Survey Research Methods
Assignment ** Ideas ** Books ** Articles ** RefWorks
Your Theoretical Model Paper Assignment includes an literature review/annotated bibliography of previous research on your topic. To complete your annotated bibliography, you will need to locate at least five sources (books or peer-reviewed journals) and provide a full citation and one-paragraph summary of each.
Have a general idea of what you might want to research, but need to narrow it down?
▪ Browse the sociology materials in the reference collection; you'll find encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other sources that will provide a general overview of a topic and may lead to additional sources. Look for sociology reference materials in the 2nd-floor reference shelves between H - HZ.
Four specific suggestions:
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (REF HM425 .B53 2007)
Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia (REF HQ796 .C8154 2006)
Encyclopedia of Community (REF HM756 .E53 2003)
International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family (REF HQ9 .E52 2003)
Use the Tredway Library catalog, ALiCat, to search for books. If you're not finding what you need, use I-Share, a catalog of books from the libraries of nearly 80 college & university libraries throughout Illinois.
Searching ALiCat & I-Share:
1. The basic search screen will likely be too basic - click on "Advanced Search" to see additional search options that will lead to better results.
2. Stack your keyword search terms to combine them with "and." Example: college AND friendships
3. If you find a relevant record, click on the title to see more detailed information. Notice the links next to "topics"; each of these is a hyperlink that will take you to other books about that subject.
4. Browse! You may start to notice that several books you've found in ALiCat are located close to each other on the shelves; books are organized by subject, so head up to that section of the stacks and take a look at other books that are nearby on the shelves.
To quickly get to shortened list of databases that are appropriate for research in sociology, start at the library homepage and select "Databases," then "Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, & WGS." Read the descriptions of the resources listed to determine which might contain scholarly articles about your particular area of interest within sociology.
The databases listed below (and others on the "Social Sciences" page) will be good resources for sociology-specific articles, but your research may also be informed by scholarship in other areas, including history, political science, religion, etc. You can find additional databases in these areas by choosing the appropriate link from the "Databases" menu on the library homepage.
Four specific suggestions:
▪ Sociological Abstracts
- Stack your related search terms above each other, e.g., "college students" AND "greek" AND "alcohol"
- Select the "peer reviewed" box to narrow your results appropriately; you may also want to narrow by a specific date range and/or to English
- Click into results that look good, then notice the words/phrases next to "Subject" (below the abstract); by using this language in your next search and doing a "Subject" search, you can retrieve even better results
- FRANCIS and Sociological Abstracts use the same interface, so all the above rules apply! click the "Peer Reviewed" box and narrow language to "English."
- This is a heavily international resource, so you'll see subject terms in many languages! Don't be intimidated - just look for the English ones.
▪ Gender Studies
- Before you run your search, halfway down the page (under the heading "Limit your results") check the box next to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals."
- After you run a search, use the links on the left to focus your results. In particular, expand the "subject" category to see suggestions for subtopics related to the search terms you entered.
- If the links to the left aren't what you're looking for, either add additional terms to your search at the top, or click into a record that's similar to what you need - you'll see a list of additional subject terms to try.
▪ Family and Society Studies Worldwide
- This is also an EBSCO database, so all the hints/tips listed under "Gender Studies" will work here, as well.
**How can you be sure that you have the "right" kind of article?**
If you choose "peer-reviewed" or a similar option when searching in an online database, you can be confident that the results you find are going to be scholarly. But what if you're in a database where it's unclear how to narrow to scholarly results, or the database doesn't let you do that at all?
▪ Check Ulrich's (from the yellow "Databases" tab, choose "Databases A-Z," then "U"). Enter the title of the journal and click "search." If it is peer-reviewed, it will have an icon that resembles a referee's jersey.
If you're still unsure or if you have problems verifying the journal in Ulrich's, feel free to ask a librarian or Dr. Croll.
**Help! There's no link to the full text!**
In most cases, just because there's no full-text link right there, that doesn't mean you can't get the article, often right away! Here's how to get your hands on the full text of any article you find:
1. If there's a full-text link in the database you're in, just click on it!
2. If you don't see a full-text link, go to the library homepage and click the "Journals & Magazines" tab. Enter the journal's title to see if the full text is available somewhere else.
3. If Augustana doesn't own the article you're looking for, click on "Interlibrary Loan" under "Research Tools" on the left side of the homepage. It's free, and you'll usually get the article within 3-5 days.
RefWorks allows you to download, manage, and store citations for your research projects. While you're working in any of the databases listed above or searching for books in ALiCat or I-Share, you can add citation information to your online RefWorks database. Once you've completed your research, you can also use RefWorks to format your paper and create your bibliography!
Getting citations from ALiCat & I-Share into RefWorks:
1. If you were searching using the new Basic or Advanced Search, make a note of the titles you'd like to add to your RefWorks database.
2. Click on "Classic View" and do a "title" search for the first title (changing the drop-down box from "any word anywhere" to "title").
3. When the book comes up, scroll to the bottom of the page, make sure it says "full record," and click the "Print/Save" button.
4. A new screen with reformatted text will appear; select all of this text and copy it.
5. In your RefWorks account, choose "import" from the "references" menu on the left.
6. Paste the text into the bottom window. Choose "Augustana College" as the "Import Filter/Data Source" and "ALiCat" as the database. Click "Import" at the bottom.
1. Make a note of the titles you'd like to add to your RefWorks database. (Also note the author, just in case.)
2. Return to the library homepage and click "other catalogs" from the Book Catalogs menu.
3. Choose "WorldCat."
4. Using the title & author information you saved, pull up the record of the first book you'd like to save in RefWorks.
5. Check the box next to the record, then scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the "Export" button.
6. Indicate that you want to export only the selected record to RefWorks, then click "Export."
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Created by Anne Earel, Research & Instruction Librarian. Updated November 2014.