Sociological Abstracts has several powerful features to help you find relevant articles, book chapters, and dissertations for your assignments.These include:
These features are explained more fully below.
For example, searching for racism gives you nearly 50,000 hits. Some of the results may only mention racism briefly and would not be a good fit.
On the left, you can narrow these results by subject — what you really want, and what the articles will actually be about.
Sociology might be a good thing to focus on for a sociology paper.
This gives you new results, as well as more subjects to choose from. If you click on Inequality from the next list, you end up with 170 focused results.
Keep in mind that Inequality is still part of your search.
If you're more interested in just Sociology, click the small X next to Inequality to remove it (this is in the upper left corner of the results list). Your results increase to over 3,000.
On the Advanced Search page, you can specify your search in several useful ways:
Searching by keyword usually gives you something, but the results may be overwhelming or imprecise, even with limiters and narrowing your results.