Navigating Academic Research
a short introduction for SOCI 001

Sarah Elichko
Social Sciences & Data Librarian

Today's agenda:

• Contrasting modes of research

• Developing a skill that will be particularly   

  useful for your final project

Everyday
Searching

Academic
Research

Everyday
Searching

Academic
Research

Where
you're searching

What
you expect to find

How & When
you'll find it

Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo


Websites, streaming video and audio


Searching for keywords


Immediate results (unless there's a paywall)

Academic research tools: Tripod, Google Scholar, databases

Journal articles
Books + Book Reviews

Searching for keywords, titles, authors

Possibilities:
- Immediate results
- Follow a series of links
- Get it from a library
- Request it

Different job --> Different tool

(part of your final project assignment)

With your group, identify at least two sociology readings (per person) in the group that address issues related to your topic, plus one review article on (or as close as possible to) your topic.

Research Tool:

Sociological Abstracts

(access via Tripod)

google scholar

(medical journal)

(medical journal)

(sociology journal)

(anthropology journal)

Finding Sociology Research

Research Tool:

Sociological Abstracts

Finding Sociology Research

1. Go to Tripod (tripod.swarthmore.edu)
 

2. Search for Sociological Abstracts

     -- Scroll down to Books & More

     -- Select this link: Connect to Sociological

         abstracts from SWARTHMORE

    

Research Tool:

Sociological Abstracts

Finding Sociology Research

In Sociological Abstracts:
 

First search box: "college students"
    + Change the drop-down menu from Anywhere to
      Anywhere except full text
 

Second search box:  activism OR campaign

Then hit enter/press Search.
 

931
Results

Research Tool:

Sociological Abstracts

Finding Sociology Research

You'll get a list of search results (books articles, dissertations).

Find the links on the left of your results. Limit your results to articles from the following journals:

• American Sociological Review   

• American Journal of Sociology   

• Social Forces

• Social Problems

17 results

Results Review Recipe

What is this source’s container?

Where does that container come from?
 

Who wrote this source?  
(+ Who do they
work with?)

 

Each
Search Result

Container

Source

Results Review Recipe

What is this source’s container?

Where does that container come from?
 

Who wrote this source?  
(+ Who do they
work with?)

 

Cristóbal Bonelli & Marcelo González Gálvez (2018) The roads of immanence: infrastructural change in southern Chile, Mobilities, 13:4, 441-454, DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2017.1388346

When choosing tools + terms, consider different ways in which individual sources may influence your understanding of the topic you're researching.

• Basic background information, initial definitions and context

• Things to interpret: perspectives, opinions, experiences, data

• Insight into how sociologists have thought about (xyz):
   -- Questions sociologists have raised about (topic)
   -- What aspects they've focused on
   -- Arguments made + kinds of evidence used

Books, journal articles, and other sources can provide...

Get research advice:

Sarah Elichko / Social Sciences & Data Librarian
 
Email questions or appointment requests to: selichk1@swarthmore.edu.

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