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Library Tutorial for Hons Year Students. Resources for Research in Sociology. by Hayati Abdul What shall we learn?. How to: Search Sociology databases using keywords, Boolean operators...

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what shall we learn
What shall we learn?
  • How to:
    • Search Sociology databases using keywords, Boolean operators...
    • Navigate LINC+ and access relevant services and resources from Library portal.
by the end of session we ll learn how to
By the end of session, we’ll learn how to:
  • Effectively search Sociology databases for journal articles, conference papers,...
  • Use LINC+and Library portal to locate relevant resources and services
  • Search Strategy
  • Databases for Sociology
  • Newspapers
  • Other useful sources
  • LINC+
  • Library portal
  • This is a hands-on session
boolean operators
Boolean operators
  • AND= All terms must be present
  • OR = Any of the terms may be present
  • NOT = Excludesspecific search term





casino gambling


Internet gambling

  • Most databases use asterisk *to retrieve variant forms of search terms:
    • gambl* =gambled, gambling, gamble

(anything that comes after ‘gambl’)

    • parent*= parenthood, parenting, parents

(anything that comes after ‘parent’)

    • Note: Different databases use different wildcard symbols e.g. $, ?, !
      • Check database guides, Help menu...
Parentheses ( )
  • Use( )to executecommands inside innermost parentheses first
    • (low income or single) and families

= low income families

single parent families

    • (teen*or adolescen*)and pregnancy

= teenage pregnancy

adolescent pregnancy

things to remember when searching databases
Things to remember when searching databases

Best practices

  • Enter search terms using natural language
    • Identify keywords & list synonyms, alternative spellings...
    • And, OR, NOT, *, $,( ) are standard symbols & can be used in almost all databases.
  • Look for the following features in each database:
    • Limit or refine search (by language, date...)
    • Sort results (by date, relevance, times cited...)
    • Descriptors, thesaurus, subjects for more search terms
    • Edit or modify search
    • Mark, save, print, email, export results
    • Links to abstracts, full-texts, citing articles
    • Help menus, Search tips, User guides...

“Overall, the ability to communicate with databases

as though you were talking to a colleague is pretty amazing,

as long as you know what it can and cannot do.”- Thane, Librarians’ Rx, Apr 2008

databases for sociology
Databases for Sociology
  • Scopus
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Social Sciences Citation Index via Web of Science
  • Proquest Theses & Dissertations
  • Expanded Academic Asap
  • Social Sciences Abstracts
about scopus
About Scopus
  • Provides indexing, abstracting of and citation linking to
    • peer reviewed & open access journals
    • conference proceedings, books…
    • web sources, author homepages, university sites, articles-in-press, preprint servers…
  • Coverage, 1966-
    • Focused on Scientific, Technical, Medical & Social Sciences literature.
  • Content originates from Europe, Latin America &

Asia Pacific region

  • Possible to Cross-searchScopus& CSA Illumina databases.
lets search scopus

religion* and social control

and deviance

Lets search Scopus

“While religion has played an important role as an

agent of social control, certain forms of religion have

increasingly been seen as deviant in contemporary

societies.” Discuss this apparent paradox.

let s search scopus

(welfare state) or (welfare society)

and singapore

Let’s search Scopus

Is Singapore a welfare state? If yes, why

and from which perspective? If no, how would

you call the Singaporean social policy regime?

let s search scopus17
Let’s search Scopus

How do micro-level and meso-level models of international

migration contribute to understanding the initiation

and perpetuation of foreign workers in Singapore?

foreign workers and singapore

and migration

notes on scopus
Notes on Scopus
  • Basic Search
    • Use Boolean operators, such as OR, AND, NOT, also multi-character wildcard *
    • Default search in “Article title, Abstract, Keywords”
    • Use Limit fields
    • Use Refine results
    • Combine Search History
    • Integration with CSA Illumina databases
      • Click to search Sociological Abstracts
    • Advanced Search - Command Line search not really recommended
sociological abstracts
Sociological Abstracts

CSA Illumina Quick Reference Guide

about sociological abstracts
About Sociological Abstracts
  • Premier resource for research literature in Sociology
  • Provides indexes & abstractsto journal articles, book chapters, conference papers & dissertations.
  • Coverage, 1979-
    • Culture, social structure, social differentiation, social psychology, sociology of the arts, business, education, studies in violence and power and more……
  • Search LINC+ for full-texts of references retrieved
  • Some overlap in literature coverage between Scopus & Sociological Abstracts
l et s search sociological abstracts

