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Sociology: Families - SOCI 2043: Finding Articles & More

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

General Research

Social Issues

Controversial Topics & Pro/Con Arguments

Magazines vs. Journals

Magazines:

...are intended for general audiences.

...do not undergo peer review.

...may report on research secondhand.

...do not include citations.

...are easy to read.

...have attractive layouts and photographs.

...have many advertisements.

...are published commercially for profit.

Journals:

...are written for experts by experts.

...often undergo peer review.

...often report on original research.

...include citations.

...have lots of technical jargon.

...have few illustrations outside of charts.

...have few or no advertisements.

... are often published by professional groups.

Effective Search Strategies

- Create a list of keywords related to the topic that you are researching.

- Begin with a basic keyword search and see what kind of results you get.

- If you get too few results, try different keywords.

- If you get too many results, try more and/or different search terms or limit your results by date, publication type, and other criteria.


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