information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, Herbal remedies, and alternative or complementary treatments, etc. MORE DETAILS...


Health Source: Consumer Edition via Ebsco
Consumer health information on many health topics including drugs & alcohol, aging, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, health, sports medicine and more. MORE DETAILS...

Full text: 1985+

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Version via Ebsco
Covers nutrition, exercise, medical self-care, drugs and alcohol, and much more. In addition, provides full text for 1,000+ pamphlets and 23 books. MORE DETAILS...

Abstracts: 1984+
Full text: 1990+
National Library of Medicine (NLM) Gateway
The Gateway allows searches from one Web interface, providing "one-stop searching" for many of NLM's information resources or databases such as MEDLINE/PubMed, etc.
A service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 12 million MEDLINE citationss back to the mid-1960's.

Science Citation Index Expanded via Web of Science
Produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) this multidisciplinary database covers 5,900 major journals across more than 150 scientific disciplines. MORE DETAILS...


Deaf and Medicine

Reference and ebooks

TDI National Directory and Resource Guide Online (eBlue Book)
The leading source of information on telecommunications and media access for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf-blind.

Disability History Museum
A searchable, theme-based digital collection of documents and images related to disability history in the United States. These artifacts are drawn from public and private collections around the country.
NARIC's Instant Disability Information Center
Abstracts of documents on disability and rehabilitation. Also: current research projects funded by the National Institute on Disability.
Special Education Online
Provides full text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Law Report® (IDELR), Early Childhood Law and Policy Reporter and complete Federal Education Statutes and Regulations and more. MORE DETAILS...
Deaf Web Net
Allows you to cross-search select deafness related web sites. These sites were chosen for their excellence.
A collection of 13,000+ electronic books (ebooks) online. Strong in key academic subject areas including Business & Economics, Computers, Technology & Engineering, Humanities, Life & Physical Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. MORE DETAILS...

A collection of approximately 4500 titles of electronic books (ebooks) online. Conduct full-text searches of every word in every ebook available in our subscription. RIT Llbrary and other libraries have joined together to make up the Nylink Custom Library collection. MORE DETAILS...


Instructional Technology and Education of the Deaf 2005 - Proceedings
2005 International Symposium sponsored by NTID on "Supporting Learners, K — College" featuring abstracts, submitted papers, media, verbatim captions, streaming video and photos.

Instructional Technology and Education of the Deaf 2003 - Proceedings
2003 International Symposium sponsored by NTID on "Supporting Learners, K — College" featuring abstracts, submitted papers, media, verbatim captions, streaming video and photos.
Instructional Technology and Education of the Deaf 2001 - Proceedings
2001 International Symposium sponsored by NTID on "Supporting Learners, K — College" featuring abstracts, submitted papers, media, verbatim captions, streaming video and photos.

PapersFirst via FirstSearch
Provides access to individual papers presented at worldwide meetings, conferences, expositions, workshops, congresses, and symposia. MORE DETAILS...


ISI Proceedings
Updated weekly, ISI Proceedings provides Web access to bibliographic information and author abstracts from papers delivered at prestigious international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions. MORE DETAILS...

Includes access to the Directory of Published Proceedings (DoPP) and MInd: The Meetings Index. DoPP is a multidisciplinary index to the published literature from thousands of conferences, meetings and symposia. MInd provides access to information on future conferences, congresses, meetings and symposia. MORE DETAILS...

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