(aging or retirement) and singapore and government and family

Let’s search Sociological Abstracts

Successful ageing for Singapore:

the roles of the government and family

lets search sociological abstracts

surveillance and

(workplace* or work environment*)

Lets search Sociological Abstracts

How are surveillance technologies changing

the nature of the modern organization?

notes on sociological abstracts
Notes onSociological Abstracts
  • Quick Search
    • Searches single words or phrases
    • Quick search = anywhere search
    • Enter Boolean operators in search box
      • AND, OR and NOT
  • Advanced Search
    • Allows for more complex searches
    • Combine terms using Boolean operators from drop-down lists
    • Use drop-down menus to select specific fields:
      • Anywhere, Keywords, Author, Title, Descriptors…
notes on sociological abstracts25
Notes on Sociological Abstracts
  • Limits
    • Date
      • Use drop down menus to limit to range of years
    • Latest update
      • limits results to include only most recent records
    • Journal articles, English
      • limits search to journal articles & English records
  • QuickBib
    • Use records to create bibliography in ASA style.
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Notes on Sociological Abstracts
  • Displaying and viewing records
    • Click on View record for more details, including abstract
    • Results displayed by All Publication Types
    • Results can be sorted by
      • Most recent or Relevance
    • Click on Edit Search to modify search
    • Add or remove term(s) to refocus search
  • Managing search results
    • Mark, print, mail, save & export
    • Export to EndNote Web
Social Sciences Citation Index(via Web of Science)Quick Reference Guide
about social sciences citation index
About Social Sciences Citation Index
  • It is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the social sciences, 1980-
  • General Search
    • Searches by topic, author, etc., like any other article database.
  • Cited reference
    • A unique search tool that lets you use a particular article or author as a starting point to see who has cited that work since it was published.
l et s search ssci via web of science

(welfare state) or (welfare society)

and singapore

Let’s search SSCI via Web of Science

Is Singapore a welfare state? If yes, why

and from which perspective? If no, how would

you call the Singaporean social policy regime?

lets search social sciences citation index

surveillance and

(workplace* or work environment*)

Lets search Social Sciences Citation Index

How are surveillance technologies changing

the nature of the modern organization?

lets search social sciences citation index31

responses and research

and telephone surveys

Lets search Social Sciences Citation Index

Measures to improve return rates

in a telephone survey

notes on social sciences citation index
Notes on Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Enter search terms in search fields
    • Topic, Author, Title or Publication Name
  • Use quotation marks“ ... “ to look for exact phrase.
  • Search using AND, OR, NOT and SAME (same sentences) to create logical search statements.
  • Truncation symbols *,?, $ can be used to search for variants of words
  • Nest search operators inside parentheses ( )
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Notes on Social Sciences Citation Index
  • On search result list, click on the article's title to view its abstract & other details
  • May refine results by different criteria like subject areas, document types, languages, ... etc.
  • Sort results by date, number of times cited, relevance.
  • Click to access articles online.
  • Create Personal Profile to create Saved Searches and Search Alerts.

PERINDPeriodical Indexto articles relating to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & ASEANHow to search

about perind
  • Good source for research relating to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & ASEAN, 1980s-
  • Index to journal articles, book chapters and conference papers relating to humanities, social sciences, business, architecture, building, science, technology, law & medicine
  • Uses Boolean operators, truncation (*), drop-down list to search on specific fields
  • Save selected records using IE function File> Save as>filename...
lets search perind

social security and singapore

Lets search PERIND

Whatpotential problems

does the existing social security

system in Singapore pose?

lets search perind37

gender, class

Lets search PERIND

Analyze either the gender or class

dimensions of Singlish and its relationship

with the formation of “Singaporean” identity.

