SOCIAL SCIENCE CITATION INDEX

Scope Notes

2012
Social Science Citation Index

Category Name:
Anthropology
Category Description:
Anthropology covers resources relating to the scientific study of human beings, especially their origin, distribution, behavior, as well as their physical, social and cultural characteristics and development. This category, by definition, borrows from related resources in history, archaeology, and several other social sciences.

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Area Studies
Category Description:
Area Studies covers resources concerned with the social, economic, political, and military character of a geographical area or region, such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Pacific Rim, etc. The resources in this category tend to be historical and interdisciplinary in nature.

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Business
Category Description:
This category covers resources concerned with all aspects of business and the business world. These may include marketing and advertising, forecasting, planning, administration, organizational studies, compensation, strategy, retailing, consumer research, and management. Also covered are resources relating to business history and business ethics.

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Business, Finance
Category Description:
Business, Finance covers resources primarily concerned with financial and economic correlations, accounting, financial management, investment strategies, the international monetary system, insurance, taxation, and banking.

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Cultural Studies
Category Description:
Cultural studies covers resources concerned with the interdisciplinary, theoretical-critical study of modern cultural phenomena, practices and products in their sociopolitical, historical and geographical contexts.

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Communication
Category Description:
Communication covers resources on the study of the verbal and non-verbal exchange of ideas and information. Included here are communication theory, practice and policy, media studies (journalism, broadcasting, advertising, etc.), mass communication, public opinion, speech, business and technical writing as well as public relations.

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Criminology & Penology
Category Description:
Criminology & Penology covers resources relating to the study of crime as a social phenomenon. Included here are resources on the treatment, management, and rehabilitation of offenders, as well as on criminal law.

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Demography
Category Description:
Demography includes resources on human populations, especially with regard to their size, density, distribution, and vital statistics. Resources covered in this category are concerned with research in migration patterns, social biology, fertility and contraception, as well as demographic forecasting, environmental and economic factors, and life span studies.

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Economics
Category Description:
Economics covers resources on all aspects, both theoretical and applied, of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. These include generalist as well as specialist resources, such as political economy, agricultural economics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, trade, and planning.

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Education & Educational Research
Category Description:
Education & Educational Research covers resources on the full spectrum of education, from theoretical to applied, from nursery school to Ph.D. Included in this category are resources on pedagogy and methodology as well as on the history of education, reading, curriculum studies, education policy, and the sociology and economics of education, as well as the use of computers in the classroom.

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Education, Special
Category Description:
Education, Special covers resources that are concerned with the education and development of persons with special needs, including the gifted as well as those with learning disabilities.

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Environmental Studies
Category Description:
Environmental Studies covers resources that are multidisciplinary in nature. These include environmental policy, regional science, planning and law, management of natural resources, energy policy, and environmental psychology.

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Ergonomics
Category Description:
Ergonomics includes resources concerned with the study of the relationship between humans and machines, particularly in a work environment. This category also covers resources on cybernetics, general systems, artificial intelligence, and systems research.

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Ethics
Category Description:
Ethics covers resources on normative ethics, including all aspects of the evaluation of human conduct and social relations, such as business ethics, medical ethics, environmental ethics, etc. Descriptive ethics is covered extensively in A&HCI, Philosophy.

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Ethnic Studies
Category Description:
Ethnic Studies covers resources on ethnic/racial, social and cultural diversity issues, including the history and the political, social, and economic interactions of specific ethnic groups.

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Family Studies
Category Description:
Family Studies includes resources on such issues and areas as family therapy, family law, marriage, divorce, family planning, and family history. Cross-disciplinary in nature, many resources in this category also appear in other categories.

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Geography
Category Description:
Geography covers resources concerned with socio-cultural aspects of the Earth's surface emphasizing the human, economic, political, urban, and environmental issues of the discipline. The history of geography and the study of cartography are also covered in this category.

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Gerontology
Category Description:
Gerontology covers resources that are concerned with the sociological and psychological issues of aging, including such areas as rehabilitation, aging and education, aging and work, aging and social policy as well as life span research. Geriatrics, which deals with the medical and clinical aspects of aging, is covered in the SCI.

