SO 107 Social Problems
Instructor: Bob Brenneman
- Consult textbooks on library reserve for topics and scholarly articles
Social Problems (3rd edition) by Macionis
Social Problems (4th edition) by Charon and Vigilant
Social Problems (12th edition) by Eitzen, Zinn, and Smith
- Begin research with a detailed report from Congressional Quarterly: CQ Researcher
sample CQ report on homeless: http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/cqresrre2009121800
- Locate an introduction and overview to your topic from encyclopedias
Encylcopedia of Homelessness Reference Collection HV4493. E53
Poverty in the United States Reference Collection HC110.P6P548
Atlas of Poverty in the U.S. Reference Collection HC110.P6G543
Statistical Handbook on the World's Children Reference Collection HQ 767.9 K38
Encyclopedia of Juvenile Violence Reference Collection HV9104.E59
- Use periodical databases for full text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles
Online electronic databases such as Academic Search Premier and Expanded Academic ASAP provide access to magazine and journal articles. These two databases cover a broad selection of publications, some scholarly and some for a more popular audience. Both databases allow you to limit your searches to scholarly "peer reviewed" publications.
- Use scholarly databases for more academic, in-depth research, and peer reviewed articles
Search for scholarly articles on your topic by selecting databases such as the subject databses listed below: SMC librarians explain scholary
Search library catalogs to locate books and videos at SMC
and beyond... Search the SMC online catalog with keywords and phrases. If you have started your research several weeks ahead of the due date, you can take advantage of ordering materials from other institutions by searching catalogs such as UVM or WorldCat . WorldCat is a database of worldwide library catalogs and provides a link to Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
- Locate primary sources through newspaper indexes
Newspapers provide eye witness reporting on events, people, and places.
Additonal newspaper indexes are accessible from the library web pages