SOAN 820

 Fall 2022 library workshop




SUGGESTED for today:

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More ways to improve your Zotero skills

our page and slides:


Thanks to your feedback...

what is and isn't on the agenda today:

On the agenda


BONUS material

follow the links to learn about:

lingering doubts or questions?


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

your subject librarian:

ZOOM office hours most Tuesdays 3-5, or by appointment


ZOOM office hours: most Tuesdays 3-5, 

OR by appointment

AskUs Desk,  LB building: most Wednesdays 1-3

Accessing resources at Concordia & beyond with Sofia

the Zotero Connector automatically
detects the Concordia Library proxy

*ASIDE: Zotero also helps with  access to online 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!!




Duina F. Consciousness in Classical Sociological Theories.  Journal of Consciousness Studies, v. 25, no. 9-10, 2018, pp. 99–124.



TIP: go back the last slide to see how to find and request it via Interlibrary Loans!


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Use E-journals searching


Canadian Review of Sociology


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use library article databases & google scholar to search for literature on a topic

use FIND options like Sofia and E-journal searching to access items, but:

Accessing items -final words of advice

 still unsure or CONFUSED ?

You need to find an article that serves as a comprehensive guide to, or that outlines and situates, seminal and emerging scholarship (in sociology, anthropology or allied disciplines) about.....

Literature Review Sources!



our page:

More lit review sources on your SOAN 820 page

for example:

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  "Cited by" or Cited Reference searching


once you have found a relevant article,  use

"cited by" to find more recent related material

Findit@Concordia set-up section at  4:00 mins

Google Scholar how-to video on "cited by" searching [for SOCI 612 course]

web of science database
Scopus database
Google scholar

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Questions? Comments?

 Subject-specific vs. multidisciplinary databases

where you search affects

what you find and how you find it

Tweet reproduced with permission from Hannah @hannajaneface

why use them?

where can you FIND them?

what are they?

 Subject-specific and multidisciplinary databases

 Subject-specific databases: what are they?

Multidisciplinary databases: what are they?

Scopus database
Google scholar

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Where can you FIND them?


Subject databases:

Sofia Discovery tool:








Number of search results you will get

Number of search words you should enter

use library article databases & google scholar to search for literature on a topic

use the Sofia Discovery tool to find and access known items, but not to search for literature on a topic

my advice:

use multidisciplinary library article databases & Google Scholar to broaden your search across disciplines and find connections

use subject-specific ARTICLE DATABASES like to SocINDEX or iPortal to focus your search using a disciplinary or thematic lens

ON YOUR OWN TIME:  Subject-specific vs. multidisciplinary databases

I need to find articles on climate change for my essay. What difference will it make, if any, whether I search in Sofia, Google Scholar, Anthropology Plus Database, Indigenous Studies Portal or PsycINFO?

climate change in Sofia:

climate change in Google Scholar:

climate change in iPortal:

climate change in Anthropology Plus:

After a very successful conference presentation of yours, the editors of International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research invite you to submit your paper for publication.

--How should you proceed?  



Open Access Journals:  

 Navigating Colonial
Library Terminology &

Ideological Structures:

Tweet reproduced with permission from Hannah @hannajaneface

“The library is always an ideological structure. It’s not just what goes into the library that matters, but how it’s organized and under which norms.”

“...The actual ‘information’ contained in libraries, and how it is organized ... somehow manages to construct a reality wherein whiteness is default, normal, civilized and everything else is Other.”  

Daniel Heath Justice, Ph.D, ACRL Choice Webinar: Indigenous Literatures, social justice and the decolonial library

nina de jesus, Locating the library in institutional oppression, In the library with the lead pipe (Sept 24, 2014)

Library as ideological structure...

adapted from Michelle Lakes' 2019 FPST 202 slides

where books sit on the shelf matters:


On our library shelves, most books about First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples are found in the E classification area, for History of North America”.  This represents an erasure of living peoples.


subject headings matter:

Tips for navigating these waters

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  Search strategies

& keywords

example of a search in "standard"
EBSCO Article Databases

library search tips and tricks for


boolean operators, truncation, phrase searching:

 another search example in this handout:

(YouTube, 7 mins)

Developing your search strategy: VIDEO

from our Library Skills Tutorial- Search Strategies:  

Grad spaces

Grad spaces

 5th floor:

  • 4 dissertation writers’ rooms
  • Your own quiet reading room
  • Lounge, kitchenette & book shelves

Bibliographies & Citations

Start by picking a

citation style:

Citation formatting & management good practices

For example:

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.

Sociology and Anthropology Professional Development Seminar 2022 - PhD students

By susie breier

Sociology and Anthropology Professional Development Seminar 2022 - PhD students

Fall 2022 library workshop. PhD students

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