GERONTOLOGY SUBJECT GUIDE
is the study of aging and what it means in/for society.
Geriatrics, which is much more to do with the biological aging of the
body, is a part of it but is not the same subject. Gerontology is
also closely related to Sociology.
has access to fantastic databases contain information you can't get
on your own. This is a great entry point for finding journals and
articles. These links should work on campus, but for accessing them at
home you will need to connect with a login.
Another databases that
provide access to scholarly literature in the
sciences, including the Social Sciences, but only of the specific
publisher Annual Reviews (all the titles begin with "Annual Review
of"). It can make articles available in html full
text and/or .pdf.
As ever, EBSCO is a
great way to do research. It is actually an
aggregator, and that means that it searches lots of different databases
at the same time. For Gerontology, one might want to select these
particular ones (to avoid getting irrelevant hits):
Academic Search Premier
CINAHL Plus with Full
Behavioral Sciences Collection
SocINDEX with Full Text
Academic Search Complete
This is best known for
its excellent news searches and worldwide scope,
but don't forget the "legal research" option and "legal news."
Since the law is a reflection of society in many ways, how your topic
is being handled by the legal community is worth consideration.
(This is not the same LexisNexis that lawyers use, however)
JSTOR - The scholarly journal archive
There are many journals
on JSTOR-- it means "Journal storage."
You can search by issues and genres, and inside the article text
itself. JSTOR brings you journal pages just as they appear in
print-- and just as usefully, as they are in .pdf format and you can't
(through LOUIS Statewide Databases)
Proquest is an
aggregator similar to EBSCO, so its content depends on
which databases the University has bought. At ULM, it allows
access to two potentially useful databases, "Dissertations &
Theses" and "ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source."
"The Federal Interagency
Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum) was
initially established in 1986, with the goal of bringing together
Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving
aging-related data." This site has current data sets specifically
about older Americans across other subjects.
Dept. of Health & Human Services
Administration on Aging
The Dept. of Health
& Human Services has an administration
specifically about aging, which covers many aspects of aging and
especially ones useful to people, such as laws, information, and
programs which they may benefit from.
Resources at USA.gov
Usa.gov (once known as
firstgov.gov) has collected some useful links
about and for seniors in America. Relevant issues and services
are listed, and other articles, statistics and more are linked at the
right. Usa.gov itself is a portal to sundry government websites
and more information, and thus can be useful
Senate Special Committee on Aging
Senate committees are a
part of the law making process in the
government, and this is the website of the one made to discuss matters
related to aging. It lists committee members, its rules, issues,
hearings (complete with video), news, and more.
Office of Elderly Affairs
This is not in fact a
federal government resource, but a resource from
the state of Louisiana. It explains services available to the
Louisiana elderly and provides useful links.
The American Geriatrics
"The American Geriatrics
Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization
of over 6,700 health professionals devoted to improving the health,
independence and quality of life of all older people." The
website has employment information, some listings of its publications,
news, and various resources under the link "public
The Merck Manual Of
This is full text and
browse able in html and can be searched. It
contains information on a variety of disorders associated with the
Gerontological Society of America
The website of the GSA
has information on meetings, programs,
employment, and more. You can search their publications at http://www.gerontologyjournals.org
and astonishingly, you can get
full text articles (that's important enough to warrant highlighting) if
you log in from campus and the site can recognize your IP address as
list doesn't represent everything available in the collection, of
course. While compiling this list, I tried to stay away from
particularly aged materials, although this doesn't mean that they can't
be potentially useful. Visiting the library and checking the
catalog (including those of other libraries, as they may loan those
materials) is still a good idea. Also, since aging is an
inescapable aspect of life, related articles may be found in materials
meant for psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, and more.
you are a faculty member and you know of any materials that should be
on this list (or in the collection period), please inform me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you
are a student, ask your instructor what she/he thinks.