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Sociology 100 (Van Natta, Spring 2023)

Sociological Theory

Prior to the Library Research Workshop...

Dear Sociology 100 Students,

Hello! I'm Olivia Olivares, Instruction & Outreach Librarian. On Tuesday, February 7, I am joining your class to provide a research strategies workshop in support of your edited book project.

Before February 7, please:

  1. watch the two videos below about article types and identifying empirical articles. 
    1. Be prepared to answer the questions listed for each video.
  2. set up the VPN (if you haven't already.)
    1. Click UC Merced VPN Installation Instructions (all devices) for instructions.
    2. Problems with installing or connecting? Contact OIT.

The workshop will begin with a review of the information presented in the video. Hope everyone's semester is off to a good start.

Cheers, Olivia

Research vs. Review Articles


  1. What are the key differences between original (aka empirical) research articles and review articles? 
  2. How are original research articles and review articles similar? 


Identifying Empirical Articles


  1. What questions can help you determine if an article is an empirical research article?