Friday, September 2, 2005

Research Information Bulletins--September 2005

Sociological Abstracts has moved!
TWU Libraries access to the Sociological Abstracts database has moved from FirstSearch to CSA Illumina. The new CSA version provides more expansive search options and includes links to sources for the full text of many articles.

Sociological Abstracts, the premier research database for sociological research, indexes and summarizes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines from 1963 to the present. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,809 serial publications. It also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Many records from key journals published since 2001 include the references cited in the bibliography of the source article, and each of the individual references may also have links to an abstract and/or to other papers that cite it.

CSA Illumina provides both a Quick Search, with a preset publication dates limit option, and an Advanced Search, with limit options for publication dates, English language, and journal articles only.

The Search Tools tab provides additional search options. "Thesaurus" lets you browse for authorized subject descriptors assigned to items in the database, select the descriptors you want to use for your search, and then run a search on the terms chosen. "Indexes" lets you verify and select an author's name, a particular journal title, or the correct designations for publication types and then run a search on your selection. "History" retains a record of all searches undertaken since connecting to the database and "Combine Searches" lets you select prior searches to be run again in combination.

It is possible to save searches permanently and to set up search and journal contents alerts in a personal account. Search results can be marked, downloaded, printed, emailed, or exported.

A "Logout" link in the left corner of the CSA screen is used to exit the database when searching is finished.

Sociological Abstracts is linked to its new location on the "Sociology and Social Work" Subject Guide and in both the Databases "A-Z" and "Descriptions" lists.

If you have any questions, the reference staff will be glad to provide assistance. Please email us using our Ask a Librarian Form.

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