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:
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
▪ Gender Studies
▪ Family and Society Studies Worldwide
**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:
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Created by Anne Earel, Research & Instruction Librarian. Updated November 2014.