SOCI 203

library research workshop

tell me here:

what do you want to know about the library?

answers to your questions


want answers to any of those questions??

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, 

OR by appointment

AskUs Desk,  LB building: most Wednesdays 1-3

answers to your questions

 the library can  also help you:

access online books or articles

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

TWO concordia libraries

Webster Library, downtown (SGW). LB building, across from the Hall building

Vanier Library, Loyola campus,

VL building, straight down from the shuttle bus stop and across the Chapel

1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd West

7141 Sherbrooke St. W.

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!!

Course reserves online

Course reserves textbooks

webster Course reserves room - main floor of the library

scanners in the library

printing @ the library & beyond

  1. Connect to Dprint to add money to your account
  2. Connect to Webprint to print your documents.
  3. Find printers in the library (or anywhere on campus)
  4. At the printer, swipe your ID card and follow instructions to retrieve your print jobs

Find SUBJECT-SPECIFIC material, including sociological going BEYOND Sofia on the concordia homepage and using Something better...

best sociology database:

let's find

under sociology see:

you can also try....


best sociology database:

let's try a search on BODYBUILDING

general purpose /
one size fits all

sociological perspectives

sample search: bodybuilding

Sofia Discovery Tool:


now how can you access / download articles you found?

improve your online searches

better search strategies / keyword combos

but first remember to

example of a keyword

combination in socindex

example of a keyword search in other EBSCO databases

search tips & tricks for
library article databases

boolean operators, truncation, phrase searching:

 another search example in this handout:

(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:

identify scholarly
(peer-reviewed, academic) sources

scholarly / peer-reviewed articles checklist

In Library Databases you can often simply use a checkbox: 


is it academic / scholarly /


This blog entry reports on an interesting study which involved many academics, but it is NOT an scholarly/ peer-reviewed article

This IS an academic/scholarly/
peer-reviewed article. Important clues: academic language, distinct sections, long bibliography of references, appears in a journal which can be verified as peer-reviewed.

still not quite getting it?
view  videoS...

VIDEO: peer-review in 3 minutes

find alternatives to wikipedia 

learn about new concepts QUICKLY

use scholarly encyclopedias

from your sociology subject guide: 

from blackwell encyclopedia of sociolgy:

FORMAT your citations & bibliography


Start by picking a

citation style:

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.

Tweet reproduced with permission from Hannah @hannajaneface

libraries are not neutral...

“The library is always an ideological structure. It’s not just what goes into the library that matters, but how it is 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)

adapted from Michelle Lake's FPST 201 slides, September 2019

visit the library's

technology sandbox

Experiment with fibre arts and wearable technology, and much, much more: 

SOCI 203 - Concordia Libraries

By susie breier

SOCI 203 - Concordia Libraries

Concordia Libraries slides for SOCI 203

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