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Sociology 360: Quantitative Research Methods. Library Presentation by Hua Yi Spring, 2005. Objectives. For your assignment Search for books (brief) Search for research articles Citation . Reference Sources . The practice of social research H62 .B2 2004

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Sociology 360:Quantitative Research Methods

Library Presentation by

Hua Yi

Spring, 2005

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  • For your assignment

  • Search for books (brief)

  • Search for research articles

  • Citation

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Reference Sources

  • The practice of social research H62 .B2 2004

  • Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches

  • Sage encyclopedia of social science research methods

  • Case study research : design and methods   H62 .Y56 2003

  • Encyclopedia of sociologyHM425 .E5 2000

  • A statistical portrait of the United States: social conditions and trends REF  HA214 .S73 1998

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Book search:Databases Available

  • CSUSM Library Catalog(our library)

  • The Circuit(4 academic libraries in San Diego area)

  • Melvyl(UC system)

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Subject Search: Search subject field of a record

  • [a social issue] + aspecte. g. abortion religious aspects

  • [a social issue] + region e. g. capital punishment Texas

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Keyword Search:Search different fields of a record

  • abortion and gender

  • race and (capital punishment or death penalty)

  • Will discuss in detail in article search

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Article Search Steps

  • Write your topic statement: clearly define what you are looking for.

  • Break the topic down into concepts and choose the terms to express the concepts.

  • Connect the terms with the operators "and" "or". Use truncation and parenthesis when needed.

  • Select the best database for your topic.

  • Review your results & select the articles for your topic.

  • Get your hand on the article you want

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Three techniques for effective searches:steps 2 and 3

  • truncation: i.e. "sex*" will get "sex, sexual, sexism" etc. --> more discussion

  • synonyms: i.e. women, woman, female, girl  --> more discussion

  • Boolean operators and parentheses : i.e. (women or female) and  (pictur* or  portrait*) and (mass media not tv) --> more discussion and illustration

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Sociology Database: Step 4

  • EBSCOhost --interdisciplinary and full-text access

  • JSTOR--fulltext backfiles of core scholarly journals, cross-disciplinary

  • Project Muse--full-text scholarly journals cross-disciplinary

  • ScienceDirect -- full text access and cross-disciplinary.

  • Sociological Abstracts --comprehensive for sociology and related fields, abstracts.

  • Social Services Abstracts --focused on social work, human services, and related areas; abstracts.

  • Womens Resources International (1972-present) -- comprehensive for women's studies, abstracts only

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How to get full-text article:Step 6

  • If full text – get it

  • If you see , click on it

    • Link to online full-text article

    • Give you location for print journal in our library

    • Give you an interlibrary loan form to fill

  • If you don’t see the above two choices, go to the library catalog and type the journal title in title search to see if our library has it.

    • If library has it, get the call number

    • If library doesn't have it, use InterLibrary Loan

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  • topic: one’s religion is related to his/her attitude about abortion

  • Concept - 1. religion  2.attitude toward abortion

  • Search Statement - (abortion attitude* or pro life or pro choice) and (religio* or Christian)

  • Database - Sociological Abstracts

  • review results and  select an article Hamby L, Gray B. (2002) Polarization in Abortion Attitudes in U.S. Religious Traditions, 1972-1998 Sociological Forum 7 (3): 397-422

  • Click on  , a link will lead you to an article online

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Conduct Research on the Web

  • Use Subject Gateway

    • SOSIG

    • SociSite

  • Follow Professional sites (departments, professors, librarians)

    • Sociological Tour of Cyperspace,

    • Library Research Guide: Sociology

  • Search Engine (when you have particular names and phrases)

    • Anomic Suicide

  • Some Database

    • Sociological Abstracts

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Citation Style Guides

  • ASA Style GuideHM586 .A52 1997

  • See the list here

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