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    • SOC 101 – Brian Brutlag
      Stephanie Wells, Librarian
      CONQUER THE WORLD THROUGH RESEARCH
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Two Search Tools to Find Good Sources
      PROQUEST
      RESEARCH LIBRARY
      (Journal Articles)
      LIBRARY CATALOG
      (Books)
    • Start research from the library webpage
      FIND BOOKS
      FIND JOURNAL, MAGAZINE, AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
    • From off-campus, use AccessRIO
    • First, Create A Good Search Strategy
      Narrow your topic to one manageable issue
      The words are key: create a good keyword search strategy
    • Good Beginning Question
      Pornography
      “What effects does pornography have on male and female identity?”
      Research requirements:
      Find some articles on this topic and refine the question.
      Characteristics:
      Debatable.
      Plausible.
      Consequential.
    • Excellent Narrowed Topic
      Class Inequality
      “How does social class affect the quality of education in high schools (in California)?”
      Characteristics:
      Debatable: does class play a role at all?
      Plausible: schools in lower-income areas have fewer graduates and fewer students pursuing college
      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.
    • Narrow Your Topic
      What factors are associated with the rise of divorce?
      Cohabitation and the well-being of children involved.
      Most topics are too ambitious.
      Select ONE compelling aspect of your topic, and focus on that aspect only.
    • How to narrow your topic: two steps
      1. Read an article in a subject encyclopedia.
      e.g., 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?
    • 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
    • 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)
    • A Good Keyword Search Saves Time
      Put your keywords together and use them to search both periodical databases and internet search engines:
    • Scholarly Journal Articles
      What is a scholarly journal?
      How can you tell if you have found a scholarly journal article?
    • Activity: Narrow Your Topic and Search ProQuest
      If you haven’t sufficiently narrowed your topic, use Gale Virtual Reference or an encyclopedia to find an article on your topic. Read it and write a narrowed research question.
      Test various keyword search combinationsin ProQuest Research Library.
    • Thank you for visiting
      The Rio Hondo College Library!
      RESEARCH GUIDE FOR SOC 101
      libguides.riohondo.edu/brutlagsoc101
      Stephanie Wells
      swells@riohondo.edu
      QUESTIONS? 562-908-3484