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Sociology Research Guide: Signature Paper

A guide to resources for sociology

The Assignment


  • Read about the topic in the textbook.
  • Acquire information through outside research (reliable, academic sources).
  • Encyclopedias are good for background information, getting started.

Suggested Search Terms (subject headings)

Consider searching with subject headings, if the option is available, for more precise results.

Print the document below for suggested search terms for your topic:

Find Statistics

Recommended Reference Sources

Find Books

  • Search the catalog by subject or keyword.
  • You may only find a book with a chapter on your topic rather than an entire book about the topic.
  • You can change the Branch to the Carroll Library Partnership to search for more books from Carroll County Public Library and Hoover Library at McDaniel College--circulating titles may be sent here for checkout.

Find Articles

  • Select a database depending on your topic.
  • Consider using the Advanced Search and limiting by subject.