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Soc 497: Honors Colloquium in Sociology

Research guide for honors students in Sociology

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Scholarly books and journal articles will serve as the majority of your resources.

Use books and journal articles to find two kinds of information:

  • theoretical perspectives that have been applied to your issue
  • examples of empirical studies that have been done on your topic

Sociological Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts

  • The best resource for searching the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,700 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.
  • Go to Advanced Search
  • Top box: enter terms that describe your social issue. Try a couple of different terms for your issue, e.g. racism OR discrimination
  • Other boxes: enter the terms for your population or institution. Put phrases in quotes, and put a different topic on each line.  Example:

  • Search.  When the results come back, you can limit your results to Scholarly articles and Books under Source Type on the right side of the screen.  
  • Click the article's title to see the full abstract and other information.  Click MGetIt to access the article or find out how to order it.

ProQuest Sociology

Cross-disciplinary resources

Resources from other disciplines

If your topic touches on other disciplines, you might want to check out article databases that provide access to materials from those disciplines.  

To identify the best databases for a discipline, click BROWSE on the library's website and drill down to the discipline of interest.

Here are some examples of subject-specific resources: