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Information Resources and Services for: Methods of Social Research
S/A 247: Methods of Social Research

Fall 2011

Elizabeth Jenner
Jeff Jenson

Table of Contents:

Reference Collection
The four encyclopedias listed below are just the tip of the bibliographic iceberg. There are numerous other works on special topics that might be pertinent to your unique research.
  • Encyclopedia of Social Theory
    Covers both theories and theorists, classical and cutting-edge. Quite useful for decoding complex theoretical positions and providing key formative works.
    • Location(s): Ref HM 425 .E47 2005
  • Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
    A thorough treatment of a variety of research methods and tools, covering definitions of terms, topical essays on concepts, and overviews of specific methods, outlining their nature, history, application, and reasons to choose one method over another. Both qualitative and quantitative methods and concepts are included.
    • Location(s): Ref H 62 .L456 2004
  • Social Science Encyclopedia
    Covers controversies and common assumptions in the fields of social science, including anthropology, psychology, economics, sociology, political theory, and gender studies. Contributors are drawn from many disciplines and represent perspectives from the US, the UK and beyond.
    • Location(s): Ref H 41 .S63 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Sociology
    This set provides up-to-date and scholarly discussions of topics in the field such as class and race, ethnicity, economic sociology, and social structure. Each article is written by a specialist and all have excellent bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref HM425 .E5 2000
Finding Articles (using databases)

    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
  • SAGE Premier

    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) SSCI AHCI ISTP ISSHP

    The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
General Collection
  • Browsing for Books (3rd floor or in Reference)
    * H Social Sciences - General

    * HA Statistics

    * HM Sociology

    * HN Social history, social problems, social reform

    * HQ The family. Marriage. Women

    * HT Communities, classes, races

    * HV Social pathology; social and public welfare; criminology
Other Library Resources
  • Journal Locator

    This should be your first stop when trying to track down specific articles you've found during your research (e.g. cited references).
  • Reference Desk

    Visit with librarians at the desk, by phone, email or chat for help with any library or research question. Click on the link for more information about this service.
    • Chat with a Reference Librarian

      If you're in the library, chatting with a reference librarian face to face might be easiest, but if you're not in the library this chat form gives you a way to ask a quick question. It works during the hours that a librarian is working at the reference desk - generally between 10 am and 10 pm but with breaks and never on Saturday (but yes, we are around on Sunday, 2pm until 10pm.) If you don't get an answer right away, the librarian is probably busy helping someone else but he or she will eventually get back to you. Keep your chat window open!

  • Citations

    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
  • Interlibrary Loan

    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor

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