Doing Research in Sociology in the Princeton University Library

 ISI Web of Science
Social Sciences Citation Index

Social Sciences Citation Index - ISI Web of Science
, subscription database.

Unique Feature - Or Nearly So.

  • In doing sociological research, the greatest strength of Social Sciecnes Citation Index is perhaps as a "place of last resort," in the instance that nothing else works, or is incomplete. It shares this attribute with the Google Scholar database, a somewhat unlikely pairing of one of the most venerable, specialized and erudite of the subscription databases, with what is arguably the most informal scholarly database in form and function, but one which is still highly useful.

The Social Sciences Citation Index - SSCI, a subset of the ISI Web of Science database, has sweeping coverage of the scholarly journal literature and some few but key books in the social sciences  It is a multidisciplinary database where half of the entries from 1991 forward include abstracts.  It has great strength as an author and title index, and for tracing the use of key books and journal articles, and even journals themselves, in subsequent scholarly research .  Coverage begins with items published in 1898.

SSCI indexes 1,700 journals spanning 50 disciplines, as well as covering individually selected relevant items from an additional 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.  Some 2,800 new articles and 50,000 new cited references are added each week..   SSCI and its companion publications Science Citation Index (1900 to present), and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975 to present), will be found bundled under the umbrella title Web of Science, as well as under their own titles, on the ARTICLES AND DATABASES link on the library homepage.

The Social Sciences Citation Index covers an extremely broad range of articles and books, especially useful in the field of Sociology.  Footnotes and bibliographical references are also given for all of them so relationships among scholarly publications can be more easily traced  forward in time.  Please be mindful that the titles of journal articles in the cited footnotes and bibliographies are usually NOT given anywhere in the database or the paper form.  Also, authors given names are entered as initials only, and are not consistent for any individual person.  That is, one article or book may be referenced by the last name only, another by the same author may have one initial, while a third may be entered with two or even three initials.  To be more complete, each possible form must be checked.

Some of the disciplines covered include:

  • Anthropology 
  • History 
  • Industrial Relations 
  • Information Science & Library Science 
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science 
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Public Health 
  • Social Issues 
  • Social Work 
  • Sociology
  • Substance Abuse
  • Urban Studies
  • Women's Studies

    Page last updated 14 March 2012  in the Princeton University Library