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Addictions and Substance Abuse



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COD LIBRARY CATALOG: Books and Videos in the COD Library only

Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what C.O.D. uses to arrange its books)
I-SHARE (formerly Illinet Online): Get books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries
Interlibrary Loan, to get books and journal articles from other libraries around the country.


Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Addiction: A Reference Encyclopedia. Reference HV 5825 .P 26 2010

Alcohol and Drugs in North America: A Historical Encyclopedia. (2013)

Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An Encyclopedia. (2003)

Alcoholism Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information. General RC 565 .A 4493 2010

Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression. (2007)

Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia.

Cultural Encyclopedia of LSD. Reference HV 5822 .L 9 G 53 2011

Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices. (2010)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Ed., (DSM-V) Downstairs Reference Desk RC 455.2 .C 4 D 54 2013.

Dictionary of Hallucinations. Reference RC 553 .H 3 B 56 2010

Drug Abuse Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information. General HV 5801 .D 724

Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco : Learning about Addictive Behavior. Reference HV 5804 .D 78 2003

Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention. (2013)

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Print edition at Reference AE 5 .E 363 2005

Encyclopedia of Addictions. Reference RC 563.4 .H 65 2009

Encyclopedia of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. (2009)

Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues. (2011)

Encyclopedia of Depression. (2010)

Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence. Reference HV 6626 .E 534 2007

Encyclopedia of Drug Policy. (2011)

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior. (2009)

Encyclopedia of Family Health. (2011)

Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Reference HM 716 .E 53 2010

Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior. (2004)

Encyclopedia of HIV and AIDS. (2012)

Encyclopedia of Homelessness. (2004)

Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence Reference HM 1121 .E 57 2008

Encyclopedia of Motherhood Reference HQ 759 .E 52 2010

Encyclopedia of Psychological Assessment. (2003)

Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma. Reference RC 552 .P 67 E 53 2008

Encyclopedia of Psychology. Reference BF31 .E52 2000

Encyclopedia of Smoking and Tobacco. General HV 5760 .H 57 1999

Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Reference HN 28 .E55 2008

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. (2007)

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. (2005)

Encyclopedia of Social Work. (2009)

Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups. (2008)

Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Ref. RC 563.4 .E 53 2009

Encyclopedia of Women's Health.

Key Concepts in Drugs and Society. Reference HV 5801 .K 393 2013

Key Concepts in Substance Misuse. Reference HV 4998 .P 93 2015

Marijuana: Examining the Facts with Questions and Answers.

Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences.

SAGE Stats database . Statistics arranged by nations and state and locality and subject.

SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol

Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia. Reference HN 57 .S 624 2006

The Social Science Encyclopedia. Reference H 41. S63 2004

The Social Science Jargon Buster: The Key Terms You Need to Know.

Smoking Concerns Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information. General RA 1242 .T 6 S 589

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Latest edition on Ready Reference, older editions at General HA 202 .U 5 S 93.

Tobacco in History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. Reference GT 3020 .T 594 2005


You must have a valid College of DuPage library cardto access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

PsycInfo. Contains articles and references for Psychology, Psychiatry, Human Services, Social Work, and other related Social Science subject areas.

SocIndex with Full-Text. (1974-present). Contains articles and references for Sociology and other related social science disciplines.

Other Databases

Academic OneFile (formerly Expanded Academic Index ASAP). An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost]1984 to present; 1990 to present- full text). Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, etc..

The Chicago Tribune newspaper, 1989 to the present.

Google Scholar. This provides access to many free full-text articles, as well as citations to many other articles.

JSTOR. This is an archive of digitized journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Military and Government Collection of full-text articles and bibliographic citations about government and public policies at all levels.

National Newspapers (ProQuest). This includes the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Open Access Journals Directory (free full-text journal articles)

Policybot. This is a database of over 18,000 public policy reports and documents, most of them full-text & free online.

Project MUSE This database offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
Explanation of Scholarly Journals
Explanation of the Difference Between Magazines and Journals
How to Read a Research Study Article




CASA Columbia. (Formerly the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse)
DuPage County Community (Human) Services
Dupage County community service organizations list
Help.Org Guide to Heroin Addiction
Help.Org Guide to Heroin Rehabilitation
Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
National Institute on Drug Abuse
SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Statistics selected by your Geography from Federal Stats/Map Stats.