George Ritzer, distinguished professor at University of Maryland. Ritzer is most widely known in the scholarly community for his distinctive contributions to the study of consumption, globalization, metatheory, and classical, modern and postmodern social theory.
Who am I and why should you care?• Dawn Stahura• I’m your Sociology Librarian/Liaison/SuperheroToday’s Class:• Peer-reviewed, scholarly articles overview• Literature Review and Web of Knowledge• Hands on activity• Libguide and online encyclopedias
What’s the Difference?• What is this “peer-reviewed” business?• You may need scholarly articles for your assignment.• Not all journals are scholarly. But how do you tell what’s what?
The Literature Review• You have a topic in mind so you do a search.• You find some articles and draw on these past articles so you can quote them in your paper to support your points.• Classic papers.• A place to start would be to see who has CITED that work recently and in what context. You want to trace the evolution of those ideas FORWARD in time!• So how can you do this when there is SO MUCH STUFF OUT THERE?
Some very brief historyThis concept of indexing and abstracting of not just article citations but thereferences associated with those articles was the brainchild of Dr. EugeneGarfield.Before the Internet, these were very heavy print books known as the ScienceCitation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & HumanitiesCitation Index.Think very big books and tinny, tiny, little print.Now all three are joined together into a database known as the Web ofKnowledge!And our eyes are saved.
Here comes the POWER…..You have the capacity to take a classic article and uncover who the author wasinfluenced by (who was cited to write the paper) and go forward in time to discoverhow that seminal research affected newer works (who is citing it).In Web of Knowledge, the cited references are associated with THEIR articles, buteach reference is also a record in the database which can be searched as well.Web of Knowledge only indexes articles BUT the references associated with a sourcearticle can be drawn from any type of material, so cited reference records can bearticles but also books, reports, unpublished papers, or whatever else the author hascited in the article.You can search Web of Knowledge by topic, on a particular author, or track down aspecific article. Once you find your article, you can immediately see its bibliographyand start tracking the ideas in a current article BACK in time as well as FORWARD intime.Great Scott~!
Here’s some examples….As a researcher, you can see who is citing your work and in what context. Alsogood if you find yourself in a tenure track position one day.Address fields: lets you see where an author is from. This is useful if you want tosee what your peers are publishing and where. Also what journals they arepublishing in.Our first search: female college students (topic) and entitlement (topic)Author search: Ritzer, G (highest to lowest ranking)**notice that you do NOT spell out the first name. Use initials.Cited reference search: George Ritzer’s book, The McDonalization of Society.**this database is BIG on abbreviations.***work search
Author finder: John StahuraAnalyze feature: Let’s see what this does!**This feature is good if you are tracking publication patterns, or doing a generalsearch of scholarship (who is doing it? Where, that is, what country? Whichorganizations? What journals are they publishing in? What subject categories doesthis particular department publish in?)Address search: Know a department? Remember those dreaded abbreviations!Wellesley Coll, Dept Sociol, Wellesley, MA 02481
Some words of advice!• To do a thorough job on your literature review, you will need to do it several times throughout the writing/research process.• This will help you frame and reframe your research question.• At the end of the research process, take another quick look at Web of Knowledge just to make sure you did not miss any stragglers. Here is where the citation alerts can come in handy!!!
And just for you…http://libguides.wellesley.edu/soc290 Trouble finding information on your topic?Think about your topic and where it fits in the hierarchy. What higher class doesyour topic belong to? Are their subclasses of your topic that could becomefactors to consider? Encyclopedias can help with this! So can concept mapping! Gov’t policy Housing issues sociology Social work homelessness Sociology of cities Education of homeless children
Questions? Help?• I’m available for one-on-one consultations.• You can email me to set up an appointment or stop by during one of my scheduled desk shifts at Clapp.• All my contact information is on the libguide.• And of course, Happy Valentines Day!