SOCU 1008 UO The Social World
|This page will get you started in finding articles and books to include in your essay plan and essay.|
Your assessment requires you to:
Begin your search plan by breaking down your question into three keywords.
|Example essay topic: Durkheim proposed that crime and deviance brought people in a society together. Interracial marriage is now considered less 'deviant' than in the past. Discuss the relevancy of Durkheim's statement, using interracial marriage as an example.|
Creating a mind map can help you understand your topic and identify key concepts. For example:
If you need more help see:
Use introductory or foundation resources to build your understanding of key topics and issues. This will also help focus your keywords and search criteria. These may include:
Some key foundation resources are listed below:
Now you need to put these keywords together and build a search and develop your search criteria.
Remember use these to build your search criteria:
Use Refine my results on the left hand side to find peer reviewed journals:
You can also limit to just books If you want to find books:
Finding the right articles and books to answer your question is tricky!
It is always better to find 20 or so really relevant resources rather than a thousand resources that are not relevant. You can use these tips to change your search:
Books are sometimes know as monographs. They can be categorised in many ways such as: reference books, textbooks, or research books.
Epstein, Kenway & Boden (2007, p.77) give the following definition of a research monograph:
"You should think of it as a book with one consistent argument or set of arguments that runs through from the introduction to the conclusion and is based on research (hence ‘research monograph’). It follows that one or more people may author a monograph."
Start your search with Library catalogue. Try an advanced search so you can build your search properly
You should also try searching relevant databases. Databases are search tools which allow you to find information such as articles and book chapters.
Some key databases you could search:
Sociological Abstracts (via ProQuest) is one database you could use in this assignment. It provides descriptive information for international literature in sociology and related disciplines, covering journal articles, books and conference papers.
Example Advanced Search
For this assignment you should be looking for scholarly references. To understand what this means and how to evaluate resources watch: