Using Conventional Bibliographic Databases for Social Science Research: Web of Science and Scopus are not the Only Options

  title={Using Conventional Bibliographic Databases for Social Science Research: Web of Science and Scopus are not the Only Options},
  author={Esther Isabelle Wilder and William H. Walters},
  journal={Scholarly Assessment Reports},
Although large citation databases such as Web of Science and Scopus are widely used in bibliometric research, they have several disadvantages, including limited availability, poor coverage of books and conference proceedings, and inadequate mechanisms for distinguishing among authors. We discuss these issues, then examine the comparative advantages and disadvantages of other bibliographic databases, with emphasis on (a) discipline-centered article databases such as EconLit, MEDLINE, PsycINFO… 

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