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Sociology 20 (Xiong): Getting Started

Social Problems


By the end of this session, you will be able to

  • identify three resources for researching a social problem.
  • use basic search strategies, including filters, to locate relevant information in library databases.
  • create and save citations from library databases.
  • generate ideas for additional searches.
  • recognize the authority level of different information sources.

Reference Book



Complete this short tutorial (~7 min) prior to the library session to become familiar with ways you can access the library's databases.

Understanding & Finding Databases for Sociology 20

Getting Started

During today's session, open this guide.

This guide is also linked in your CatCourses course site under Pages.

Session Outline

Introduction (5 min.)

Part I: Three Search Tips (10 min)

  • Key Words
  • AND/OR
  • Phrase Searching

Part II: Accessing 3 Databases ( 20 min)

  • Quick demos of each
  • Answer three questions for each

Part III: Independent Exploration with Your Key Words (20 min)

  • Record information
    • additional key words
    • groups experiencing the social problem
    • scholars/experts

Part IV: Source Authority (15 min)

Wrap-Up (5 min)

Head, Research Learning Services/Librarian

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Sara Davidson Squibb
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