Subject specific information: Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities Citation Index® available via the Web of Science dataservice of EISZ. The ISI® Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI®) and Arts & Humanities Search® provide access to current and retrospective bibliographic information and cited references found in nearly 1,130 of the world's leading arts & humanities journals. They also cover individually selected, relevant items from approximately 7,000 of the world's leading science and social sciences journals.

Social Sciences Citation Index® available via the Web of Science dataservice of EISZ. The ISI® Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI®) and Social SciSearch® provide access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in over 1,700 of the world's leading scholarly social sciences journals covering more than 50 disciplines. They also cover individually selected, relevant items from approximately 3,300 of the world's leading science and technology journals.

  Web-site of the journal Internet-based, full-text version is available from institutional IP-addresses Authorization for subscribed journal is arranged automatically via M/e/o/s Minerva Electronic Online Services User ID and password is required for the Internet-based, full-text version
1. MELUS      
2. Time Magazine      

Finding further journal articles on your topic

There will be occasions when you will wish to extend and update the references you have been given, for example when writing an essay or doing research.  The best way to find references in the periodical literature is to use indexing and abstracting services.

Some definitions

Are lists, usually in alphabetical order, enabling you to find information on a particular subject or by a particular author.  Most journals produce their 
own indexes.
Are summaries of a piece of work, usually in enough detail to allow you to decide if the original item is worth consulting. 
These articles critically examine work in a subject area, comparing the contributions of workers in that area.  They give a broad picture, useful in exploring a new subject.  They appear in special review publications: in Education, for example, there is a periodical: 
Review of educational research 
They may appear as articles in a periodical which also contains original work.  It is possible to find these using indexes and abstracts, or using the ‘limit’ function on CD ROMs. 

Many key resources are now available electronically as CD ROM or online services.

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British Humanities Index - 1997, available at the University Library of ELTE

N.B. the above list does not include all the CD-ROMs and online services available in the SEAS Library - see the Library Web pages for a full list. If you have any queries please ask at the Issue desk.

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The Internet

One of the most popular Internet resources is the World Wide Web, which links millions of electronic pages of text, also graphics, sound and video.  A good introductory book is:

Winship I & McNab A (1996)  The student's guide to the Internet  London : Library Association Publishing

A text written specifically for Education is:

Myhill M (1994) The world at your fingertips : a guide to electronic information sources relevant in education  ? : LISE

SOSIG (Social Science Information Gateway)

Humanities Research Institute

Voice of the Shuttle: web page for Humanities Research (new link)

Voice of the Shuttle: web page for Humanities Research (old link)

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The Library has many books on research methods. These can be found using subject searching on HORIZON.  For example:

Bell J (1993) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education and social science.
Buckingham : Open University Press

Guidance on citing references:

MLA Handbook recommendations for references and the APA Publication manual both available at the SEAS Library.

If you are citing Internet references, guidance is available on the Web itself:

Cite them right!

APA Guidelines

BUBL page on bibliographies - the BUlletin Board for Libraries includes links to guides on citing Internet resources.

Local guide to writing essays and thesis papers, issued by the SEAS departments.

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Theses at SEAS Library

Details of theses are on HORIZON.  A copy of all theses is held at the SEAS Library. 

Other theses

In Education, British Education Theses Index gives details of theses accepted for higher degrees at British and Irish Universities.  From 1950 to 1989 it is available on microfiche; from 1976 onwards it is included with the British Education Index which is available online.

Index to theses, published quarterly, lists theses by subject and contains an author index. Recent years have an abstract. 

Dissertation Abstracts, published monthly on microfiche, gives details of American and Canadian theses. Coverage between Jan. 1994-Dec. 1998 is available in the ELTE University Library.

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From within the SEAS Library access to the Web is free, and access to some online services is via password.  From a PC at home or work, with a Web browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape it should be possible to look at Web pages; some services are based on IP-addresses belonging to the University.

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Should you require instruction in using a CD ROM or online database, this can be booked at the SEAS Library,  which can be contacted at 411-6500/2352 ext.

There is a library e-mail address for queries:

And the Library Web pages are at:


The Computing Facilities within SEAS has a technical manager in Office E359 at Rákóczi út 5., his extension is 4302. 

The Computing Facilities Web pages are at:


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