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World Cultures

Recommended Databases for Cultural Topics

These databases are good for finding more detailed, scholarly information on many different cultures.


SocINDEX with Full Text

Sociology, social work, human services, criminal justice, anthropology, and cultural studies. Peer-reviewed journals, magazines, book chapters and conference proceedings.

Social Sciences (ProQuest)

Scholarly, peer-reviewed articles in anthropology, criminology, cultural studies, human services, sociology, political science and public welfare.


Academic Search Complete

Articles from scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers covering every area of academic study and news.


Sage Journals Online

Peer-reviewed articles from scholarly journals in business, engineering, medicine, humanities, and social sciences.


JSTOR Arts & Sciences Archive Collection

Contains digitized back issues of academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Communication and Mass Media Complete

Articles from scholarly journals, magazines and book chapters, in topics of communication, mass media and related fields of cultural studies, film studies, marketing and business.

Try These Search Terms

Subject Searching:

 Try these searches:

"culture and customs" AND "name of country"

e.g.:  "culture and customs" AND "China"

 You can also search this way:

"name of country--social life and customs"

e.g.: "Ukraine--social life and customs"


Keyword Searching:

The following are some search terms you can also use. Combine them using the Boolean "AND" operator with the name of your country:

  • Cooking
  • Costume
  • Ceremonies
  • Customs
  • Holidays
  • Traditions
  • Social Life
  • Practices
  • Festivals
  • Feasts
  • Culture
  • Rites
  • Funeral Rites & Ceremonies
  • Funerary rites
  • Rites and Ceremonies
  • Marriage customs
  • Rites of passage
  • Religion
  • Music
  • Education
  • Families

 Example:  India AND Holidays