Sociology Resources on Proquest Louise Gordon Environment and Social Sciences Liaison Librarian February 2012
Changes to Sociology databases <ul><li>We subscribe to : </li></ul><ul><li>ASSIA </li></ul><ul><li>IBSS </li></ul><ul><li>Sociology Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Social Services Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>These were previously on an interface called CSA Ilumina </li></ul>
Changes from the 13 th of February 2012 for Newcastle University Proquest, the company who owns CSA changed have released a new platform or interface. So if you access any of our CSA subscriptions, you will now see this screen
Quick Search – across all our subscriptions Ways to limit your search View lists of publications and details of coverage
Click on “Social Sciences” to see a list of databases for that subject
Resources within Social Sciences Category This box now just lets you search across the Social Science resources which Proquest categorises together
What’s available for Social Sciences? Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) This database covers health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. The database abstracts and indexes over 500 journals and periodicals, from more than 16 countries. International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) This database includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books are included each year. Social Services Abstracts This database provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, social welfare, social policy and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,300+ serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations and citations to book reviews. Sociological Abstracts This database abstracts and indexes the international literature of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers and working papers. Cited references are included for many journal articles.
Search individual databases If you just want to search within an single databases e.g. ASSIA click on the search option next to the title
Search all 4 Sociology databases If you click on the “See List” at the top of the screen, you’ll see the list of our databases appear. Then choose “change database selections” Tick or untick the selected databases. i.e just those for Sociology
Advanced Search On each search screen there are options to use the advanced search
Advanced Search Different ways to combine your keywords Apply your keywords to different fields Limit by peer reviewed our by date
Tips to improve your search If you enter keywords into the search box without specifying search fields, by default Proquest will search for those words anywhere in the record. It will also retrieve documents containing all your search terms. e.g . Typing in childhood sociology is the same as typing childhood AND sociology. You can also use any of the standard Boolean operators to expand or narrow any search AND, OR , NOT Phrase searching e.g. “male attainment”
Tips to improve your search <ul><li>Use of wildcards: e.g </li></ul><ul><li>* this replaces zero or more characters at the beginning of the end of the word. </li></ul><ul><li>e.g sociol* searches for sociology, sociological, etc </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. *employment searches for employment and unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. colo*r searches for color and colour </li></ul><ul><li>? This replaces a single character </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Sm?th would search for Smith and Smyth </li></ul>
Adapting searches on CSA onto Proquest If you want to see the differences between the platforms especially in the context of using more complicated searches. Check this webapge: http://search.proquest.com/help/webframe.html?search_syntax_compare.html
Your results list Suggested subjects based on your original search terms Options to refine the results list Preview: view further info e.g. Abstract Hit-term highlighting
Individual Records The Find It button checks our full text collections to see if we have the PDF of the article within our subscriptions This individual reference can be emailed, printed, save or exported to Endnote
Set up an account on Proquest You can also save searches and records to “My Research”. You will need to set up a free log in account with Proquest. You can save pages of results or individual items
Alerts and RSS feeds <ul><li>Search Alerts delivered via email </li></ul><ul><li>Be notified about: </li></ul><ul><li>New materials only </li></ul><ul><li>For previous results and new materials </li></ul><ul><li>Choose you get emails daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly </li></ul>Create RSS feeds so you can be alerted via your reader
Proquest Help There is a range of different guides, hand outs and further help from the Proquest website. Short video on the Proquest platform: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYDXiI8jUgU ASSIA guide: http://www.proquest.co.uk/assets/downloads/products/assia_db_guide.pdf IBSS guide: http://www.proquest.co.uk/assets/downloads/products/ibss_db_guide.pdf Youtube videos on the functionality of the new platform: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL943D4F9759615B70
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