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SOC 407 Research Guide: Thesis

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    Definitions & Overviews

    These are a useful place to gather background information on your topic. We have many specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries - some online and many in print in the Knight Library Reference Section.


    Sources for Current Research:

    These sources can help you identify a topic for your research. Some provide an overview of a specific issue and suggest other materials which might be useful for your research.

    Literature Reviews:

    • Annual Review of Sociology (1975-current)
      Review articles on various topics in Sociology written by scholars. These articles are great ways to get an overview of research on a topic as well as a reliable source of citations to important scholarship.

    Book Reviews:
    • Contemporary Sociology (1972-2013 online; For more recent issues, use the print edition here: KNIGHT HM 1 .C65) This is journal of book reviews of sociology books. Each volume is divided by subject and there is a cumulative index for each year.

    Finding Scholarly / Peer-Reviewed Articles in Databases:

    • Web of Science is an interdisciplinary index to articles in the sciences and social sciences, making it particularly useful for the multidisciplinary needs of Sociology researchers.


    Searching for articles within a specific journal:

    1. Click the "Journal Titles" link under "Library Materials" near the bottom-left of the page on
    2. Type in the Journal Title, and click on the "Go" button
    3. Once you have clicked your way into the online journal, there will be an option on the page to "search within this journal"


    Identifying Academic Sources:

    • AAUP Presses The American Association of University Presses website lists (and links to) all of the University Presses within the United States and Canada who are members.
    • Ulrich's Periodical Directory covers thousands of journals, newspapers, and magazines. Use Ulrich's to see if a journal is scholarly/peer-reviewed/refereed.

    How to Create Citations:

    • Sociologists can use the American Sociological Association Style Guide to format citations for papers. The Purdue Owl has a quick guide to ASA Citation.
    • The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the most current (16th) edition.
    • The ASA Style Guide is also available in print on the Knight Reference Shelves at
      REF KNIGHT - HM569.A54 2010



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