library research workshop

anth/soci 276

OUR Agenda....

ask questions - GET HELP

Need assistance beyond a quick chat,
and have a bit of time to plan?

your subject librarian:

ZOOM office hours: most Tuesdays 3-5 pm


OR email me for an appointment

YOUR final project:

where does the

library come in?

media source

" a particular issue presented in the news media that engages with some form of gender construction. The media source must be reputable, written by trained journalists and contain some primary research.

You cannot use opinion pieces, editorials or blog posts, videos as your main source."

academic sources

"Based on the news article, develop a project that will engage in the topic further using academic sources, additional media sources (videos, podcasts, art pieces/shows, etc.)......"

final project assignment description:


where wouldyou search for these MEDIA and Academic sources? 

tell your neighbour

Search for specific library books, ebooks, articles and films

 try going beyond sofia when searching for topics

for media sources

for academic sources

library database top picks:

My issue/topic:

Non-monogamy or polyamory as a conscious alternative to "compulsory monogamy" and its entanglements with colonialism and capitalism. 


library databases  for media/news sources

tip: "change databases" to add U.S. & INTERNATIONAL sources to your search

library databases  for academic sources

but how can you access / download articles  when there is no PDF?

why (or why not) use library databases to search for your media and academic sources

tell me here:

for media sources

  • limit to specific sources or source types, such as newspapers

  • $$$: get the full article for free

  • limit by date / time period

  • search for terms in the headline/title

  • limit by word count (length of article)

  • limit by type of story, such as feature story, or news only

for academic sources

  • limit to academic / peer-reviewed only

  • use sophisticated search strategies with multiple synonyms

  • use sociological/anthropolocial/gender lens

library database advantages:



google scholar findit@concordia TIP:

How to make sure an article is
scholarly / PEER REVIEWED/ academic

peer-reviewed articles checklist

In some Library Databases you can use a checkbox: 


is it academic / scholarly /


This blog entry reports on an interesting study which involved many academics, but it has NOT been published as an academic/scholarly/ peer-reviewed article

This IS an academic/scholarly/
peer-reviewed article. Important clues: academic language, author outlines specific research method, long bibliography of references.

How to properly enter your KEYWORDS in Library Databases

search strategies

search tips & tricks for
library article databases

boolean operators, truncation, phrase searching:

 another search example in this handout:

example of a keyword

combination in socindex

(YouTube, 7 mins)

Developing your search strategy: VIDEO

search strategy tip: keywords are not the only thing to think about!

Picking your topic takes strategy too

YouTube video, 3 mins

search strategy test yourself

from our Library Research Skills Tutorial:

for your own further review:

 searches  on "CLIMATE CHANGE"

in various databases:

  • Sofia

  • Google Scholar

  • iPortal

  • Anthropology Plus

climate change in Sofia:

climate change in Google Scholar:

climate change in iPortal:

CLIMATE CHANGE in anthropology plus

How to FORMAT your references



use a citation style guide:

typical examples:

in-text citations (APA style)

Hakkinen and Akrami (2014) found that “individuals are receptive to climate change communications, regardless of ideological position” (p. 65).

Research shows that people from any ideological background are open to hearing about climate change (Hakkinen & Akrami, 2014).


typical examples:

Bibliography (APA style)












What about automatic citation tools?

take your pick:

a) citation generators*
b) citation management tools*

* Make sure to  double check your generated citations - they are not always correct! Use the Library's citation style guides to make sure all the required elements of the citation are present and correctly formatted.

a) citation generators

Many library databases (for example, Sofia Discovery tool, EBSCO and ProQuest databases) and even Google Scholar, will provide you with formatted citations in the style of your choice that you can copy and paste into your bibliography, reference list or works cited list.

b) citation management tools

Sometimes also called bibliographic management tools, these allow you to:

  • Download citations you find in library catalogues, databases, Google Scholar, and on the web.

  • Store and organize citations, and prepare a bibliography or reference list automatically.

  • Automatically format and insert in-text citations and a bibliography into papers you are writing with Microsoft Word, for example.

There are several citation management tools available. Concordia Library provides support for    Zotero,    .......

Once those two steps are completed and everything is installed, go to your favourite library database or to Google Scholar, and search for articles on a topic.


At the top right corner of your browser  you should see an indication that the Zotero connector is installed:

If you don't see the folder icon (or an icon that looks like a sheet of paper or a book) click on the extensions icon (looks like a puzzle piece) and make sure that the Zotero Connector is PINNED.  The pin will turn blue.

To save items to you Zotero library of citations, click on the folder icon (or paper or book  icon  if you are looking at only one citation)

By default ZOTERO tries to save items to your Zotero library in the desktop software you installed (but you can instead choose to enable the  Zotero Web library and save your citations online).

Zotero desktop software library:

Once citations are saved in your Zotero library you can create a bibliography:

  1. select the items or the folder of items you want to include [right-click in the Zotero desktop software for Windows]

  2. select "Create Bibliography"

  3. select a citation style

  4. paste the citations into your Word document

...OR you can insert citations and a bibliography directly into documents via your word processing software:


How to use the Sofia Discovery tool to ACCESS resources

Search for library books, ebooks, articles and films

what if the library doesn't have it ONLINE?

request a book and pick it up later....

or use the call number and locate button to find it

what if the library DOESN'T have it at all?

search for it in any library worldwide:

... and simply request it!

but you CAN'T borrow ebooks from other libraries!!

CONFUSED? Still not sure whether we have it or not?

concordia subject guides:


under anthropology see:

Anthropology subject guide screen capture. Click on the image to connect