The Center of Alcohol Studies Library offers a variety of print and electronic resources. All print resources are available in the library, while many of the electronic resources on substance abuse, provided by Rutgers University Libraries, can be also accessed off site with a Rutgers NetID.

Research Guides (LibGuides)

Alcohol Studies Research Guide Our most popular resource, this guide will help you navigate Alcohol Studies Research.  You can begin your research by Finding Articles online in Journals and Databases or visit the Center of Alcohol Studies Library and use our Books/Textbooks or Special Collections.  This guide also has online resources under the Miscellaneous External Links tab.  Once you've completed your research, use the Bibliography tab to create your unique bibliography using Refworks and completing your paper in MLA or ALA format. [Rutgers NetID required].

CASRAT A virtual toolkit and research guide, based on the general  Alcohol Studies Research Guide, created specifically to assist undergraduate and graduate students assistants and post-doctoral researchers .affiliated with a research project  at the Center's Research Division. Special restrictions may apply. [Rutgers NetID required].

Open Access Alcohol Studies Resources Guide: Geared towards participants of the Center's certificate programs organized by the Education and Training Division, this guide provides general information on alcohol research from publicly available resources [no restrictions].

Databases and Journals in Addiction Studies

CAS Library Databases

  • Alcohol Studies Database The CAS Library's primary database (1987-2007) with over 80,000 citations for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers, and audio-visual materials.
  • Alcohol History Database Monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and graphic materials from the American Temperance and Prohibition Movements.

Electronic Databases: A list of free and subscription-based databases with scholarly journal articles in addiction studies. Access and restrictions are noted. Rutgers-restricted databases require NetID for off campus access, instructions to log in remotely are provided.

Journals Core list of journal titles dealing with alcohol issues. Print copies of all journals are located at the Center of Alcohol Studies Library and are available to date. Many of them are also available full-text online through IRIS, the online catalog of Rutgers University Libraries for Rutgers students, faculty, and staff on campus or logging in with a NetID off campus. Some journals with are available from the Center of Alcohol Studies only. Note: online availability is subject to change. All titles are designated by one or more of the following categories: research, treatment, education/prevention, policy, general.

Special Collections and Archives

The CAS Library houses several unique historical collections related to the past of alcohol and addiction studies. The items  of exceptional historical significance represent the early history of the field with print copies of articles and abstracts in the Classified Abstract Archive of the Alcohol Literature (CAAAL)and McCarthy Memorial Collection, as well as survey instruments in the  Ralph G. Connor Alcohol Research Reference Files (CARRF). The special collections are for in house use only. Visits can be scheduled a via email to

Other Resources

Finding Aids and Bibliographies These bibliographies contain articles on a particular topic in alcohol studies. Results of searches in the Alcohol Studies Library, these lists serve as a starting point for further research. The documents are currently available in pdf format (PDF) or shared in RefWorks for Rutgers users (RefShare).

Government Resources A list of government organizations in the substance abuse field. Each link will provide a wealth of material and leads to follow.


Card Catalog (1900–2007) - print only, in-house use
Library Catalog from Rutgers University Libraries
Library of Congress Resources