The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. These essays are generally helpful startiing points and can help you in defining and focusing your topic. Essays generally include bibliographies that will lead you to further sources on your topic.
Find a sampling of useful sociology and methods resources below. More encyclopedias, companions and handbooks can be found on the E-Reference Resources list and in the library's online catalog.
The most efficient approach to locating scholarly journal articles on any topic is to start out with one of the library’s databases such as ERIC or Social Services Abstracts. These databases index hundreds of scholarly journals and will link you to articles on your topic of choice.
The library has subscriptions to numerous scholarly journals in education and psychology. The links on the library’s web site are your access point to the full text online. You may be prompted to authenticate as a Villanova student. Use your Villanova user id and email password. You can find some of the same content through Google, but you may not be able to link to the full text.
For interdisciplinary topics, you may need to search subject-specific databases in other subject areas, such as sociology or criminal justice. Check the Subject Guides for other great library resources that may be useful for your research.
Once you have identified a useful article, check to see whether it is available in full text from that database. You will see a link or an icon for an HTML or PDF version of the article (sometimes the full article is displayed below the abstract). If the article is not available in full text through that database, it may still be available through another vendor. Click the find it button to see if it is available. This will take you to the 360Link screen:
Even if you have experience with APA or other citation styles, preparing your citations can be difficult. 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:
Use proper APA style to ensure that you are meeting the academic integrity standards of your field.
Take this quick quiz to see whehter you know how to properly parahrase!
Questions about citation styles or academic integrity? Librarians and the Villanova Writing Center can help!