Saturday, October 4, 2014

SocINDEX Offers Research on All Aspects of Society from A to Z

The Cheng Library's new SocINDEX database provides access to the broad spectrum of sociological study. With a backfile extending to 1895, it features more than 2.1 million records and contains citations and abstracts from over 4,400 journals, over 1,000 books, and over 400 magazines, plus additional references to working papers, educational reports, trade publications, conference papers, and more. Subject coverage extends to all areas of sociology and its sub-disciplines, including criminology and criminal justice, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, political sociology, religion, rural and urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse and other addictions, violence, and many others topics.

The SocINDEX database provides a subject classification system (thesaurus) of over 20,000 terms to support high-precision searching and enable students and researchers to retrieve the most comprehensive result sets for any topic of interest. It also includes a directory of author profiles covering the most prolific, widely cited, and frequently searched-for authors in the database. Each author profile includes biographical data and bibliographic information, which together allow users to ascertain an author's areas of expertise and academic/professional focus. All author profiles are updated on a routine basis as new information about each author becomes available.

SocINDEX replaces Sociological Abstracts in the Cheng Library's collection.

We invite you to try SocINDEX and see what it can offer you. Please contact Richard Kearney, Electronic Resources Librarian ( or 973-720-2165), or Anthony Joachim, Library Liaison to the Sociology Department ( or 973-720-3665 if you have questions or comments about SocINDEX.