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Sociology: An Introduction to Library Resources

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Find Articles in Sociology and Related Disciplines

To find articles on a particular topic published in newspapers, magazines or journals, the best way to search is by using journal indexes. There are hundreds of these indexes available to you as Harvard students. I have listed only a few relevant resources here. You can find these and additional electronic resources in the Find E-Resources section of E-Research @ Harvard.

General Multidisciplinary

Academic Search Premier (ASP) is a multi-disciplinary database that includes citations and abstracts from over 4,700 scholarly publications (journals, magazines and newspapers). Full text is available for more than 3,600 of these publications. The most complete coverage begins in the 1990s.

JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. Content in JSTOR spans many disciplines, primarily in the humanities and social sciences. JSTOR does not contain the most recent issues of journals. There is typically a 1 to 5 year gap between the most recently published issue of a journal and the issues available in the database.

LexisNexis Academic provides access to thousands of news, business, legal, and medical publications and information sources, including: newspapers, newsletters, magazines, trade journals, wire services, and broadcast transcripts. Additionally LexisNexis Academic offers international resources in French, Italian, and German. Converage from 1970 to the present.

Social Science Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts (1992-), covering the journal literature of the social sciences. It indexes 3,300 major journals across more than 50 disciplines. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work. Includes book reviews.

Sociology and Related Disciplines

ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection provides access to databases covering the international literature in the social sciences, including politics, sociology, social services, anthropology, criminology and education. Together, they provide abstracts, indexing and full text coverage of journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, working papers and more.

Race Relations Abstracts provides indexing of the subject areas, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Some 40,000 records are included.

Women's Studies International citations and abstracts are drawn from a variety of essential women's studies databases which range in coverage from classic works & core studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. The database covers 1972 to the present.

America History and Life is the primary bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present, covering over 2,000 journals published worldwide.  In addition to articles, the database includes book and media reviews and citations to abstracts of dissertations. Coverage is from 1964 to the present.  Historical Abstracts indexes more than 2,000 journals covering the history of the rest of the world from 1450 to the present. Coverage is from 1954 to the present.

EconLit is a comprehensive index of the world's economic literature, produced by the American Economic Association. It includes coverage of over 600 journals as well as articles in collective volumes (essays, proceedings, etc.), book reviews, dissertations, and working papers from the Cambridge University Press' Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics. Coverage is from 1969 to the present.