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Health Policy & Services
Category Description:
Health Policy & Services covers resources on healthcare systems, including healthcare provision and management, financial analysis, healthcare ethics, health policy, and quality of care.

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History
Category Description:
The History category in Social Science covers resources that are primarily concerned with political, social, and economic history. This category also includes history resources that focus on a particular group, country or geographic area.

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History & Philosophy Of Science
Category Description:
History & Philosophy of Science covers resources on the history of scientific disciplines including medicine and technology, as well as resources on the philosophical and social studies of science.

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History of Social Sciences
Category Description:
History of Social Sciences includes resources on the history of such disciplines as business, economics, education, sociology, law, and psychology.

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Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism
Category Description:
Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism covers resources that focus on all aspects of recreation and leisure studies, sport, hospitality, and travel and tourism.

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Industrial Relations & Labor
Category Description:
Industrial Relations & Labor covers resources on arbitration, business and labor law, human resources, labor history, labor relations, and the sociology of work relations.

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Information Science & Library Science
Category Description:
Information Science & Library Science covers resources on a wide variety of topics, including bibliographic studies, cataloguing, categorization, database construction and maintenance, electronic libraries, information ethics, information processing and management, interlending, preservation, scientometrics, serials librarianship, and special libraries.

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International Relations
Category Description:
International Relations covers resources concerned with foreign policy, comparative world politics, world commerce and trade, international legal issues, peace studies and conflict resolution, military alliances, and strategic studies.

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Law
Category Description:
Law covers resources from both general and specialized areas of national and international law, including comparative law, criminology, business law, banking, corporate and tax law, constitutional law, civil rights, copyright and intellectual property law, environmental law, family law, medicine and the law as well as psychology and the law.

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Linguistics
Category Description:
Linguistics covers resources relating to all theoretical and applied aspects of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The category also includes resources dealing with language as a social phenomenon such as sociolinguistics, language acquisition and education, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, semiotics and the relationship between memory and language.

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Management
Category Description:
Management covers resources on management science, organization studies, strategic planning and decision-making methods, leadership studies, and total quality management.

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Nursing
Category Description:
Nursing covers resources on all aspects of nursing science and practice such as administration, economics, management, education, technological applications and all clinical care specialties.

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Planning & Development
Category Description:
Planning & Development is concerned with resources on the economics and social development of both underdeveloped and industrialized areas. The resources in this category focus on subjects such as economic forecasting, development studies, policy-making strategies, theories of planning, and the growth of the third world.

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Political Science
Category Description:
Political Science covers resources concerned with political studies, military studies, the electoral and legislative processes, political theory, history of political science, comparative studies of political systems, and the interaction of politics and other areas of science and social science.

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Psychiatry
Category Description:
Psychiatry covers resources that focus on the origins, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders. Areas covered in this category include adolescent and child psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, hypnosis, psychiatric nursing, psychiatric rehabilitation, psychosomatic research, and stress medicine.

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Psychology, Applied
Category Description:
Psychology, Applied covers resources on organizational psychology, including selection, training, performance, and evaluation; organizational behavior; counseling and development; as well as aviation psychology and sports psychology.

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Psychology, Biological
Category Description:
Psychology, Biological includes resources concerned with the biological basis of psychological states and processes. Biopsychology, psychophysiology, psychopharmacology, and comparative psychology resources are covered in this category.

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Psychology, Clinical
Category Description:
Psychology, Clinical covers resources concerned with the combination of psychological therapy and clinical treatment such as behavior research and therapy, cognitive therapy, family therapy, marital and sexual therapy, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation psychology.

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Psychology, Developmental
Category Description:
Psychology, Developmental covers resources concerned with the study of developmental changes in social and cognitive abilities. Key areas include adult development and aging, child and adolescent psychology, cognitive, perceptual, motor and language development as well as psychosocial and personality development.

