Getting started with some suggestions to help you with your research. Handouts are a guide to build a basic starting point for your research.
Quick summary of the tabs at the top of the page and the icon pictures to the left.
The place to start- Bookmark or tab this on the computer or laptop or device that you use for library research! New Library homepage design is coming on Sept. 3rd You will see it later…..
Easiest way to see ALL choices-- CLICK ON ALL. Now alphabetically arranged
Off campus access information to get to GALILEO. Go to Library WEBpage, do not log into the SWAN. Just use your swan credentials when you click on GALILEO.
Select “FEATURED” for information about research services and specific collections
Library account “How to set it up” See Library Services need this for GilExpress requests, renew books, and see what is checked out.
Two choices for retrieving materials that are NOT available to CSU users The differences listed here.
On the LibGuide for Sociology, select the “Find Articles” tab to find suggested electronic resources to search for research articles- ex. Sociological Collection, Social Science Journals, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, JSTOR, background info= CQ Researcher Online resources
Searching with Boolean operators AND narrows the search OR expands the search
Model of a search strategy as found on your worksheet quotation marks or parentheses keeps words as a phrase and in order for the search.
Determine what type of information that you need. Here are some examples.
Limiters and truncation
Let’s take a couple of sample research questions and work through possible strategies.
Using the search strategy worksheet let’s look at possible search terms and phrases
DE (Descriptor) (controlled vocabulary of Sociological Collection database )
Navigating to find resources such as Sociological Collection. See the Sociology LibGuideor A-Z Electronic Resources-- LibGuide for Sociology related possibilities for research.
Pay attention to the subject terms and the author-supplied keywords of a particularly good citation
Notice the Publication tab at the tob of the EBSCO interface. Select this to open up a search box JUST FOR PUBLICATION searching.
NOTICE the SEARCH within this publication- also notice the dates available
Example of searching just within a selected journal Social Theory & Practice
Subject descriptors are offered on the left side after you do your first keyword search.. Use these tools and suggestions to refine and limite your searching results.
You can also add another resource from within your current search EBSCO search boxes. (other vendor is PRoQUEST and they allow you to search their products too.
What the icon symbols mean…
Create your own folder using the EBSCO server -- SAVE your results and favorite searches, and se up alerts
Social Sciences -Library of Congress searching for resources in the various areas
Electronic Resource suggestions - searching for e-books ( many good reference books in the GVRL)
SOCI 4901 instruction Taylor Keese presentation
SOCI 4901 Practicum
identify resources for sociology
keywords, synonyms, and related terms
for targeted searching
identify controlled vocabulary tools
specific to the discipline or topic
A new look
- 100 plus resources (broad)
Books+ - multiple collections
Articles+ - subject disciplines (specific)
LibGuides - research tools, “how to”
Services- Gil Express, Interlibrary Loan
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Start your research with a
keyword or tag
Off Campus access to GALILEO
Featured LibGuides about
Services and Resources
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Borrow books from other
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Search Gil Express
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out in person
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28-day loan, renewable
Interlibrary loan (ILL)
Request electronic copy
of an article
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Borrow books from all
types of libraries
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Advanced Search Features
Full text, date, scholarly
Publication, document type
Type part of a word plus an asterisk (*)-Find variations of
crim* finds criminal, criminals, criminology
sociology, sociological, sociologists, socioeconomic, soc
iodemographic, sociopolitical etc.
The Research Question
Criteria to ask yourself * :
a) Is it open-ended ?(cannot be answered
with a simple yes or no)
b) Does it address an issue or controversy
and/or solves a problem?
c) Is it something that a student can take a
* Burckhardt, J. M., MacDonald, M. C., & Rathemacher, A. J. (2010). Teaching
information literacy (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: American Library
Association. 29. Print.
Sample research question
exclusion from participation in the
voting process among felons contribute
to community disengagement and social
Variation-- open ended
How does the exclusion of felons from
voting affect them within their social
“voting rights” AND (exclusion OR stigma) AND felons
How can I find Sociological
to Sociology LibGuide
Click on the “Find Articles” TAB
to A-Z Electronic Resources LibGuide
Select the “S” index TAB for Sociological
Electronic Resources -Books
Gale Virtual Reference Library -Social Sciences - Collection of
encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for research. Browse
by subject, search by collection or by individual title. Link to Social Science (GVRL)
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) for Social Sciences-All
topics, including reference books, academic titles and consumer books that have
been converted into digital format. Most titles limited to one user at a time.
Download for 7-day offline use is available.
Suggested Electronic ResourcesArticles
ProQuest Social Science Journals
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
Social Sciences Full Text
Academic Search Complete
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