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Sociology : IAF 4600 Senior Capstone

A guide to online and print resources in sociology.

Getting Started

Have some keywords to describe your research topic? Use them in
Scholar OneSearch, (the Library Catalogs + Articles) option  to locate materials on your topic.

NOTE: Scholar OneSearch is a Google-like search engine. If you want to search the phrase, domestic violence, use quotation marks.

Get basic information using Dictionaries & Encyclopedias, such as

Oxford English Dictionary
THE authoritative source for definitions!

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Contains substantial, signed articles with bibliographies

For interdisciplinary research, check suggest resources in subject guidesdeveloped by the NU librarians

The International Affairs guide has a Country Information tab. Other suggested resources include

     provides standardized comparative data about countries.

Global Issues in Context covers a wide range of topics. View All to browse through the list!

PLANning your research-- as you learn more. Changing thesis statement? new keywords? research tools?

citation style? See a sample APA research paper.

Question: what is the difference between keyword and subject searching?

Possible Subject searches (more focused) from databases:

Africa, Sub-saharan 
Abused women
Family violence
Gender-based violence
Intimate partner abuse
Victims of abuse
Violence against women

Resources for IAF Research

Check for recommended databases related to your research topic in Subject Guides, such as International Affairs, Education (has its own super search engine), Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or  build your own search engine with the EbscoHost databases! 

Research and Writing Support

Get Help  
with research questions and tech support. NOTE: Please use the Report a Problem form, especially if you are having access issues. 

Subject Librarians Edit/Delete Quick Stats
Subject Librarians work in several Library departments. They assist individuals and small groups with research projects.

Digital Media Commons Edit/Delete Quick Stats
DMC is a collection of collaborative work and teaching spaces, with expert help in using the digital and 3-D resources. 

Archives and Special Collections Edit/Delete Quick Stats
Archives staff members work with primary source materials in both print and digital form.

The Writing Center
The Northeastern University Writing Center is open to any member of the NU community and exists to help any level writer, from any academic discipline, become a better writer.The Writing Center offers face-to-face appointments at 412 Holmes Hall, same-day appointments at 136 Snell library (in the cafe area of Argo Tea), and online appointments.  Book an appointment here!

ITS (Information Technology Services) training includes practicing public speaking, as well as software workshops. You will need to login in to your MyNEU account in order to browse the schedule and register.

Getting more information

A result list for a search on global poverty 

Check Subjects: for alternative searches, such as poverty reduction, poverty international cooperation, etc.

Scholarly, Academic, Peer-Reviewed Journals

Types of Periodicals

Have a journal title? Check Ulrich's Web to identify TYPE of journal.

Many databases also identify academic publications. See Academic Search Premier example:

Broadening search terms

Reviewing the research topic and revising the search strategy.  The subject terms from the EbscoHost PsycARTICLES database, such as "stndards of physical attractiveness"  could be used as keywords search terms in Scholar OneSearch. Also, check the 66 Cited References for additional resources.