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Sociology 146 (Polonijo)

Social Determinants of Health

Workshop Prep Instructions

Dear Sociology 146 Students,

I'm Elizabeth Salmon, Research Services Librarian and Library Liaison to Sociology. On Wed 10/27, I am joining your class to provide an overview of research techniques and resources to support your Soc 146 projects.

During the workshop, we will primarily use PubMed and Sociological Abstracts databases.

Before 10/27:

  1. Set up the VPN (if you haven't already.)
    1. Connecting to the VPN allows you to access Library resources from off campus. See UC Merced VPN Installation Instructions (all devices) for instructions. Problems with installing or connecting? Contact OIT.
  2. Complete the PubMed: Intro to Basic Searching tutorial. You will need to move around your browser tabs to view the tutorial and PubMed at the same time.  
  3. Watch the video about Locating Articles in Sociological Abstracts.  

In total, this workshop prep will take about 10 minutes to complete. During our session, we will begin with a review of the tutorial and the video. Looking forward to working with you all next week, Elizabeth

LibWizard PubMed: Intro to Basic Searching Tutorial

PubMed: Intro to Basic Searching Tutorial

PubMed: Intro to Basic Searching Tutorial


1. Connect to the campus network via the VPN if you are off-campus.  You will need this connection to access one or more library databases while taking the tutorial.

2. Take the short quiz at the end of the tutorial.  Enter your email address AND your professor's email address. Afterwards locate the email confirmation. These emails often go to your SPAM folder, so be sure to check there.  It is often easiest to search in your email account for the phrase "Certificate of completion" to find your email confirmation.

3. You are ready! Click on the link below to start the tutorial. Follow the instructions on the left hand of the screen and, as directed, complete activities in the main screen (right).

PubMed: Intro to Basic Searching >>

Short Intro to Finding Articles in Sociological Abstracts

A short and concise video intro from the University of Toronto Mississauga Library. The video jumps right into using Sociology Abstracts. You may see some tools that are different from those we use at UC Merced, but pay special attention to how the search is entered into the search bars.