Sociology & Anthropology

Thesis Research

 

 

 

 

09.11.17

Sarah Elichko

Social Sciences & Data Librarian

{ research  + soc/anth senior thesis }

What we'll do today:

Work on developing more intentional research practices and skills

 

Try out some research tools (useful for preparing your proposal)

 

Understand the difference between sources and conversations

Intellectual Interests

↓↓↓

Topics

Research Question

Sources
(finding, analyzing, interpreting)

Who else has studied this?

↓↓↓

Argument

(source a, source b, source c)

Why does this matter?

(source d, source e, source f)

What background info do I need?

(source g, source h, source i)

What are some of the questions Abbott is asking?

• Document your process

• Save consistently

• Annotate sources

Three ways to stay organized
while doing research: 

{ ideas, searches, sources }

{ done & to-do }

{ while you still remember }

Try it out:    Create a project map using Coggle.it

{  specialized research tools

for sociology and anthropology }

1. Go to Tripod / TriCo Libraries website

( tripod.swarthmore.edu )

 

2. Search Tripod to get the link to one of these:

- Sociological Abstracts

- Anthropology Plus

 

3. Click the "Connect from Swarthmore" link

 

4. Search for your topic. Open 2-3 results, each in their own tab.

{ anthropology plus + sociological abstracts }

Keep your search results page open in its own tab.

Open the links for 2 articles, each in a new tab

Switch to searching the other database.

(Anthro --> Soc / Soc --> Anthro)
 

Repeat the same search in the new database.

Why find scholarly sources?

What is your initial bibliography for, anyway?

how scholars use sources

BEAM Model


Background • establish context,
         considered a
uthoritative


Exhibit • interpreted, analyzed
         range from simple --> complex


Argument • claims are affirmed, built

         on, or contested

Method • derive a way of working,
         an approach

"...this thesis explores the ways in which media affirms and exacerbates expectations of raced and classed forms of social and cultural capital."

how scholars use sources

BEAM Model


Background • establish context,
         considered a
uthoritative


Exhibit • interpreted, analyzed
         range from simple --> complex


Argument • claims are affirmed, built

         on, or contested

Method • derive a way of working,
         an approach

Try It:

Look at your sources so far -

what purposes might each serve?

sources vs.

conversations

Try It:  Look at Oxford Bibliographies
          
  (start on the SOAN 098 Research Guide)

sources vs.

conversations

Try It:  Look at Oxford Bibliographies
          
  (start on the SOAN 098 Research Guide)

{ optional }

Identifying research interests + clarifying your question

  • Worksheet: Generating Research Ideas   [Google Doc]


  • Guide: Writing for Social Scientists    [McCabe]


  • Guide: Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences:    

                Research in an Age of Info-Glut    [McCabe]
 

Research Advice

 

Sarah Elichko  (McCabe 114)
selichk1@swarthmore.edu