Research & Documentation Online 5th Edition

General resources in the social sciences

American Statistics Index.

Washington: Congressional Information Service, 1974–. A useful index to statistics that are buried within government publications. The online version, called Statistical Masterfile or LexisNexis Statistical, contains some links to full texts. It is searchable by keyword, subject, author, title, agency, or year and can be limited by demographic, geographic, or other variables.

Social Sciences Citation Index.

Philadelphia: Institute for Scientific Information, 1956–. An interdisciplinary database covering more than 1,700 journals in the social sciences. Search by author, keyword, or cited source, a good way to trace the influence of a particular work. Part of the Web of Knowledge, this database also offers a powerful Related Records search, which identifies articles that cite one or more of the same sources.

Social Sciences Index.

New York: Wilson, 1974–. An interdisciplinary index to over 600 key journals in the social sciences, including anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. In some libraries, the database includes the full texts of selected articles.