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SO 301 Foundations of Sociological Theories

  • Select appropriate citation format for your research paper

Develop a bibliography in ASA style

Sign up for RefWorks: citation and research management tool

  • Locate subject encyclopedias on social theories and theorists

Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2006): Reference Collection call number=Ref HM425.E46

Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2005) 2 vols: Reference Collection call number=Ref HM425.E47

Credo online encyclopedia search for encyclopedia articles providing introduction, history, and overview of a topic

  • Search for book reviews 

Select a database such as SocINDEX with Full Text

Select the advanced search option
Limit to document type: book review
Use the  social theorist's name as the  keywords/search terms and/ or the title of a specific book
Identify a book review by skimming the summaries of the articles

  • Search library databases for academic / scholarly articles

SMC librarians explain scholary

        keyword and phrase searching: use quotes around phrases
"manuel castells"
"manuel castells" and theory
"manuel castells" and theory and technology
"manuel castells" and "social theory"
"judith butler" and "feminist theory"
"judith butler" and gender
     author searching
search for an author profile in Soc Index with the Author Profiles tab
search for articles written by the social theorist with advanced searching
  • Use periodical databases for full text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles

Sociology Discovery search accesses multiple databases for magazine and journal articles, book reviews, etc.

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 databases listed below:

SocINDEX with Full Text
SAGE Journals Online
Social Science Research Network
ProQuest Social Science Journals
  • Locate books

Search library catalogs to locate books at SMC and beyond...

Search the SMC online catalog with keywords and phrases or by author names.  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). 

Request materials not available at SMC through Interlibrary Loan To request books or articles not located at SMC, use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services:   InterLibrary Loan.  Books from other institutions travel to our library through the mail so you will need to start your research ahead of time to take advantage of ILL for books.  Magazine and journal articles may arrive electronically, by means of the UVM courier, or through the mail.  Starting your research ahead of time allows you time to take advantage of materials located outside of SMC.

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