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Ethel K Smith Library

SOC 475: Special Topics in Sociology : Sociology Database

Finding useful articles

      1. Click on the Advanced Search link located beneath the basic search box on the ProQuest SS landing page.

       2. Our first search term will be American and our second set will be Culture after the AND operator.

      3. If you have other search terms to use in narrowing your results, enter them in the Boolean operator boxes. You can create more boxes if necessary by clicking icon. We'll also limit our publication date to works published After January 1st 2005 to identify current research. Set your Peer reviewed limiter if it isn't automatically selected.


      4. Now click the Search button.

Interpreting your results:

The main column on the page consists of the results of your search. You can sort the results by publication or relevance, and limiters that can be used to narrow your search results appear in the left column of the page. Note: Your Keywords will be highlighted in your search result list.

The limiters are comprehensive, the options available to you appear in collapsible lists on the left column in the results.

When you find an article that interests you, you can...

  • Preview it by mousing over the  icon. A small window will appear You'll see the article's abstract, subject headings and citation information.
  • Click on the icon to access full-text of the article in PDF form. If no other form is available use the icon.

    Tip: If you have a choice to use a PDF or an html version of an article choose the PDF for accurate page numbers!

  • If a full-text version of your article is not available, search for the title of your article in Fetch!
    or request the article through the Interlibrary Loan form.