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Sociology Research Guide: SOC 210 Research Assignment

A guide to resources for sociology

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Tips and tricks

  • Use our Gale encyclopedias (in the box above) to find the historical context for your social issue. This will help you write the introduction.
  • Use the "Advanced Search" option in our databases so you can search for multiple terms at once.
  • Add the word sociology or social aspects as a second search term to find sociology-specific results.
    • Example:
  • Think of synonyms for your search terms.
  • Add United States to any search to narrow the results
  • Advanced tips:
    • Truncate ethnic* to pick up all the possible headings beginning with ethnic--also immigra*
    • Try: Mexico and (social OR ethic OR culture) and conflict (OR broadens the search & picks up all 3)
  • The more search terms you use, the fewer results you get. Be flexible, try different combinations!

The Assignment

  • Choose a social problem you are interested in.
  • Research your social problem:
    • Definition of the social issue
    • History 
    • People affected
    • Solutions
  • Develop a detailed solution to address this social problem.
  • In addition to the textbook, you need a minimum of 3 credible sources.
    • They don't have to be peer-reviewed, and reliable news sources are ok.

Search terms to try

Search these terms as subjects rather than keywords whenever possible to get fewer, better results (whole books or articles about these topics)

  • Racism
  • Race relations
  • Discrimination
  • Prejudice
  • Ethnicity
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Social conflict
  • Social conditions
  • Political violence
  • Immigrants
  • Minorities
  • Multiculturalism
  • Indigenous peoples

U.S. Topics

  • Flags - Confederate States of America
  • Monuments, or soldier's monuments
  • Police brutality
  • Police misconduct
  • Complaints against police
  • Police - community relations
  • Racial profiling in law enforcement
  • Race discrimination in law enforcement
  • Women's rights
  • Social movements
  • Feminism
  • Migrant labor
  • Labor movement
  • Women migrant labor