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RSCH 3510 Meacham

SOC 3510 - RESEARCH METHODS

http://www.valdosta.edu/library/learn/guides/RSCH3510_Meacham.shtml

This webpage aims to connect you to resources to assist you in your research.

Valdosta State University's Odum Library Homepage

 

Print Reference Materials

You will find print reference sources in both the main reference collection and the "reference alcove." Please ask the Reference Librarian on duty at the reference desk for assistance in finding materials.

 

An example of a print reference resource

 

Print reference resource - special education

 

Online Reference Sources

 

An example of an online reference resource

Gale Virtual Reference Library

 

Finding Databases to search for Scholarly Articles

  • Go to the library home page.
  • Click on the Articles tab, if it is not already selected.
  • Click the arrow for the drop menu located under Articles & Databases by Subject to reach subject pages for VSU majors.

 

Finding Articles

  • Use Ulrich's to determine if a journal is refereed (peer reviewed). Look for the referee's shirt! Ulrich's
  • If you have a citation, use the black "journals" tab at the Odum Library homepage to search for that title.

 

Recommended Databases for Sociology

  • Specific Sociological Databases
    • SocINDEX with Full Text GALILEO icon
      • SocINDEX is an EBSCO database that provides access to a multitude of full-text sociology articles.
    • Social Services Abstracts
    • Sociological Abstracts
      • For both Sociological and Social Services Abstracts, be sure to check the citation for a "Full Text Linking" link before clicking on the "Find It" button.  The "Find It" button does not recognize links outside of the database to full text.
    • Sociological Collection GALILEO icon
      • Sociological Collection is a ProQuest sociology database with full-text articles.
    • Social Science Research Network
      • SSRN is an open-access database that provides abstracts for Social Sciences eJournals that cover over 400 different Social Sciences subject areas.

Dissertations & Theses

Government Documents

Publications of the federal government can be excellent primary sources. The following search engines may be useful:

  • FDSys
  • MetaLib
  • USA.gov Search engine for U.S. and state government web sites. Go to "Find Government Agencies" to locate the U.S. Dept. of Education

Census Data: American Factfinder

 

Help with getting articles full-text or in print

 

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