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Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) is part of the Web of Science index of articles from scholarly journals.
Web of Science and SSCI are highly valued as citation indexes. What this means is that in addition to letting you discover articles, these tools help you discover what articles have cited the author, article, or topic you're researching. Meaning, you can find out who has been in conversation with that work over time since it was first published.
(Searches through citations, subject indexing, and some full text)
Available through the Web of Knowledge. Search through current and historical literature in the social sciences, and perform cited reference searching to see who has cite a particular document. Covers 1898 - current.
Note: To do cited reference searching, click on "cited reference search," fill in an author's last name and publication date, figure out which of the resulting list of citations match the work you're looking for, and then "finish search" to see who has cited that work.
SSCI is part of the Web of Science family. Use this link to search more than just the social science literature.
Cited Reference Searching in SSCI and Web of Science
1. Select "Cited Reference Search" from the search options drop-down menu.
2. Type in the citation information. Enter in as much or as little information as you have. You must follow the "rules" by abbreviating the author and/or journal correctly, or you won't get results. The author must be abbreviated last name first followed by the first initial. The journal must be abbreviated using their list. Hit "search".
The abbreviation list:
3. Check the boxes next to the author and work that match your citation. Some of the information may vary slightly (such as page numbers) but select each box that you believe matches the author, work, year, and volume. You may also want to select nearby years since citations to the work may have mistakes. You can remove duplicated citations later. Hit "finish".
5. Now you have your citing articles. You can sort your results by "times cited" or refine further using the faceted terms on the left. Click the "times cited" of one of the citing articles to find even more articles that might interest you. There are a lot of avenues for analysis within these results.