SOC 322: Methods of Sociological Research

Links for September 26th session

Presentation - SOC 322-2023 Presentation.pptx


Collections Strategist & Anthropology, Sociology Librarian

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Anne Larrivee
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Getting Started

Want to be strategic with your research? Follow these steps for beginning your search:

  • After you have chosen your research question or thesis. Gather background information and general knowledge:

  • Make a list of keywords and topics from the background information

    • Visit thesaurus sites like wordhippo or to brainstorm related terms
    • Organize your keywords by writing them out or storing them, see this handout DEVELOPING YOUR SEARCH STRATEGY.docx
    • Connect these keywords using the words AND (to narrow); OR (to broaden); NOT (to exclude)
      • For example (higher education OR universit* OR college* OR academi*) AND (accessib* OR disabl* OR ableism OR ADA OR able OR handicap OR impair* OR *body related ability")  
    • Find relevant articles, take note of their subject terms and transfer them to your own searches

Begin your search

**To locate 'ADVANCED SEARCH,' click on magnifying glass icon, then click on the ADVANCED SEARCH link 

Guidance for Writing a Literature Review

Template for creating a Literature Review Matrix Literature Review Matrix

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