Tips for library research
- SocINDEX -- should be your first choice
- Academic Search Complete
- Anthropology Plus
- Sociological Abstracts
- Google Scholar
(see: How to set up Google Scholar to find Concordia Resources)
- Gender Studies Database
- LGBT Life Fulltext
- For Quick Tips on how to enter search terms in most of these databases, see this one-page CHEAT SHEET.
- See also this quick video: Developing your Search Strategy (the search examples in this video are in the Sofia Discovery Tool, but you can apply the same tips to most databases above)
- 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.
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**
- Peer-review in 3 minutes
for tips on how to identify peer-reviewed/scholarly articles see also the section: Is it peer-reviewed?
- Developing your Search Strategy (the search examples in this video are in the Concordia Library Sofia Discovery Tool, but you can apply the same tips to SocINDEX and other Article Databases )
- 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 REVIEW 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, instead they review other authors' research.
- Use our Sofia Discovery tool
- The Sofia Discovery tool can simultaneously search the catalogues of all Quebec university libraries, and of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Under the Library facet on the left, simply select: Bibliothèques universitaires du Québec or Libraries worldwide.
- Google Books. Unlike simple library catalogues, this tool searches inside the pages of books. Once you have identified a useful book here, you can search for the print or ebook at Concodia using our Sofia Discovery tool.
**NOTE: while some book chapters can be considered peer-reviewed research, it is harder to identify these than it is to find peer-reviewed articles. See the Help Evaluating section of this guide for guidance.
IS IT SCHOLARLY/ACADEMIC/PEER-REVIEWED?
Your professor's instructions should always be the first criteria in determining what qualifies as an appropriate academic source. If you feel you need additional guidance in this area, however, you might find some relevant tips in the guides below.
- Our library tutorial on: How do I know if an article is scholarly or peer reviewed?
- A quick tip or quick video from our library guide about peer-reviewed articles
- Scholarly vs. Popular Sources guide from Berkeley (for book chapters as well as journal articles)
- Peer-review in 3 minutes (NCSU Libraries)
When evaluating the quality of a variety of material, the following library guide might provide some help:
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.
On this page...
Find PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH:
your LITERATURE REVIEW:
You may also need:
- Books, ebooks & chapters
- HELP: Is it peer-reviewed?
- Is it sociological?
- Research methods & design
- Looking up and accessing the texts
- HANDOUT: search strategies
SHARE YOUR IDEAS: