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Sociology: Getting Started

This guide will provide resources to jump-start your research in sociology.

Research Strategy

Need help searching strategically for research assignments? Here's some tips:

  1. Consult background resources to choose, explore, and develop your topic.
  2. Formulate an arguable and concise research question based on your topic to answer through your research.
  3. Choose keywords from your research question and additional alternative keywords to use when searching databases.
  4. Remember to evaluate search results to see if the searches you're trying are effective.

Key Resource

Research Tutorials

How to Start Research

Initial Topic Formation

Developing a Research Question

Keyword Searching

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

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