Get 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.

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