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Start at the Databases A-Z page. Select Sociology from the drop-down list of Subjects and Articles from the drop-down list of database types. Use Sociological Abstracts.
Sociological Abstracts tips:
Use the Thesaurus to find terms
Search by Subject (Descriptor)
Remember to select suitable limiters on the search screen
What resources are you looking for?
What search terms describe your topic?
How does your topic determine an appropriate library database?
"Resources by Subject" - Sociology
..."abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines...since 1952."
journals, books, book chapters, etc.
Coverage is focused on core sociology journals with inclusion of other journals where sociologists also publish
What is meant by indexing?
Why is an abstract of value to the researcher?
Identification and consistent use of terminology to provide analytic subject indexing of database entries
Thesaurus provides list of terms, scope notes, and relationships between terms - broader, narrower, related terms
Link to thesaurus on the advanced search screen to the right
Using the thesaurus to select search terms and specifying the subject or descriptor field for searching those terms allows the researcher to take advantage of the analytic work that has already been done.
Searching Techniques - Remember that you are searching brief records, not the full text of an item
Identify initial search vocabulary (either keywords or descriptors from the thesaurus)
On the results page, look at the box of suggested subjects. Copy the useful ones. You can also identify useful subjects by looking at individual relevant records
Go back to the search screen and adjust your search by using the subject terms you identified in the first results list
Be sure to manipulate your search terms correctly
AND connects different concepts and narrows a search: college AND sports
OR, with parentheses, combines synonyms and broadens a search: (college OR university) AND (sports OR athletics)
Asterisk as a wildcard retrieves variations of a common stem: (college* OR universit*) AND (sport* OR athlet*)
Quotation marks for phrases: "Student athletes"
Use choices appropriately to ensure results that meet your assignment criteria
Date Range - Last ten years - 2001 - 2011
Other Options - see advanced search page for choices
Use abstracts to assess the relevance of results
Use the descriptors to identify terms for useful alternative concepts, then go back and edit your search
Article Linker - access to the article
Leave enough time for Interlibrary Loan
Citations and reference lists in bibliographies are important resources
Citation Linker checks the Article Linker database for citations that you enter