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SOC 499: Tips and Stratgies

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TIP Places to Search

1. BEST BET!  DATABASES for scholarly articles 

2. DISCOVERY SEARCH BOX for books, magazine articles, and newspapers in Carmichael Library 

3. WORLDCat for books in all university libraries 

4. GOOGLE Scholar to check for full text of an article you found in a library database.  

5. GOOGLE for general searching and data and statistics

  • Use   to limit to government sources such as data and statistics 
  • Example:   maternal health site:.go 


Things to do

1. Customize Google Scholar to  to journal articles and other electronic resources available through the University of Montevallo library

2. Create an Interlibrary Loan account 

Advanced Search Strategies

  • Think of your argument / research question in two or three concepts.  
  • Use a database Thesaurus to locate search terms for each concept
  • Always choose ADVANCED SEARCH
  • Enter your search terms in each search box and separate each term with  AND

Brainstorm search terms

Sample Topic:  Women in the music industry (gender roles)  
Strategy:  Brainstorm on your own and consult a database Thesaurus for scholarly terms

  • PsycINFO Thesaurus
  • ERIC Thesaurus 
  • Communication and Mass Media Thesaurus 
  • Subject Headings in citations
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings 
Women  Music Industry  Race, gender, age, social issue??
Women Music industry  Gender Roles
Females  Management  Sex Roles 
Executives  Rock Music  Nontraditional Careers
Working Women  Sound recording industry  Discrimination