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Social Science Database: Searchable Fields

Social Science Database offers key full-text social science journals


The ProQuest Thesaurus is used to index the Social Science Database subject field. Subject terms are found in the subject field and this field is part of the searchable fields table to the right. Subject terms are also commonly known as descriptors, controlled vocabulary, and sometimes classification terms.

In the Social Science Database, there are different subject types and in addition to the all encompassing subject field, there is also a separate subject field for company/organization, person, and location. These are also included in the searchable fields table to the right.

The thesaurus allows you to find subject terms to narrow or broaden your search and is available from the Advanced or Command Line. If you want to run a search on a subject, but you do not know what term to use, use the thesaurus to search the controlled vocabulary. A hierarchical display is available and will give suggestions on the appropriate subject terms to add to your search.

To use the thesaurus, select the Thesaurus link from the Advanced or Command Line search page, then browse or search for subjects containing the word or beginning with the word. Mark the items that you would like to search and then select the appropriate Boolean operator to combine your items. Click the Add to search button and your terms will be placed into the search form. Run your search to include the subject terms (adding additional search fields and terms if needed).

Look Ups and Browsable Indexes

The Social Science Database offers six Look ups or browsable indexes, so you can easily find spelling or format variations of, for example, an author's name or a journal title. You can find the Look up links in the advanced search page and they are available for the following searchable fields: author, publication title, subject, company/organization, person, and location. For a description of these fields, please see the searchable fields table to the right. 

Note: Look ups are also available from the Command Line search (through the Look up terms link).

To use and locate a Look up or browsable index, select the field from the advanced search pull-down menu. If a Look up is available, under the search row you will see a link to the Look up (i.e., "Look up Authors").

Click the Look up link and then you will see a browsable and alphabetical index for that field. There are some indexes that will not display an alphabetical list before searching for the term, rather you will have to enter a term first, and then the alphabetical list of matches will display.

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the "Add to search" button. The index term will now appear in the advanced search form along with the appropriate pull-down menu selection. Note that you may select multiple terms and join them with a Boolean operator AND or OR before clicking the "Add to Search" button.

Searchable Fields


Field Name


Search Examples & Explanation



AB(child welfare worker)

Search terms can be put in quotation marks for a more specific search.


(urban art)

Enter keyword(s) without a field code label to search the entire record.

Anywhere except full text


ALL(migration law)

Searches for keywords in the citation and abstract. It is a full record search, but does not include a search on the full text.




AU(Graff, E. J.)

Use to find documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all publications by a specific author.

Cited Author


AU(Buffett, Warren)

Use to search for an author that is part of the Cited References section of a record.

Cited Document Title



Use to search for document titles that are part of the Cited References section of a record.

Cited Publication Date


CYR(October 2011)

Use to search for publication dates that are part of the Cited References section of a record.

Cited Publication Title


CPUB(Gender and Behaviour)

Use to search for a publication title that is part of the Cited References section of a record.




ORG(Planned Parenthood) 

Search for a company or other organizations featured prominently in an article.

Document Text



Search for keywords in the body of the article.

Document Title




Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.




Search for a specific geographic area or location.



PER(Barack Obama)

Use to find articles about a person.

Publication Title



PUB(Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities)

Use to search by a specific publication or publications.



REF(Hartwig, Kari)

Use the reference search field to look for the data in a cited reference. It will search all of the main components of a cited reference (cited author, cited document title, cited publication date, and cited publication title).

Subject Heading(All)


SU(cultural values)

Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject.