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An introduction to Sociology resources at Queen's

Article Indexes

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

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

Tip: If you know the name of the journal/magazine/newspaper you are looking for you can click on the Journal Search tab in Omni to search by title. 

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 several databases covering literature published in sociology and related disciplines. 
Sociology Database (formerly called ProQuest Sociology)
Full text collection of 300+ journals in sociology and social work. Can be searched just like an index, but search results will only be drawn from the 300+ 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.
Legal Periodicals Full Text
Index, with selective full text, to articles and books on all areas of law.
Comprehensive index to law and law-related journals and newspapers.
Contains an extensive collection of Canadian case law and legislation, plus commentary.

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.
Scopus is a large abstract and citation database, including peer-reviewed titles from international publishers, Open Access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, quality web sources.

Other Useful Indexes

Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA)
Multidisciplinary database indexing Canadian magazines, scholarly journals, and news.

Communication & Mass Media Complete
CMMC covers more than 600 journal titles and includes full text for over 200 journals in advertising, marketing, film/video, game studies, journalism, communication, mass media, linguistics, rhetoric, language, logic, and other closely related fields.

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.