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Applied Research in Sociology

Finding Articles

The databases below are the top resources for finding scholarly, peer-reviewed literature in sociology.

 Key Sociology Databases

  Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)

  Social Sciences Full Text (EBSCO)

  ERIC (ProQuest)

  Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)

  PsycINFO (ProQuest)

  ICPSR Bibliography of Data-Related Literature

Search for literature related to your variable!

The Bibliography of Data-Related Literature is a continuously-updated database of thousands of citations of works using data held in the ICPSR archive. The works include journal articles, books, book chapters, government and agency reports, working papers, dissertations, conference papers, meeting presentations, unpublished manuscripts, magazine and newspaper articles, and audiovisual materials.

Writing a Literature Review

Citing Your Sources in APA Style

Even though you have been using APA style for the past 4 years, you may be full of dread at the thought of writing your reference list.  The library is here to help!

Whether writing your reference list by hand or proofreading a Refworks bibliography, you will definitely need to have the APA rules on hand.  Check out the resources below:

  • If you find the Publication Manual confusing or scary (or both), try the APA Online Tutorial.  This video guide is clear and easy to watch.  It gives a thorough overview of how to format your paper and cite your sources.
  • For those trickier scenarios (how do I cite my class notes?  how do I cite a blog post?), try searching the APA Style Blog.  This is another official APA site, so it is an authoritative source.

Types of Articles Slideshow

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Scholarly Article Presentations


Learn to Identify Scholarly Articles

Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals (Cornell)

Other Useful Guides:

Finding Full Text

DOI: Digital Object Identifier

Reviewing the Literature for SOC 6500


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