Tips for library research
DON'T JUST USE our Discovery Search box. It is great, but does not focus only on SOCIOLOGY!
Try these databases to make sure you find academic articles in peer-reviewed sociololgy journals:
- SocINDEX -- should be your first choice
- Sociological Abstracts
- Academic Search Complete
- Anthropology Plus
- Google Scholar
- Gender Studies Database
- LGBT Life Fulltext
- 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 scholarly/academic 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**
A Literature Review is required as part of your Research Proposal. See our library help guide:
for general guidelines on how to write a literature review, including an example of one published in a sociology journal.
**NOTE: YOUR ASSIGNMENT GUIDELINES TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ANY GENERAL INFO GUIDES SUCH AS THIS ONE.
The main task of articles in these kinds of journals is to review or synthesize 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 and must only be used according to your assignment instructions. You will need to search the databases above to find empirical research articles.
- RefWorks can help you keep track of your references and automate the creation of your bibliography or Works Cited list.
- To learn how to send references from your favourite databases to RefWorks see Export-Import Instructions
- RefWorks Help:
- See Why Cite Sources? for help in avoiding plagiarism.
Use our homepage DISCOVERY SEARCH to find books, but don't stop there!
- Use our Library Catalogue to find books at Concordia Library, including both print and online books or chapters.
- Explore our ebooks by publisher. Try especially Oxford, Palgrave and Project MUSE for instance.
- Try Worldcat to search libraries worldwide, and Other Library Catalogues to locate books at McGill or other Montreal libraries.
- Use Google Books to search inside the pages of books, then use a CLUES Title Search to find out if we own the book you want. If we don't own the book use Interlibrary Loans or other library services
- Related Library Services to find out how to obtain material from other libraries.
*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 required scholarly/academic sources. 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)/design you are considering.
But you should also try out our new specialized tool: