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Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (AWD) : 3308 (Social Sciences)

A guide to online and print resources for Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Getting Started: Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences

If this is a new topic, get definitions for your terms from 

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Science, 2nd edition --major resource to help define your research terms and concepts, such as critical race theory, gentrification, or equity

Use Scholar OneSearch --similar to Google, but better for finding articles from peer-reviewed journals

screenshot of search result for quote mark essential works end quote marks health finding over 26,000 results.

NOTE: use the quotation marks to search for phrases, and the Filter My Results menu to get articles from peer-reviewed journals.


Try an interdisciplinary database, such as Academic Search Complete (does NOT search like Google!) but has helpful subject tags to help focus your search:

Academic Searh Complette search on the subject of veterans and keywords: mental health and suicide


or JSTOR-- use the Advanced Search to select the subject collection(s) in your research area.
JSTOR home page with link to Advanced Search option

Check the subject guides to find Key Resources in your research area: databases, statistics, and onine reference tools.

Need Help?

Check the librarian directory to make an appointment for a research consultation. Or use the quick contact links below for subject librarians in the social sciences:

Anthropology: Christine Oka

Business: Khyle Hannan

Communication Studies: Brooke Williams

Criminal Justice: Roxanne Palmatier

Economics: Roxanne Palmatier

Education: Education Support Team

History: Karen Merguerian

Human Services: Christine Oka

International Affairs: Roxanne Palmatier

Journalism: Brooke Williams

Political Science: Roxanne Palmatier

Psychology: Kathy Herrlich

Sociology: Christine Oka

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Need Writing Help?

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 online appointments.  Book an appointment here!

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