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Sociology: Families - SOCI 2043: Background Research

This research guide will provide you with pointers which should help you better conduct your research in Sociology.

Databases for Finding Background Information

Why Conduct Background Research?

To gain familiarity with your topic.

To narrow your topic by finding specific aspects on which to focus.

To provide historical and social context.

To identify experts related to the topic.

Common Types of Reference Materials

A good reference collection includes the following types of items:

  • Encyclopedia
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Almanac
  • Atlas

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