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SOC 2155: Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis Research Guide

Spring 2019

Scholarly and Empirical Articles

What is a Scholarly Article?


Will list academic credentials of the
author(s). Author should have expertise and credentials that can be verified.


Typically a university or academically inclined organization.


Will contain footnotes, references, and/or bibliographies. You should be able to find all the facts, publications.

Peer Review

Examined by experts in the field for accuracy and research validity before publication. No self publication.


Scholars, researchers, students. Lacking in pictures, advertisements. Charts, tables, graphs for visuals.

What is an Empirical Article?

Report on the author's original data
Original analysis of existing statistical data

Databases for Sociology

Best Bets and Places to Start

Start your search with the Articles & Books Search on the library homepage.

Statistics and Government Sources

Other Resources

Using Find It

If the article is not available in full-text within the database click the icon (available in many of the database) to help you retrieve the full-text article. Another window will open to MNCAT Discovery.

After clicking the UMD Find It icon, if the article is not available online or in the library, MNCAT Discovery will say "Check availability":

  • If you are not already logged into your library account, click Sign in to request
  • Click Interlibrary Loan and log in using your UMD credentials.
  • Choose "date needed by" and your department.
  • Submit your request.

If you need assistance contact a librarian.

Do you have more questions about FindIt? Check out this video from UMN Libraries on the subject


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