SOCIOLOGICAL ABSTRACTS SEARCH GUIDE
To Access: <insert location and steps for accessing Sociological Abstracts from your local library >
To Begin: At the Cambridge Scientific Abstracts Internet Data Base Service web page, click in box at left of Sociological Abstracts to
select the database. You are now ready to begin your search. You may begin with the Standard Search by filling in the provided
boxes, or you can select Advanced Search (see Advanced Search Guide).
TIPS & TOOLS FOR SEARCHING
* Truncation symbol. Expands a term to include all forms of a root word, e.g. child* retrieves child, child’s,
children, children’s, childbirth, etc.
AND Narrows search and retrieves records that contain all of the terms it separates, e.g. california AND
immigration retrieves records with both terms
OR Broadens search and retrieves records that contain either of the terms, e.g. immigration OR emigration
retrieves records with either term
NOT Narrows search and retrieves records that do not contain the term following it, e.g. immigration NOT california
retrieves records with the term immigration and without the term california
no operator used Implies adjacency between words and includes the second word of a pair if it follows the first word within 15
characters of the first letter of the word, e.g. immigration california retrieves records with immigration and
california virtually next to each other, with no intervening words
() Use parentheses to group words or phrases when combining Boolean phrases and to show the order in
which relationships should be considered, e.g. (immigra* or emigra*) and california
Author box Search for names in the author field
Title box Search for words or phrases in a title field
immigra* labor* searches as a phrase or as adjacent words
immigra* and labor* and california searches for all three words in title
Any Field Box Search for words anywhere in a record
Retrieves only records containing the phrase ‘california immigration’ or both words adjacent
california and immigration
Retrieves records with both words appearing in any field together or separately
california and immigra* and (labor* or field* or agricultur*)
Retrieves records with california AND any variation of immigra* AND the variations of EITHER labor* OR
field* OR agricultur*
More than one box Narrow search. When words are entered in more than one box, the search is performed as if the AND
operator was used to combine the statements in each box, e.g.
Author friedland or freedland
Retrieves records with EITHER friedland OR freeland as an author AND california in the title.
You may limit your search in multiple years at this point. Use pull-down box to select years. CLICK ON SUBMIT to activate your search.
Results will be displayed in two groups: 1993- and 1963-1992. Scroll down to view first group of citations. To see next group, scroll up &
click on that group’s button.
TO SAVE CITATIONS, mark records by clicking in box at left of citation. You may print or e-mail a marked list by clicking on
Capture Marked Records. At Capture Options screen, select your platform (pc, mac or unix), the record format you want and how you
want the list distributed (i.e., saved to disk, emailed or printed from screen display).
Guide created by Cheryl Gomez and Linda Turner, UCSC