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This guide is designed to help you find library resources for Sociology 497: Senior Research Seminar. Click on the tabs above for more information.
Begin your Research with SUMMON
Search the library's books, journals, DVD and other materials all in one search.
1. How do I search for my topic?
- Identify the keywords of your topic and use those as your search words.
- Each book and article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make each book or article searchable - you want your search words to match those tags.
- Example: For your Progressive Paper, you're examining the advantage that the Citizens United ruling gave to the 'haves' through their Super PACs, and suggesting the campaign finance reform of Super PACs as an important factor for reducing their influence and thus altering the advantage they give the 'haves.' A search for articles about this topic could be campaign finance reform super pac.
2. I have too many results. How do I find what I need for my assignment?
- Use Refine Your Search in Summon to narrow down your results so they're more relevant to your assignment needs.
- You can limit your search results to:
- peer-reviewed or scholarly articles
- content type, such as journal articles, books, newspapers, or magazines
- subject terms, to help you focus your topic
- publication date, so you get the most recent research
- language, such as just English articles
- Example: For your Progressive Paper, you are supposed to use scholarly sources, from peer-reviewed journals or academic presses. You should use the most recent research to support your suggested legal reform.
- Under Refine Your Search in the Summon search results, check the box beside Books/ebooks under Content Type to find scholarly books or
- check the box beside Limit to articles from peer-reviewed publications and check the box beside Journal Article under Content Type to find peer-reviewed articles
- Under Publication Date, move the scroll bar over to 2010 to present (since 2010 was the year of the Citizens United ruling)
3. I can't find anything on my topic. What do I do?
- The search words you're using to describe your topic may not match the tags that Summon has assigned to books and articles on that topic. Try different search words that mean the same thing.
- There may not be research tying your main ideas together yet. Try searching for your main ideas separately and linking their findings together.
- If you've found one article that's relevant for your topic, look through the sources in its References list to see if any of them are also relevant to your research.