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Sociology Subject Guide — Where to Find Articles?

General resources for sociology

Finding sources for your paper

To write your research paper you need to find "sources": academic/scholarly/peer-review articles, books and book chapters, videos, all of these are types of "sources" of information that you need to write about a topic.

Tips for searching for sociological research:

 Searching for articles in sociology is not hard, but you should plan to structure your approach before starting:

  • Create a list of synonyms on your topic
    • You can use your syllabus or textbook to find some preliminaries keywords
    • Pay attention what phrases scholars used to describe the topic. Research terminology changes through time.
  • When searching a general and/or multidisciplinary database maximize your results add the keywords sociological or sociology as additional keywords:
    • E.g. "racial inequality" AND sociological
  • This technique works too when searching Google Scholar

When searching a sociological database or journal, you don't need to use the words sociological or sociology. Use the thesaurus or search using the keywords that best describe your research topic.

Be aware that very current topics (less than two years old) will have fewer academic, scholarly articles than older topics.

Hint: When searching databases for book reviews, remember to limit your search to that type of document. Each database is different so check the Advance Search to find where to limit/filter/narrow your search: E.g.

  • EBSCO databases use Document Type ►Book Review
  • JSTOR uses Narrow By ►Item Type ► Reviews


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Databases and Journals (A Selection)

Newspapers' databases (for current or historical news)