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SOC 413/CRJ 4130: Qualitative Research Methods

Research Guide for CRJ/SOC 413

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Sociological Abstracts Database

Use the Sociological Abstracts database to find scholarly articles. Sociological Abstracts covers the international literature of sociology, social work, and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. 

Sociological Abstracts Search FAQs

1. How do I start finding articles about my research area and my population?

  • Enter your research area and population in the research box
  • Example: muslim immigrants identity 
  • Under Subject in the sidebar to the left of the search hits, click on More
    • ​Check the boxes besides any subjects you're interested in
    • This will also help you develop a focused research question

2. How do I focus my search to peer-reviewed articles?

  •  Check the Peer-Reviewed box under the search box to focus your search hits to articles from peer-reviewed journals

3. How do I find articles about my research question?

  • Identify the main ideas of your topic and use those as your search words
  • Each journal article, magazine article, and newspaper 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, factors, effects, challenges are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words
  • Example: What factors influence the development of gender identity among second generation Muslim immigrants? 
    • Search: "second generation" muslim immigrants* gender identity 
      • "second generation" searches for second generation as a phrase, not separate words
      • immigrant* searches for immigrant and immigrants

4. How do I know my search words match the tags assigned to articles about my research question?

  • As you scroll through the search hits, look at the Subjects (tags) assigned to the relevant articles you find, and see if they match your search words:
    • Click on Preview under the Article Title in the list of search hits
    • Look at the Subjects with which the article has been tagged - revise your search words to match those subjects
  • Subjects (tags) also help you identify the specific issues around your topic and population so that you can give it direction and develop it into a focused research question
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