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Sociology: Finding Articles

This subject guide supports basic and advanced research in Sociology related topics.

Where to Search

Use Sociology Databases to find articles on your topic.

Many of the articles contain full-text, meaning that the actual article is available in the database. 

Databases contain proprietary content from a variety of scholarly journals, conference proceedings, books, dissertations, and more.

Some databases contain content from only one publisher, such as Elsevier or Wiley, while others have content, or index articles, from a variety of publishers.

Also, see the suggested databases listed on this research guide.

Searching for Full Text

If you come across a citation to an article and you'd like to track down its full text, follow the steps below:

Periodical List: Enter "Journal Title"

 
        
 

The example below shows that The Journal of Continuing Higher Education is accessible in print/microform as well as online. The entry also shows coverage dates to indicate which years are accessible. 

Search Strategies

Search by keywords and small phrases.

Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching:

    AND internet AND teenagers all words must appear in the result list
    OR teenagers OR adolescents either word may appear in the results
    NOT internet NOT "social network" must mention the term "internet", but excludes
    items with the phrase "social network
    Use "quotation marks" to search for phrases. 

    Consider truncation. The asterisk (*) symbol is used most often

    math* will search for all forms of the root:

    math, mathematics

    mathematical

    mathematician

    mathematicians

    math education

    Try using database Subject or descriptor terms. Those are listed in the database’s thesaurus, or they may be listed near the article abstract. These can be useful for learning the preferred vocabulary of a discipline.