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An introduction to Sociology resources at Queen's

Article Indexes

Scholarly journal articles are very important sources for research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic.

To locate articles on your topic, use an index or a database such as the ones recommended on this guide. 

Tip:  There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade. If you are looking for scholarly or peer reviewed articles, you can typically restrict your search results to only peer reviewed journal articles by applying a search limit in the database.

Key Indexes

Premiere database for finding sociological research. Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
A pre-selected group of 3 citation, abstract, and full-text databases covering literature published in sociology. Each database can be searched separately but they also can be searched as a group, from this starting point.
Sociology Database (formerly called ProQuest Sociology)
Full text collection of 255+ journals in sociology and social work. Can be searched just like an index, but search results will only be drawn from the 255+ journals, compared to Sociological Abstracts, which indexes over 2000 journals.

Multidisciplinary Social Sciences Indexes

Provides international coverage and indexes journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters.
SSCI is part of Web of Science. To search this database select SSCI under More Settings at the bottom of the search screen.

Gender Studies

Indexes scholarly and popular journals covering gender-engaged scholarship.
Comprehensive index (with abstracts and links to full-text) to articles, books and reference works relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

Socio-Legal Studies

Index to journal articles and books in all areas of law.
"Westlaw Canada's mandate is to provide coverage of unreported court decisions from 1986 forward and reported court decisions from 1977, as well as decisions published in Carswell law reports from their inception. You will also find that Westlaw Canada includes an extensive collection of decisions predating 1977 from key courts and law report series."

Indexes to Non-Mainstream Publications

Interdisciplinary index to alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.
Interdisciplinary, with a focus on publications from ethnic, minority and native presses.

Highly Cited Journals

Broad Multidisciplinary Indexes

Find articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports covering a broad spectrum of topics.
Use the Google search engine to locate articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles published on the "open" web.

Other Useful Indexes

Includes human geography.

Coverage of sport, fitness, and related disciplines.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.