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Sociological Abstracts Tutorial

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: September 13, 2010
  • Filed Under: Sociology

The Sociological Abstracts database is a useful starting place for sociology research. The database covers a variety of sociology-related topics in fields such as anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science, and social psychology from many journals and other periodicals.

To help you get started with searching this database and to demonstrate a few helpful tricks, I’ve created a short video tutorial about Sociological Abstracts. You can watch the video on the Social Problems Research Guide or on YouTube.

sociological abstracts

Please note that the layout of the Library website has changed slightly since I made the tutorial. Rather than clicking the “Research” tab to get to the database as shown in the video, you will need to click the “Guides” tab. The database itself is the same, so all other demonstrations are accurate.

Feel free to contact us with any further questions or comments that you may have.


Goodbye and Hello


The history/sociology liaison team lost one of its original members – David Burke, who will devote more time to resource management and the creation and organization of metadata in Falvey’s growing digital library.

Laura Bang, a recent graduate of the University of Maryland’s library science school, replaces David on the liaison team. Laura joined Falvey this past spring as a curatorial assistant in Special and Digital Collections. Originally from Santa Barbara (Ca.),  Laura received her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Bryn Mawr College. Last summer, while in graduate school, Laura worked at the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Laura noted that the IYL is located in a fifteenth-century castle and that her work there was her “favorite experience in library school.”

Jutta Seibert, coordinator of Academic Integration, continues as team coordinator and Alice Bampton, Visual Resources librarian, remains on the team.


200 years of U.S. History and Politics in Congressional Documents

serialset1Are you interested in U.S. history and politics? Have you worked with the Serial Set before or did you always shy away from using it because of the time and effort involved in tracking down documents included in this series?

Villanova faculty and students will have access to the full text of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and the American States Papers on a trial basis until October 11. The Library is evaluating the purchase of this valuable resource and we would like to include your opinions into the evaluation process.

The Serial Set goes back to the 15th Congress (1817). The online version currently on trial includes the years 1817 to 1994. It contains House and Senate documents as well as House and Senate reports. The documents cover a wide variety of topics and include reports of independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.
The American State Papers, 1789-1838 are part of the trial access.
Take a look, evaluate its value for faculty and student research projects and email your feedback to Jutta Seibert.


Getting Started With RefWorks

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: September 7, 2010
  • Filed Under: History

blog2RefWorks Library Workshop
Date: Sunday, September 12
Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Location: Griffin Room, 1st floor, Falvey

Please set up a RefWorks account by clicking on the “Sign up for an Individual Account” link before you come to the workshop and download Write-N-Cite if you bring your personal laptop.

You will learn how to

  • — export references from catalogs, indexes, and digital collections,
  • — edit references,
  • — create folders for different projects,
  • — create references from scratch in RefWorks,
  • — cite in Microsoft Word with Write-N-Cite (Chicago style).

Please e-mail me at jutta.seibert@villanova.edu if you would like to attend, but have not yet signed up.



Last Modified: September 7, 2010