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Sociological Abstracts


Introduction

Sociological Abstracts (SocAbs) provides citations and abstracts on all aspects of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Sociological Abstracts covers an international selection of more than 1,800 journals. Here is a sampling of the topics that are covered: demography, group interactions, social psychology, social structure, urban studies, and women's studies. SocAbs (Sociological Abstracts) is updated monthly, and provides links to those full text articles held by UT Arlington.

Sociological Abstracts is available to current UT Arlington faculty and students at this web addresses:

libguides.uta.edu/az.php

Searching

A truncation symbol in Sociological Abstracts is an asterisk ( * ), and when this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word. For example, the command soci* will search for both the word social, sociology, sociological, and sociologists.

Two Boolean operators that are key to find information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between synonymous concepts. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:

(homeless* or runaway*) and (policy or policies)

The first part of this statement will find material about homeless adults or adolescents living on the street. The second part will look for the words "policy" or "policies". The AND then links the first set with the second. This may find information about polices addressing both adult and youth homelessness.


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