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Step-by-Step Guide & Research Rescue: Children's Rights

This guide will help you understand how to efficiently and effectively do basic research.

Step 1. Locate Children's Rights Background Information

This guide leads you through the research process for Children's Rights topics. For general tips on the research process, click on the Basic Research Strategy tab above.

Related Subject Guide - Sociology


For Specialized print encyclopedias, use the Social Sciences/Education Reference collection, Level 1:

  • Child Labor and Sweatshops (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .A8x 2006b)
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2007a)
  • Encyclopedia of Human Rights (Soc Sci Ref JC 571 .E67 1996)
  • Encyclopedia of Human Rights (Hunter Law Library Reference JC 571 .E673 2009) - available online through Oxford Reference Online
  • The Human Rights Encyclopedia (Soc Sci Ref JC 571 .L523 2001)
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Soc Sci Ref H 41 .I58 2001)
  • Encyclopedia of Youth and War: Young People as Participants and Victims (Soc Sci Ref HQ 782 .W3 S54 2000)
  • Children and the Law (Soc Sci Ref KF 479 .A75 C478 2002)
  • Human Rights Worldwide: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2006d)
  • New Slavery: A Reference Handbook (Soc Sci Ref H 1 .C65x 2005f)

For Specialized online encyclopedias, use the following databases. For subject specific background resources, use the Sociology Subject Guide.

Step 2. Develop & Narrow Your Topic

After reading Background Resources, you should be able to fill out the following "From Topic to Research Focus" formula.  NOTE: This is NOT the same as your Thesis Statement.  Your Thesis Statement is developed after you read Research Materials about your issue/question, determine your stance, and decide how you will present your attitude/angle/argument. For examples of how to use the "From Topic to Research Focus" rubric, click on the Develop and Narrow Topic tab at the top of this page.

1)  I am researching ______________________________________ (topic)
2)  because I want to find out _______________________________  (issue/question)
3)  in order to ____________________________________________ (application)

Organize your Research Focus into concepts: identify terms, think of synonyms, and organize them using this chart.

(Concept 1) _______________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 1)

AND (Concept 2) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 2)

AND (Concept 3) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 3)

Step 3. Find Research Materials for Children's Rights topics

For Books use the Books & More search to find specific titles from the bibliographies you noted above. Use the Books & More - Advanced Search to find additional books on your issue question. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box.

For Articles use the Articles & More - Advanced Search selecting Collection: Social Sciences. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box. Click Go to begin the search. Click on the title of the article to read the abstract. Click the Full Text Available and Check for Full Text to view the entire article.

To retrieve additional articles, connect to the databases linked below, or select them from Databases A-Z in the Databases & Journals box on the Library Home Page. Depending on how you have narrowed your subject, other databases listed on the Sociology Subject Guide may also be appropriate.

Steps 4 & 5: Evaluating Research Materials & Writing Your Paper

For tips on Evaluating Research Materials & Writing Your Paper, click on the Basic Research Strategy tab above.