Social Sciences Full Text

Periodical guides from the Wilson Company allow searching for information in periodicals and selected books in a variety of subject areas. From the search page of any of the databases, multiple or all of the Wilson databases can be checked for simultaneous searching. Most have selected full text articles available. The database "OmniFile" enables the user to select one or more of the Wilson databases to search at one time - not all full text articles will be retrieved in an "OmniFile" search.

The databases which have selected full text articles available are: Applied Science and Technology Full Text, Art Full Text, Biological and Agricultural Index, Business Full Text, Education Full Text, General Science Full Text, Humanities Full Text, Library Literature and Information Science, Reader's Guide Full Text, and Social Sciences Full Text.

The database which does not include the full text of articles is: Index to Legal Periodicals & Books.
Coverage is from approximately 1983 to present. Corresponding available print indexes for these titles may cover prior years.

Selecting the Database:

For doing research in the broad social sciences area, Social Sciences Full Text is a major resource, covering over 500 English-language periodicals. The wide range of coverage includes such fields as: anthropology, area studies, community health, criminal justice, economics, environmental studies, international relations, minority studies, political science, psychology, public welfare, social work, sociology, and urban studies. Online coverage is from 1983 to present; the corresponding print resource {Social Sciences Index} will cover the prior years to 1907; for selected related indexes see Anthropological Literature, Humanities Index/Humanities Full Text, PAIS International, PsycINFO, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, Social Work Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.

Basic Search:

In a Basic Search, enter a topic (word or phrase) in the "Find" box, then click on START. The search will search all fields. To limit a search term(s) to a specific field (author, title, subject) or range of publication years, use the Browse or Advanced Search. To search words as a phrase, use "quotation marks" around the phrase ("banking principles"). Use boolean operators to combine words (AND, OR, NOT). Search terms will be automatically linked as OR unless otherwise specified. If a word has several possible endings, use the asterisk "*" to truncate; for a single letter variation, use the wildcard "?." The database may automatically search for related words applicable for that subject field. Check the Thesaurus of each database for the controlled vocabularly of that field for more precise searching or to learn related terms for a more complete search.

Example:research*searches for research, researching, researcher, etc.
diet*searches for diet, diets, dietary, dieting, diethyl, etc.
Example:wom?nsearches for women and woman
Example:bargainingwill search for bargains, bargaining, negotiating, etc.
learningwill search for learn, learning, learned, etc.

Advanced Search:

The Advanced Search allows constructing a boolean search, choosing an article type, and limiting by date or other criteria. To construct a search, type a word or phrase in the text entry area. Focus the search on the default category ("ALL" fields) or choose specific fields to search (for example: author, title, journal name, abstract, subject) from the pull-down menu. Select AND, OR, NOT in between the text entry boxes, and enter terms in the additional text entry boxes to formulate a boolean search. If desired, modify the search by selecting from other available options.

If a topic contains more than one idea or concept, combine the search terms by using the boolean operators "and," "or," "not."

Example: mainstream* and specialboth terms must appear in the entry
histor* and computersboth terms must appear in the entry
special or giftedeither term may appear in the entry
dirt or soilseither term may appear in the entry
colonies or settlementseither term may appear in the entry
consequences or penaltyeither term may appear in the entry
dyslexia not mainstreamingdyslexia must appear as long as mainstreaming does not appear in the entry
presidents not electionpresidents must appear as long as election does not appear in the entry

A search can be limited by the choices available in the database: document type, full text (where available), a specific physical attribute, peer reviewed, publication date span, etc.

Fill in all text boxes and search limits wanted for the search and click START.

Browse Search:

A Browse Search will display a given term in a list of alphabetically close terms in the field selected. Fields of choice include author, subject(s), abstract indicator, journal name, and physical description. Mark the terms of interest and click on "SELECTED ENTRIES."

Results List:

The first ten search results are shown in brief (citation) format; to see the results in full format (citation, abstract, and available full text) format, click on the title in the entry.

The articles that are from peer reviewed articles will be indicated by . Those articles available full text online will have a full text and/or PDF icon adjacent to the item in the results list. Click on the format of choice.

To mark records of interest, click in the box next to each record. Click on "Get Marked" to view only the selected records.

To see the next set of results, click on the arrow at the bottom of the results screen. To revise the search to narrow or expand the results, click on "Revise Search."

Search History:

Selecting the Search History button results in a display of the searches that have been performed and indicates the number of records retrieved by each. It is possible to combine searches to form a new one, as well as remove searches. To combine searches, check two or more boxes and select and" or "or" to find records that contain all of the selected search terms or any of the selected search terms. Click the "New Results" button to perform the new search.

Current Awareness Alerts:

Alerts may be set up for searches or publications. See the instructions given under the "Create Alerts" button, or see general information in the guide: "Email Alert Services".

Printing Search Results:

  1. Mark the items of interest in the results list.
  2. Select from the toolbar on the left of the page.
  3. Click on "Printing and Citing Options."
  4. It is possible to print all records on the search page, a range of entries from the list, or only the records that have been marked.
  5. From the options, select to print items in brief or full format, with or without full text (when available), include Search history and/or Record numbers, etc.
  6. Click on "PRINT."

Saving (Downloading) Search Results:
  1. Mark the items of interest in the results list.
  2. Select from the toolbar on the left of the page.
  3. Click on "Saving, Citing, and Formatting for Bibliographic Software" or "Export to RefWorks, EndNote Software."
  4. It is possible to save all records on the search page, a range of entries from the list, or only the records that have been marked.
  5. From the options, select to save items in brief or full format, with or without full text (when available), include Search history and/or Record numbers, etc. Follow the options given.
  6. Insert a disk. Click on "SAVE." Name the file in the Save As� box, changing the drive to a:\, and select Save.

Emailing Records:

  1. Mark the items of interest in the results list.
  2. Select from the toolbar on the left of the page.
  3. Click on "Emailing and Citing Options."
  4. It is possible to email all records on the search page, a range of entries from the list, or only the records that have been marked.
  5. From the options, select to email items in brief or full format, with or without full text (when available), include Search history and/or Record numbers, etc.
  6. Enter an email address and follow the instructions given.

Locating Journal Articles at UWM Libraries:

  1. For the articles that are full text, click on the full text or pdf icon of choice.    
  2. For journal articles not full text: To determine if the UWM Libraries own a specific journal or book cited in the results list or has the full text of the journal available in another online resource, click at the bottom of the citation.
  3. If the journal is available full text in an online resource, select the database of choice from the options given and follow the instructions to locate the article.
  4. If the journal is not available full text in an online resource, follow the link to the UWM Libraries to check for print holdings. Locate the call number and holdings in the PantherCat record. In the record entry of the UWM Libraries, note the call number, holdings, and location information. Issues listed under Latest Issues: are located in the Current Periodicals area, Lower level, west wing. Issues listed under Library Has: are located in the stacks or the specified special location under Location or in Notes.
  5. If a title does not appear in the libraries' catalog nor is available full text online, request the journals through Interlibrary Loan.
  6. Inquire at the RIS Ask a Librarian Desk for further information.

Help and Exiting:
Select Help at any time to get more information on any of the WilsonWeb features. When finished with the search, click on .

llb: 06/19/2007


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