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CRJ/SOC 453/553: Sociology of Law

Research Guide for CRJ/SOC 453/553

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1. How do I search for empirical articles about the sociological problem in which I'm interested?

  • Identify the main ideas of your sociological problem and use those as your search words
  • Each article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make them searchable - you want your search words to match those tags
  • Words like influences, effects, challenges are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words
  • Example: Strict voter ID card requirements create inequality by reducing voter participation in elections among disenfranchised groups
  • Search: voter id* election* inequality
    • id* searches for ID and identification

2. How do I focus the search hits to be more relevant to the Inequality Paper requirements? 

  • Use the Refine Your Search sidebar to focus your search hits
  • Empirical articles:
    • Click on Peer Review
    • Click on Journal article under Content Type
  • ​​​Social Science/Sociology focus
    • Click on More.... under Discipline
      • Click on law and sociology & social history
      • Scroll to the top of the list at click on the Apply button 
  • Current research
    • Under Publication Date, move the scroll bar over to 2006 to present

4. How do I use the search hits to focus my sociological problem?

  • Look at the list of  Subject Terms under Refine Your Search and see what interests you
    • Click on the Subject Terms you're interested in 
  • When you see articles that look interesting, look at their tags and add those to your search

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