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Sociology 215: Graduate Research Methods (Beattie - Spring 2024)

Research is a Process (Infographic)

Research is an iterative process. Instead of straightforward and linear, it is repetitive and cyclical. As you move through the steps to learn, you should modify and revise your strategies. Don't be afraid to return to an earlier step to reset your process!Research is a Process infographic; follow the long description link for a web accessible version

Long description of "Research is a Process" for web accessibility

Video: Installing & Connecting to the VPN

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) is essential for accessing library resources for off-campus location. The VPN allows you to connect to the campus network.

View this video for more details about the VPN. (2:01)

Using Sociological Abstracts Tutorial (LibWizard)

Using Sociological Abstracts Tutorial

Click on the image below or the link at the bottom of this section to be taken to the tutorial start screen.


Through this tutorial you will learn how to:Follow this link to the "Using Sociological Abstracts" Tutorial

  • access Sociological Abstracts

  • construct a search

  • apply useful database limiters

  • access full-text of articles

  • generate citations in ASA format

Direct Link to 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 "Results for Using Sociological Abstracts" to find your email confirmation.

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

3/5/2024 Class Activity