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Sociology 501: Pro-seminar in Sociological Practice. Library presentation by Hua Yi Fall, 2005. Objectives. For your Paper Find books Find articles APA Citation Style. Book search: Databases Available. CSUSM Library Catalog (our library)

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sociology 501 pro seminar in sociological practice

Sociology 501: Pro-seminar in Sociological Practice

Library presentation by Hua Yi

Fall, 2005

  • For your Paper
  • Find books
  • Find articles
  • APA Citation Style
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 group] + area of studiese.g. minorities education higher              immigrants education African American social conditions
  • Area of studies + [a social group]e.g. united states armed forces gays              social work with children
  • [a social issue] + a area of studiese.g. segregation in education

              alcoholism prevention

keyword search search different fields of a record
Keyword Search:Search different fields of a record
  • adoption* and (race or racial)
  • (black* or African American) and (media image* or stereotyp*)
  • Sex offender* and (law or polic*)

Will discuss in detail in article search

article search steps
Article Search Steps
  • 1: Write your topic statement: clearly defines what you are looking for.
  • 2: Break the topic down into concepts and choose the terms to express the concepts.
  • 3: Connect the terms with the operators "and" "or". Use truncation and parenthesis when needed.
  • 4: Select the best database for your topic.
  • 5: Review your results & select the articles for your topic.
  • 6: 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 databases step 4
EBSCOhost --[SFX Enabled] 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 --[SFX Enabled], comprehensive for sociology and related fields, abstracts.

Sociological Abstracts --[SFX Enabled], focused on social work, human services, and related areas; abstracts.

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

Sociology Databases: Step 4
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: discrimination against sexual orientation by law
  • Concept - 1.  sexual orientation  2. discrimination 3. law
  • Search Statement - (sexual orientation or gay or homosexual)  and (inequality or discriminat*) and (law or legal or court)Database - Sociological Abstracts
  • Review results and  select an articleSoule, Sarah A, "Going to the Chapel? Same-Sex Marriage Bans in the United States, 1973-2000” Social Problems, 2004, 51, 4, Nov, 453-477
  • Click  ,SFX window reveals the library has print copy and you can also get it via EbscoHost database.
apa style library has the book an online guide is here
APA Style(library has the book & an online guide is here)
  • BookBllom, A. (1987). The closing of the American mind. New York: Simon And Schuster.
  • ArticleHenry, A. (1990). Making the grade in today's schools. Time, 135, 28-31.Pipho, C. (1998). Voter apathy or voter overload? Phi Delta Kappan 6 (2), 101-102. Retrieved January 14, 2003 from Academic Search Elite database.
  • Web SiteKearl, M. (n.d). Gender & Society. Retreived January 14, 2004 from
citation style guides
Citation Style Guides
  • ASA Style Guide
  • See the list here