Library Research Guide
1. Log on to www.lib.umn.edu . All of the following are accessed through this page.
2. Sign up for a Refworks account. This is on the libraries main page. You can also go to the library and get help signing up an account.
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager provided by the Libraries for all U of M- Twin Cities' faculty, students, and staff that allows you to:
• Create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases or entering them using a template. Databases can be for you alone or a group;
• Automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.) in seconds, and then exporting them as several document types (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.); and
• Continue your access to RefWorks after you graduate for a nomimal annual fee, or export your database to a microcomputer-based citation manager such as EndNote.
3. Start your search with Annual Review of Sociology which can be found through MNCAT the book search site for the library. This site is useful for overview articles that can give you the latest information on a topic, method or theory. These articles can be very useful for the Topic paper and the Problem statement/Introduction papers. These overviews are not appropriate for the Critical Analysis assignment.
4. Search JSTOR. I do an intensive and exhaustive search here. This site has the top sociology journals and the top research. Remember to limit your search to Sociology and related disciplines (this depends on the question but examples are ethnic studies, gender studies, anthropology, social psychology) Remember to brain storm search terms and ask us/others for ideas as well. Personal example I search using American Indian, Native American, First Americans, Indigenous, First Nations, and sometimes even Indian (historical works).
Coverage: 1963 - present, updated monthly
Covers sociology, including methodology and research technology, history and technology of sociology, social psychology, culture and social structure, group interactions, management and complex organizations, mass phenomena, social change and economic development, political interactions, social differentiation, rural sociology and agricultural economics, urban structures and ecology; sociology of the arts, education, religion, science, health, medicine; social welfare, clinical sociology, family studies, women's studies, gay and lesbian studies, criminology.
Criminal Justice Abstracts
Coverage: 1968 - present, updated quarterly.
Covers crime trends, crime prevention and deterrence, drugs, government, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, law, police, political science, public administration, courts, punishment and sentencing
OCLC ArticleFirst includes bibliographic citations from over 12,600 serials, covering science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities and popular culture.
LexisNexis Academic (full text)
Coverage: Varies by title.
Indexes and provides the full-text of articles, transcripts and legal information.
Sociological Abstracts 1963 - present, updated monthly
Updated bimonthly, this core database for the field of sociology contins information on sociology and social policy worldwide.
Coverage: 2150 BC - present (most records from 1968 - present), updated daily.
Covers all subjects.
Academic books are also good sources. Often you do not need to read the whole book, just a few chapters. A book is academic if it is written by a degree holding individual, who is writing about the topic in which they got a degree. So, sad to say Dr. Phil’s book on dieting is not academic. If you have a question about a book ask someone (me/TA/librarian). Remember librarians are your friends.
From the libraries website-
Top 5 Clues to ID Scholarly Resources
1. Is it written by an expert/scholar in the field?
2. Is the language academic?
3. Is the subject very specialized?
4. Is it a lengthy article (between 5-50 pages)?
5. Does it have a bibliography?
Interlibrary loan if we don’t have it then some library does. It takes as little as 24 hours and up to a week or two depending on the source you are looking for. Most sources take just a few days, the library e-mails you and often they will just e-mail you a pdf file of the requested document (you don’t pay for any of this). So it is a great idea to start early and get sources sent to your computer. Below is the address for the interlibrary loan services.