SubjectsPlus: FSEM 193 - Introduction to Sociology

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Beginning Your Research Project
Beginning Research at Colgate Unrestricted Access
This site can help you navigate the new and different expectations you will encounter when doing research at the college-level. The site provides basic information you will need to know right away when you start doing research, as well as important advice, explanations, and useful strategies.

Encyclopedia of Sociology Restricted Access Some full text available
2000 ed. A classic reference updated to reflect the many changes in society and in the field of sociology in recent years with articles covering issues such as race, poverty, violence, economics, pregnancy, abortion, the Internet, privacy, and epidemiology.

Encyclopedia of Social Theory Restricted Access Some full text available
2005 ed. Examines the roots of contemporary social theory, presenting the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them.

Encyclopedia of Social Problems Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed. Offers an interdisciplinary perspective into many social issues that are a continuing concern in our lives, whether we confront them on a personal, local, regional, national, or global level. With more than 600 entries, these two volumes cover all of the major theories, approaches, and contemporary issues in social problems and also provide insight into how social conditions get defined as social problems, and the ways different people and organizations view and try to solve them.
Finding Information for Your Research Project
Sociological Abstracts Online Restricted Access
Coverage: 1963-present. Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)

JSTOR Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Includes over one thousand leading academic journals as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous titles. For most JSTOR titles, the most recent years of publication are not covered.  If you want the most recent scholarship on a topic, you should probably try another database.  However, current issues for more than 150 journals are available on JSTOR as part of the Current Scholarship Program.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences Restricted Access
Coverage: 1951-present. Indexes and asbstracts social science and interdisciplinary research. For book reviews, search title of book and REVIEW in Publication Type.

Web of Science Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1989-present. Access to Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and/or Arts & Humantities Citation Index. This resource has broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholary articles.  A feature which is somewhat unique to this resource is citation searching.  Using an important historic reference - one can see the more recent articles which cited the key reference.
Communicating the Findings of Your Research
 Citation & Style Guides Unrestricted Access
Online information about commonly used citation and style guides, e.g., MLA, APA, etc., Refworks, and a list of print guides available in the Colgate Libraries.

Style guide / American Sociological Association Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Published: Washington, D.C. : American Sociological Association, c2007(3rd ed.) Call Number: CASE Ref. (3rd floor) HM586 .A54 2007

Writing & Speaking Center Unrestricted Access
The Colgate Writing and Speaking Center offers students one-to-one assistance with essays and oral presentations. Our mission is to help any writer or speaker at any stage of the process, from brainstorming initial ideas to revising a final draft or reviewing an oral performance.

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