SocIndex and ProQuest Social Science carry more social science journals than just sociology!
Read abstracts closely to be sure the author is taking a sociological approach to the topic. If you are working in the sub-field of social psychology, you can use social psych sources, but stay away from psychology journals.
How would an abstract read if it is sociology? It can mention a social theory, equality, marginalization, society, social groups....
Sometimes it is very clear from the title of the journal; sometimes it is not.
What are the author's credentials? Is he/she a criminologist, sociologist, ethnologist? Sometimes this info is on the first page of the article. You might have to "Google" the author to find out.
What are Scholarly Articles?
Here are some common characteristics of scholarly journal articles:
- Article appears in a peer reviewed journal (filter your search results for "peer reviewed")
- Author is an expert in the field. The author's credentials in the field are established, and they are likely affiliated with a scholarly institution and hold an appropriate degree in their field.
- There is a lengthy bibliography at the end of the article.
- Based on original research, or new applications of others' research
- Written for a scholarly audience in that field of study (difficult for others to read)
Use to find information covering the international literature of sociology and social work, including relevant titles from related fields such as social policy, social care, social services, social anthropology, gender studies, gerontology, social psychology and population studies. Contains abstracts and full-text articles from academic journals, trade journals, magazines, dissertations, reports, newspapers, blogs, podcasts, conference papers and proceedings and website links.
Use to find resources covering a wide range of social science disciplines, including anthropology, communication, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology. Contains abstracts and full-text articles from academic journals, trade journals, magazines, dissertations, reports, newspapers, blogs, podcasts, conference papers and proceedings and website links.
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