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Volunteerism Subject Guide LRC@TCC

Scope of this guide: find articles, books, and other information about volunteering and community involvement.

Browse TCC library shelves in these areas:

Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform. HN1-995

  By region or country HN50-995

Community HM756-781

Keywords to search: volunteer, volunteering, volunteerism, community service, community engagement

Library Databases (use MyTCC ID to login from off-campus)

Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,990 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,030 peer-reviewed journals.


Alternative Press Index is a comprehensive guide to alternative sources of information. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary. Provides in-depth coverage in the humanities and social sciences. Indexes nearly 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines. Includes selected abstracts from research journals.


CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online covers theory and research in international affairs. The database includes journal abstracts, conference proceedings and the full text of working papers and policy briefs from over 60 contributing institutions. Also included are economic indicators, maps and country data, and links to other resources. (Columbia University Press) 


CQ Researcher covers the most current and controversial issues of the day with full text articles, complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies, and more. User may browse through articles in the current issue or search for past articles using words, dates, or other criteria.


CQ Global Researcher meets the increasing demand for balanced, reliable reporting on international issues and crises. Modeled after the renowned, award-winning CQ Researcher, CQ Global Researcher delivers definitive, in-depth coverage of newsworthy global affairs from a multitude of international viewpoints. Available exclusively online, CQ Global Researcher offers focused, readable, single-topic reports on vital world issues.


Global Issues in Context supports research in virtually every corner of the library and in a wide variety of subject areas, including sociology, current events, civics, politics, science, economics, cultural/religious studies, women’s studies, human rights, English composition and many more. Issues and countries form the core of this dynamic product, which uses a wealth of resources to explain the historical and contemporary conditions necessary to understand global issues, conflicts and events.


Humanities International Complete includes all data from Humanities International Index (more than 2,100 journals and 2.47 million records) plus unique full text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 890 journals.


Issues and Controversies on File presents and enhances the full backfile of Issues and Controversies On File, which has probed about 600 controversial topics in the news since its debut in September 1995. Chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, bibliographies and contact information augment the balanced, accurate coverage of current and historical events. Includes the World Almanac and Encyclopedia.


Newspaper Source Plus provides cover-to-cover full text for 149 national & international newspapers and selective full text for more than 410 U.S newspapers. The database also contains full-text television & radio news transcripts.


Women and Social Movements is intended to serve as a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1700 and 2000, the web site seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to teachers and students.


See also the Service-Learning Guide.

Selected resources from the Web: is in response to President Obama’s call for increased community involvement and volunteerism.

Corporation for National and Community Service provides support in the form of grants, information services, and programs such as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America.

Volunteering in America has information on volunteering and civic engagement.

World Volunteer Web has news, views, and resources for volunteerism worldwide.

Volunteer Hampton Roads has local information for those seeking volunteer opportunities and more information.

Guide to Volunteering from Action Donation Services provides many useful resources for those interested in volunteering.

Volunteering Opportunities


Peace Corps

Red Cross

Smart Volunteer

United Way

Volunteer Abroad

Volunteer Match