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Social Sciences: Finding Sources

General Resources

Internet Resources
Internet Crossroads in the Social Sciences.
A thorough guide to information and data sources available on the Internet, created by staff at the University of Wisconsin Data and Program Library Service. The site includes links to government and nongovernment sites concerned with domestic and international economics, labor, health, education, geography and history, politics, sociology, and demography. Each link is accompanied by a description and explanation. A site-wide keyword search engine is also available.

SOSIG: Social Sciences Information Gateway. 
A selective catalog of thousands of Web sites in the social sciences. Visitors to the site can browse by topic and region, or search by keyword. Each entry has been reviewed and is annotated. The compilers, an international group, avoid including lists of links, but focus instead on sites that can provide information directly. This site is frequently updated and rigorously maintained.

U.S. Census Bureau: The Official Statistics. 
Offers Internet access to an astounding amount of demographic, social, and economic data collected by the Census Bureau and other federal agencies. The search engine allows for pinpointing relevant statistical tables and reports. The site is updated almost daily with newly released reports on such subjects as fathers as care providers, children without healthcare, and trade statistics. Many of the tables can be downloaded in portable document format (.pdf).


Library Resources
American Statistics Index. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Information Service, 1974-.
An index to statistics appearing in government publications, accessible by subject, author, agency, and statistical variable. It is useful for finding statistical data not indexed anywhere else. Available in electronic format as Statistical Masterfile and Statistical Universe.

Demographic Yearbook. New York: United Nations, 1948-.

Statistical Yearbook. New York: United Nations, 1948-.
Annual compilations of demographic, economic, and social statistics from around the world. Some years include a special thematic or historical focus.

Gallup Poll. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1972-.
An annual compilation, with indexes, of opinion poll statistics gathered by the Gallup organization, covering 1935 to the present.

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970.2 vols. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1975.
Offers vital statistics, economic figures, and social data for the United States over time. An index at the back is searchable by subject. For more recent figures, consult the Statistical Abstract of the United States.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. New York: Macmillan, 1968.
Contains scholarly articles on topics in anthropology, sociology, psychology, and other social sciences. Though it is dated and does not include current methodology and theory, this reference provides authoritative historical overviews and extensive bibliographies in the fields covered.

Social Science Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 1996.
Offers short articles defining concepts in the social sciences, with bibliographies of key references.

Social Sciences Citation Index. Philadelphia: Institute for Scientific Information, 1969-.
An index to well over 1,000 journals in the social sciences that can be searched by author (using the source index) or by subject (using the keyword permuterm index). You can also search under the author and title of a work to find out who is currently citing it (using the citation index). Available in electronic format.

Social Sciences Index. New York: Wilson, 1974-.
An interdisciplinary index searchable by author and subject to key journals in the social sciences, including anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. A separate section at the back of the index covers book reviews. Available in electronic format.

Sources of Information in the Social Sciences: A Guide to the Literature. By William H. Webb et al. 3rd ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1986.
An annotated guide to research sources in the social sciences; a good place to find key works as well as reference tools.

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1879-.
Perhaps the single most useful collection of statistical information available in a small package. It includes hundreds of statistical tables on areas such as population, economics, and social factors, with references to the original sources. An index to the tables provides easy access.

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