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Sociological Abstracts

A guide to all aspects of Sociological Abstracts including content, searching, and viewing results on the ProQuest platform.

Searchable Fields

Searchable Fields

An accessible version of the Searchable Fields table is available below.

Field Name


Search Examples & Explanation




We use the journal-provided abstract with little or no modification, or have members from our editorial team write an abstract from scratch, drawing on the article’s text and concepts. Our team’s goal is to make the article’s point as clearly and succinctly as possible.



(school dropout)

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



AU(Wacquant, Loic)

Use to find documents written by a particular author. 

Author Affiliation


AF(Glasgow Caledonian)

Use this field to retrieve documents associated to a particular institution



ORG("World Health Organization")

Search for a company or other organizations featured prominently in an article. There is a Look Up link available after selecting ORG from the dropdown or insert your own organization name.

It is best to use quotation marks for organizations that have multiple words.

Document Title


TI(Life-Satisfaction in Post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine)

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

Identifiers (keywords)


IF(addiction without drugs)

The Identifiers field has been used since 1998 to provide vocabulary that is not accessible through the controlled terminology of the Thesaurus. The natural language terms found in the Identifiers field reflects new or developing concepts in sociology that are not yet added to the Thesaurus. Prior to 1998, the Identifiers field was used to provide an "abstract of the abstract," and listed the dependent and independent variables under investigation, population, methodology, and geographic location of study.




This search field looks for the eight digit International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), where available. Hyphens are optional.




Search for a specific geographic area or location from the indexed fields. To find locations named in articles, consider a keyword search anywhere or in the Document Title.




Use to find articles about a person.

Publication Title


PUB(journal of family violence)

Used to search by a specific publication or publications. You can use the index to browse the list of publication included in Sociological Abstracts.



PB(Society for Applied Sociology)

Used to retrieve documents from a specific publisher.

Place of publication



Use to retrieve publishers located in a specific country. This information will display in the publisher field in the full record.

Resource Location



This information will display in the field called URL.

Subject Heading(All)


SU(family structure)

Use this to search controlled vocabulary from the Sociological Abstracts thesaurus. For more information on the Sociological Abstract Thesaurus see the box on the left. Terms searched will also be searching Classification and Identifiers.

Look Ups and Browsable Indexes

Sociological Abstracts offers four 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, subject and classification code. 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. Other Look ups and browsable indexes will be listed in the Limit To section of the advanced search page.

Select 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.