Do you need to find peer-reviewed journals or magazine and newspaper articles for your research? Start with these tools:
- Academic Search Premier. Provides citations and full-text for articles published in academic (peer-reviewed) journals, magazines, newspapers, and more.
- Academic Onefile. Contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals, magazines, newspapers, and reference sources.
- Google Scholar. A tool for finding research on the web. The library databases, above, are curated by real people. Google Scholar, on the other hand, relies on computer algorithms, so you must carefully evaluate the content yourself. Here's how to link Google Scholar results to full text available through the Library (don't pay for articles!).
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Students in sociology courses are expected to:
- Identify essential information sources within their discipline, including journals, reference works, websites, and works by seminal authors/scholars.
- Use both lay and professional terminology within their discipline to formulate keyword searches
- Utilize advanced database search functions to access relevant information from essential sources
- Identify subject-specific databases and search engines relevant to their topic
- Use all AVAILABLE resources to complete a literature review on a given topic
- Obtain materials, if necessary, from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan services or by physically visiting other libraries
To find sociology books, explore the following areas in the LBCC collection:
HM - Sociology (general)
HN - Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform.
HQ - The family. Marriage. Women.
HS - Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
HT - Communities. Classes. Races.
HV - Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.
HX - Socialism. Communism. Anarchism.
- Opposing Viewpoints
Covers current social issues, from current events to the environment, and political science to medicine. A good place to brainstorm topics and stances using their pro/con viewpoints.