1. Identify key terms for your topic
2. Select appropriate search fields for your terms
3. Use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) to broaden or narrow your search
i. AND is used to NARROW your search, combining two or more search topics
ii. OR is used to BROADEN your search results
iii. NOT is to ELIMINATE unwanted search results
4. To narrow your results further, explore the different databases and to find where you can adjust the date, request only peer-review articles, etc.
5. To include all variations of a word in your search, truncate terms by placing an asterisk (*) after the common root
i. For example, famil* would search for family and families.
For more information, check out this tutorial!
Not sure where to start for your research in Sociology? Use these databases to find scholarly articles and books.
Main Sociology Databases
Other Recommended Resources in Sociology
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Description: Social and behavioral sciences reference material that is broader and deeper than any other source. It comprises over 3,900 articles, commissioned by 71 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.
Behavioral Science Databases