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  • 1. SOC 116 – Brian Brutlag
    Stephanie Wells, Librarian
    CONQUER THE WORLD THROUGH RESEARCH
  • 2. Today you will learn how to…
    Find books and journal articles.
    Develop strategies for narrowing your topic.
    Use advanced search strategies in ProQuest Research Library to find scholarly journal articles on your topic.
  • 3. Research Sources
    SEARCH TOOL:
    LIBRARY CATALOG
    ENCYCLOPEDIAS
    Provide short entries/articles for an overview of the topic and its main
    ideas .
    SEARCH TOOL:
    PERIODICAL DATABASE
    BOOKS
    Give more information for an in-depth exploration of one or more aspects of the topic.
    (Example: Case study books, textbooks)
    JOURNAL ARTICLES
    Lengthy scholarly research studies on an extremely focused aspect of a subject.
  • 4. Research Sources
    SEARCH TOOL:
    PERIODICAL DATABASE
    NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
    Very brief news reports that focus on current events or topics currently in the news.
    MAGAZINE ARTICLES
    As short as encyclopedia articles, but instead of an overview, magazines narrow the focus to one or two specific aspects of a topic.
  • 5. Two Search Tools to Find Good Sources
    PROQUEST
    RESEARCH LIBRARY
    (Journal Articles)
    LIBRARY CATALOG
    (Books)
  • 6. Start research from the library webpage
    FIND BOOKS
    FIND JOURNAL, MAGAZINE, AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
  • 7. TYPE IN KEYWORDS THEN
    CLICK “SEARCH ALL”
  • 8. SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE UNTIL YOU FIND A GOOD TITLE
  • 9. CLICK ON TITLE TO SEE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK
  • 10. BOOK IS FILED ON THE SHELF ALPHABETICALLY & NUMERICALLY
    “CIRCULATING BOOK” MEANS YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT
  • 11. CLICK ON “CATALOG RECORD” FOR MORE INFORMATION
  • 12. TABLE OF CONTENTS IS INCLUDED FOR MOST BOOKS
    SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE
  • 13. USE THE “SUBJECTS” TO FIND MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS ONE
    CLICK HERE
  • 14. WE WENT FROM 16 NOT SO GOOD TITLES TO 33 BETTER ONES!
  • 15. YOU WILL USUALLY FIND BETTER BOOKS BY FINDING (AND USING!) THE SUBJECT HEADINGS
  • 16. First, Create A Good Search Strategy
    Narrow your topic to one manageable issue
    The words are key: create a good keyword search strategy
  • 17. Excellent Narrowed Topic
    Plastic Surgery
    “How does television influence a woman to opt for plastic surgery?”
    Research requirements:
    Examination of images in the media and how they relate to the majority of women in society that watches that media.
    Examination of factors that contribute to women’s decision to have plastic surgery.
    Characteristics:
    Debatable.
    Plausible.
    Consequential.
  • 18. Excellent Narrowed Topic
    Class Inequality
    “What role does class play in higher education in terms of acceptance and type of education available?”
    Characteristics:
    Debatable: does class play a role at all?
    Plausible: both sides of the argument have plausible reasons. It can be argued that scholarship and grant opportunities eliminate the class barrier. It can also be argued that historical discrimination creates underprepared students.
    Consequential: whether one has access to a good education affects the health of both the individual, his/her family, community, and also the health of the global community.
  • 19. Narrow Your Topic
    What effects do maquiladoras have on border towns?
    Multiple “effects:”
    Economic?
    Environmental?
    Crime?
    Treatment of women factory workers?
    Immigration?
    Need to choose one AND identify a controversy.
    Most topics are too ambitious.
    Select ONE compelling aspect of your topic, and focus on that aspect only.
  • 20. How to narrow your topic: two steps
    1. Read Article in Subject Encyclopedia.
    i.e. Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
    2. Ask a question about your issue. Your answer will form your thesis statement, and the evidence will form your paper or speech:
    Topic: Race in the entertainment industry
    Narrowed Research Question:How does the entertainment industry contribute to racial and ethnic stereotypes in society?
  • 21. Come up with keywords
    1. What is my issue?
    Example: Race in the entertainment industry
    What do I want to know?
    How does the entertainment industry contribute to racial and ethnic stereotypes in society?
    What are the main words in the question?
    entertainment industry racial ethnic stereotypes
  • 22. Construct a keyword search
    4. What are other forms of my keywords?
    (racial OR ethnic)
    “entertainment
    industry”
    stereotyp*
    SIMILAR & RELATED TERMS
    Find ALL related resources
    PHRASE SEARCHING
    Use “quotation marks” around common phrases
    TRUNCATION
    Searches for all words with the same stem
    (stereotype, stereotyping)
  • 23. A Good Keyword Search Saves Time
    Put your keywords together and use them to search both periodical databases and internet search engines:
  • 24. Periodical Databases
    CQ RESEARCHER
    PROQUEST RESEARCH LIBRARY
  • 25. Scholarly Journal Articles
    What is a scholarly journal?
    How can you tell if you have found a scholarly journal article?
  • 26. Activity: Narrow Your Topic and Search ProQuest
    If you haven’t sufficiently narrowed your topic, use Gale Virtual Reference to locate an encyclopedia article on your topic. Read it and write a narrowed research question.
    Test various keyword search combinationsin ProQuest Research Library. Try to get a list of under 400 articles for your narrowed topic.
  • 27. Thank you for visiting
    The Rio Hondo College Library!
    RESEARCH GUIDE FOR SOC 116
    libguides.riohondo.edu/Brutlagsoc116
    Stephanie Wells
    swells@riohondo.edu
    QUESTIONS? 562-908-3484