SOCI 410

 Fall 2022 library workshop



Course guide for review:

 Grad student guide with lots of today's stuff:


today's context

Upcoming assignments in this course include:


  • finding 2 quantitative research papers (one longitudinal and one cross-sectional) related to your topic
  • a research proposal, including a literature review that situates and summarizes  current scholarship around your topic and that justifies the relevance of your research question. 


By the end of the year you will have gathered and cited extensive lists of peer-reviewed references. Scholars in sociology and other disciplines often contend that citation management software is an essential tool when collecting references, resulting in significant time savings during the preparation and final production of the research report.


...larger context

In the Sociology Honours (SOCI 409) course this semester, students will complete an independent research  project consisting of a critical literature review of an area of sociological study...


Students will be expected to thoroughly familiarise themselves with the literature in their chosen area while developing a systematic method for doing so.... gaining a solid command of key findings, developing an original argument about the state of knowledge, understanding key debates in the field.  


Students will be asked to model their papers on those found in Sociology Compass, an international journal publishing surveys of current research on specific topic areas in the discipline.


YOUR Agenda...

need help with any of those items?


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

YOUR Agenda

Can you find an academic article that situates and summarizes important sociological scholarship about topics such as:

  • Evolution of single-parent families

  • Mental health of migrant people & Western medical systems 

  • Race, religious organizations, and integration

  • Population patterns & social determinants of women's health

  • Measuring ethnic diversity

  • Social networks and health

Literature Review Sources!

Can you situate YOUR TOPIC in one of these review articles?

Try it for yourself!

Can you identify:

  1. One  important thing you can learn, or take away, from these articles, especially in your context this year?
  2. One important limitation in of most of these articles, especially in your context in this course in particular?

Here they are again:

Did you find anything??
Save it to Zotero!!

More Lit review sources: Theses

Did you find anything??
Save it to Zotero!!

  "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]

Did you find anything??
Save it to Zotero!!

Google Scholar competitors:

web of science database
Scopus database
Google scholar

think of YOUR relevant (or 'golden') sources and give it a try!


web of science database
Scopus database
Google scholar
Google scholar

Did you find anything??
Save it to Zotero!!

  Search strategies

& keywords

Example of a keyword

combination in SocINDEX

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:  

 Subject-specific databases for your topic

why use them?
(why not just the Sofia/Concordia Library homepage)

where can I FIND them?

what are they?

 Subject-specific databases: what are they?

 Subject-specific databases: why use them?

Try it for yourself:

Find quantitative articles related to your topic.


One longitudinal and one cross-sectional, both Canada-focused


Compare Sofia with SocINDEX (or other EBSCO databases)

subject-specific databases can help you focus your search and take advantage of specialized search features.

 Subject-specific databases: why use them?

but also....

where you search affects

what you find and how you find it

Did you find anything??
Save it to Zotero!!

 Subject-specific databases:

where can I FIND them?



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

where can I FIND all these databases?

 Subject-specific databases for various topics

My climate change searches:

climate change in Sofia:

climate change in Google Scholar:

climate change in iPortal:

climate change in Anthropology Plus:

reminder of another example:

Sociology subject database:

Sofia Discovery tool:

Go see for yourselves!

Did you find anything??
Save it to Zotero!!

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

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

my advice:

Accessing resources at Concordia & beyond
using Sofia

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!!

search for it in any library worldwide:

... and simply request it!


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!

JOURNAL finding/browsing option:

Use the E-journals search


Canadian Review of Sociology

 still unsure or CONFUSED ?

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

use Sofia to search for and access items like (e)books, journals and films,  but:

Accessing items -final words of advice



peer-reviewed articles checklist

test yourself - which one(s) is/are peer-reviewed?


This blog entry reports on an interesting study which involved many academics, but it is NOT an academic/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?

Here are some tips & tools.....

Concordia video

In many Library Databases you can use a checkbox:

VIDEO: peer-review in 3 minutes

APA Referencing & Bibliographic Management

Start by picking a

citation style:

Reference formatting & management good practices

use a citation style guide:

APA STYLE: typical examples:

in-text citations

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).


APA style: typical examples:


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 those 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) as well as 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...........

SOCI 410 Fall 2022 library workshop

By susie breier

SOCI 410 Fall 2022 library workshop

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