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SocioHub - Specialised Information Service Sociology

Since May 2019, the portal of the Specialised Information Service (SIS) Sociology has been available to sociological and social-scientific specialist communities with many innovations. The SIS Sociology has been maintained at the University and City Library of Cologne together with the GESIS Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences since 2016. To the portal SocioHub >>


In short:

SocioHub, the Specialised Information Service, is jointly developed by the University and City Library of Cologne (UCL) and GESIS (Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences). This service is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). Due to its long-standing support of the DFG programme "Special Subject Collection Social Sciences", the UCL has very strong expertise in sociological literature supply as well as an extremely extensive stock of social science literature. GESIS is the largest German infrastructure facility for the social sciences, providing research-based services for all process steps of social science projects.

Our goal:

With the SocioHub, we want to provide a customised tool that can be fluently integrated into the day-to-day work of the sociological specialist community and thus saves work and time.

The advantages of SocioHub:

  • Extensive research offer
    With SocioHub, the central entry page for research communication and information supply, users benefit from a wide-ranging research offer for sociologically relevant information. In addition, they can create their own external presence for themselves or their research teams in order to present research achievements or publications to the sociological community, for example.
  • Support in everyday research with the help of various tools
    Working together in research groups, exchanging project content and news, creating joint projects and tools such as calendars, publication lists, news feeds, joint text creation, file storage, forums or polls are just a few ways to make everyday research easier for users. Soon SocioHub will also be equipped with a self-archiving service, which will enable users to make their own publications easily available as Open Access publications via the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR).

Services & Features - What´s new?

  • New homepage
  • Improved user interfaces
  • Customisable and more individual search functions (literature, information, persons & current sociological research landscape)
  • Create your own publication lists - "My Publications".
  • Improved external presentation of research achievements & groups
  • And much more!

SSCs become SISs

Since 2016 we have been in charge of the Specialised Information Service (SIS) Sociology and thus continue the Special Subject Collection (SSC) Social Sciences (1949 - 2013).

From 1949 - 2015 we acquired for the subjects

  • Business Administration (- 2012)
  • Social Sciences (- 2013)
  • the cultural area Belgium/Luxembourg (- 2015)

scientifically relevant literature both at national and international level on behalf of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). From these periods, around 850,000 monographs and 6,000 journal titles are available for research and study.

Information on the Special Subject Collection Programme of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German)>>

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