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SOC 2155: Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis: Find Articles

Spring 2015

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What is a Scholarly Article?

Authority

Will list academic credentials of the
author(s). Author should have sufficient clout/expertise.

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

Tips and Tricks for finding articles

  • Use terms such as ATTITUDES, SURVEY, OPINIONS, STUDY, ASSESS*
  • Limit your search to Scholarly Journals or Academic Articles.  Limiters are always on the left hand side of screen.
  • If you find one great study, look at its Bibliography or Work Cited pages via Google Scholar or Social Citations Index. You can find a lot great information there.
    • You can also find articles that cited the original work via this method.

A great place to start your research process is in our Library Catalog at MNCAT-DISCOVERY Below, otherwise we reccomend the Best Best and Places to Look section Below. 

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.
    If you have never used Interlibrary Loan before you will need to create an account. After you have created an account go back to the original request window and re-click Interlibrary Loan in order to submit the request again. The article information will be filled in.
  • Submit your request. If you need assistance contact a librarian.

For more information, Watch the Find It Tutorial.

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