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:
- 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 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**
- 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.
- 3 examples of articles with clear LITERATURE REVIEW SECTIONS (via shared Zotero library).
Click on the title to find the URL of the article, including the lit review
**NOTE: YOUR PROFESSOR'S INSTRUCTIONS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ANY GENERAL INFO GUIDES OR LIT REVEIW EXAMPLES AS ABOVE.
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 and must only be used according to your assignment instructions. You will need to search the databases above to find empirical research articles.
- 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.
- 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 Title Search in our Library Catalogue 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 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: