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Sociology 207 - Social Research Methods: Find Books & Articles

Defining Your Topic

Try this approach to identifying and developing your research topic:

  • State your preliminary topic as a question.
  • Pick out the keywords or main concepts in your question. 
  • Look these up in subject encyclopedias and dictionaries to set the context for your research. 
  • Continue to revise your question and choice of keywords as you pursue your search for information.


Finding journals

If you already have a citation (like from a bibliography or "works cited" page) then follow this link to see if Whitman has access to the article you want by typing in the journal title (not the article title).

Inter-Library Loan (ILLiad)

Have you signed up for Inter-Library Loan (ILLiad)?  ILLiad lets you request materials, especially journal articles, from other libraries.  Articles usually arrive within 3-5 business days; other items may take 4-6 weeks. 

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