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KATHRYN A. MARTIN LIBRARY

SOC 2155: Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis

Fall 2017

Scholarly and Empirical Articles

What is a Scholarly Article?

Authority

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

Publisher

Typically a university or academically inclined organization.

Documentation

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.

Audience

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

Start Here

You can start your search using the Library's Articles & Books search. From there, move on to the specific databases. If you are not getting good results, remember that adjusting your search terms can make a big difference. It helps to make a written list of possible terms and add to it once you have begun your search and start to see what terms are commonly used to describe your topic.

MNCAT Discovery

Databases for Sociology

Best Bets and Places to Start

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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