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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

Sociology 360:Quantitative Research Methods

Library Presentation by

Hua Yi

Spring, 2005

  • For your assignment
  • Search for books (brief)
  • Search for research articles
  • Citation
reference sources
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
book search databases available
Book search:Databases Available
  • CSUSM Library Catalog(our library)
  • The Circuit(4 academic libraries in San Diego area)
  • Melvyl(UC system)
subject search search subject field of a record
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
keyword search search different fields of a record
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
article search steps
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
three techniques for effective searches steps 2 and 3
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
sociology database step 4
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
how to get full text article step 6
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
  • 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
conduct research on the web
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
citation style guides
Citation Style Guides
  • ASA Style GuideHM586 .A52 1997
  • See the list here