SOC 114 Marriage, Family & Intimate Relationships. B. Brutlag, Instructor J. Sevilla-Marzona, Librarian Fall 2009. Step 1: Understand the Assignment. Read the assignment sheet carefully. What are you expected to write about the assigned topic?
B. Brutlag, Instructor
J. Sevilla-Marzona, Librarian
Read the assignment sheet carefully.
What are you expected to write about the assigned topic?
Are you expected to write a research paper? Discuss your findings in an oral presentation? Both?
What should your presentation have?
How long should it be?
How many sources do you need to use?
When is it due? And so on….
How can you narrow your topic?
Select a current event by watching the news, reading An article from a newspaper, magazine or the Web, or listening to talk radio.
What are your personal interests?
How about a general encyclopedia?
Controversial or debatable
Can be covered reasonably well within the limits of the assignment
Not too broad, not too narrow, but just right!
You can always ask a librarian
of the Topic
Look up synonyms or related terms for these keywords and concepts.
3. Connect the dots…
Now you’re ready to start!
Effects on work: productivity and quality
Effects on health
Effects on extended family
Effects on husband’s vs. wife’s income
To find books, use the Library’s online catalog, http://library.riohondo.edu/ and choose WebCat.
Usually more recent → may discuss the status of the controversy
Shorter than books → summarize one of more major arguments, usually citing a specific example or several cases
Searchable because the databases contain anindex
Contain full-text articles from thousands of magazines, journals and newspapers
Note: RHCL has more than 40 databases, many of which are subscription-only.
ARTICLES & MORE◊ ProQuest◊ SIRS◊ PsycARTICLES◊ Issues & Controversies◊ ArtStor◊ Gale Virtual ReferenceLibrary◊ TrialsMore...ONLINE DATABASES◊ A-Z List◊ Subject List◊ Off-campus access
Gale Virtual Reference Library ≈
1,000 reference e-books
Health Reference Center –Academic
Social Science Data Search
As a general rule, consult the section “Subject Guides” in the Library’s home page.
DVDs and VHS
ASA Citation Formats