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SOCI 310:
Tips for library research

Our DISCOVERY SEARCH is great, but can be overwhelming!

Try these databases to make sure you find academic articles in peer-reviewed sociololgy journals:


  • For Quick Tips on how to enter search terms in most of these databases, see this one-page SEARCH STRATEGIES CHEAT SHEET.
  • You can click on the Scholarly/Peer-reviewed journals checkbox in most of the databases above to ensure that the citations you choose are acceptable peer-reviewed articles. See also Evaluating Sources.
  • Use the Findit@Concordia button within the databases to try and access the text of the articles. See also ACCESSING the texts.

If you have found an interesting citation that is not very recent, use the "Cited by" link available  in many databases (especially in Google Scholar) to find similar and more recent articles**






The main task of articles in these kinds of journals is to review the literature related to a research topic. They include extensive bibliographies which can lead you to many other sources on your research question. Try these:

*WARNING: Articles in these journals do NOT present empirical research, instead they review other authors' research.

The following tools may help:


ZOTERO is a free and popular citation tool
(and our new alternative to RefWorkswhich will be phased out by April 2020)
To begin:

  1. Register for a free account
  2. DOWNLOAD the appropriate Zotero program for your computer and Connector for your browser
  3. Learn more via our Zotero help page or workshops



Use our homepage DISCOVERY SEARCH to find books, but don't stop there! 

*Warning: Though books (or book chapters/essays) can prove to be useful sources for your literature review, it will take more judgment and evaluation on your part to determine if they qualify as part of your peer-reviwed research. See Help EVALUATING sources for some general guidelines.

Virtually all of the tools listed on this page can help you find material about the research method(s) uch as observation, interviewing and more.

But you should also try out our new specialized tool:

  • Sage Research Methods Online
    • This tool contains encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, journal articles and videos dealing with research methods in both theoretical and practical terms. It also includes Methods Map, a visualization tool that tries to map relationships between methods. 

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