Library News - Sociology

Thursday, December 22, 2005

New Research Database - Child Development and Adolescent Studies

Child Development and Adolescent Studies

Child Development & Adolescent Studies is today’s source for references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. This database includes all of the issues of Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography from 1927 - 2001 previously published by the Society for Research in Child Development plus new coverage on Child Rights and welfare issues. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed. More than 177,000 records are included with over 10,000 new records added each year.

New Interfaces for Databases

The following databases are now using the EBSCO interface.

Mental measurements yearbook

Family & society studies worldwide

Gender studies database

Two New Collections Added to Ebrary

Now included in the growing Ebrary collection.

Canadian public policy collection
This is a collection of monograph publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups. The organizations included in this collection represent the leading edge of primary research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy. Their publications are vital to the understanding of developing issues in every arena of Canadian public life.

Canadian health research collection
This is a collection of monograph publications from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres working in the area of health and medical research. The organizations included in this collection are very active publishers of primary research in the field. The publications included are both general policy documents as well as those of a specialized technical nature.

Monday, December 05, 2005


On behalf of the project coordinator, I just wanted to say thanks to all the sociology faculty and students who volunteered to take part in our library website usability testing last week. The project coordinator was really impressed by the number of volunteers - it far exceeded our demands! So, for those of you who took part - your feedback was greatly appreciated. For those of you whom we didn't need, we appreciate your willingness to participate and, if you have any specific comments about the new library site that you'd like to pass along, let me know.

Sociology Journals Ranked by Impact

Top 10 sociology journals ranked by impact from incites (numbers from the current issue of ISI Journal Citation Reports);
  • 2004
  • 2000-2004
  • 1981-2004
Top 10 for 2004:
  1. American Sociological Review
  2. Annual Review of Sociology
  3. American Journal of Sociology
  4. Social Problems
  5. Sociologia Ruralis
  6. Population and Development Review
  7. Leisure Sciences
  8. Sociology of Health & Illness
  9. Journal of Marriage and Family
  10. Politics & Society

SocIndex Enhancements in 2006

EBSCOhost is introducing several significant product enhancements in the beginning of 2006, to their databases (SocIndex, Academic Search Premier, etc.).

* Visual Search delivers a graphically-rich, extremely efficient visual searching alternative, available in addition to EBSCO's popular Basic and Advanced Searching modes.

* EBSCOhost Clustering displays links of search results sorted by subject, in addition to regular Result List article links. The links provide users with instant access to just those articles concerning particular subjects.

* Database Selection from the Basic and Advanced Search Screens is available using a drop-down list of the databases in the profile being searched, eliminating the need to return to the Choose Databases screen to select a different database.

* Database Groupings by Subject can be presented in the database drop-down list to offer users groupings of databases sorted by popular subjects, such as technology, business, medical science, psychology or education.

* Printing, Emailing and Saving in Standard Industry formats allows researchers interested in citing articles using specific industry formats to choose from the following: AMA, APA, Chicago/Turabian: Humanities, Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date, Modern Language Association or Vancouver/ICMJE.

* RSS enabled Alerts allow users to feed results from EBSCOhost Search and Journal Alerts into their news readers and aggregators, as well as their web sites.

* Context-specific Help is instantly available when users click on question mark icons.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

U of C sociology faculty in Scholar Profiles in Sociological Abstracts

This new feature includes the many of the U of C sociology faculty - providing links directly to the faculty pages on the website. The best way to find your scholar's page is to do an author search in Sociological Abstracts and then select the scholar's tab. For example,

Scholar Universe: Social Science provides verified access to more than 100,000 Scholar Profiles and Organization Profiles. These authoritative profiles cover currently active authors, faculty and researchers at 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Scholar Profiles include contact information, education, research interests, home page, and verified publications from CSA collections; Organization Profiles include information, homepage, and member lists.

Scholar Profile information can be accessed from Search Results lists in CSA Illumina from either the ScholarIcon beside names of Authors within short results and on full record view or the ScholarTab in the search results list.

For additional information about accessing Scholar Universe: Social Science go to:

Sociological Abstracts - more records and abstracts

Recent additions to Sociological Abstracts
  • Records from 1952-1962.
  • Abstracts from 1963-1972.
  • More cited reference content.
Scholar Profiles
  • Over 100, 000 scholar profiles
  • Check it out - you may be listed.