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Sociology Seminar (SOCI 454)

Where to go to gather information: databases worth your while

professor helping student with research

The landing page for Fintel Library is a great place to begin. More narrowly focused collections of electronic journals can be found below.

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Search Secrets! (Click to watch video.)

Screenshot of Youtube video about brainstorming and use of search terms

Once you've determined your topic, it's time to do some brainstorming! No need to get on a computer quite yet! In fact, it's probably best to to this with paper and pencil.  Click on the image above to see what happens when we are too anxious and we overlook the mind mapping and brainstorming needed to get good results. Don't forget to to return to this page after watching this short video.
(Source: Leonard Lief Library of Lehman College.)  

Does Your Research Involve Writing a Literature Review? (Click to watch video.)

A literature review is summary that pulls together, interprets, and logically arranges the current state of knowledge on a subject that others have been researching. It can be done as an introduction to one's own research, or it can be presented as a stand alone paper. In your case, you will be writing a stand alone literature review on a narrow topic that is of interest to you. Before we get into the nuts and bolts of how to go forward with your own literature review, have a look at this video. 

(Video courtesy of John C. Pace Library, University of West Florida)

​Like the video above? Are you a visual learner? If so, have a look at this one, too. Here you'll learn how to make sure your lit review more than just a list of disjointed references and you'll learn to put your own voice into your synthesis.

Annotated Bibliographies (Click to watch video.)

What is an annotated bibliography and how does it relate to the way you look at the literature on your topic of interest? Click on the picture below to find out more. (Courtesy of Cornell University Library.)

annotated bibliography link