Research Workshop

SOCI 006I: The 2016 Presidential Election

 

 

 

 

Sarah Elichko

Social Sciences & Data Librarian

10/03/16

 

Today's workshop:

• Everyday searching vs. scholarly research

• Getting familiar with a few specialized research tools

• Trying some strategies for finding more relevant results

• Learning how to find reliable statistics and data

Research?

 

        Process

(something you do)

 

 "I’m researching gender
     identity and clowns."

 

Stuff

(something you find)

 

"I'm looking for some academic research on gender identity and clowns."

Specialized academic research tools...

(and a secret about them)

• Tripod

• Web of Science

• Sociological Abstracts

Specialized academic research tools...
so what's the secret?
 

A generally useful method for making scholarly research tools cooperate
        (i.e. point you to relevant books and articles)

 

• Start with a generic keyword
• Narrow down your results using the options

        available to you.
• Use one good source to help you find others.

 

Tripod   (best for finding books)

 

• Start with a generic keyword
• Narrow down your results using the options

        available to you.
• Use one good source to help you find others.

 

Web of Science  (journal articles)

 

• Start with a generic keyword
• Narrow down your results using the options

        available to you.
• Use one good source to help you find others.

 

Sociological Abstracts  (journal articles)

 

• Start with a generic keyword
• Narrow down your results using the options

        available to you.
• Use one good source to help you find others.

 

Data?  News articles and other primary sources?

       Start with Research Guides.

 

 

 

Get research advice for your project:
 
Sarah's office hours - at McCabe Research & Info Desk
       Wednesdays, 1-3 pm
 

Also available to talk at other times -
       Email selichk1@swarthmore.edu with questions
       or to make an appointment.