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:  


  • 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

SocINDEX with Full Text
Women's Studies International
SAGE Journals Online
ProQuest Social Science Journals

Social Science Research Network

  • 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.

ProQuest Newspapers 
Black Newspapers
Ethnic NewsWatch

Additonal newspaper indexes are accessible from the library web pages

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