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SOCI 310: Tips for library research

DON'T JUST USE our  DISCOVERY SEARCH box. It is great, but may not always be SOCIOLOGICAL enough!

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 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**


  • Use CLUES to find books at Concordia Library, including both print and online books or chapters.

  • Explore our ebooks by publisher. Try especially OxfordPalgrave and Project MUSE for instance.


Literature Review is required as part of your Research Proposal. See our library help guide: 

How to write a literature review

for general guidelines on how to write a literature review, including an example of one published in a sociology journal.


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.

Extended Bibliographies:

  •  Oxford Bibliographies. Can provide brief introductions, branches or areas or research,  and extensive lists of important sources in many subject areas within Sociology and Anthropology. 


Scholarly Encyclopedias can provide invaluable background and context and help you explore relevant sociological topics. They also include bibliographies of additional sources. You can:

Encyclopedia articles - as well as theses, below - should NOT be considered as one of your required scholarly/academic sources. They may, however, LIST scholarly/academic sources in their bibliographies. See Help EVALUATING sources for more info.


Dissertations and theses include literature reviews and long bibliographies, and they cover topics that are new or emerging.

  • See our guide How to find theses for all the details on how to find theses at Concordia and beyond.
  • Search Proquest Dissertations and Theses (and more and more, Google Scholar) to find dissertations worldwide. 
  • To find Concordia theses only:
    • Search or browse Spectrum
    • search CLUES (and add concordia theses to your search)
    • to find content within theses, search Google and add to your search

These tools are essential in helping you to ensure that the citations to your sources in the text of your proposal, as well as the bibliography at the end of it, are properly formatted in legitimate scholarly citation style. You could use:

  • See Concodia's  Why Cite? links for help in avoiding plagiarism.



NEWS: Current & Archives



  • To find CANADIAN LAWS, COURT CASES and more, see our Law and Criminal Justice guide.

  • TIP: In Google, you can add the string to your search terms to limit your results to Canadian governmental web sites if you are looking for government documents.




Research methods & design: useful sources & tools

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:

  • 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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