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SOC 35202 Methods of Social Research

Selected sources for this course

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Getting Started in the Library

 How do I find an overview of a particular suvery method? How do I find books sociologists and others have written about my topic?  What scholarly journals are available in the field of sociology, and how do I locate articles published in them? I have found a great book or journal article but our library does not own it!  How can I access it?  Are there local demographics which might be useful for my project?  How can I make an appointment with the subject librarian for sociology?  The guide will answer these questions and give you sources to use as you conduct your literature review.  Many of these sources are available from the library's homepage, so you may want to bookmark both the homepage and this guide.

Selected Reference Works for this Course

Many of the sources below provide definitions of terms or overview essays on topics relatated to sociological research, or serve as guides to writing papers in the discipline.

Searching for Journal Articles

The most efficient way of finding journal articles is to use one or more of our databases which provide journal references with descriptive abstracts, subject indexing, and often, the full text of the articles.  You may want to begin with databases that might be particularly useful for this course.

Statistical Data

Finding Books and Media

Library Search interface

Use Library Search to find books, periodicals (scholarly journals, popular magazines, newspapers, and other serials), or  other library materials such as music CDs, electronic resources, and videos. Books, printed periodicals, and other library materials are shelved in call number order.

A-N = 3rd Floor   |  P-Z = 4th Floor   |   Reference = 1st Floor


Looking for something not in Library Search?  Try Worldcat linked below.

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When you do not find enough information via the library catalog, try using the WorldCat catalog. WorldCat is a worldwide library catalog containing records from most academic and larger public libraries worldwide. You can use the "Request Item through Document Delivery" button to order materials that are not available at the Purdue Fort Wayne library.