(gender or class) and

(singlish or singapore english)

and identity

journal citation alerts
Journal Citation Alerts
  • Major Sociology journal publishers
    • Sage
    • JSTOR
    • InformaWorld
    • SpringerLink
    • Project Muse
    • Cambridge

Journals Online

    • Open Access


journal citation alerts39
Journal Citation Alerts
  • I’d like to receive citation alerts from Sage journals on the following topic:

“The ethnicity factor in policing”

    • Access the Sage Publications platform via library portal
    • Look for the option “Alerts” (in this case, it is found under My Tools tab)
    • You will be asked to sign in (register for an account if necessary)
    • Do a search on your topic
    • Save your alert request
e newspapers
  • International & local newspapers:
    • New York Times, Asian Wall Street Journal, Business Times, The Straits Times, more…
  • Two major databases
    • Factiva
    • Lexis/Nexis Academic

Click to view


Access Factiva directly

  • Press Clippings
    • In-house collection of articles from Straits Times and Business Times
    • Articles about Singapore, Malaysia, ASEAN
    • Check LION under Press Clippings Collection - Subject Headings List*
    • Available from Singapore-Malaysia Collection (SMC)
  • Microfilms
    • The Straits Times from 1880 -
let s search factiva or lexisnexis

workfare income supplement

and (welfare or recipient*) and singapore

Let’s searchFactiva or LexisNexis

Discuss the extent to which the Workfare

Income Supplement scheme reflects a major

change in the social policy of the government.

lets search factiva lexisnexis academic
Lets search Factiva/LexisNexis Academic

Why do people use/not use

public transport in Singapore?

demand* OR prefer* OR usage OR choice*

(demand* OR prefer* OR usage OR choice*)

AND publictransport* AND singapore

foreign theses
Foreign Theses
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database
  • Index to Theses with Abstracts Accepted for Higher Degree by the Universities of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Australian Digital Theses Database
nus theses academic exercises

sociology national university singapore

NUS Theses & Academic exercises
  • Search LINC+, by keywords:
    • ph d
    • m soc sc
    • academic exercise
  • Search LINC, by call no, HM15 200* (for 2000-) in Theses Collection
statistical sources
Statistical Sources
  • EIU Country Data
  • Inter-University

Consortium for Political & Social Research

  • SingSTAT Time Series
  • Statistics on Singapore :
  • World development Indicators
  • Yearbook of statistics, Singapore


consumption of culture

The enhanced Library catalogue

linc results display
LINC+ Results Display

Relevance sorting

Browse up to

5 recently

added titles

Read summary

Read summary,

Choice Review



Book cover


by tags

library portal
Library portal
  • Resources & services
    • E-forms
      • Document Delivery Services
      • Recommend new titles
  • Subject Guides
  • Library Instruction ONline
  • EndNote X2®
  • Getting Help
materials not found in library
Materials Not Found in Library
  • Document Delivery Services (DDS)
    • Journal articles, Book Chapters, …
    • Request via E-Forms (Library Portal)
    • All requests must be approved by Supervisor


recommend books for purchasing
Recommend Books for Purchasing
  • E-forms
    • Submit e-form for “New Book”
    • Or email to
    • No endorsement from supervisor needed
    • 1 to 3 months to process

Recommend new titles

writing citation style
Writing & Citation Style
  • Refer to Sociology subject guide under
    • Research and Writing
      • Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article
      • The sociology student writer's manual
  • Library Instruction Online
    • How to cite references
      • American Sociological Association Style
  • Bibliographic management software
    • EndNote/EndNote Web
subject guides
Subject Guides
  • Good starting points for research

Click to search for

Sociology subject guide

endnote x2
EndNote X2®
  • A software that
    • stores and organizes citations found from many sources
    • inserts these citations into a Word document
    • automatically format your references according to a predefined citation style
  • Endnote training sessions for FASS:
    • Sept break
    • Please look out forEvents announcement in

Library portal!

we are here
We are here…
  • Advisory Service atInformation Desk,Central Library,Level 5.
  • Email me:
  • Tel: 6516 2028
e resource day
E-resource day
  • 9 September 2008 , Central Library Forum
  • Participate in our Online Quiz and Treasure Hunt to win prizes such as an Asus Eee PC, iPod Nanos, MP3 players, laptop bags, book vouchers, flash drives, optical mice, and other great prizes!
  • Listen in & Learn ! Our e-resource providers will be conducting talks throughout the day touching on the scope, coverage, and strengths of the various e-resources.
  • Some of the e-resources highlighted are: Business Source Premier, Scopus, Web of Science, Engineering Village 2, Proquest Dissertations & Theses, SciFinder Scholar, LexisNexis Academic and the list goes on!