Monday, November 8, 2010

New library resource - Annual Reviews

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The Annual Reviews are expert analyses of different topics that are put out every year. They survey the most up-to-date scholarly publications on a topic and synthesize and evaluate their content. As such, they are a high-quality, scholarly tertiary source.

The Empire State College Library has just subscribed to the Annual Reviews in the social sciences. The content is from 2007 to 2011.

  • Anthropology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Environment and resources
  • Law and social science
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Public health
  • Sociology

They are accessible by going to the library web site and clicking All Databases By Title. Then click Annual Reviews and log in with your college username and password. You will see this page

screenshot of annual reviews main page

Notice the checkmarks next to the ones that are available to us.

You can either search by keyword, or you can click on one of the subject areas and browse for the particular Annual Review that you want. Then your results page looks like this:

annual reviews results page

Notice the full-text links to the right of each search result.

Bear in mind that if you use the search option on the main page, your results list will probably include items that we don’t have access to, in addition to items for which you can get the full-text. This is more likely to come up if your research topic crosses over the boundaries of social science into economics or the “harder” sciences.

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