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SO 218 Norms, Deviance, and Social Control

When doing research you will come across a lot of information from different types of sources. How do you decide which source to use? From tweets to newspaper articles, this tool provides a brief description of each and breaks down 6 factors of what to consider when selecting a source.

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Locate subject encyclopedias on social theories or deviance topics 

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology (2 vols) Durick Library Reference Collection HM1007 .E53 2007

Encyclopedia of Sociology (5 vols)  Durick Library Reference Collection HM425.E5 2000

Handbook of Social Psychology (2 vols)  Durick Library Reference Collection  HM1011.H37 2010

Violence in America (3 vols) Durick Library Reference Collection  HN90.V5 V5474 1999


Use periodical databases for full text magazine, journal, and newspaper article

Sociology Discovery search accesses multiple databases for magazine and journal articles as well as books 

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:

Political Science Complete 
Women's Studies International


Search for Law Review articles that provide legal background and history

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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. 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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