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Sociology Library Guide

Research Tools for Sociology

Finding Journals and Articles Through Library Search

Articles are journal publications that describe research.  Articles may discuss research, theory, or some aspect of teaching and learning. To find articles in the library's search interface, you can filter your search query to only include peer reviewed articles (shown below -- filters on the far left).



Journals are research and theory publications that feature writings from professionals in a field. Journal article submissions are traditionally peer-reviewed by discipline professionals to verify the article's credibility. To find Sociology related journals, visit the following link: Tulane University — BrowZine. Once you've visited the page, you can --

a.) search "Sociology" to find relevant journals




b.) visit the "Social Science and Behavioral Science" tab on the left and select "Sociology."


How to Read a Scholarly Article

Section Description & Reading Tips
Abstract (Summary) The abstract succinctly describes each section of the research/article. Reading the abstract will help you understand how to use the information in your own research/writing. 
Introduction (Why is this important?) The introduction defines key concepts and ideas examined in the article. This section is ripe with background information that you can use in your own research/writing. Be sure to consult the references in the introduction to help build your knowledge of the subject.
Literature Review (Who are other researchers/thinkers in the field and what have they learned?) The literature review summarizes the existing literature on a topic. Like introductions, literature reviews have referential content that can help build your subject knowledge. Literature reviews are also used to identify gaps in a research area, so you may be able to pick up where a researcher left off.
Methods & Methodology (What was done and why was it done in that way?) This section explains the research procedures that were used to investigate the research question. When reading this section, note why each method was used. There may be procedures that could be expanded upon for future studies.
Results/Findings (What was produced from the methods?) The results section provides the outputs of the research process. This section can be number heavy, so be sure you understand the methods that derived the outputs. You may also be able to consult charts and graphs to help you understand the results.
Discussion (How do the findings advance the research area?) The discussion connects the authors findings with their research questions and the research of others in the field. In this section, an author may discuss the limits of their research. This section may provide further research directions.
References A list of the resources used to complete the research/writing.
Appendices, Figures, Images Resources that help contextual, visualize, and/or explain some aspect of the research/article

Visit the following library guide to learn more about how to read scholarly articles!

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