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Psychology, Educational
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Psychology, Educational includes resources on educational psychology, educational measurement, creative behavior, instructional science, reading research, and school psychology.

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Psychology, Experimental
Category Description:
Psychology, Experimental covers resources concerned with consciousness; cognition and memory; visual, auditory, and speech perception; and ecological psychology.

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Psychology, Mathematical
Category Description:
Psychology, Mathematical covers resources concerned with experimental methodology and instrumentation, multivariate methods, statistical manipulation, and research strategy.

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Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Category Description:
Psychology, Multidisciplinary covers resources with a general or interdisciplinary approach to the field. Resources on philosophical psychology, psychobiology, and the history of psychology are included in this category.

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Psychology, Psychoanalysis
Category Description:
Psychology, Psychoanalysis includes resources concerned with psychoanalysis as a form of diagnosis and treatment that emphasizes the gradual integration of repressed memories into the total structure of the personality.

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Psychology, Social
Category Description:
Psychology, Social covers resources on the behavior of the individual in a social context. Areas included are group processes, interpersonal processes, intercultural relations, personality, social roles, persuasion, compliance, conformity, sex roles, and sexual orientation.

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Public Administration
Category Description:
Public Administration covers resources concerned with the management of public enterprises, implementation of governmental decisions, the relationship between public and private sectors, public finance policy, and state bureaucracy studies.

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Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Category Description:
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health covers resources on social medicine, health behavior, health education, safety research, and community mental health. Resources concerned with the health of particular groups such as adolescents, elderly, or women are included in this category.

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Rehabilitation
Category Description:
Rehabilitation covers resources concerned with therapeutic approaches for the treatment of mental, speech, hearing, visual, and other physical disabilities. This category also includes studies in music, art, dance, and occupational therapy.

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Social Issues
Category Description:
Social Issues covers resources in a wide variety of topics addressing social problems for the individual, family, or society. Resources included in this category deal with death studies, issues in science and technology, gender studies, ethical studies, media studies, race and class, and the interaction of technology and society.

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Social Sciences, Biomedical
Category Description:
Social Sciences, Biomedical includes resources on the political and social effects of biomedical research. Areas covered include family planning, healthcare ethics, psycho-oncology, and sexual health.

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Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Category Description:
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary includes resources with an interdisciplinary approach to the field such as studies on social sciences and computers, time and society, evaluation practice, black studies, information science and society, homosexuality studies, childhood studies, and death studies.

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Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods
Category Description:
Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods covers resources concerned with the quantitative methodologies used for research in social sciences such as mathematical modeling and statistical techniques for psychological, sociological, and economic data evaluation.

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Social Work
Category Description:
Social Work covers resources concerned with homelessness, social casework, social services, social work education, public welfare, family counseling, child welfare and abuse, social work administration, social work with groups, and gerontological social work.

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Sociology
Category Description:
Sociology covers resources that focus on the study of human society, social structures, and social change as well as human behavior as it is shaped by social forces. Areas covered in this category include community studies, socio-ethnic problems, rural sociology, sociobiology, social deviance, gender studies, the sociology of law, the sociology of religion, and comparative sociology.

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Substance Abuse
Category Description:
Substance Abuse covers resources concerned primarily with the social and psychological problems of addiction, substance abuse education, and the treatment of the chemically dependent. Resources concerned with the biomedical problems of substance abuse appear in the Science Citation Index.

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Transportation
Category Description:
Transportation covers resources concerned with transportation policy, economics, management, transportation development, and transportation studies. Resources concerned with the civil engineering aspects of transportation appear in the TRANSPORTATION SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY category of the Science Citation Index.

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Urban Studies
Category Description:
Urban Studies covers resources concerned with the social aspects of city planning and urban design. Topics covered include the effects of the urban environment on the individual, the effects of urbanization on the natural environment, urban economics, urban technology, housing planning, urban education, and urban law.

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Women's Studies
Category Description:
Women's Studies covers resources that focus on interdisciplinary topics such as women and health, women's psychology, women and politics, as well as gender studies and feminism.