SOCIOLOGY 110: RESEARCH METHODS
Prof Judith Stepan-Norris Langson Library TEC Room 228
GOALS: To access, evaluate and use peer reviewed literature for Soc 110 papers; to gain
knowledge of core resources and identify 6-10 relevant items; to locate & e-mail some.
STEPS TO CONDUCT A LITERATURE REVIEW & Use UC-eLinks: DATABASES
Use CSA Illumina Sociological Abstracts & Related Databases
Annual Reviews & JSTOR
To find additional sources consult the Subject Guides.
Why Sociological Abstracts – Locate the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the
social and behavioral sciences. This is a database which provides abstracts of journal articles and citations
drawn from over 1,700 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters,
dissertations, and conference papers. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and non-evaluative
abstracts of journal articles.
Quick Search allows users to search for single word or multiple words. Search for keywords
on a topic of interest, author search and words in title searches.
Advanced Search allows users to build a search strategy and customize your search by
author, title, language, publication year, publication type (i.e. journal article, dissertation, etc),
and others in multiple boxes.
Thesaurus displays all terms that have relationships with the found item (e.g., broader and
narrower terms) and any explanatory notes; enter a word or phrase in the Find box.
Research Topic: “Gender Differences in using the Internet”
How to Search by KEYWORD -> KW =Internet AND Gender deifference*. Limit by
date 1994-2005 ; journals and English only studies
How to Display and Interpret Search Results: Mark interesting items. Critically review
these - by reading the detailed abstract, make a note of the thesauri terms, authors and
Sociology journals of significance, etc. Edit the search strategy using the thesaurus terms.
Save and create a bibliography using RefWorks in APA Style. Email the list to yourself .
How to Use UC e-Links to Locate the Articles:
UC-eLinks connects the user to items that UC Libraries own (includes paper copies,
electronic journals, and other format).
Click on UC-eLinks. A second screen pops up. This prompts the user to click one of
two or more links . For journal articles, UC-eLinks accesses electronic full text journal
articles and paper copies
The UCI libraries own the handbook from which the user can access the chapter that is
cited. The link to books and book chapters, via UC e-Link goes to ANTPAC – the Library
Whenever UC-eLinks does not locate an item at UCI, then the user should click on the
Interlibrary Loan link and initiate an Ill REQUEST from another UC library. For additional
help, see: http://www.lib.uci.edu/services/ill/ill.html
Using RefWorks: Save, Print, Email selected items in APA style format in a form a
bibliography to yourself.
How to Use Annual Reviews & JSTOR
Pls. follow demonstrations in class
To Find Statistical Sources
See: Statistical Abstracts of the United States
Index and Population Reference Bureau –via the SOCIAL SCIENCE DATA ARCHIVES WEB
SITE. For more information, go to http://data.lib.uci.edu
For Help please use:
For additional HELP
To access the Library from home, please:
Sociology Research Librarian