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Subject Guide ~ Sociology

Finding Books

1. Find the right box(es)


2. Identify useful words and phrases

  • Start with a keyword search.
  • Replace your keywords with subject terms.
    • Open the full catalog record for a book that matches your search criteria and browse the subject headings.
    • Click on a promising heading to find similar items.
    • Keep track of potentially useful subject headings.
    • Repeat.


3. Focus searches using filters

Use the filters on the right hand side of the library catalog's results page to focus or expand your search.

  • Books: choose Resource Type > Books
  • Articles: Show Only > Scholarly and peer-reviewed articles
  • Subject: use for broad categories (e.g., Sociology)
  • Date range


4. Retrieve books

 

Finding Scholarly Articles

1. Find the right box(es)


2. Identify useful words and phrases

  • Start with a keyword search from the Advanced Search screen.
  • Replace your keywords with subject terms.
    • Open the full catalog record for an article that matches your search criteria and browse the subject headings.
           --or--
      Browse terms under the Subject heading in the left hand column.
    • Replace keywords from your search with corresponding subject terms.
    • Keep track of potentially useful subject headings.
    • Repeat for each term used in your keyword search.


3. Focus searches using limiters

  • Subject
  • Peer-reviewed
  • Date range 

 

4. Retrieve articles

  • Find It
  • Interlibrary loan

Practice Exercises

  1. Meadow, Tey. Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century. Oakland,: University of California Press, 2018.
    • Is this book available in Burke Library in print format?
    • What keywords did you use?
    • Bonus: Is there anything interesting on the results page that gives you an idea of how the search algorithm works?
    • Can you find two good subject headings that will lead you to similar books?
       
  2. Perform a search for articles discussing the relationship between grades and participation in intercollegiate athletics.
    • What three keywords did you use for your initial search?
    • What subject terms did you replace them with?
    • How did changing you revised search from a keyword search in "Anywhere" to a keyword search in "All subjects & indexing - SU"
    • What happened when you clicked on the "Find It" button for records that did not have a direct link to an article?

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